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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'Shang-Chi' Will Be Marvel's First Asian-Led Superhero Film

Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham will reportedly write the solo vehicle for Shang-Chi, a Chinese martial arts virtuoso who rebukes his father’s evil plans for him.

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ICYMI: Black Male Literary Stars Examine Creative Lineage, Responsibility

T: The New York Times Style Magazine featured 32 prominent Black men whose novels, plays and other written work speaks to the condition of Black America in its latest cover story.

Greta Lee. Asian-American woman with magenta hair in red and white dress poses in front of grey grid wall and next to white text that reads "THE CUT"

Greta Lee Talks 'KTown' and Asian-American Narratives

The actress’ upcoming HBO series could become the first premium cable show to center Asian Americans.

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Disney Jr. Enlists All-Desi Cast for 'Mira, Royal Detective'

Aparna Nancherla, Jameela Jamil and Kal Penn will lend their voices to the animated series about a girl who solves mysteries in a fictional South Asian kingdom.

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Viola Davis Stars As Shirley Chisholm in New Movie

“The Fighting Shirley Chisholm” follows the first Black congresswoman and her trailblazing 1972 run for president.

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Gabby Rivera Talks Writing the Pioneering America Chavez for Marvel

In her TED Talk, the Latinx writer explains how her Puerto Rican roots and queer identity informed her development of Marvel’s first LGBTQ Latina superhero.

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EW Names 2018's Brightest Stars of Color 'Entertainers of the Year'

The magazine features Cardi B, Darren Criss and the women of “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” on multiple covers.

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Mj Rodriguez Uplifts Trans POC Health on 'Kikis With Louie' Premiere

The “Pose” star is the first guest on the new series, which features frank conversations about issues facing LGBTQ youth.

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7 Films We're Excited to See After the Sundance Festival

Several narrative movies and documentaries about racial justice and identity are set to screen at the festival in 2019.

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Ex-Facebook Employee Calls Out Company's Anti-Blackness

Mark Luckie said he had to “write what all the Black employees are saying and feeling and we don’t feel empowered to speak up about.”

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WATCH: 'Other' Captures Trauma of Being Black in America

The new short film explores the ways Black people contort themselves—and their speech—in White spaces.

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Docuseries 'Waking Dream' Follows Dreamers in Limbo

The streaming show follows six young immigrants of undocumented status as they fight for their American lives.

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Common Brings Zora Neale Hurston's 'Barracoon' to TV

He will adapt the long-unreleased book, about the last known enslaved person to survive the Middle Passage, into a limited series.

Eric Reid. Black man in light blue and white football uniform kneels near men in similar uniforms.

Eric Reid, Allies Question NFL's Repeated 'Random' Drug Tests

Some of the Carolina Panthers safety’s supporters say that his disproportionate testing for performance-enhancing substances is retaliation for his kneeling protests.

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Jeffrey Veregge Draws On His Indigenous Roots to Recreate Marvel Superheroes

The artist and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe rendered Black Panther, Ms. Marvel and other members of the Marvel pantheon in traditional formline style for an exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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Barry Jenkins to Hollywood: Adapt More Black Literature

The “If Beale Street Could Talk” director discusses the importance of the Black literary canon to the film industry.

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WATCH: Hasan Minhaj On The Problem With ICE

The host of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” breaks down the United States’ xenophobic immigration policies.

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Unthanksgiving: Indigenous People's Sunrise Ceremony Honors Resistance Over Revisionism

The annual gathering pays tribute to the original residents of Alcatraz Island and the coalition of Indigenous activists who occupied it from 1969 to 1971.

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READ: How People of Color Make Thanksgiving Their Own

People of color across the country embrace the family-centric message of Thanksgiving by incorporating their own food and culture into the day.

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#BlackoutBlackFriday Returns to Uplift Economic Resistance and Black Art

Blackout for Human Rights on the day of action: “The U.S. economy depends on our shopping, especially during the holiday season. But the lives of our brothers and sisters are worth more than the dollars we can save on holiday gifts.”