'Queen Sugar' star speaks on empowerment at Women of Destiny event

Cherri Gregg
December 08, 2019 - 9:50 am
Tina Lifford of the Oprah Winfrey Network series "Queen Sugar," spoke at the Women of Destiny Breakfast.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The actress who plays "Aunt Vi" on the critically acclaimed show "Queen Sugar" on the Oprah Winfrey Network was the keynote speaker at the Women of Destiny Breakfast during the Pennsylvania Society's events this weekend. 

Tina Lifford is an actress, playwright and motivational speaker, most recently known for her work as the standout character Violet Bordalone, the matriarch of the Black family running a sugar cane farm and mill in rural Louisiana. But Lifford is also CEO of The Inner Fitness Project, a personal development network that teaches individuals to focus more on thriving than on surviving. 

"We stand in the mirror and we dress up that outside and we are ready to go," said Lifford. "Well, it's time that we recognize that there is an inner self, and that inner self, it holds and carries our thoughts and beliefs and our upsets and our dreams."

In her book, "The Little Book of Big Lies," Lifford lays out a strategy for inner fitness, helping readers deal with their past traumas, hurts and upsets. She told the audience of more than 100 women of color that they need to deal with the lies they've told themselves, so they can create the life of their dreams.

"You have physical power that is untapped, and in order to tap it, you have to practice," she advised. "Internally you have practice, externally you exercise. Well, this book is full of practices that help you become strong and resilient."

The Women of Destiny Network hosted Lifford. The group was founded several years ago by longtime government relations strategist Lynette Brown Sow and retired City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, among others.