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Ahead of her first time hosting an award show at tonight's 20th Annual BET Awards, Amanda Seales is opening up about the necessity of the iconic ceremony amid the heightened racial unrest currently galvanizing America. In a new interview with People magazine, the Insecure actress and comedian explained why she believes now more than ever is the time to grant Black entertainers, artists, and creatives the space to celebrate their community and accomplishments. Due to the ongoing of the current coronavirus pandemic, the awards ceremony will be produced and broadcasted virtually for the first time ever.''It's less about it being during a pandemic and more about it being during a global uprising against racial discrimination. I don't think thereโ€™s a better time for us to be doing a show celebrating Black folks for living in their craft to the best of their abilities,'' Seales told People. Seales admitted that she hasn't taken the offer to host the iconic awards show lightly and that she's been working hard on fine tuning her opening address to the viewers who watch this Sunday. The comedian continued that she's planning to ''authentically'' speak to her show's viewers regarding ''the Black experience, past, present, and future'' during her opening monologue.''I need to be thoughtful and I always am, but really making sure that I'm not taking anything for granted in terms of what this stage means at this time. When I say 'at this time' I don't just mean about the uprising,'' explained Seales. ''But about the fact that BET is celebrating 40 years. It's the 20-year anniversary of the BET Awards itself. So all of these things converging really is not something I take lightly and I'm looking forward to stepping into those shoes with grace.''Below, read up on what you need to know about Amanda Seales ahead of her big night at the BET Awards. This isn't her first rodeo as a television host. Before making her mark as a comedian and actress, Seales had a brief stint as an MTV Video Jockey on MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown. Most recently, Seales was also one of multiple hosts of Fox's The Real, but left after one season due to creative differences between her and the show's producers.''Iโ€™m not in a space where I can, as a full Black woman, have my voice and my co-workers also have their voices, and where the people at the top are not respecting the necessity for Black voices to be at the top too,'' said Seales regarding her decision to leave The Real, per Deadline. ''It doesnโ€™t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I cannot speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to and where the people who are speaking to me in disparaging ways are not being handled.''This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. She's a published author.
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