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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WATCH: 'Roxanne Roxanne' Explores Ascent of Teenage Battle Rap Legend

The biopic follows Roxanne Shanté’s journey to conquer the New York City battle rap scene.

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200 Civil Rights Groups Demand FCC Protect Lifeline Subsidy Program

The organizations say the Federal Communications Commission is hurting vulnerable communities.

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Lupita Nyong'o Produces, Stars in Adaptation of Trevor Noah's 'Born a Crime'

Nyong’o will play Noah’s mother in the film version of his memoir, which explores his upringing in apartheid-era South Africa.

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Marvel's Moon Girl Headlines New Animated Series

The forthcoming series will follow 9-year-old Black superhero Lunella Lafayette, who uses her tremendous intelligence to save humanity.

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READ: How Hoover's FBI Targeted Black-Owned Bookstores

In his drive to crush advocacy in the Black community, J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled Black bookstores across the country.

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WATCH: MH the Verb Drops Afrofuturist 'Yo America' Video

The Philadelphia MC raps about systemic racism over clips of the “Afronaut”—the time traveler at the center of his latest album—exploring a bookstore.

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WATCH: Big Daddy Kane Gets 'Raw' for Tiny Desk Concert

The “Smooth Operator” delivered a few of his biggest hits for the NPR concert series. 

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New Podcast Chronicles Internment of Japanese Americans

American Public Media podcast “Order 9066” takes its name from the executive order that authorized the forced relocation of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Word to Wakanda: Five Must-Read Articles About 'Black Panther'

Jump into the conversation about the movie’s place in ongoing discussions about race.

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Oscar-Nominated 'Traffic Stop' Explores Violent Arrest of Breaion King

The short documentary delves into the Black teacher’s interaction with two White Austin Police Department officers in 2015. 

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Vincent Zhou Lands First Olympic Quadruple Lutz

The 17-year-old figure skater is the first person to land the jump with four complete spins during a Winter Olympic contest. 

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LISTEN: Ava DuVernay Chronicles Journey from Compton to 'A Wrinkle in Time' on New Podcast

The filmmaker discussed her experiences in a White male-dominated industry on the debut episode of “Edge of Fame.”

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TBS Greenlights Lena Waithe's Comedy Series With Queer Black Woman Protagonist

“Queer Black characters have been the sidekick for long enough, it’s time for us to finally take the lead.” 

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'Get Out' Returns to Select Theaters For Free on Presidents' Day

Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated thriller will screen in celebration of the film’s release a year ago.

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Harvard Library Acquires Angela Davis' Archives

The papers and artifacts that Davis sold to the Schlesinger Library include an FBI “Wanted” poster and a diary she kept while on trial. 

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5 Culture Leaders On What Makes 'Black Panther' So Special

We asked Black activists, educators, writers and entrepreneurs why they’re so excited about this superhero movie.

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WATCH: 'Robbin' Season' Arrives in New 'Atlanta' Trailer

The second season of Donald Glover’s awardwinning show debuts March 1. 

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Wakanda's Finest Shine on Three Essence Covers

The stars of “Black Panther” discuss the film’s exploration of Black identity in the magazine’s March cover story.

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WATCH: New Doc Explores Life and Disappearance of Oscar Zeta Acosta

“The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo” follows the Chicano Movement activist’s battle against the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Ava DuVernay Launches Entertainment Diversity Initiative With City of Los Angeles

“Real change happens when we take tangible action, and that means giving young women and people of color opportunities in the industry early on so they have the chance to shape its future.”