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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Aaron McGruder. Black man smiles in black blazer and t-shirt with multicolored logo in front of white wall with black text that spells "The New York Times"

ICYMI: Aaron McGruder Resurrects 'The Boondocks' Just in Time

Huey, Riley, Robert and Ruckus take on the presidential administration’s racist policies, Russian subterfuge and R. Kelly.

Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton and Nicola Yoon. Asian and Indigenous man in navy suit and white shirt sits next to Black woman in blue dress, both with black hair, in front of teal background and under yellow text that spells "THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR"

Young Love Battles Deportation in Trailer for 'The Sun is Also a Star'

Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton bring Nicola Yoon’s bestselling novel to life.

Gold text spells "GUCCI" on glass background reflecting blue sky on brown building.

Gucci Pulls Blackface Sweater From Site, Shelves

The fashion house thought a Black knit top with bright red lips would sell well during Black History Month. Social media users disagreed. Emphatically.

Nelson Makamo and Cicely Tyson. Greyscale illustration of black child in red glasses behind black text reading "TIME" and white text; Black woman in red outfit in front of red background and red text that spells "TIME" and white text

Ava DuVernay Guest-Edits TIME's Optimism Issue

“The national headlines were what we’ve come to expect: bigotry, poverty, injustice, trauma, trouble. I weighed my own feelings of despair and doubt against the idea of reveling in an experience dedicated to optimism. The choice was easy.”

Black man in black vest and hat and sunglasses and red plaid shirt holds white sign that spells "NET NEUTRALITY AFFECTS US ALL" in black ink, standing next to Black man in black jacket and hat in front of brown building and grey sky

WATCH: House Hears Advocates' Demands for Net Neutrality

Representatives of Free Press and other digital justice groups testify before the House of Representatives on the FCC’s repeal of open internet protections.

Jamila Woods. Black woman with black dredlocs in white tank top and blue denim shorts sings into black microphone on black stand in front of blue lights.

Jamila Woods' New Album 'LEGACY! LEGACY!' Channels Black Creatives

The Chicago singer and poet teased her second full-length record by releasing a music video for “ZORA,” named after the iconic author.

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The Oscars Won't Have a Host This Year

After Kevin Hart stepped aside from the hosting gig the Academy struggled to find a replacement.

Eva Longoria. Latinx woman with brown hair smiles in black shirt and gold jewelry in frong of woman in brown leopard-print shirt and brown scaffolding and blue curtain

Eva Longoria Seeks Stories Affirming Latinx Humanity

“We have to think of ourselves as more, and I want to show that on TV.”

Nathan Phillips. Black-and-white photograph of Indigenous man holding feather and other articles while wearing black jacket and glasses and surrounded by people in dark clothing

Read Nathan Phillips' Story, In His Own Words

The media hype around the Covington Catholic boys couldn’t stop this Indigenous activist from speaking his truth. 

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Lunar New Year Reads: 5 Reflections on the Year of the Pig

Read five Asian-American writers’ reflections on this auspicious day for members of their communities.

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Activists and Artists Mobilize Against 21 Savage's Deportation

“The circumstances of Mr. Abraham-Joseph’s detention stand as a testament to the consistent and historically under-reported harassment and targeting of Black immigrants,” Patrisse Cullors notes.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Illustration of two Black men in light blue jerseys raising fist and taking knee in front of yellow and orange background with other people and text that reads,"IF NOT US, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?"

This Artist Spent Super Bowl Halftime Painting Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Brandan “Bmike” Odums wanted to support the athletes’ activism against police violence during the big game. So, he made a mural.

Alfonso Cuarón. Latinx man poses with gold and black award in black and white tuxedo in front of blue wall with blue and yellow icons

Alfonso Cuarón Was the Only POC to Win a Directors Guild of America Award

Even the Diversity Award went to a White guy. Woof. 

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, T-Boz and Chilli of TLC. Black woman in yellow bandana and camouflage jacket next to Black woman in red bandana and shirt next to Black woman in coral shirt and brown hat in front of blue screen.

LISTEN: Songwriter Kandi Burruss and TLC's Chilli On How 'No Scrubs' Became a Classic

On NPR, Burruss and Thomas discuss the lasting impact of TLC’s hit song nearly two decades later.

Martellus Bennett. Black man in white hoodie and red pants speaks while seated on white couch in front of blue background and brown slats

Martellus Bennett: 'Let Black Boys Dream Big'

Ahead of the Super Bowl, the artist and former NFL player reflects on the messages society gives Black boys about their worth.

Miles Davis. Black and white photograph of Black man smiling in multicolored striped shirt in front of trees.

3 Questions with 'Miles Davis' Documentarian Stanley Nelson

The filmmaker talks about his new project, “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” which explores the musician’s life and impact on Black culture.

Sojourner Truth. Illustration of Black woman in yellow shirt and green and white dress and white headwrap leading Black women in multicolored clothing in front of green shrubs and pink house and sky and white text that spells "GOOGLE."

Google Doodle Honors Sojourner Truth's Legacy

Loveis Wise illustrated the abolitionist for Black History Month.

Tarell Alvin McCraney. Black man in black sweater and glasses speaks into black microphone in front of brown wood and walls

Tarell Alvin McCraney Asks: What If Black Players Took Over the NBA?

The “Moonlight” co-writer discusses his upcoming Netflix film, “High Flying Bird.”

Emayatzy Corinealdi. Black woman in brown dress sits in brown chair in front of green sofa and brown walls and door

Lives Collide After Police Killing in Ava DuVernay's 'The Red Line'

Ava DuVernay produces the ensemble drama for CBS.

Chinonye Chukwu and Elaine Brown. Black-and-white images of two Black women in front of grey backgrounds in black and white clothes

Chinonye Chukwu to Direct Elaine Brown Biopic, 'A Taste of Power'

The former Black Panther Party leader will executive produce the adaptation of her autobiography.