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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.

Watch Spike Lee's Documentary on Mo'ne Davis Play

Watch Spike Lee’s Documentary on Mo’ne Davis

by Jamilah King on October 24 2014, 2:45PM

It gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the teenager’s path to stardom at last summer’s Little League World Series.

Topics: Culture

Lupe Fiasco Releases New Track 'Haile Selassie' Feat. Nikki Jean

Lupe Fiasco Releases New Track ‘Haile Selassie’ Feat. Nikki Jean

by Jamilah King on October 24 2014, 12:02PM

He’s gearing up for a new mixtape.

Topics: Culture

Roxane Gay: White Men Don't Get Same Level of Online Harassment as People of Color

Roxane Gay: White Men Don’t Get Same Level of Online Harassment as People of Color

by Jamilah King on October 24 2014, 10:37AM

The author talks about the whirlwind of a year she’s had since publishing her first collection of essays.

Topics: Culture

Racial Diversity Among America's Working Artists Virtually Non-Existent

Racial Diversity Among America’s Working Artists Virtually Non-Existent

by Jamilah King on October 23 2014, 2:28PM

It’s hard to make a living off of your art, but that’s especially true for artists of color.

Topics: Culture

Gay Sex is Gay Sex and Politically, That Matters

Gay Sex is Gay Sex and Politically, That Matters

by Jamilah King on October 23 2014, 1:44PM

Shonda Rhimes is making history with the gay sex scenes on her shows. We should own it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Smart People Listen to Radiohead, Dumb People Listen to Beyoncé, Says Racist Study

Smart People Listen to Radiohead, Dumb People Listen to Beyoncé, Says Racist Study

by Jamilah King on October 23 2014, 11:27AM

Virgil Griffith, please stop.

Topics: Culture

Did 'Dear White People' Miss the Mark on Casual Racism?

Did ‘Dear White People’ Miss the Mark on Casual Racism?

by Jamilah King on October 23 2014, 10:08AM

The focus on egregious racist acts may have hidden more common micoaggressions.

Topics: Culture

Dee Rees Talks About What Inspired Her Bessie Smith Biopic

Dee Rees Talks About What Inspired Her Bessie Smith Biopic

by Jamilah King on October 22 2014, 1:11PM

It’s been three years since the director debuted her critically acclaimed film “Pariah” at the Sundance Film Festival.

Topics: Culture

Little League Star Mo'ne Davis Stars in World Series Ad

Little League Star Mo’ne Davis Stars in World Series Ad

by Jamilah King on October 22 2014, 12:30PM

The 13-year-old pitcher took center stage during World Series programming.

Topics: Culture

Dear White People's Naomi Ko: 'People Don't Think Asian-Americans Are Capable of Protest'

Dear White People’s Naomi Ko: ‘People Don’t Think Asian-Americans Are Capable of Protest’

by Jamilah King on October 22 2014, 12:14PM

The Korean-American actress wants to challenge the model minority myth.

Topics: Culture

The NBA's Official Anthem This Season is by Kendrick Lamar

The NBA’s Official Anthem This Season is by Kendrick Lamar

by Jamilah King on October 22 2014, 11:58AM

The Compton rapper scored a huge endorsement.

Topics: Culture

Leslie Jones on SNL Promotion: 'Get Ready' Play

Leslie Jones on SNL Promotion: ‘Get Ready’

by Jamilah King on October 22 2014, 11:41AM

The show just added another black woman to its cast.

Topics: Culture

Oscar De La Renta: 'I Feel Very Lucky That I've Had a Wonderful Life'

Oscar De La Renta: ‘I Feel Very Lucky That I’ve Had a Wonderful Life’

by Jamilah King on October 21 2014, 10:20AM

The 82-year-old designer from the Dominican Republic had become an icon of global fashion.

Topics: Culture

Hari Kondabolu Knows How to Fix the Most Racist Team Name in the NFL Play

Hari Kondabolu Knows How to Fix the Most Racist Team Name in the NFL

by Jamilah King on October 20 2014, 3:16PM

The comedian offers some tongue-in-cheek advice to Washington, D.C. team executives.

Topics: Culture

Premiere: Alsarah & The Nubatones on 'Songs of Return' Play

Premiere: Alsarah & The Nubatones on ‘Songs of Return’

by Jamilah King on October 20 2014, 1:02PM

The band’s release of “Habibi Taal” is worth a listen.

Topics: Culture

Misty Upham's Family Says Cops Taunted Actress About Mental Illness

Misty Upham’s Family Says Cops Taunted Actress About Mental Illness

by Jamilah King on October 20 2014, 12:52PM

Her body was found late last week.

Topics: Culture

'Dear White People' Courts Younger Audience, Has Big Box Office Weekend

‘Dear White People’ Courts Younger Audience, Has Big Box Office Weekend

by Jamilah King on October 20 2014, 10:26AM

The film expands to 350 theaters in the top 75 markets on October 24th

Topics: Culture

2013 Was the Deadliest Year of LGBT Intimate Partner Violence On Record

2013 Was the Deadliest Year of LGBT Intimate Partner Violence On Record

by Jamilah King on October 17 2014, 12:17PM

A new report sheds more light on the problem.

Topics: /NOW

The Underlying Racism of Ebola Coverage

The Underlying Racism of Ebola Coverage

by Jamilah King on October 17 2014, 11:52AM

It’s impossible to ignore how the disease has become a stand-in for blackness.

Topics: /NOW

Ebola and Race, 40K Missing Voter Registrations, a Guide to Better Sleep

Ebola and Race, 40K Missing Voter Registrations, a Guide to Better Sleep

by Jamilah King on October 17 2014, 9:52AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW