Author: Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) | Date: 03 June 2019
Amanda Seales, formerly Amanda Diva 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, her mother is a dual citizen 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. She is a Comedian, host, DJ, content creator, and so much more.
She began her career on the now cult famous Nickelodeon sitcom, My Brother and Me (1994) in the role of Deonne, later becoming widely known to the public as a VJ Amanda Diva, the face of hip-hop on MTV2 Sucker Free Sundays. Though spending some time as a recording artist and spoken word poet, in 2011, she changed her name from Amanda Diva back to Amanda Seales, also returning to television and soon after adding standup comedian to her credits.
Amanda is the CEO of DivaWorks Inc her production company under which she performs and produces smart funny content for the stage and screen. She is very involved in work targeting the empowerment of young women, the end of racial discrimination, and is the social media ambassador for her mother's home island of Grenada, W.I.
In 2010, Seales teamed up with Truth, to start an anti-smoking campaign.