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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Mara Brock Akil's 'Love Is_' Updates Black Sitcom Golden Age

The woman behind “Girlfriends” and “Being Mary Jane” on how her new OWN series differs from—and connects to—the Black-cast sitcoms of the 1990s.

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Black Arrow Is on a Mission to Unite Black Soccer Fans Worldwide

The brand grew out of founder Aaron Dolores’ desire to bridge soccer and Black culture.

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WATCH: Bobbito Garcia's 'Rock Rubber 45s' Celebrates Hip Hop

Famous friends of the renowned DJ—including Rosie Pérez, Questlove and Lin-Manuel Miranda—examine Garcia’s decades-long dedication to hip hop in his new documentary.

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GoldLink Brings It Home for Tiny Desk Performance

The “Crew” MC visited his hometown for an intimate set at NPR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

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Family Auctions Rosa Parks' Restored Detroit Home

The house is part of a larger auction of rare artifacts of Black history, which includes Alex Haley’s manuscript for “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and The Jackson Five’s first professional record contract.

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New Monticello Exhibit Explores Sally Hemings' Legacy

The new exhibit is part of the Mountaintop Project, which seeks to tell the stories of Hemings and other Black people who were enslaved on President Thomas Jefferson’s plantation.

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Tiffany Haddish's Must-Read Tale of Meeting Roseanne Barr

“She been racist, why’d you all give her a TV show?”

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Deborah S. Esquenazi Adapts Her 'Southwest of Salem' Doc for TV

The series centers on four Latinx lesbian women wrongfully accused of gang rape.

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WATCH: Mariah Dillard Rules Harlem in 'Luke Cage' Trailer

“Harlem doesn’t need a hero. It needs a queen.” 

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READ: Harlem Hops Gives Craft Beer Fans a Black-Owned Home

Kim Harris, Stacey Lee and Kevin Bradford talked to The Undefeated about their new venture: Harlem’s first entirely Black-owned craft beer bar.

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Viola Davis Offers 'The Last Defense' For People on Death Row

The new docuseries explores the case of Julius Jones, a Black college student sentenced to death for killing a White man despite his repeated protests of innocence.

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Teachers Fight To Keep Pre-Colonial World History In AP Course

“You cannot tell my Black and Brown students that their history is not going to be tested and then assume that isn’t going to matter.”

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Digital Justice Experts Answer Your #NetNeutrality Rollback Questions

Representatives from the Center for Media Justice, Fight for the Future and other organizations leading the fight for internet freedom hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything session to address the rollback of net neutrality rules. 

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WATCH: SOL Development Uplifts Black Activism, Resilience in 'Helicopter'

“‘Helicopter’ is about historicizing and contextualizing the Black experience, so that we begin to understand the precarious nature of Black life.”

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Lindsay Mendez, Tony Shalhoub Win Big at Tony Awards

Here are a few of the artists of color who took home Broadway’s biggest award.

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3 Questions With 'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Tan Kheng Hua

Colorlines talks to the Singaporean actress about her relationship with Asian America and why representation matters.

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Reject Racism Campaign Pressures Tech Giants to Skip North Carolina

“One way Amazon and Apple can demonstrate a real commitment to espoused values of diversity is by making it clear that they won’t move their headquarters to a state that is rapidly sliding backward on racial oppression and voting rights.”

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Prince Estate Celebrates 60th Birthday With Unearthed Recordings

“Piano & A Microphone 1983” contains nine songs that Prince recorded while working through what would become “Purple Rain.”

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Malcolm Jenkins Silently Uplifts NFL Players' Anti-Racist Activism

The Philadelphia Eagles safety opted not to answer reporters’ questions about the president disinviting his team. Instead, he used signs to reiterate the point of players’ protest.

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Miles Morales Swings 'Into the Spider-Verse' in New Movie Trailer

The debut full-length trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” follows Afro Latinx teen Morales as he deals with an embarrassing father and a growing awareness of his superpowers.