Sameer Rao

Arts & Culture Reporter
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Sameer Rao is a reporter for Colorlines, focusing on arts & culture news. As a freelance writer, Sameer's work has appeared in Stereogum, VICE's Noisey, Under the Radar, Splitsider, Philadelphia City Paper, WXPN's The Key, PhillyVoice, the Public School Notebook, and Independent Restaurateur. His writing primarily focuses on music, comedy, theatre, film, social entrepreneurship, race, media, gender, critical theory, pop culture, and where all of those things intersect. Sameer is a graduate of Haverford College and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and he has also worked as a non-profit marketing coordinator, case worker, and community organizer.

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Asian-American MCs Hustle for Respect in 'Bad Rap' Music Doc

You can stream the feature documentary on Asian-American rappers via Video on Demand.

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#BlackTwitter Dreams Come True: Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Ava DuVernay-Directed, Issa Rae-Penned Buddy Flick

The film went from meme to Netflix greenlight in just over a month. 

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ICYMI: This Passage From Ava DuVernay's Peabody Speech Sums Up Why We Must End Mass Incarceration

DuVernay won a Peabody Award for her documentary, "13th," which examines the relationship between contemporary mass incaraceration and slavery.

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Honor Sasheer Zamata's Understated Greatness With These 3 'SNL' Clips

Zamata was the first Black woman cast on "Saturday Night Live" since 2007—and she just left the late-night sketch institution after three-and-a-half years. Here, we reflect on some of her definitive performances.

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'Breaking' Presents: Ricardo Gamboa, a Latinx Actor and Auteur Who Deftly Mixes Comedy With Righteous Anger

Along with regular theater acting stints, the Chicago native created "Brujos," a hilarious digital series about gay male Latinx witches, and "The Hoodoisie," a live news show highlighting local changemakers of color.

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WATCH: Diddy 'Can't Stop, Won't Stop' in New Documentary Trailer

"Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story" comes to Apple Music on June 25.

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Native Activist Richard Oakes Honored with Google Doodle

The Alcatraz occupation leader and Native studies pioneer would have been 75 today.

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Against Open Internet Advocates' Wishes, FCC Votes to Review Net Neutrality Rules

Commissioner Mingon Clyburn's dissent: "We should not let broadband providers define the rules of engagement."

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'Our 100 Days' Short Film Series Tells Stories of Resistance

Firelight Media, Field of Vision and Fusion's short-doc program highlights underserved communities resisting the Trump Administration's policies.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Breaks Art Auction Records With $110.5 Million Sale

Yusaku Maezawa purchased the late neo-expressionist artist's "Untitled."

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3 Must-Read Reactions to Alex Tizon's 'My Family's Slave' Essay

The Atlantic's latest cover story on the late Filipino-American author's relationship with a woman enslaved by his family prompted immediate praise and backlash. We share a few of the reactions that capture various perspectives. 

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After 36 Years Behind Bars, Oscar López Rivera is Still Committed to Puerto Rican Independence

The longtime political prisoner and former Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional member pledges to tour the island to "share ideas and promote unity" around Puerto Rican nationhood.

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READ: Solange Affirms Inner Strength in 'A Letter to My Teenage Self'

"You will learn how to love yourself and how to empathize with and forgive those who may have taken a bit of that pure love away from you." 

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Jordan Peele and Misha Green Adapt Horror-Fantasy 'Lovecraft Country' for HBO

The "Get Out" director and "Underground" creator received a straight-to-series order for the adaptation of Matt Ruff's novel about a Black veteran traveling through 1950s America.

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STUDY: APIA First-Time Voters Turned Out for 2016 Election in Record Numbers

The newest National Asian American Survey reports that 1.1 million new voters of Asian descent cast ballots last November.

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Ava DuVernay and Other Showrunners of Color Sound Off on Creative Pressure, Pigeonholing

"For me to say no [to projects], in my mind, there may not be another chance."

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ICYMI: Criminal Justice Orgs Denounce Jeff Sessions' Mandatory Minimums Directive

Activists and advocacy groups say the attorney general's latest sentencing order fuels the War on Drugs at the expense of communities of color.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Demise of 'Black Panther & The Crew'

The comic series, which followed Black Marvel superheroes investigating the death of a social justice activist in police custody, will wrap with its sixth issue.

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Beyoncé Tops 2017 BET Awards with 7 Nominations

Solange, Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper and Migos also earned multiple nods.

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5 Reasons Why Kris Kobach Shouldn't Lead Trump's Voter Fraud Investigations [OPINION]

The Kansas secretary of state helped create President Trump's border policy and supports voter ID measures. Now, he has a seat on the president's new voter fraud investigation commission.