July 1, 1981
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Amanda Diva|
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, disc jockey, rapper, singer, songwriter, VJ|
Amanda Seales (born July 1, 1981), formerly known by her stage name Amanda Diva, is an American comedian, actress, disc jockey (DJ), recording artist and radio personality. Aside from her solo career, she was also a touring member of the musical group Floetry.
Seales and her family moved to Orlando, Florida, when she was eight years old, where she later attended Dr. Phillips High School. She graduated from SUNY-Purchase, then acquired a master's degree in African American studies with a concentration in Hip Hop from Columbia University.
Seales's first film was a minor role as Katy in the 1993 movie Cop and a Half. The next year Seales was featured on the Nickelodeon sitcom My Brother and Me (1994) as Deonne Wilburn. In 2002 she appeared on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. Seales became publicly known as "VJ Amanda Diva" on MTV2 Sucker Free Countdown on Sundays. In 2016 she appeared in a recurring role on the HBO series Insecure, as Tiffany DuBois. Also in 2016, Seales began hosting her own show on truTV called Greatest Ever.
In 2007, Seales replaced Natalie Stewart of the musical duo Floetry on tour with Marsha Ambrosius, and in December of that same year Seales (as Amanda Diva) released her first extended play (EP) Life Experience. In 2008, she was featured on the song "Manwomanboogie" on Q-Tip's Grammy-nominated album The Renaissance. On March 3, 2009, Seales released Spandex, Rhymes & Soul.
In 2011, she changed her professional name back to her birth name.
|Spandex, Rhymes & Soul||
|"Get Right"||2010||Rebel Without Applause||Johnny Polygon|
|"You Belong to Me"||Catch-Up|
|"Beautiful Things"||LIFE||Kenichiro Nishihara|
|"Proud 2 Be"||2012||Crack on Steroids||N.O.R.E., M-1|
Film and TV
|Year||Production title||Role||Notes and awards|
|1993||Cop & ½||Katy|
|1994-1995||My Brother and Me||Deonce Wilburn|
|2006||Freedomland||Angry Female Tenant|
|2016||Ladies Book Club||Helema|
|2015-2017||Get Your Life||Amanda Seales|
|2017||Hood Adjacent||Amanda Seales|
|2016-2017||Insecure (TV series)||Tiffany DuBois|
(featuring Johnny Polygon)
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