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Amanda Seales        

Poet, Spoken Word Artist & Media Personality Known for HBO's "Insecure;" Anti-Smoking Activist

Amanda Seales brings enlightenment through laughter. Both a comedian and a thought leader, she leaves audiences laughing and learning - a powerful combination for inspiring change.

Seales possesses an uncanny knack for fusing intellectual wit and pop-culture insights with humor. Whether it is on stage at her sold-out tours, facilitating comedic college lectures, or dropping knowledge on her weekly podcast, Seales presents topics like racism, rape culture, sexism, and police brutality in a way that demands both thought and response.

Named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People,” Seales brings scholarly understanding (she has a Master's in African American studies from Columbia University) to her entertainment experience (NBC, HBO, MTV, VH1, Def Poetry Jam, Sirius Satellite Radio), making her a powerhouse performer.

An entertainment veteran, Seales got her start as a young actress on Nickelodeon's "My Brother and Me." Fast forward, Seales is a celebrity on the rise. Her debut stand-up special, "I Be Knowin'" premiered on HBO in 2019. She is also the host of NBC’s new comedy competition series, "Bring the Funny." Seales also created and toured the laugh-filled musical game show "Smart Funny & Black," receiving national accolades.

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A Seat at the Table: Understanding Your Role in Crucial Conversations on Race in AmericaA Conversation with Amanda Seales

Side-eye Seminar: Identifying and Defying Everyday forms of Sexism

Side-eye Seminar: Identifying and Defying Everyday forms of Sexism

A Seat at the Table: Understanding Your Role in Crucial Conversations on Race in America

Beats, Rhymes & My Life

In this hilarious and riveting presentation, Amanda "Diva" Seales blends poetry, comedy, rapping, and singing, sharing lessons, stories, and anecdotes from her journey as a child TV actress on Nickelodeon to a globally known personality and artisan on MTV, VH1, and more.

Schoolin': Hip-Hop in Academia

Though it is a worldwide phenomenon, some still consider hip-hop a crude and baseless culture unworthy of in-depth exploration on a multiple of intellectual levels. They couldn't be more wrong. Amanda "Diva" Seales has the voice of a true hip-hop head and is a scholar on the culture. In this presentation, she breaks down why hip-hop not only belongs in academia as a cultural form worthy of study, but why it is an essential tool for education and a critical part of discussing the current social sphere of America.

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Musical People: How Black Music Moves the Black Experience

Slavery begot spirituals. Reconstruction begot "the blues." Reaganomics begot "hip-hop." Throughout history the black experience in America has directly influenced the music born from the community. Within this lecture Amanda "Diva" Seales uses facts, music, and poetry, aligning history with melody to chronicle people who have challenged oppression and depression, and encouraged progression through prolific musicality.

Death of the Diva: The Destruction of the Female Icon in Pop Culture

In her latest project, a hilarious, musically infused, thought-provoking one-woman show, Amanda "Diva" Seales morphs in and out of a multitude of characters using narrative, satire, rhyme, and song to tell her theory of what caused the destruction of the mainstream media image of the iconic powerful woman and the women it has affected and will continue to affect.

Exploring the influence of imagery, she seeks to assign accountability to the lack of female images in the mainstream, and raise awareness on the repercussions that it has had and will continue to have on women. Accompanied by a DJ, three-piece band, and video imagery, the show is dynamic and interactive, compelling audiences to laugh, empathize, and nod their heads to the original musical numbers integrated throughout. Though the script is written, Seales improvises much of the performance giving every audience a show unlike any other.

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Amanda SealesGets ‘Complicated’
DJ, television personality, actress, screenwriter. Those are just a few of the words fit to describe the 50 shades of Amanda Seales, a self-made entrepreneur since 12 years old. And now, the California-born Renaissance woman can....
Amanda Seales to Star in Mo' Betta Wu
Amanda Seales, the multi-talent perhaps more popularly known as Amanda Diva, has a bold new gig lined up for next month. The Renaissance woman will perform jazz interpretations of classic Wu-Tang Clan material in a live production called Mo' Betta Wu.

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