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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'I'm Passing the Baton': Inside Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan's Epic Conversation

The powerhouse actors talked about their prolific careers and creating opportunities for other Black artists.

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READ: Janelle Monáe Embraces Her Truest Self

The Electric Lady discussed her upcoming album, “Dirty Computer,” its messages for the LGBTQ community and her pursuit of intersectional equity with The New York Times Magazine.

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WATCH: Police Violence, Gentrification Threaten Oaklander's Freedom in 'Blindspotting'

Daveed Diggs stars as a man on probation who sees a police officer shoot a Black man. 

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Tarana Burke and Tiffany Haddish Cover Time's '100 Most Influential People' Issue

The activist and actress join Issa Rae, Chloe Kim and several other people of color on this year’s list of global changemakers.

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Classical Music Orgs Launch Initiative to Diversify Orchestras

The National Alliance for Audition Support will develop mentorship and audition programs to help more Black and Latinx classical musicians land spots in the United States’ predominantly White orchestras.

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'Boom For Real' Paints a Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat As a Young Man

The upcoming documentary explores Basquiat’s formative teenage years in New York City.

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Lauryn Hill Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 'The Miseducation' With New Tour

Hill: “I hope the love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with love and optimism at the helm.”

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Shonda Rhimes On How 'Scandal,' Olivia Pope Have Changed Hollywood

“It feels normal and obvious that women of color can lead the shows.”

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Cathy Yan Is the First Asian-American Woman to Direct a Superhero Film

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment tapped the “Dead Pigs” director for a Harley Quinn-focused film.

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WATCH: Sandra Bland's Family Confronts Official Story in New Doc, 'Say Her Name'

HBO releases a trailer from “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” ahead of the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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John Ridley Adapting His Comic Series 'The American Way' For Big Screen

The film will focus on a multicultural group of superheroes, created by the U.S. government, as they navigate racial tension and the social upheaval of the 1970s. 

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Beyoncé Celebrates HBCUs Off-Stage With $100,000 in Scholarships

The inaugural Homecoming Scholars Award Program will support four students at HBCUs throughout the South and Midwest.

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Kendrick Lamar, James Forman Jr., Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah Honored With Pulitzer Prizes

This year’s winners include artists and journalists who fearlessly explored contemporary racial identity and oppression.

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Activists and Elected Officials Rally in Philadelphia to #FreeMeekMill

Criminal justice advocates continue in their quest to liberate the jailed rapper.

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#Beychella Forever: Five Must-See Takes on Beyoncé's Coachella Debut

The singer brought an unapologetically Black celebration of HBCUs, #BlackGirlMagic and her own career to the California desert. 

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4/20 Special: How Advocates and Entrepreneurs of Color Are Fighting for Equity in the Legal Weed Business

We spoke to Latinx and Black activists and entrepreneurs who are challenging marijuana prohibition, hypocritical industry power players and stigma within their own communities to ensure that people of color don’t miss out on the legal pot boom.

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3 Questions With Tamar-kali, Film Composer Extraordinaire

The genre-incinerating musician talked to Colorlines about her musical heritage and scoring films like “Mudbound” and the just-released “Come Sunday.”

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Wyatt Cenac's New Late Night Show Explores America's 'Problem Areas'

“It felt like we could talk about something that, while it seems intractable, there are ways to make a difference that don’t just involve saying, ‘We’re going to wait for the midterms!’”

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NFL Sources Say Seahawks Postponed Colin Kaepernick Visit Over Kneeling Protest

Supporters of the activist athlete say the Seattle team’s decision proves Kaepernick’s accusations of collusion to keep him off the field.

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'Breaking' Presents: Juliana 'Jewels' Smith, Educator-Turned-Comic Writer

The Bay Area resident, inspired by how comics connected with her community college students, developed “(H)afrocentric” to address structural and economic racism in a funny and accessible way.