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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READ: Eve Ewing's Work Examines Black Chicago's 'Ghosts' and Heroes

The scholar and author discusses her new book, “Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side,” and the Riri Williams comic series for Marvel.

Tanya Walker. Black transgender activist holds black megaphone while wearing grey shirt behind brown podium with pink and light blue transgender transgender pride flag with letters reading "RESIST" and surrounded by other people with multicolored signs

Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Activists and Allies Vow to Fight Legal Erasure

Social media responds to a new federal report that seeks to rigidly define gender as determined by biology at birth. 

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Smithsonian APA Center's New Education Platform Promotes 'Learning Together'

The new digital hub offers a one-stop destination for curricula focusing on Asian-American and Pacific Islander culture and history. 

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Tarana Burke Guest Edits Essence Magazine's #MeToo Issue

“It was my deepest honor to be able to partner with this legacy magazine to shine a light on the issues around sexual violence that are directly affecting Black women.”

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Michelle Kwan, Kristina Wong Urge Asian-Amerian Community to Vote

Just 49 percent of eligible Asian American and Pacific Islanders voted in the 2016 presidential election. These entertainers want to change that this fall.

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Rihanna Says No to the Super Bowl

The singer reportedly declined to perform at the halftime show in solidarity with blacklisted NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick.

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Eric Esquivel Confronts the Violence of Borders in His Work

The “Border Town” writer on the highs and lows of challenging Latinx identity boundaries.

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Film Fest Drops Kobe Bryant From Jury For Rape Accusation

Animation is Film Festival organizers removed the basketball player and film producer from the lineup after a petition called out his charges for allegedly raping a teenage hotel employee in 2003.

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WATCH: Noname Performs 'Late Show' Medley

The singer performed three songs from her first solo album, “Room 25.”

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Lena Waithe's Next Project Kicks It With Sneakerheads

The creator of “The Chi” shines a light on sneaker culture and its relationships with class, race and gender via “You Ain’t Got These.”

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REPORT: TV Refuses to Shake Xenophobic Stereotypes

A new study argues that narrative television still disproportionately portrays immigrants as uneducated criminals.

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Watch These 5 BET Hip Hop Award Performances

Cyphers and sets to watch from BET’s annual celebration of hip hop achievement.

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Watch 'The Hate U Give' Take On 'The Talk'

A teaser for the upcoming screen adaptation of Angie Thomas’ Black Lives Matter-inspired book features Russell Hornsby teaching his character’s young children about the dangers of police violence.

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Solange On New Music and Uplifting Black Women

The creator of “A Seat at the Table” talks about her creative and personal journey—and next album—in a new cover story.

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New Podcast Shares Uniquely Filipino-American Stories

Journalist Paola Mardo’s podcast Long Distance uncovers the highs and lows of Filipino Americans’ personal narratives.

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What 'La Bamba' Means for Generations of Resistance

NPR’s “American Anthem” traces the song’s journey from Mexican folk song to pop hit to anthem of resistance.

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LISTEN: MacArthur Genius Vijay Gupta On His Musical Roots and Mission

The violinist and educator discusses his inspiration in the musical traditions of his Bengali immigrant family and his work to uplift disadvantaged classical musicians.

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Chris Rock Revisits 'Bring the Pain' for A&E Docuseries

A new episode of A&E’s “Cultureshock” explores the development of the 1996 HBO special and its controversial social commentary, which made Rock one of his era’s most renowned stand-up comics.

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Black Women Animate Partners with Cartoon Network for Boot Camp

The group is working to get Black women in the door in the animation industry.

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Google Doodle Celebrates Latinx Baseball Legend Roberto Clemente

Clemente’s batting prowess and humanitarian work made him a hero to sports fans long before he became the first Latinx player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.