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Amanda Seales: The Root

Amanda Seales, known for her wit and humor as both a comedian and a star of the hit series “Insecure,” recently took to her Instagram to voice her frustration over what she perceives as exclusion within Black Hollywood circles. Despite her undeniable talent and success, she expressed dismay at being consistently overlooked for important events and recognition within the industry.
In a heartfelt post, Seales first expressed gratitude to her fans for their continuous support. She acknowledged that without them, she might doubt her own achievements. However, she then delved into her disappointment with the industry’s failure to recognize her contributions, particularly within Black spaces fully. This lack of acknowledgment, she suggests, has led her to contemplate a potential departure from the industry altogether.
Further adding to her frustration, Seales revealed that she had not received invitations to significant events. Despite deserving recognition and having been nominated, she had not been invited to awards such as ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood and the NAACP Image Awards. She also mentioned never being honored at Black Girls Rock or invited to the BET Awards.
In a subsequent video, Seales clarified that her intent was not to target these spaces. She intended to provoke a deeper conversation about the systemic issues that lead to the underappreciation of Black talent. She urged these spaces to recognize and value the contributions of individuals like herself who challenge oppressive systems.
The response to Seales’ remarks was mixed. While many echoed her sentiments and voiced their support for her stance, others criticized her. They suggested that perhaps she was part of the problem, citing past controversies and clashes within the industry.

While the debate is on, how do you interpret the criticisms against Seales? Do they hold merit, or do they actually overlook her contributions? Kindly air your views!

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