Words matter. These are the best Amanda Seales Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I used to work at Sirius. And when I got my job at Sirius, I was only 21. It was my first job out of college. And when I think back to what 21 was, though, you’re an idiot.
Even when I was in school, I was doing papers and writing poems; I always had an edge to my delivery. It was never conscious, but it was more so my organic way of thinking about things.
I am black, and I loved ‘Django.’
I come from an academic background, and I have a genuine interest in social change.
I think it’s always been especially hard for black people to let go of musicians who do heinous things because music is such an integral part of our existence.
Whether you like him or not, hip hop needs Drake.
The truth is what facts are. I like facts. I like things to line up and be clear, and when we are honest and true about things, it helps things to make sense, and it cuts out a lot of the fat that gets in the way and causes for the misunderstandings that I believe lead to violence and… dysfunction, etc.
To act like everyone has had the same access to share their funny is willful ignorance at its best – and just a good ol’ fashioned front at its truth.
The amount of silliness that happens to me is insane.
My whole intention is to break down these limitations of what a black comedian is supposed to be and to open up a space.
For my web series ‘Get Your Life,’ I wrote that and produced it and starred in it so that I could have a body of work that represents my voice as a writer and as a performer.
I am all at once in awe and in confusion at some of the folks I encounter during fashion week, consistently causing me to mutter to myself or whoever’s in earshot, ‘Is that really necessary?’
Cornrows came back with a vengeance in the early ’00s with every dude trying to grow his hair out to get ‘braided up.’ It was crazy. Girls were getting carpal tunnel in hoods across America trying to make plaits out of 1.5 inches of ungreased hair.
I look to icons like George Carlin, Chris Rock, and Richard Pryor on how to present these concepts of social change and subversiveness to an audience in a way that’s palatable.
I have a theory that when you’re lost on the path, go back to the beginning and try the maze again.
Ladies and dentists will agree: Iverson has one of the best smiles to ever grin. This is uncontested. No argument! And he was very generous with it as well. Whether during a game, press conference, or photoshoot, Iverson was free with his cheesing.
I want to create and write scripted and unscripted shows, digital shows, stage shows.
As a lover of both hip-hop and jazz, I feel like much of the latter community still doesn’t truly embrace hip-hop as a musical extension.
If I couldn’t get to where I wanted to by being my organic self – which is a smart, funny, unapologetically black woman – then I felt like it’s not worth doing it if I can’t do it the most organic way possible. Which is why I left the music business.
America was made for white men. Literally, at the time of the writing of the new country’s Constitution, only white men could own land, and only men who owned land could vote.
I’m a nerd.
Exactly what I’m doing is what success looks like. I get to create on my own terms, on my own timeline, and I’m able to support myself and my mom and my cat comfortably.
I’ve made it my business to condition and train folks to understand that you’ll never know what’s going to come out of my mouth.
I don’t have the proportions for ‘hood hot.’
I know some people would be like, ‘Why are you responding to these racists on Twitter?’ Sometimes it’s for the purpose of letting them know they’re being watched and that they’re going to have to answer for their words.
Growing up, dating seemed pretty straightforward: If someone was interested in getting to know you on a romantic level, they approached, exchanged info, and proceeded to communicate with you in a consistent fashion between outings of various natures.
I’m a weirdo and an only child. That comes together to create one-woman shows.
In hip hop, ‘real’ has always meant one who represents in actuality what they present in imagery. For instance, once upon a time, if a rapper spoke about being gangsta, they needed to truly be that, or they were ‘frontin.’
Jazz does what it wants to, and so does The Wu.
When I speak of diversity, I don’t mean replacement of white comics. I don’t mean acceptance by white comics. We comics who weren’t born into the white guy paradigm of ‘funny’ don’t need a handout. We don’t need a PC push. We don’t need ‘a look.’
From the beginning with ‘So Far Gone,’ Drake’s work has been to find a way to deftly balance his singing and his rapping.
My goal is to just have options.
Contrary to far too popular a belief, style, fashion, and fabulousness are not synonymous with stank, haughty, and self-aggrandizing.
For a lot of comics who aren’t as silly or physical but more intellectual, we get looked at as ‘alt comics.’ No, I’m still a black comic, and there are black people who want to hear my type of black comedy, but that space hasn’t been built out for us.
I think, for a long time, I didn’t have people who understood where I was coming from. They were giving me advice on what would be good for them.
‘Smart Funny and Black’ is basically a live black pop culture game show that I created. We have a live band. We have two contestants that we call ‘blacksperts.’ They come on stage and compete in games that I’ve created that test their knowledge of black culture, black history, and the black experience.
Auditioning for people you know is way more stressful than auditioning for people you don’t know. And you have to pretend that you don’t know because they’re just staring at you.
‘Smart, Funny and Black’ is about celebrating, critiquing and learning about black culture, black history, and the black experience.
I am from Florida, so I didn’t ‘grow up’ on Wu-Tang.
I always say your truth is your compass to your purpose.
I definitely am very secure with my body and my likes and dislikes and the imperfections that some might call flaws. I’m like, ‘Those are my thighs; it’s just what it is.’ I think a lot of that has to do also with… women being a lot more vocal about the fact that, you know, being flawless is false.
I don’t do things that I’m not good at.
I paint because I love to paint. If someone buys the prints or whatever, so be it, but it’s not my main form of business. As a performer, that is my main form of business.
I just love being able to create and make things that inspire and that make people laugh, and my motivation to keep going is to make more opportunities to do that.
My mom is an incredibly direct person, and I like things to make sense.
When my hair is picked out, my whole aura is picked out, like, ‘See this, see me.’
Comedy has allowed me to be my 100-percent-true self, as opposed to other places, where I feel like that’s been a hindrance. Whether it’s music or poetry or hosting, people want you to be something else: they want you to be packaged in a certain way.
I want to be able to do what I want to do and have people care about it.
As an artist, it’s incredible to see folks see you and then be able to give that back and to be able to send two girls to a Black Girls Empowerment camp.
In most cases, a year older is a good thing. More wisdom, more experience, and less damns given.