Amanda Seales

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Amanda Seales
Born (1981-07-01) July 1, 1981 (age 38)
EducationState University of New York, Purchase (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
OccupationActress, comedian, disc jockey, rapper, singer, songwriter, VJ
Years active1992–present
Musical career
Associated acts

Amanda Seales (born July 1, 1981), formerly known by the 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.[1]

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]



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]

Bring the Funny is a comedy competition series that premiered on July 9, 2019 on NBC.[8] Seales hosts, alongside judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen, and Jeff Foxworthy.[9]


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.[10] On March 3, 2009, Seales released Spandex, Rhymes & Soul.[11][12][13]

In 2017, she changed her professional name back to her birth name.[14]


Around the time of her name change back to Seales she also began a career as a stand-up comedian.[15] On January 26, 2019, HBO debuted her first stand-up comedy special I Be Knowin'.[16]


In 2010, Seales teamed up with Truth, to start an anti-smoking campaign.[17]

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.[18] [19]



List of extended plays, with selected details and year released
Title Album details
Life Experience
Spandex, Rhymes & Soul
  • Released: March 3, 2009[21]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Madame Monochrome
  • Released: April 27, 2011[22]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


List of mixtapes, with selected details and year released
Title Album details
Technicolor Lover
  • Released: May 29, 2012[24]
  • 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"[25] 2008 The Renaissance Q-Tip
"Get Right"[26] 2010 Rebel Without Applause Johnny Polygon
"Blvd Broad"[26]
"You Belong to Me"[27] Catch-Up
"Beautiful Things" LIFE Kenichiro Nishihara
"Proud 2 Be"[28] 2012 Crack on Steroids N.O.R.E., M-1


Film and TV[edit]

Year Production title Role Notes and awards
1993 Cop and a Half Katy
1994-1995 My Brother and Me Deon Wilburn
2006 Freedomland Angry Female Tenant
2015-2017 Get Your Life Amanda Seales
2016 Identical Poet #2
2016 Ladies Book Club Helema
2016–Present Insecure (TV series) Tiffany DuBois
2016-2017 Greatest Ever Amanda Seales Host
2017 Hood Adjacent Amanda Seales
2018 Black-ish Barbara
2019 I Be Knowin'' Amanda Seales
2019–Present Bring the Funny Amanda Seales Host

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
(featuring Johnny Polygon)
2009 Lyn-don McCray[29]


  1. ^ All Music Amanda Seales Biography
  2. ^ a b seales, amanda. "".[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Seales, Amanda. "".[unreliable source?]
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  5. ^ Seales, Amanda. "". Retrieved November 8, 2016.[unreliable source?]
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  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 1, 2019). "NBC Orders Comedy Competition Series With Jeff Foxworthy Among Judges". Variety.
  9. ^ "Who Is Amanda Seales? 10 Facts About The 'Bring The Funny' Host". Talent Recap. 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  10. ^ "".
  11. ^ "Amanda Diva – Spandex, Rhymes & Soul EP".
  12. ^ "Amanda Diva Gets In Touch With "Spandex, Rhymes, & Soul" On New EP [Free Download]".
  13. ^ "Amanda Diva – Spandex, Rhymes & Soul FreEP". 3 March 2009.
  14. ^ - Amandaland News - Why I changed my name (an explanation...FINALLY!). Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  15. ^ "". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Ngangura, Tari (25 January 2019). "Amanda Seales Be Knowin', and You Should Listen". Vulture. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  17. ^ Kulp, Patrick. "A new anti-smoking ad slams Big Tobacco for targeting black neighborhoods".
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  20. ^ "Life Experience Ep, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  21. ^ "Spandex Rhymes & Soul, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  22. ^ "Madame Monochrome, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  23. ^ "Foreplay Mixtape, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  24. ^ "Technicolor Lover, by Amanda Seales". Amanda Seales.
  25. ^ "The Renaissance - Q-Tip - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  26. ^ a b "Rebel Without Applause by Johnny Polygon on Apple Music". 23 March 2010.
  27. ^ "Johnny Polygon Catches Up With New Mixtape -".
  28. ^ "N.O.R.E. - Crack On Steroids Hosted by DJ Green Lantern". DatPiff.
  29. ^ ""NEON" FEAT. JOHNNY POLYGON OFFICIAL VIDEO!!!!". Amanda Seales. August 12, 2009. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.

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