Amanda Diva and Flo Fader

Amanda Diva and Flo Fader

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It's Bigger Than Hip Hop! Remember That

Biography

In the summer of 2001 Amanda Diva burst onto the poetry scene as a spoken word emcee who’s style, an energetic blend of hip-hop and Black history, humor and intensity, strength and intelligence, stood out from the now exploding poetry scene. The honesty of Miss Diva’s work is felt through her combination of a powerful singing voice and a powerful inner voice, which she melds together to create her unique exuberant style of performance. Addressing issues of politics as well as everyday occurrences and headaches that everyone deals with, Amanda Diva puts them in an explosive rhyme format that forces the highest sadiddy to come down to earth, and the most thorough thug to awaken his intellect.

“Diva Deev” has blessed mics from Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam (2002) and Jessie Jackson’s “Rainbow Push” benefit (2003), to New York City’s world famous NuYorican Poet’s Café (two time Grand-Slam Semi Finalist), the Lyricist Lounge, Caroline’s Comedy Club, the Rush Arts Gallery, Jimmy’s Uptown Café, the Sugar Shack (Slam Winner), the Boston Comedy Club, SOB’s, the Bowery Poetry Club, Nell’s (Slam Winner), and more to New Jersey’s Bogie’s Night Club, Euphoria, and Nunno’s. She also burned down the stage with her lyrics from the University of Miami to the University of North Carolina Wilmington and others. Along with hitting the stages of college campuses across the U.S. as a poet, she has also served as poet and guest speaker/panelist on hip-hop along side Kurtis Blow and Nikki Giovanni at the illustrious Texas A & M University.

A lover of music you can catch Amanda filling the roll as the “face of hip-hop” for MTV2 (Hip Hop Countdown) and also hear her rockin’ the airwaves at Sirius Satellite Radio Monday through Friday from 7am-2 EST. on “Hip-hop Nation,” where she has interviewed the likes of Outkast, Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killa, Dead Prez, Omar Epps, David Banner, and more.

Always trying to raise the bar, Amanda Diva is a creative artist who seeks to use song and hip-hop to take poetry to another level. Changing the game, she has recently released her first mixtape of “It’s Bigger than Hip-hop, The Mixtape: Vol. 1” combining her poems with today and yesterday’s hottest beats! Her vocals can also be found on her own Spoken Word/ Soul cd “Never a Dull Moment”. A graduate of SUNY Purchase (2003) with a Bachelor of the Arts in Liberal Arts in Black Studies with a concentration in the Visual and Performing Arts, she culminated her four years by producing, directing, and writing, her one woman show, Musical People: How Black Music Moves the Black Experience at the H.E.R.E. Theater in Manhattan, New York.

She is currently attending Columbia University as a graduate student in their African American Studies Master’s Program and in the final stages of releasing her first volume of poetry, Young Skin, Wise Mind, Old Soul.

A lyrical cardiologist who rhymes from the heart, she considers herself a contemporary hip-hop poet, representing the voice of consciousness that is currently far too lacking in hip-hop music.

Discography

SAG/AFTRA

TELEVISION/ RADIO
Sunkist Sound Lab Radio Promo LA/ Chicago/ Houston/ NY Voice Talent 2003
Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam HBO Feature Poet 2002
Shamu TV Busch Entertainment Fin 1998
My Brother and Me Nickelodeon Deonne 1995

INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIALS
Pinellas County Recycling Spectrum Productions Principle 1998
Scholastic Authors Scholastic Authors Principle 1998
The Power of Choice USDA Principle 1998

THEATER/POETRY
2 Time Grand Slam Semifinalist NuYorican Poet’s Café (nyc) 2002
Slam Winner Sugar Shack (nyc) 2001
Hey Sis! Original Work Looking Glass Theater (nyc) 2000
Once on This Island Agwe Dr. Phillips High School 1999
Spunk! Blues Speak Woman ” 1999
Purlie Missy Judson “ 1998
The Crucible Tituba “ 1997

FILM
Cop and ½ Directed By: Henry Winkler Principle 1991

AWARDS/HONORS
Recipient academic Charles Beninson Scholarship 2001/2002
Recipient academic Empire State Scholarship 2001/2002
Nat’l Finalist theater/spoken Donna Reed Scholarship awardee 1999
Semifinalist theater/spoken NFAA-ARTS Scholarship Level III 1999

TRAINING
State University of New York at Purchase 1999-Present
Dr. Phillips High School Magnet for the Visual and Performing Arts 1995-1999
Orlando Metro Gymnastics Olympic Training Center (Level 9) 1993-1998
Starlight Dance Studio 1988-1994

Special Talents: Visual Art, Slam Poetry, Singing, Dancing (Hip-Hop, African, and Caribbean), Tumbling, Trampoline, Basketball, Scuba-Diving, Springboard Diving, Ice-Skating, Roller Blading, Swimming, Water Ski, Jet Ski, Snow Ski

Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Height: 5’6” Weight: 135