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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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.”

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Chloe Kim is Youngest Female Snowboarder to Win Olympic Gold

The Korean-American teenager is one of 13 Asian-American athletes representing the U.S. in PyeongChang.

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Syreeta Gates Chronicles Hip Hop Journalism History in 'Write On!'

Gates created a Kickstarter campaign to fund her documentary on the reporters and critics who influenced hip hop culture and music journalism. 

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Lupita Nyong'o Stuns in Natural Hairstyles for Allure Magazine

The “Black Panther” star shares her hair history in the magazine’s “The Culture of Hair” issue.

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WATCH: Mirai Nagasu Lands Triple Axel and Makes Olympic History

The Japanese-American figure skater is the first U.S. woman to land the difficult move in competition at the Olympics.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Alan Yang Team Up For Immigration Anthology Series, 'Little America'

The half-hour series draws on the “Little America” first-person essay series.

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WATCH: Viola Davis and Kerry Washington Meet for Epic Shondaland Crossover

Annalise Keating seeks Olivia Pope’s help in bringing a case to the U.S. Supreme Court during an upcoming set of “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” episodes.

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7 Team USA Athletes of Color to Watch at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics

There are a total of 20 United States-based people of color going for the gold in South Korea.  

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#TBT: How Harry McAlpin Broke the White House Press Corps Color Barrier

The White House Correspondents’ Association barred the Black journalist for decades.

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Danai Gurira: 'Black Panther' Will Change Hollywood Depictions of Africa

“No one can really now try to put forth some product where Africa is seen begging for a White superhero to come and save it.”

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Eagles Reader: Five Must-Read Articles on the Philly Team and Racial Justice

As Philadelphia prepares to celebrate the “wokest team” in the NFL’s Super Bowl win, here’s what you should be reading right now.