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Jamilah King

Jamilah King
Jamilah King News Editor
New York, NY

Jamilah King is the news editor at Colorlines.com, coordinating story assignments as news breaks, as well as covering urban politics and youth culture. Before joining Colorlines she was associate editor at WireTap Magazine, an online political publication that was a project of The Nation Institute. Jamilah serves on peer review board of the Youth Media Reporter, previously worked as contributing editor with YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, and has covered the youth vote for Colorlines.com. Jamilah is a former McNair scholar and Kopkind Fellow. She graduated with degrees in English and Black Studies from Pitzer College and also studied gender and development at the University of the West Indies along with labor history at City University of New York. Born and raised in San Francisco, Jamilah grew up in a single parent, working class household. She has written about her family's personal experience with violence, and is dedicated to using art to articulate new visions for the future. Jamilah participated in the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) where she organized passenger service workers in Oakland with the Center for Third World Organizing. She studied labor history at City University of New York and worked as an organizer with SEIU and low income workers in the Bronx. She has also volunteered in the HIV community, doing outreach with Bay Area Young Positives and the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, Gays, and All-Sexuals in Kingston. Jamilah frequently appears on community radio and media conferences around the country, including National Conference on Media Reform and Allied Media Conference. Jamilah's writing has also appeared on New America Media, TheNation.com, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Alternet, and Racialicious. She's an avid basketball fan and a recovering music junkie.

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Jamilah tweets at @jamilahking.

New Las Cafeteras Video 'Mujer Soy' Celebrates Everyday Struggles

New Las Cafeteras Video ‘Mujer Soy’ Celebrates Everyday Struggles

by Jamilah King on March 12 2015, 3:15PM

It’s right in time for Women’s History Month.

Topics: Culture

5 Things We Know About Kendrick Lamar's New Album

5 Things We Know About Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

by Jamilah King on March 12 2015, 11:34AM

The rapper gave a revealing interview to Rolling Stone.

Topics: Culture

W. Kamau Bell, Reza Aslan Get New Shows on CNN

W. Kamau Bell, Reza Aslan Get New Shows on CNN

by Jamilah King on March 11 2015, 1:40PM

Get excited!

Topics: /NOW

Two University of Oklahoma Students Expelled for Racist Chant

Two University of Oklahoma Students Expelled for Racist Chant

by Jamilah King on March 10 2015, 2:03PM

The school is still reeling.

Topics: /NOW

Empire Star Jussie Smollett: 'There's Never Been a Closet That I've Been In'

Empire Star Jussie Smollett: ‘There’s Never Been a Closet That I’ve Been In’

by Jamilah King on March 9 2015, 3:12PM

He opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about being gay.

Topics: Culture

This Afro-Feminist Coloring Book Will Inspire You

This Afro-Feminist Coloring Book Will Inspire You

by Jamilah King on March 9 2015, 10:30AM

Makeda Lewis is a genius.

Topics: Culture

Remember Tony Robinson Jr., Oklahoma Frat's Racist Fail

Remember Tony Robinson Jr., Oklahoma Frat’s Racist Fail

by Jamilah King on March 9 2015, 9:59AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

50 Years After 'Bloody Sunday': Remembering the Activists Behind the Scenes

50 Years After ‘Bloody Sunday’: Remembering the Activists Behind the Scenes

by Jamilah King on March 6 2015, 10:20AM

A look at the students and teachers who helped lead the fight for black voting rights in 1965.

Topics: History

Some of Your Favorite Writers of Color Earn Lambda Literary Award Nominations

Some of Your Favorite Writers of Color Earn Lambda Literary Award Nominations

by Jamilah King on March 5 2015, 2:29PM

The best in this year’s LGBT writing.

Topics: Culture

Video: Why Do So Many Native American Women Go Missing? Play

Video: Why Do So Many Native American Women Go Missing?

by Jamilah King on March 5 2015, 12:53PM

Actress Misty Upham is just one of many.

Topics: /NOW

[Video] Watch UC Berkeley Students School Their Professor About Institutional Racism Play

[Video] Watch UC Berkeley Students School Their Professor About Institutional Racism

by Jamilah King on March 5 2015, 11:36AM

Students took matters into their own hands.

Topics: /NOW

Cuban Official Says Assata Shakur's Extradition is 'Off the Table'

Cuban Official Says Assata Shakur’s Extradition is ‘Off the Table’

by Jamilah King on March 5 2015, 10:39AM

The activist is still safe outside of the U.S.

Topics: /NOW

Man Charged in Beating Death of Islan Nettles in New York City

Man Charged in Beating Death of Islan Nettles in New York City

by Jamilah King on March 4 2015, 11:56AM

The charges cap an often frustrating 18-month investigation into the beating death of the 21-year-old, black transwoman.

Topics: /NOW

Taraji P. Henson's Big Year Just Keeps Getting Better

Taraji P. Henson’s Big Year Just Keeps Getting Better

by Jamilah King on March 4 2015, 10:40AM

The Oscar-nominated actress got more big news this week.

Topics: Culture

Janet Mock to Anna Holmes: 'I Am Completely In Tune With Myself' Play

Janet Mock to Anna Holmes: ‘I Am Completely In Tune With Myself’

by Jamilah King on March 3 2015, 10:58AM

She opens up about her journey since coming out to the world.

Topics: Culture

New Nina Simone Film Will Be Available on Netflix This Summer Play

New Nina Simone Film Will Be Available on Netflix This Summer

by Jamilah King on March 3 2015, 10:47AM

Mark your calendars.

Topics: Culture

ICYMI: Watch This Adorable Little Girl Recite Maya Angelou's 'Phenomenal Woman' Play

ICYMI: Watch This Adorable Little Girl Recite Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’

by Jamilah King on March 2 2015, 3:03PM

Black history month may be over, but we’re always celebrating.

Topics: Culture

Michelle Rodriguez Defends Her 'Stop Stealing White People's Superheroes' Comment

Michelle Rodriguez Defends Her ‘Stop Stealing White People’s Superheroes’ Comment

by Jamilah King on March 2 2015, 2:56PM

She says people of color to develop their own mythologies within Hollywood.

Topics: Culture

Oakland's Answer to Hipster Fixies: Scraper Bikes Play

Oakland’s Answer to Hipster Fixies: Scraper Bikes

by Jamilah King on February 27 2015, 12:06PM

Take a look at some more homegrown Oakland culture.

Topics: Culture

New Study Debunks Myths of NYC's LGBT Youth Who Trade Sex For Survival

New Study Debunks Myths of NYC’s LGBT Youth Who Trade Sex For Survival

by Jamilah King on February 27 2015, 10:25AM

It’s the first in a series of reports that take an in-depth look at who’s living on New York City’s streets and how they’re surviving.

Topics: /NOW