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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.

Actions Planned Nationwide on Third Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

Actions Planned Nationwide on Third Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Death

by Jamilah King on February 26 2015, 11:16AM

It’s been a particularly difficult week to mark to the occasion.

Topics: /NOW

Doc Film Wants Trans Women to Shout: 'I'm Still Here!' Play

Doc Film Wants Trans Women to Shout: ‘I’m Still Here!’

by Jamilah King on February 25 2015, 3:20PM

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a the subject of a forthcoming documentary film.

Topics: Culture

High Hopes for Chicago's First Openly Gay Latino Alderman

High Hopes for Chicago’s First Openly Gay Latino Alderman

by Jamilah King on February 25 2015, 1:30PM

Carlos Ramriez-Rosa says he’s out to create real change.

Topics: /NOW

Chicago 'Black Sites' Expose More on How the City Tortures Its Residents

Chicago ‘Black Sites’ Expose More on How the City Tortures Its Residents

by Jamilah King on February 25 2015, 12:17PM

Another bombshell revelation about the city’s treatment of poor African-Americans and Latinos.

Topics: /NOW

DOJ Declines to Charge George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

DOJ Declines to Charge George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jamilah King on February 24 2015, 2:27PM

The news come almost exactly three years after Martin’s death.

Topics: /NOW

Watch How a 25-Year-Old Helped Revive Oakland's Turf Dancing

Watch How a 25-Year-Old Helped Revive Oakland’s Turf Dancing

by Jamilah King on February 24 2015, 1:14PM

Here’s a look at the form’s rich legacy.

Topics: Culture

Marshawn Lynch Wants to Trademark 'I'm Just Here So I Won't Get Fined'

Marshawn Lynch Wants to Trademark ‘I’m Just Here So I Won’t Get Fined’

by Jamilah King on February 24 2015, 10:20AM

He’s says he’s doing it to keep other people from making money off of the phrase.

Topics: Culture

The Art of Masculinity

The Art of Masculinity

by Jamilah King on February 24 2015, 9:35AM

In two new shows, the artists Kehinde Wiley and Alex Donis lift up—and sometimes subvert—ideas of black and brown manhood.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Remember Chinese-American Rapper MC Jin? He's Back (Sorta)

Remember Chinese-American Rapper MC Jin? He’s Back (Sorta)

by Jamilah King on February 23 2015, 4:19PM

“He’s trying to move past the mistakes of ‘Learn Chinese.’”

Topics: Culture

Actors of Color Slayed the Fashion Game at This Year's Oscars

Actors of Color Slayed the Fashion Game at This Year’s Oscars

by Jamilah King on February 23 2015, 11:43AM

At least they won the red carpet.

Topics: Culture

The Jokes Were Mostly Bad And Sometimes Racist: #OscarsSoWhite Recap

The Jokes Were Mostly Bad And Sometimes Racist: #OscarsSoWhite Recap

by Jamilah King on February 23 2015, 10:26AM

Did you expect anything less?

Topics: Culture

John Legend, Alejandro González Iñárritu Won The Night With Their Oscar Speeches Play

John Legend, Alejandro González Iñárritu Won The Night With Their Oscar Speeches

by Jamilah King on February 23 2015, 10:16AM

The night was surprisingly political.

Topics: Culture

Watch Janet Mock Interview 'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae

Watch Janet Mock Interview ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae

by Jamilah King on February 20 2015, 2:51PM

The two chat about writing memoirs and making jokes.

Topics: Culture

'The Reid Report' Canceled Amid MSNBC Shake-Up

‘The Reid Report’ Canceled Amid MSNBC Shake-Up

by Jamilah King on February 20 2015, 10:51AM

Cable news remains stubbornly white and male.

Topics: Culture

Oscars Remix: 9 Coming-of-Age Films About People Who Aren't White Males

Oscars Remix: 9 Coming-of-Age Films About People Who Aren’t White Males

by Jamilah King on February 20 2015, 7:00AM

The Oscars voting pool is 94 percent white, 77 percent male and heavily populated by people in their 60s. #OscarsSoWhite, we’re showcasing 9 must-see movies about young people of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Former Oscar Winner Mo'Nique: 'I'm Just a Girl From Baltimore'

Former Oscar Winner Mo’Nique: ‘I’m Just a Girl From Baltimore’

by Jamilah King on February 19 2015, 11:30AM

In the five years since her “Precious” win she’s been shut out of Hollywood.

Topics: Culture

Jason Collins, EJ Johnson Team Up for #ThisIsLuv Townhall

Jason Collins, EJ Johnson Team Up for #ThisIsLuv Townhall

by Jamilah King on February 18 2015, 11:56AM

The initiative aims to challenge the idea that black communities are more homophobic than others.

Topics: Culture

For Black Americans, Fleeing the Segregated South Was Deadly

For Black Americans, Fleeing the Segregated South Was Deadly

by Jamilah King on February 18 2015, 10:15AM

A new study found that the racism of the North was just as deadly.

Topics: /NOW

Questions Linger for LGBT Community After Police Kill Jessie Hernandez

Questions Linger for LGBT Community After Police Kill Jessie Hernandez

by Jamilah King on February 18 2015, 7:00AM

The fatal shooting of Jesse Hernandez is shining a light on the Denver police department’s relationship with LGBT residents of color.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Maya Rudolph Resurrected Her Beyoncé for SNL 40

Maya Rudolph Resurrected Her Beyoncé for SNL 40

by Jamilah King on February 16 2015, 2:03PM

It was one of the show’s funnier moments.

Topics: Culture