Amanda Seales--comedian/writer/producer, Amanda Seales (HBO Insecure) killed the stage at Stand Up Live Phoenix.
For over an hour and a half we were all in "Amandaland" soaking in her raw message that was full of truth because it was exactly what Black Women... well actually what EVERYBODY needed to hear.
Her uncomfortable for most yet poignantly defining set was life to me and all the other Black Women in the room. Out the gate she shut men down on their need to "police women"... referencing a tweet she had just seen prior to stepping on stage. If you don't know about her Sideeye Seminar then you don't know she has no time for and gives no space to everyday sexism.
Confronting consent, Amanda kept it real... she let us all know that "consent should feel like it feels when you are getting ready to do the Electric Slide to Before I let go by Frankie Beverly and Maze"...nobody half heartedly joins the Electric Slide line!--that's not a thing, well at least not in Black Culture.
She is so animated and fluid, complete with leg kicks, back bends, turns and pirouettes, she had the crowd roaring in laughter the entire time.
Her set was a masterpiece. High energy, engaging and edgy.
Amanda journeyed through the reality of what Cat calling is for a woman... And demonstrated beautifully and hysterically how there is a difference between cat calling and a compliment. "Cat calling is not a compliment it is an observation" and then we talked about the men who think all women have to walk down the street smiling... her response to, "hey Miss, why you not smiling?" is..."You gone pay these college loans--- that's why I'm not smiling (don't ask questions you don't want the answer to)"...
Black History Month in 2018 would not be complete with out at least a dozen references to Wakanda... with her hands crisscrossed over her chest while doing the Bankhead bounce and channeling the Jabari tribe's rallying war cry featured in the film. We had a beautiful moment together. We all joined in...
She eloquently and articulately stated matter of factly that "Black people are living their best life right now...Black people are like F#%+ Donald Trump --We got a movie!"
This powerfully fierce Black, Grenadian-West Indian Woman was everything we could ask for and more.
We sang the negro national anthem, cooed over Barack and Michelle, talked about the satisfying pleasure of seeing an EX or her own "Dead Beat Dad" on the gram after a personal GlowUp. Like old high school friends we chatted about the Becky's of life and how White women are both annoying yet invincible because they've been protected since the dawning of time. Without a skip in her beer she let all the White girls in the room know that they need to start using their privilege for forces of good--like defeating ISIS with their annoyingly passive aggressive, let me speak to your manager because I ordered no whip and you added whip do you know who my father is selves...
Her set is far more than a comedy show, it is an eloquently delivered history lesson. Connecting the vilifying of Black men and connecting that norm to the impending narrative that they are a constant threat to the world's treasured jewel--white women.
When in reality "America has been so scared of big black dicks forever".
The Black Women in the crowd erupted in laughter over reminiscing over the times when they were in the club and had to negotiate with their thighs about dancing to particular song when a certain beat drops... knowing that it would last longer than 8 minutes and they knew once in it they would have to commit.
Amanda gave us the dirty scoop on "Sexually Transmitted Stupidity" and put the men on game to the fact that "all women have a vagenda"
Her show was amazing.
Literally from start to finish.
Even with the pockets of white folks sprinkled in, the show was for US... and it was a truly beautiful moment to be apart of.
And before she left the stage, and closed out her show. Amanda imparted some of the most importantly powerful words to ever be spoken...
"The dick can touch the heart, but the pussy can snatch the soul"