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Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Below is an archive of select press for The Inner Fitness Project and Founder and CEO, Tina Lifford. Some links may expire over time.

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The Mind Solution - July 13th, 2023 - Tina talks with Sara Maude on the Mind Solution Podcast. Delving into a large number of transformational topics this episode covers everything from

intention setting to cultivating self-awareness to getting out of survival-mode into thriving.

SWAYY - June 20th, 2023 - Tina talks with An Phan about her career as an actress, how her philosophy of inner fitness has helped guide her journey, and how she's taken what she's learned in her healing process to help others build their own inner strength to achieve success.

Woman to Woman Podcast - May 22nd, 2023 - Tina talks with Divya Yerraguntla about how inner fitness helps you more joyfully pursue and live your dreams and build a relationship with yourself that equals happiness.

Flip the Tortilla Podcast- March 6th 2023 - Tina Lifford is an actor, playwright, author, and Founder of The Inner Fitness Project. She shares with Flip the Tortilla podcast invaluable steps to strengthen your inner fitness so that you can live your best life!

The Official Queen Sugar Podcast- Array - October 7th, 2022 - This week on The Official Queen Sugar Podcast, executive producer Paul Garnes is joined by series star Tina Lifford (“Aunt Vi”) and the show’s long-time director of photography, Antonio Calvache. Official Queen Sugar Podcast is produced by ARRAY Filmworks. Celebrate the love and happiness of the Bordelon’s final chapter.

How To Improve Mental Fitness & What It Entails - The Zoe Report - May 9th, 2022 - "The World Health Organization predicts that the most significant global health risk by 2030 will be depression. We can, and must, redesign our approach to well-being.,” explains Tina Lifford, actor, CEO of The Inner Fitness Project, and author of The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey Into Inner Fitness.

Emotional Resilience for Next Level Growth with Tina Lifford-Power + Presence + Position Podcast - April 5th, 2022 - "Power + Presence + Position Podcast introduces a powerful creative, artistic, inspiring voice in the field of personal development: Tina Lifford, a queen whose voice, leadership, and ideas will definitely inspire.

For Better Health, Try Fitness From - The New York Times - March 31st, 2022 - “Inner fitness means developing the mental, emotional and spiritual skills and practices that foster resilience,” said Tina Lifford, author of “The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey Into Inner Fitness.” “I’d like to see the idea of inner fitness become as ubiquitous, well understood and actionable as physical fitness.”

Hollywood Actress Tina Lifford Shares How Critical Inner Fitness Is To Achieving Goals - Forbes- December 7th, 2021 -"Tina Lifford, actress, author and founder of the Inner Fitness Project, is on a mission to help others be inner fit and combat the projection that by 2030 the biggest health scare the nation will face is depression."

Interview with Tina Lifford: ‘Queen Sugar’ and ‘A Holiday in Harlem’ Black Girl Nerds- November 2021 -"Inner fitness is truly just the inverse of physical fitness. It is important for every human being to be mindful of basic practices that support physical fitness. Every human being needs to have basic information about their inner resilience, inner flexibility, and inner power."

Tina Lifford of ‘Queen Sugar’ talks about her groundbreaking role and ‘inner fitness’ - The Grio -October 12th, 2021 -"Actress Tina Lifford plays an auntie on TV. Those vibes are present in real life as well. On a Zoom call, she asked a frazzled interviewer if she needed more time with the kind of polite firmness that anyone would recognize from their real-life aunt."

Catching Up with Tina Lifford - New York Live (NBC) -September 14th, 2021 -"Tina Lifford chats “Queen Sugar,” The Inner Fitness Project, and more with Ashley Bellman.

Strengthen Your Inner Fitness with Tina Lifford - The Live for Yourself Revolution Podcast- June 7th, 2021 -An interview with Tina Lifford, actress, playwright, speaker, author, and CEO of The Inner Fitness Project. We dive into how to connect and strengthen your true self and live a life of curiosity and growth.

The Glo Podcast - March 14th, 2021 -Derik Mills speaks with Tina Lifford, CEO of The Inner Fitness Project, a wellbeing initiative that teaches practices for navigating life with mindfulness and resilience. Tina shares how to overcome fear and start leading a more authentic life.

21 Books That Will Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet - Forbes- January 4th, 2021 -"No matter who you are, life is hard. It comes along with a whole lot of drama, fear, and pain. But you must continue pressing forward, even through the toughest of times. Tina Lifford, actress and founder of The Inner Fitness Project, shares practical, meaningful insights about facing life’s curve balls head on."

Thriving Not Surviving with Tina Lifford - The Suga Podcast- October 19th, 2020 -This year has been a full on lesson in resilience. To help us get out of our own way, author of The Little Book of Big Lies and actress, Tina Lifford (Queen Sugar) teaches us how to adapt our mindset from surviving reactions to thriving responses.

Tina Lifford Interview - The Tamron Hall Show - April 1st, 2020 - “Queen Sugar” actress Tina Lifford on changing your self-perception to start building inner health and well-being.

Pull Yourself Out of the Pain and Be in Your Own Game with Tina Lifford - Get Loved Up Podcast with Koya Webb - March 18th, 2020 - “To the degree that we want freedom, we shall have freedom.” Koya and Tina talk about how to handle rejection, calm your ego, and deal with unresolved pain.

Embracing the Authentic Self with Tina Lifford - The Homecoming Podcast - March 8th, 2020 - Dr. Thema interviews Tina Lifford, the gifted author, counselor, and actor about her new book and inner fitness project.

Tina Lifford of 'Queen Sugar' shares her secret to fighting self-doubt - Know Your Value (NBC) - December 17th, 2019 - She’s sharing her hard-won life lessons and strategies in her new book, “The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey into Inner Fitness,” which she hopes will help readers chart their own path toward feeling their best by taking charge of their internal world.

Tina Lifford on Her Book “The Little Book of Big Lies” and More! - The Real- December 1st, 2019 - Tina Lifford, Aunt Vi on OWN's Queen Sugar joins the women of The Real to talk about her new book and more.

Tina Lifford Interview - The Breakfast Club - November 26th, 2019 - Tina Lifford on Inner Fitness, Outer Beauty, The Little Book Of Big Lies, and more.

Tina Lifford on the importance of women being strong - The Today Show- November 20th, 2019 - “The Little Book of Big Lies,” which encourages women to thrive instead of merely survive. {Lifford) says inner fitness is as important as physical fitness and women need to focus on developing skills to remain less stressed and become more resilient.

Queen Sugar's Tina Lifford Dedicates 'Inner Fitness' Book to Brother Who Died of Drug Overdose - People - November 19th, 2019 - "Everybody is carrying something,” Lifford tells People in an exclusive interview. {The book] is saying, ‘There are ways in which we can actually interrupt our old experiences of ourselves, rewire them, & then proactively go after the life we want."

Choosing to Smile in a Traumatized World - ZORA - November 19th, 2019 - "Look closely at your life, and you will likely see this human tendency to draw unsupportive conclusions that, ultimately, just limit your sense of what’s possible. These knee-jerk reactions turn what happens in life into enduring pain.”

Queen Sugar’s’ Tina Lifford offers much needed advice for Black women who are determined to make wellness non-negotiable - The Grio -September 11th, 2019 - "Self-care is message Lifford has promoted long before she became Aunt Vi in Queen Sugar, through a wellness campaign called Inner Fitness."

‘Queen Sugar’s Aunt Vi bringing inner fitness, beauty tour to Atlanta -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution -September 3rd, 2019 - "Tina Lifford is remembering the moments she was scheduled to sing in her school’s fifth grade talent show and had to be carried off stage because she’d taken a gulp of fear so fierce it paralyzed her.."

Black Women Own the Conversation: Mind, Body, and Soul- Ozy -August 2019 - "OZY partners with the Oprah Winfrey Network to present an Emmy-winning, unprecedented discussion show where we invite Black women from all walks of life to join an intimate conversation about topics rarely discussed openly in public."

Challenging the Status Quo: An Act of Healing- Medium - May 30th, 2018 - "Whether I find myself at odds with the status quo of my outer environment or my beliefs or perceptions, here is my process: When the status quo and I don’t align it triggers discomfort. I pay attention. The disquiet warns that it is time for me to check-in with my Self. "

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