There are a lot of things that one can do with fame. Aside from money, some people also use fame to gain power and prestige. While others use their fame to fight a good fight, these people use their platforms to spark a change in the world.
One actress who is especially active when it comes to sparking change is Amanda Seales. Born to a Grenadian mother and an African-American father, Amanda has first-hand experience of the struggles that people of color go through in this country.
That’s why when she rose to fame for her talent and natural humor, she quickly used her spot in the limelight to shed light on the struggles of BIPOC people.
Amanda Seales’ Acting Career
Amanda’s career began way back in 1993. She played a few minor roles here and there but wasn’t involved in any big projects. Nevertheless, she continued to work hard and hone her on-screen skills, as well as her humor.
Her big break arrived more than a decade after her career started. In 2016, Amanda played the role of Tiffany DuBois in the HBO series Insecure. The series would go on to receive countless nominations and awards from prestigious institutions like the Emmy Awards. In 2022, Amanda herself would be nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Award from NAACP Image Awards for her role.
Since the series began, Amanda also started receiving a bunch of different opportunities. In 2019, HBO also released her stand-up comedy special “I Be Knowin’.” In it, Amanda delved deeper into her life and perspectives, talking about relationships, dating, womanhood, as well as race and culture. It was very well received, especially by fellow women of color.
It’s difficult to pinpoint when exactly Amanda Seales’ activism began, since from the onset, she was already quite vocal about social issues like racism and sexism. However, one of her first and most notable moments as an activist came after the video “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” went viral on YouTube.
She was invited on CNN alongside Steve Santagati to discuss the video. Amanda’s opinions, and her strong disagreement with Steve, all paired with her comedic facial expressions gained her fans. The discussion itself garnered over 3 million views on YouTube.
Seales also got into an argument with Caitlyn Jenner in a Katy Perry livestream. The topic was White Privilege, and Seales told Jenner, "This country is here for you. This country ain’t here for me in the same way, sis." Seales herself has stated that this was the moment she truly became an activist.
Into the Future
With her comedic genius and strong opinions, Amanda Seales is taking on new and bigger projects than ever before. With her strong following on social media, including over two million followers on Instagram, she sure is a catalyst for change.
Recently, Amanda released a Patreon special “In Amanda We Trust'” which tackles the lives of people in Congress. She shows viewers what it actually is like to be in the government, paired with her usual comedic style.