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.
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.
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.
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.