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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.

Kristina Wong: Asian Vaginas Have the Power to End Racism (NSFW) Play

Kristina Wong: Asian Vaginas Have the Power to End Racism (NSFW)

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 4:28PM

Or not?

Topics: Culture

Toni Morrison to Colbert: 'There's No Such Thing As Race' Play

Toni Morrison to Colbert: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Race’

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 11:43AM

The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author broke it down.

Topics: Culture

Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Cadillactica' is Rightfully the No.1 Hip-Hop Album in America

Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Cadillactica’ is Rightfully the No.1 Hip-Hop Album in America

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 10:46AM

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album.

Topics: Culture

Obama's Immigration Order, Bill Cosby, Facebook and Unions

Obama’s Immigration Order, Bill Cosby, Facebook and Unions

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 10:03AM

This is what I’m reading up on.

Topics: /NOW

A Sobering Infographic for Transgender Day of Remembrance

A Sobering Infographic for Transgender Day of Remembrance

by Jamilah King on November 20 2014, 3:27PM

Statistics show that trans women of color were the victims of 67 percent of all hate-motivated homicides of LGBT people in 2013.

Topics: /NOW

Cornel West and Questlove Talk About Black Revolution and Blues Music

Cornel West and Questlove Talk About Black Revolution and Blues Music

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 1:56PM

The two discussed what they know best: politics and music.

Topics: Culture

Watch Jay Smooth's Hip-Hop History Lesson for Activists Play

Watch Jay Smooth’s Hip-Hop History Lesson for Activists

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 11:51AM

Instead of indicting younger activists, we should inspire them, he says.

Topics: Culture

An Illustrated Guide to Ferguson's Police After Mike Brown

An Illustrated Guide to Ferguson’s Police After Mike Brown

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 11:32AM

Molly Crabapple breaks it down.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Earns Standing Ovation in New York City

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ Earns Standing Ovation in New York City

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 11:09AM

It doesn’t come out until Christmas but it’s already in the Oscar race.

Topics: Culture

Video: Solange Knowles Dances With Son to Celebrate Black Love Play

Video: Solange Knowles Dances With Son to Celebrate Black Love

by Jamilah King on November 17 2014, 12:44PM

Thought the wedding photos were great? This might be even better.

Topics: Culture

Watch Kendrick Lamar Beckon James Brown on SNL Play

Watch Kendrick Lamar Beckon James Brown on SNL

by Jamilah King on November 17 2014, 10:35AM

Watch his soulful performance.

Topics: Culture

Is Serial Having Trouble Telling a Muslim American and Immigrant Story?

Is Serial Having Trouble Telling a Muslim American and Immigrant Story?

by Jamilah King on November 14 2014, 1:51PM

Who’s telling the story matters.

Topics: Culture

Remembering the 'Ungovernable' Ella Fitzgerald's Time in a Youth Prison

Remembering the ‘Ungovernable’ Ella Fitzgerald’s Time in a Youth Prison

by Jamilah King on November 12 2014, 1:18PM

She took a long road to stardom.

Topics: Culture

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Are Making Another Movie Together Again

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Are Making Another Movie Together Again

by Jamilah King on November 12 2014, 12:49PM

They’re back!

Topics: Culture

Watch Issa Rae's Hilarious Take on Young Thug Play

Watch Issa Rae’s Hilarious Take on Young Thug

by Jamilah King on November 12 2014, 11:12AM

You’ll never be as rich as him.

Topics: Culture

Facing Race Spotlight: Detroit Artist Collective Complex Movements

Facing Race Spotlight: Detroit Artist Collective Complex Movements

by Jamilah King on November 12 2014, 7:00AM

A group of artists grew tired of the standard formula for hip-hop shows, so they created something radically different.

Topics: Facing Race 2014

What Happens to America's Deported Veterans?

What Happens to America’s Deported Veterans?

by Jamilah King on November 11 2014, 4:00PM

Manuel de Jesus Castano’s story is heartbreaking.

Topics: /NOW

Twitter Reminds Bill Cosby That He Can't Keep Dodging Those Rape Allegations

Twitter Reminds Bill Cosby That He Can’t Keep Dodging Those Rape Allegations

by Jamilah King on November 11 2014, 10:46AM

His publicity stunt went horribly wrong on Monday.

Topics: Culture

Pittsburgh's Conflict Kitchen Shut Down Over Palestinian Program

Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen Shut Down Over Palestinian Program

by Jamilah King on November 10 2014, 4:09PM

A noble cause has devolved into death threats.

Topics: Culture

New 5Pointz Landlord Insists He Owns Graffiti Mecca's Name

New 5Pointz Landlord Insists He Owns Graffiti Mecca’s Name

by Jamilah King on November 10 2014, 2:44PM

But he promises to restore the site’s old glory.

Topics: Culture