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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Athletes, Activists and Allies Issue 'Statement of Solidarity' With Michael Bennett

“Michael Bennett has been sitting during the anthem precisely to raise these issues of racist injustice that are now an intimate part of his life. Now we stand with him.”

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Marsha P. Johnson's Friends and Allies Investigate Her Mysterious Death in New Documentary Trailer

“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” will debut on Netflix on October 6.

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How We Feel About New CoverGirl Issa Rae in 7 Tweets

The “Insecure” auteur joins the likes of Zendaya, Rihanna and Janelle Monáe as one of the beauty brand’s celebrity ambassadors.

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Devin Allen Captures Baltimore's Everyday Joy and the Pain of Freddie Gray's Death in 'A Beautiful Ghetto'

The West Baltimore photographer’s new book, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” is both a visual love letter to his hometown and a chronicle of its 2015 unrest after police killed Freddie Gray. Here are five key shots and the stories behind them.

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AMC Greenlights Series Adaptation of Racial Justice Movement Chronicle 'They Can't Kill Us All'

Screenwriter and producer LaToya Morgan will turn Wesley Lowery’s 2016 book about the contemporary movement against racist police violence into a drama series.

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It's An (Online) Celebration! Sloane Stephens' U.S. Open Win Embodies #BlackGirlMagic

Stephens beat Madison Keys in the U.S. Open women’s singles finals. Twitter was excited.

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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele Join Forces to Adapt KKK Infiltration Memoir, 'Black Klansman'

John David Washington will star in the thriller as Ron Stallsworth, a Black detective who successfully joined a local Ku Klux Klan chapter as part of an undercover sting operation.

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Queer, Muslim and APIA Advocacy Orgs Protest Post-9/11 Hate Violence With Weekend of #QueerAzaadi Actions

Checkpoint protests, community funerals and other actions in cities across the country will honor people impacted by state and White supremacist violence.

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NFL Rejects Police Union's Demand to Investigate Michael Bennett's Accusation of Police Violence

The Las Vegas Police Protective Association called Bennett’s allegation that two officers treated him violently “false and defamatory,” and pushed the league to investigate him. 

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'Atlanta' Star Lakeith Stanfield Takes a Serious Turn With Wrongful Imprisonment Drama 'Crown Heights'

The rising star breaks from the absurdity of ‘Atlanta’ to portray Colin Warner, a Black man who served over two decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. As ‘Crown Heights’ hits a growing number of screens, we spoke to the actor and his subject about their first meeting, what drives them, and the importance of telling real stories of injustice.

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VH1 to Honor Martin Lawrence at 'Hip Hop Honors'

VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: The ’90s Game Changers” will revisit the music, film and television that defined Black creative achievement in the last decade of the 20th century. 

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NFL Players Discuss Anti-Racist Actions, Announce #PlayersCoalition in New Video

Anquan Boldin: “This is about lifting up our communities and treating them with the dignity and support they deserve.” 

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Time's New Multimedia Series Profiles 23 'First' Women and Girls of Color

Ava DuVernay, Mo’ne Davis and 21 others feature in the magazine’s new project, which honors female trailblazers in entertainment, politics, sports and beyond.

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New Documentary Explores Current Segregation in America's Schools

The Netflix release of “Teach Us All” coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s school integration action.

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Las Vegas MPD Officers Allegedly Assaulted Michael Bennett of Seattle Seahawks

The outspoken player says police forcefully apprehended him following the August 26 Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.

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USPS Dedicates Stamp Series to Color Barrier-Breaking Children's Book, 'The Snowy Day'

Ezra Jack Keats’ 1962 picture book was one of the first full-color titles to feature a Black protagonist.

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Two Black Women Reach U.S. Open Women's Singles Semi-Finals

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens secured their upcoming match-up with key victories against the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, respectively.

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A Look Back at This Year in Labor and Racial Justice

From rejected Labor Secretary picks to Fight for $15 actions, here are a few of the highlights from the past year in labor and racial justice movement-making.

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Mahershala Ali Will Lead HBO's Third 'True Detective' Season

The Oscar-winning actor will portray Wayne Hays, an Arkansas state police detective investigating a crime in the Ozarks.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff and Professional Trump Supporter David Clarke Steps Down

The conservative figurehead blamed the 2016 Milwaukee uprising on “father-absent homes” and faced criticism for a death and alleged sexual assaults in his jails.