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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Kansas Man Faces Possible Hate Crime Charges For Killing Indian Immigrant

Witnesses say that Adam Purinton told Srinivas Kuchibhotla to "get out of my country" before shooting at him in a Kansas bar.

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'Get Out' Makes Fictional Horror Out of Real Racism

Jordan Peele's feature directorial debut, which he said was inspired by Obama-era myths of a "post-racial" society, depicts a Black man's ill-fated visit with the parents of his White girlfriend.

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Charleston Activist Freed After Arrest for Knocking Down Confederate Flag

Video shows Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, a member of a Charleston, South Carolina-based Black Lives Matter group, jumping through police tape to grab South Carolina Secessionist Party leader James Bessenger's Confederate flag.

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Stream New Maya Angelou Feature Documentary for Free

"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," which chronicles the late poet and activist's prolific career, features exclusive interviews with Angelou and several famous associates and fans.

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Denzel Washington, Issa Rae Earn American Black Film Festival Honors

The film veteran and rising television star were just two of several Black Hollywood figures recognized at the ceremony.

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Online Threats Against Linda Sarsour Prompt NYPD Investigation

The threats appeared in the comments for a Facebook post about the activist's criticism of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Jay Z Will Be First MC Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Hov's fellow 2017 inductees include Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

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Richard Wright's 'Native Son' to be Made Into a Feature Film

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and first-time feature film director Rashid Johnson will adapt Wright's 1940 novel for the big screen.

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'Whose Streets?' Filmmakers Discuss Activism, Emotional Toll of Working in Ferguson

The team behind the Ferguson Uprising documentary talked to Remezcla about what made the film difficult to create.

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REPORT: Hollywood Still Needs More People of Color On and Off Screen

Key findings from the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies' new report on representation and erasure in television and film.

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Stream Series Premiere of Hip-Hop Period Drama 'The Breaks' for Free

The new series takes inspiration from Dan Charnas' book, "The Big Payback," and focuses on three friends navigating the early '90s hip-hop business.

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Sankofa.org and Tidal Honor Victims of Police and Racist Violence with Visual EP, '17'

The 17-minute short film depicts a day in the life of a Black teen that ends in a tragic encounter with police. It features music from Raphael Saadiq, Ty Dolla $ign, Mali Music and Elijah Blake—and it's available without a subscription.

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New Doc Series, 'Other Boys NYC,' Shines a Light on Queer Men of Color

The series' first 26 episodes, each of which profiles a different gay or trans man of color living in New York City, are now available through Slay TV.

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'Moonlight,' 'Atlanta' Take Home Writers Guild Awards

From film to TV, here are the creators of color who earned the Writer Guild of America's top honors.

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Jet Magazine May Return to Print with New Millennial Focus

Ebony Media's CEO has announced plans to revive Jet, which ceased print operations in 2014.

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Devyn Galindo Captures East LA's Xicanx Youth Culture in Debut Book

Galindo—a non-binary queer artist of Mexican-American descent—discusses photo book, "We Are Still Here," in a new interview with Remezcla. 

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Twitter Salutes 'The Great Wall's' Whitewashing with #ThankYouMattDamon

Comedian Jenny Yang launched the trending hashtag during a premiere of the film, which stars Damon as a European mercenary in Song Dynasty-era China.

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What You Need to Know About R. Alexander Acosta, Trump's New Labor Secretary Pick

Trump nominated Acosta just one day after his previous nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration in the face of widespread protest and lack of Republican support.

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NFL Stars Boycott State-Sponsored Trip to Israel

Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett cited John Carlos and Muhammad Ali in his statement explaining why he skipped the trip.

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Chance the Rapper and Jimmy Butler Say Trump Doesn't Know Chicago

The Grammy-winning musician and Chicago Bulls player discuss Chicago stereotypes and celebrity activism in a new interview for ESPN The Magazine and The Undefeated.