Sameer Rao

Culture Reporter/Blogger
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Sameer Rao is a reporter and blogger for Colorlines, focusing on 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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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Sundance Institute Collaborate to Support Underrepresented Screenwriters

The partnership centers around a two-day screenwriting workshop.

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3 Best Lines on Race from Aziz Ansari's 'SNL' Debut

The show's first-ever South Asian-American host had a lot to say about the recently inaugurated president and his most racist supporters.

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How Your Faves Really Feel About the #Inauguration

The Obamas' departure from the White House and Donald Trump's first day as president compelled many entertainers of color to speak their minds on social media. They didn't hold back.

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ACLU Kicks Off 7-Point Plan to Fight Trump Administration, Protect Civil Liberties

The organization also filed requests with several government agencies, demanding documents regarding Trump's possible conflicts of interest.

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WATCH: Solange and Esperanza Spalding Sing for Resistance at Peace Ball

The sold-out show took over the National Museum of African American History and Culture during the official inauguration concert.

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Miles Morales Gets His Own Animated Spider-Man Feature

The still-untitled film hits theaters in December 2018.

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READ: Trump Advisor Reed Cordish's Company Accused of Abusing Black Patrons

The Daily Beast examined three lawsuits filed against Cordish's Kansas City nightclubs that included allegations of paying White men to fight Black patrons.

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ABC Developing Comedy From Zainab Johnson, Wanda Sykes

The still-untitled project focuses on a Muslim model forced to move in with her brothers.

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John Lewis Doc Coming to PBS in February

"Get in the Way" will air on February 10.

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''I Am Not Your Negro' Director Raoul Peck on James Baldwin's Legacy

The Haitian filmmaker's new documentary weaves the compelling story of Black resistance from the 1950s to present using Baldwin's unfinished "Remember This House" manuscript as its guide.

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APIA Rockers The Slants Take Name Trademark Battle to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's decision on Lee v. Tam could impact the trademark battles of the Washington NFL team and other entities with names based on racist stereotypes.

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LIVESTREAM: David Oyelowo, Q-Tip and More Honor Dr. King's Legacy at 'MLK Now 2017'

Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement's second "MLK Now" event airs live from Harlem's Riverside Church at 2 p.m. EST. 

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Havasupai Native Children Sue U.S. Government For Right to Quality Education

The complaint accuses the Bureau of Indian Education of denying the students an adequate and culturally competent education.

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President Obama Ends 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Policy for Cuban Immigrants

The decades-old policy allowed most Cuban immigrants to remain in the U.S., regardless of how they entered the country.

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Department of Justice, Baltimore Officials Reach Deal on Proposed Police Reforms

The city's public spending board approved the consent decree, which now requires a U.S. District Court judge's confirmation.

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This 'Black-ish' Scene Perfectly Captures Many Black Americans' Reaction to the Election

"Black people wake up every day believing that our lives are gonna change, even though everything around us says it's not."

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Fat Joe: At Hip-Hop's Creation, 'There Was a Latino Right There'

The Bronx MC spoke to The Root ahead of tonight's episode of TV One's "Unsung," which documents his rise to stardom.

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Aziz Ansari Will Be 'SNL's' First Desi Host

The "Master of None" auteur is only the show's fourth host from the Asian diaspora. 

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READ: Coretta Scott King's 1986 Letter Condemning Jeff Sessions

"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly Black voters."

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Texas Cop Suspended 10 Days For Violent Arrest of Black Woman, Daughters

Jacqueline Craig's attorney: "I don't care how many Black faces [the Fort Worth Police Department puts] in uniform, they put a message out that our lives are less valuable."