July is just getting started, which means it is well into summertime. Although school is out, one American entertainer is bringing Black history to cities in a fun, yet unconventional way.
American comedian, actress and radio personality Amanda Seales will bring her “U Know The Vibeonics 101 Tour” and hit L.A show Smart, Funny and Black to Indianapolis 8 p.m. July 9 at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St.
Seales created Smart, Funny and Black (SFB) as a result of the overwhelmingly negative representation of Blacks in the media. With what Seales describes as an “HBCU energy,” the show gives an open space to celebrate Black peoples’ contributions, experiences and culture.
SFB is a game show with Black history, live music and open, meaningful conversation.
Game show trivia will range from questions about Michael Jordan’s championships to Black demographics in America to how to define “issa vibe” in proper English.
At the end of the night, two guests will compete to be inducted into the “Illustrious League of Master Blacksperts.” According to SFB website, a Blackspert is “anyone who has proficient knowledge, respect and valid opinions that encourage the protection, credible critique and advancement of Black culture.”
With a master’s degree in African American studies from Columbia University, Seales uses her knowledge and comedic wit to educate the public on issues surrounding topics such as sexism, diversity and Black popular culture.
Seales is the CEO of her production company, DivaWorks Inc., a company that produces content for the stage and screen. She also performs standup internationally and often goes on college tours to educate the public
She has had success on the screen, specifically in television. She is a regular on HBO’s “Insecure,” produced and started in her own scripted comedy, “Get Your Life,” and starred in an hour-long standup special on HBO, “I Be Knowin’. ”
Seales also has a popular weekly podcast titled “Small Doses,” that “brings you potent truths for everyday use.” The podcast includes real-life topics such as college, breakups, insecurity and being an extrovert.
This is not Seales’ first time entertaining in Indianapolis. Earlier this year, Seales spoke at the Steward Speaker Series, which brings African American leaders to the city.
During her discussion, Seales acknowledged she didn’t know the Black community in Indianapolis was as large as it is, and that she will return.
Seales kept her word.