Poet, Spoken Word Artist & Media Personality
A finder of the funny and commentator on all things worth and not worth talking about, Amanda “Diva” Seales has earned her credibility as a culture critic! Seales is a multi-faceted artist who got her start as a young actress on Nickelodeon’s My Brother and Me and went on to perform on the spoken word poetry scene before being chosen to appear on Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam in 2002 and 2005. Read More >
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Everything went well. She was as marvelous and inspiring as I presumed. Everyone loved her and enjoyed what she said because they felt she spoke directly to each of us. Her performance was well past my expectations. Thank you very much for recommending her to me."
"She was GREAT!! We had 330 people come out to her lecture!"