Great Quotes from Amanda Seales

I have a theory that when you’re lost on the path, go back to the beginning and try the maze again.

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You’re flawless when you embrace the things about you that you don’t necessarily like, but you own them because they’re yours.

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I always say your truth is your compass to your purpose.

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I want to see my career evolve into limitlessness.

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I want to create and write scripted and unscripted shows, digital shows, stage shows.

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My thing about creating things is that it has to do two purposes: It has to serve me creatively but also has to serve the people.

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I’m an artist through and through.

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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.

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I don’t have the proportions for ‘hood hot.’

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I’m a nerd.

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I love cars.

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Anytime I don’t have to wear a bra is a good day.

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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.

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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.

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Jazz does what it wants to, and so does The Wu.

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I’ve played with jazz and toyed with it when I used to live near the St. Nicholas Pub in Harlem.

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My first encounter with Wu-Tang Clan came when I ordered six CDs from those throwback catalog orders, from Columbia House or something, and ’36 Chambers’ was one of them. It was on from then.

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I am from Florida, so I didn’t ‘grow up’ on Wu-Tang.

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When my hair is picked out, my whole aura is picked out, like, ‘See this, see me.’

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My hair changes with my emotions… and my purpose for the day.

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Every New Year comes with a list of predictions. Self-predictions, world predictions, how many times Lindsay Lohan will get arrested predictions, etc. I reserve the annual trend for people with genuine psychic ability and/or bloggers.

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I am black, and I loved ‘Django.’

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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.

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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.

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Contrary to far too popular a belief, style, fashion, and fabulousness are not synonymous with stank, haughty, and self-aggrandizing.

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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?’

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Fashion week is not an episode of ‘Girls’ or ‘Friends,’ where I’m OK that there is not a black person in sight because I honestly believe these characters don’t come into contact with – therefore don’t have – any black friends. No, in the case of Fashion week, it feels wrong.

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Whether you like him or not, hip hop needs Drake.

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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.’

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Drake ain’t fake.

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From the beginning with ‘So Far Gone,’ Drake’s work has been to find a way to deftly balance his singing and his rapping.

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When I came into stand-up, I found a certain safe space of intellectualism, of camaraderie, of excellence that really has always been natural to me but always felt foreign in the other spaces I’ve been in.

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I come from an academic background, and I have a genuine interest in social change.

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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.

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Smart, Funny and Black’ is about celebrating, critiquing and learning about black culture, black history, and the black experience.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My goal is to just have options.

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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.

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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.

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My mom is an incredibly direct person, and I like things to make sense.

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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.

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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.

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I’ve always been funny, but I never considered it as a particular career path until my early 30s, when I realized that hip-hop wasn’t going to be the long term.

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Whether you agree with Trump or not, you can’t deny he looks like a piece of pizza with the cheese off. It’s just what it is.

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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.

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I want to be able to do what I want to do and have people care about it.

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In most cases, a year older is a good thing. More wisdom, more experience, and less damns given.

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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.

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I speak from a black woman’s perspective, and that’s a specific perspective, but sometimes there are things I want to be understood by folks who may not have an entryway into that concept, so I have to think about how I can open the space to bring those people in. And that does require balance.

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