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.
The National Alliance for Audition Support will develop mentorship and audition programs to help more Black and Latinx classical musicians land spots in the United States’ predominantly White orchestras.
We spoke to Latinx and Black activists and entrepreneurs who are challenging marijuana prohibition, hypocritical industry power players and stigma within their own communities to ensure that people of color don’t miss out on the legal pot boom.