Amanda Seales Talks About Being A "Stage-Ass Bitch"

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She's always been this way, but now we can all see it on her new HBO special I Be Knowin'

Sitting in front of me, in a full Gucci tracksuit and stark blue eyeliner, in HBO's New York offices, was Amanda Seales. She lounged back in her seat, chatting and laughing with her team. Her hair was pulled up into a tight bun, and her edges were laid. Seales looked like a woman who has fulfilled her destiny and now gets to laugh about it. But Seales, whose HBO comedy special, I Be Knowin', debuts on Saturday, was quick to tell me how much she has yet to do. "I've never starred in a movie. I've never starred in my own scripted series. I still don't have my own unscripted series. I still haven't put mad motherfuckers on."

Maybe not, but Seales has always been part of my pop culture universe. I first saw her on My Brother & Me, one of the shows that helped define Nickelodeon's golden era of diversity in the '90s. I stayed up late enough to catch her on Def Poetry Jam in the early-aughts. I was confused when I heard that she replaced Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart in the duo Floetry, and I would occasionally catch her VJing on MTV2. So by the time she showed up as Tiffany, the bougie friend on Issa Rae's television masterpiece Insecure, in 2016, Seales was already a familiar face. Then, in 2017, she took her talents (and love of blackness) on the road for Smart Funny & Black, a touring game show where her famous peers compete over knowledge of black history and culture. I got a random text from one of my friends raving about how much fun it was.

All of this has led Seales to I Be Knowin', the stand-up special where she reflects on the personal and political realities of being a black woman. Addressing everything from exes, the Black National Anthem, titties, and white women passive-aggressively CCing uninvolved persons on email chains, I Be Knowin' is a refined extension of the content that Seales creates online for her hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers. This combination of therapeutic musings and woke commentary is best served in harmony, according to Seales: "They complement each other. I think they help create a balance. I definitely will be conscious of that, because I ain't trying to hit folks over the head." She compared this sensibility to finding a "fire-ass beat" for a conscious song, saying, "You can't have one without the other. They need to be in harmony and synergy for it to have its highest level of effectiveness."

Despite her dexterity on camera, on the mic, or on the 'gram, it is on the stage where Seales is the most comfortable. "I'm just a stage-ass bitch," she said. "You're a trap goddess [she's referencing the two nameplate necklaces I wear on a daily basis that read "Trap" and "Goddess"]. I'm a stage-ass bitch." We are both living in our truths. "I think that's because I've always felt like I have something to say, whether it's a soapbox, or a podium, or a full stage," Seales explained, "I've always felt comfortable being in front of people to say what I need to say." And she is always going to find a funny-ass way to say it.

Behind just about every joke that Seales tells is a lesson. For example, when I ask her what the one thing from I Be Knowin' she'd like black women to take away, she chose this nugget: "If the mattress is on the floor, it's no place for a queen." This is the kind of advice you grow to appreciate when it comes from your homegirl, auntie, mama. It moves beyond the immediacy of a sexual encounter to call self-worth into question. Seales has masterfully integrated this into her comedic practice, and that's what I appreciate most about I Be Knowin', and Seales's consistent presence in the black culture ether.

As for what makes her feel accomplished, it's this: "No matter what happens from this point forward, I have created an artistic legacy. That, to me, says I've made it and that I've been able to make a career out of my art that reaches my standard of what I consider success." Although, even she had to admit that head-to-toe Gucci sweetens the deal just a little bit.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories












Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software


Baby bottles






Skin moisturizers



Bubble bath


Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations



Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers




Picture frames


Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags




Key chains



photo albums



Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

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Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.