Lindsey Shaw has been delighting audiences since her teens and shared what she’s learned on mental health, the power of social media, and the Black Lives Matter movement with Black Hollywood Live’s, The Fit Club. She spoke candidly to hosts Shaka Smith and Thelma Mbaezue-Daniel on finding balance and growth in the midst of two pandemics.

Written by: Shaka Smith – June 11, 2020 9:34pm pst

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Black Hollywood Live’s Fit Club: Lindsey Shaw

Lindsey Shaw is no stranger to stepping out of the box, whether it’s as tomboy Moze on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified, or fearless Paige McCullers on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars. Her challenge of late, however, is staying confined to our respective physical boxes. This challenge has been exacerbated by the unrest in response to the murder of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter discussions have taken center stage, and recently Shaw weighed into the discussion regarding All Lives Matter. 

Initially, not understanding the problematic use of the phrase, a response to “black lives matter” when the crux of the black lives matter phrase is that “all lives matter” has never included black people, Lindsey got swift responses on social media. She course corrected and described being grateful for the opportunity to learn more. Lindsey also discussed the challenges of now deeply exploring issues of race and having uncomfortable conversations with one’s self as necessary during this time. 

With the country still in the middle of the Covid19 pandemic, Shaw talked about dealing with the plethora of information out there, opting to turn to trusted friends to help vet the noise. She also stressed the importance of staying healthy with nutrition and recommended Skinny Bitch by Rory Friedman and Kim Barnouin, which she has leaned on to help inform her diet. 

When it comes to fitness, Lindsey has used yoga and a new partnership with Flat Tummy App that provides workouts and recipes, as a useful way to stay fit and balance mental health. She touts their cleanses as a key component to her mental and physical well being. As for yoga, she credits her routine to a decision she made after 15 years in the entertainment industry, to step away for a quieter time in Arizona. During this period while she did a lot of personal work, she undertook yoga teacher training and became a lifelong devotee. 

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Even in uncertain times, Shaw remains optimistic about the future, but also a little nervous as she tries new platforms online. However, she expressed excitement about the Covid19 forced expansion of digital formats across mainstream media, and expects it to be a lingering trend long after the pandemic is over. She described this time as a “beautiful” one that is giving “power to creators”. She has also jumped into the fray, starting her own TikTok, which she describes as part fun and part therapy for quarantine loneliness. 

Shaw finished with advice on finding one’s way back if they are suffering through a particularly difficult time right now. Drawing from her own story, Shaw advised finding someone to talk to or lean on, whether a friend or through a program or therapist. She also attributed her way back to reading fiction, that allowed her to escape and recommended watching TV, relaxing baths, and not letting nutrition fall away, which she cited is usually the first thing to go when our mental health begins to suffer. 

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If you’re still in quarantine mode searching for something new or want to relive the magic, Shaw can be seen on Pretty Little Liars streaming currently on Netflix before it jumps over to new streaming service HBO Max on July 27th. To keep up with Shaw on the daily, fans can follow her on Instagram @ladymshawsters or take in some comedic skits and funky dance moves on TikTok @lindsey.shawsters

For the full Fit Club episode and for more great content on health and staying fit, be sure to check out Black Hollywood Live’s Fit Club.

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Hosts:

Shaka Smith

Thelma Mbaezue-Daniel

About The Author:

Shaka Smith is an actor, host, fitness expert and attorney from Miami. A Princeton graduate, upon arriving in Los Angeles he began landing roles as a fitness model and competing in fitness competitions.

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