Amanda Seales

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Amanda Seales
Amanda Seales.jpg
Born (1981-07-01) July 1, 1981 (age 38)
EducationState University of New York, Purchase (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • Actress
  • Disc jockey
  • Rapper
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Television personality
  • VJ
  • Author
  • Poet
Years active1992–present
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Associated acts
Websiteamandaseales.com

Amanda Ingrid Seales (born July 1, 1981), formerly known by the stage name Amanda Diva, is an American comedian, actress, disc jockey (DJ), recording artist, television personality, VJ, author and poet. Aside from her solo career, she was also a touring member of the musical group Floetry. [1] Since 2017, she has starred in the HBO comedy series Insecure. Seales was also one of the co-hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, alongside Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, and Jeannie Mai.

Early life[edit]

Amanda Seales was born in Inglewood, CA at Daniel Freeman Hospital on July 1, 1981. Her mother was born and raised in Mt. Moritz, Grenada. Her father is African-American. As a result, both she and her mother are dual citizens of the United States of America and Grenada. She moved to Orlando, Florida in 1989, 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.[2]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Seales's first film was a minor role as Katy in the 1993 movie Cop and a Half.[3] 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.[4] Seales became publicly known as "VJ Amanda Diva" on MTV2 Sucker Free Countdown on Sundays.[2] In 2016 she appeared in a recurring role on the HBO series Insecure, as Tiffany DuBois.[5] Also in 2016, Seales began hosting her own show on truTV called Greatest Ever.[6][7]

On January 26, 2019, HBO debuted her first stand-up comedy special I Be Knowin'.[8] Bring the Funny is a comedy competition series that premiered on July 9, 2019 on NBC.[9] Seales hosts, alongside judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen, and Jeff Foxworthy.[10] On January 6, 2020, Seales joined the syndicated daytime talk show, The Real, as a co-host alongside Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, and Jeannie Mai.[11] She departed the series after six months of co-hosting, citing her dissatisfaction with the inability to openly speak on recent social issues as a reason.[12]

In June 2020, Seales revealed on social media that she will host the BET Awards 2020 on June 28, 2020.[13]

Music[edit]

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.[citation needed] In 2008, she was featured on the song "Manwomanboogie" on Q-Tip's Grammy-nominated album The Renaissance.[14] On March 3, 2009, Seales released Spandex, Rhymes & Soul.[15][16][17]

Podcast[edit]

Seales hosts a weekly podcast titled Small Doses.[18][19]

Activism[edit]

In 2010, Seales teamed up with Truth, to start an anti-smoking campaign.[20]

In 2019, Amanda Seales was involved in a controversy where many people mistakenly reported that she had accused former NFL player and neurosurgeon resident Myron Rolle of sexually harassing several women. She did not make these accusations herself, but was sharing that she had heard those allegations from other women. Multiple people who were spreading that story have since admitted that Seales did not make those allegations herself.[21][22][23]

In the weeks preceding Rodney Reed's November 20, 2019 execution date, Seales publicly urged Texas Governor Greg Abbott to exonerate Reed or stay his execution. She later rescinded her support for after learning more about his history.[24]

In June 2020, Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo quoted Seales' words: "You cannot enjoy the rhythm and ignore the blues" during her emotional speech about the murder of George Floyd, racism and it's effect on her own mental health. Amfo received praise from her listeners and more.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details and year released
Title Album details
Life Experience
Spandex, Rhymes & Soul
  • Released: March 3, 2009[26]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Madame Monochrome
  • Released: April 27, 2011[27]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details and year released
Title Album details
Foreplay
Technicolor Lover
  • Released: May 29, 2012[29]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Manwomanboogie"[30] 2008 The Renaissance Q-Tip
"Get Right"[31] 2010 Rebel Without Applause Johnny Polygon
"Blvd Broad"[31]
"You Belong to Me"[32] Catch-Up
"Beautiful Things" LIFE Kenichiro Nishihara
"Proud 2 Be"[33] 2012 Crack on Steroids N.O.R.E., M-1

Filmography[edit]

Film and TV[edit]

Year Production title Role Notes and awards
1993 Cop and a Half Katy
1994–95 My Brother and Me Deon Wilburn
2006 Freedomland Angry Female Tenant
2015–17 Get Your Life Herself
2016 Identical Poet #2
2016 Ladies Book Club Helena
2016–present Insecure Tiffany DuBois
2016–17 Greatest Ever Herself Host
2017 Hood Adjacent Herself
2018 Black-ish Barbara
2019 I Be Knowin'' Herself
2019–present Bring the Funny Herself Host
2020 Ellen's Game of Games Herself/Guest Episode 2: Stink Tank
2020 The Real Herself Co-Host and Producer

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Neon"
(featuring Johnny Polygon)
2009 Lyn-don McCray[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Music Amanda Seales Biography
  2. ^ a b seales, amanda. "imdb.com".[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Seales, Amanda. "imdb.com".[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "youtube.com".
  5. ^ Seales, Amanda. "imdb.com". Retrieved November 8, 2016.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ "trutv.com".
  7. ^ "comedyhype.com".
  8. ^ Ngangura, Tari (January 25, 2019). "Amanda Seales Be Knowin', and You Should Listen". Vulture. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 1, 2019). "NBC Orders Comedy Competition Series With Jeff Foxworthy Among Judges". Variety.
  10. ^ "Who Is Amanda Seales? 10 Facts About The 'Bring The Funny' Host". Talent Recap. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (January 6, 2020). "Amanda Seales Joins 'The Real' As Permanent Co-Host". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ Nakamura, Reid (June 3, 2020). "Amanda Seales to Exit 'The Real': 'I Cannot Speak to My People the Way They Need to Be Spoken To'". TheWrap. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  13. ^ "Amanda Seales to Host 2020 BET Awards". Billboard. 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  14. ^ "vimeo.com".
  15. ^ "Amanda Diva – Spandex, Rhymes & Soul EP".
  16. ^ "Amanda Diva Gets in Touch With "Spandex, Rhymes, & Soul" On New EP [Free Download]".
  17. ^ "Amanda Diva – Spandex, Rhymes & Soul FreEP". March 3, 2009.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (January 6, 2020). "Amanda Seales Joins 'The Real' As Permanent Co-Host". Deadline Hollywood.
  19. ^ Wilstein, Matt (October 29, 2019). "Amanda Seales: 'I'm Expected To Make White People Uncomfortable'". The Daily Beast.
  20. ^ Kulp, Patrick. "A new anti-smoking ad slams Big Tobacco for targeting black neighborhoods".
  21. ^ "Amanda Seales Admits Myron Rolle Never Did Anything Wrong to Her - BlackSportsOnline - Part 4". blacksportsonline.com.
  22. ^ DILL, JASON. "He quit the NFL to save lives. Now this former FSU star is accused of sexual harassment". www.miamiherald.com.
  23. ^ "Insecure's Amanda Seales Calls Out Ex NFLer Myron Rolle For Sexual Harassment". YouTube.
  24. ^ Greig, Jonathan. "Blavity News & Politics". Blavity News & Politics.
  25. ^ "Life Experience Ep, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  26. ^ "Spandex Rhymes & Soul, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  27. ^ "Madame Monochrome, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  28. ^ "Foreplay Mixtape, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  29. ^ "Technicolor Lover, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  30. ^ "The Renaissance - Q-Tip - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  31. ^ a b "Rebel Without Applause by Johnny Polygon on Apple Music". March 23, 2010.
  32. ^ "Johnny Polygon Catches Up With New Mixtape - OklahomaRock.com". oklahomarock.com.
  33. ^ "N.O.R.E. - Crack on Steroids Hosted by DJ Green Lantern". DatPiff.
  34. ^ ""NEON" FEAT. JOHNNY POLYGON OFFICIAL VIDEO!!!!". www.amandaseales.com. Amanda Seales. August 12, 2009. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.

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