Sameer Rao

Culture Reporter/Blogger
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Sameer Rao is a reporter and blogger for Colorlines, focusing on 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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Award-Winning Desi Directors Tackle Arranged Marriage Stigma in 'A Suitable Girl'

Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana discuss the familial motivation and intent behind "A Suitable Girl," for which they won the Tribeca Film Festival's "New Documentary Director Award."  

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WATCH: Ferguson Rises Up Against Police Violence in the 'Whose Streets?' Trailer

The feature documentary opens in theaters August 11, just two days after the third anniversary of Michael Brown's killing by ex-police officer Darren Wilson.

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3 Facts You Should Know About the New Thriller, 'Sleight'

The sci-fi thriller stars Jacob Latimore as a young man who explores his magic abilities while navigating romance, caring for his little sister and protecting his loved ones from a drug kingpin.

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ICYMI: Robin Thede to Host Late-Night Show on BET

Thede's news satire show, "The Rundown," premieres this fall.

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WATCH: Las Cafeteras Dreams of Liberation in 'If I Was President'

The Los Angeles folk-fusion band's new bilingual song envisions a presidency that fights racist policy and empowers communities of color. 

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Meet Z Yang, American Girl's New Korean-American Doll

Z is one of several dolls of color the doll manufacturer introduced this year. 

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Digital Equity Groups Explain How FCC Chair's Net Neutrality Rollback Will Hurt Communities of Color

Color of Change's Rashad Robinson: "Chairman Pai's plan will devastate Black communities."

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#WaybackWednesday: On This Day 23 Years Ago, Outkast Debuted 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'

The Atlanta duo forecast Southern hip-hop's future popularity with its 1994 album.

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Viola Davis to Produce True Crime Series on Police Violence in Black Communities

TV One's "Two Sides of the Truth" will cover four police shootings.

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FaceApp Removes 'Spark' Filter Following Whitewashing Accusations

The filter, initially called "Hot," artificially Whitened users' faces. 

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Netflix Acquires Film 'Juanita,' Led by Black and Native Stars

Alfre Woodard and Adam Beach will star in an adaptation of Sheila Williams' "Dancing on the Edge of the Roof," which depicts a Black woman's move to Montana in search of a new life.

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Teen Says Sybrina Fulton Praised Her Prom Dress Featuring a Tribute to Trayvon Martin

Milan Bolden-Morris' dress included the likeness of Fulton's son, Trayvon Martin, alongside those of other Black people killed by police and White vigilantes.

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Your Henrietta Lacks Reading List

Join the conversation surrounding the premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" with these articles and books that illuminate the history and legacy of the uncompensated foremother of modern health research.

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Memphis High School's Graduating Class Earns $80 Million in Scholarships

Whitehaven High School's class of 2017 is 99 percent Black.

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Amid Black Erasure Controversy, 'Guerrilla' Premieres to Poor Numbers

The Showtime limited series about the 1970s British Black Power Movement faced accusations of erasing Black women from the historical narrative.

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PLAYLIST: The 9 Prince Songs We Have on Repeat Today

On the first anniversary of the his untimely passing, we offer a Spotify playlist of our favorite Prince songs.

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Peabody Jurors Honor Beyoncé's 'Lemonade, Donald Glover's 'Atlanta'

The visual album and FX series each earned one of seven Peabody entertainment awards.

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Nefertite Nguvu's Black Ensemble Drama, 'In the Morning,' Now Available On Demand

You can see the filmmaker's award-winning feature about nine Brooklyn residents' romantic entanglements on Amazon, Vimeo on Demand and more.

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ICYMI: Miami-Dade County Renames Street to Honor 'Moonlight'

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up in the predominantly Black Miami neighborhood where much of their Oscar-winning movie took place.

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These 22 People From Time's 'Most Influential People' List Fight Racism With Their Work

From Viola Davis to Linda Sarsour, Chance the Rapper to John Lewis, these people of color are featured on Time's 2017 list of "The 100 Most Influential People."