Amanda Seales Receives The Caribbean Luminary Award
Amanda Seales is a prominent comedian, actress, host, and activist that is not afraid to use her voice for what she believes is right, and uniquely is still able to make people laugh while she’s doing it. Seales is unapologetically proud of her African and her Grenadian heritage. Just last month, Seales was awarded the Caribbean Luminary Award by the American Foundation for The University of West Indies (AFUWI). She continues to build a strong brand as a Karibbean Kreative by being bold and brave while claiming her space in the entertainment industry. She has experimented in many different lanes to build awareness of her name and skills but has chosen to master a few niches with enough focus to where she is now considered an expert in them.
Here are some facts you may not have known about the Grenadian-American comedian:
- Seales’s mother is from Mt. Moritz, Grenada, and her father is African American. Seales and her mother are dual citizens of Grenada.
- She has a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in African American studies with an emphasis in hip hop.
- She joined The Real in 2020, and left the same year, saying, “I’m not in a space where I can, as a full Black woman, have my voice and my coworkers also have their voices and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for Black voices to be at the top too,” she said during an interview with actor Brandon Victor Dixon on Instagram.
- Seales called out Justin Timberlake and other white artists that showed “solidarity” for posting about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, but turned off their comments and Instagram replies to see “a whole lotta racists, a whole lotta privilege”
- Along with being a comedian, a host, and an activist, Seales is also a musical artist. Recently, she has incorporated her comedy into her music, with her Ni**as Got Me F*d Up release, however, in 2007, Seales replaced Natalie Stewart in the musical duo Floetry with Marsha Ambrosius while on tour. Her stage name at the time was Amanda Diva.
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