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.
Comedian Leslie Jones hosted the ceremony, which featured social and racial justice-minded awards, a tribute to Prodigy and a joint performance of New Edition and the actors who played them in their BET biopic.
Constance Malcolm: "These documents only add to the evidence that both Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin must be fired for the killing of my son Ramarley. They are a danger to public safety and should not continue to collect paychecks from the NYPD."
Lezley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. sued Ferguson, its former police chief and ex-officer Darren Wilson for their son's 2014 death, which sparked local and national activism against police violence.
"It's disappointing that after receiving preferential treatment from the city, James Blake appears to be giving cover to the de Blasio administration for its complete lack of police accountability and transparency instead of supporting the demands of our families and communities for an end to police abuses against us."
Slant'd co-founder Katerina Jeng: "By sharing real stories from real people, we are empowering Asian Americans to rewrite the narrative that has been historically written by non-Asians for far too long."
Carrie Hawks' autobiographical documentary mixes animation with family interviews and dry humor to explore their lifelong journey to qualify their Blackness and LGBTQ identity with White and Black peers alike.