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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WATCH: Kansas City Fast-Food Workers Share Stories of Struggle

Join cooks and cashiers working with Stand Up KC and Fight for $15 as they narrate personal stories of corporate mistreatment, poverty and resistance via live performances.

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Michael Brown's Family Settles Wrongful Death Suit With City of Ferguson

Lezley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. sued Ferguson, its former police chief and ex-officer Darren Wilson for their son's 2014 death, which sparked local and national activism against police violence.

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Mobb Deep's Havoc on Prodigy's Death: 'I Still Can't Believe It'

"I can't even listen to 'Shook Ones' or any song."

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Young Thurgood Marshall Tackles Northern Racism in New 'Marshall' Trailer

The Reginald Hudlin-directed movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Marshall during his time at the NAACP.

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Gwen Carr, Constance Malcolm Criticize NYPD's Misconduct Deal With Tennis Vet James Blake

"It's disappointing that after receiving preferential treatment from the city, James Blake appears to be giving cover to the de Blasio administration for its complete lack of police accountability and transparency instead of supporting the demands of our families and communities for an end to police abuses against us."

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LISTEN: Meet Brujas, A Black and Brown NYC Skating and Organizing Collective

The latest episode of WNYC's "The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars" podcast profiles this Bronx-bred group of Black and Brown skaters and organizers mixing fun and empowerment.

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Teenage Syrian Refugee Navigates Islamophobia, Multiculturalism in New Documentary

Dalya Zeno and her mother Rudayna Aksh feature in "Dalya's Other Country," a documentary premiering soon on PBS' "POV."

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Prodigy's Death at 42 Leaves Rap Fans 'Shook'

A representative says the Mobb Deep MC was hospitalized after a Las Vegas show due to sickle cell anaemia complications.

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Mattel Introduces Ken Dolls With Various Races, Body Types

Customers can now choose from a number of Kens, including Black, Asian and Brown ones.

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A 'Race Detective' Investigates Racism in 'American Koko'

Stream the second season of the digital satire series for free via ABC Digital.

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'Atlanta,' 'This is Us' Lead Television Critics Association Awards Nominees

Both shows boast predominantly or exclusively Black writers' rooms.

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Darwin Martinez Torres Charged With Killing Nabra Hassanen

Fairfax County police have not yet ruled the killing as a hate crime. But the parents of the Muslim teen, who was killed shortly after leaving her northern Virginia mosque, say otherwise.

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Beyoncé's Fans Rejoice, Reprimand Mathew Knowles Over News of Twins' Birth

Beyhive members love the artist's children, but hate that her father announced their birth before she did.

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Celebrating Juneteenth with Remembrance and Resistance

How will you commemorate—and further—Black liberation?

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New Magazine Aims to Illuminate Asian Americans in All Their Complexity

Slant'd co-founder Katerina Jeng: "By sharing real stories from real people, we are empowering Asian Americans to rewrite the narrative that has been historically written by non-Asians for far too long."

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The Recording Academy Creates New Review Committee for Rap Nominations

The organization that runs the Grammy Awards says it wants to "eliminate the potential for a popularity bias that puts emerging artists, independent music and late-year releases at a disadvantage."

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A Black Queer Filmmaker Seeks Intersectional Acceptance in 'black enuf*'

Carrie Hawks' autobiographical documentary mixes animation with family interviews and dry humor to explore their lifelong journey to qualify their Blackness and LGBTQ identity with White and Black peers alike.

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ICYMI: Judge Orders NYPD, City Pay $75 Million for Illegal Summonses

The class-action lawsuit accused the department of issuing nearly 900,000 unqualified court summonses to meet quotas.

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This Interactive Website Maps Lynchings in Jim Crow America

The Equal Justice Initiative's Lynching in America website lets users view lynchings by state and see video testimonals from the descendants of racial terror victims.

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Tracy K. Smith Named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate

Smith earned a Pulitzer Prize for her 2011 outer space-inspired poetry collection, "Life on Mars."