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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.

When It Comes to Sports Protests, Are T-Shirts Enough?

When It Comes to Sports Protests, Are T-Shirts Enough?

by Jamilah King on December 18 2014, 11:00AM

More and more elite athletes are making symbolic statements about police violence against black people. It’s up to us to listen.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Spike Lee Testifies About D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Play

Spike Lee Testifies About D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’

by Jamilah King on December 18 2014, 10:41AM

You can too.

Topics: Culture

Watch Lauryn Hill Perform 'Ready or Not' Live in Ghana Play

Watch Lauryn Hill Perform ‘Ready or Not’ Live in Ghana

by Jamilah King on December 18 2014, 10:19AM

She rocked it.

Topics: Culture

The Queer Women of Color Video Streaming Service That's Cheaper Than Netflix

The Queer Women of Color Video Streaming Service That’s Cheaper Than Netflix

by Jamilah King on December 17 2014, 11:33AM

This might help restore your faith in humanity.

Topics: Culture

Ferguson Decision Prompted Early Release of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

Ferguson Decision Prompted Early Release of D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’

by Jamilah King on December 17 2014, 10:56AM

A behind-the-scenes look at the album’s journey to number one.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut New Song on 'The Colbert Report' Play

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut New Song on ‘The Colbert Report’

by Jamilah King on December 17 2014, 10:41AM

The song doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s certainly got an audience.

Topics: Culture

Why America's Comics Are More Diverse Than Ever

Why America’s Comics Are More Diverse Than Ever

by Jamilah King on December 16 2014, 3:11PM

Society has changed, and so have its superheroes.

Topics: Culture

Jean Grae's New Video Features All of Your Favorite Things Play

Jean Grae’s New Video Features All of Your Favorite Things

by Jamilah King on December 16 2014, 11:10AM

Jean Greasy, FTW

Topics: Culture

Lupe Fiasco Dedicates New Song to Mothers in the 'Hood Play

Lupe Fiasco Dedicates New Song to Mothers in the ‘Hood

by Jamilah King on December 16 2014, 10:51AM

His fifth album, “Tetsuo & Youth,” hits stores on January 20.

Topics: Culture

David Oyelowo to Star Opposite Lupita Nyong'o in 'Americanah'

David Oyelowo to Star Opposite Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Americanah’

by Jamilah King on December 15 2014, 3:31PM

Get excited!

Topics: Culture

Cast of 'Selma' Wears 'I Can't Breathe' Shirts to NYC Premiere

Cast of ‘Selma’ Wears ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirts to NYC Premiere

by Jamilah King on December 15 2014, 2:17PM

They’re making a statement on and off camera.

Topics: Culture

Marcus Mariota Becomes First Polynesian Heisman Winner

Marcus Mariota Becomes First Polynesian Heisman Winner

by Jamilah King on December 15 2014, 10:45AM

The University of Oregon quarterback won college football’s most sought-after prize.

Topics: Culture

D'Angelo Dedicates New Album to Resistance in Ferguson, Occupy Wall Street

D’Angelo Dedicates New Album to Resistance in Ferguson, Occupy Wall Street

by Jamilah King on December 15 2014, 10:20AM

“It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them.”

Topics: Culture

Watch J. Cole Perform 'Be Free' on Letterman

Watch J. Cole Perform ‘Be Free’ on Letterman

by Jamilah King on December 11 2014, 11:46AM

Watch his moving live performance.

Topics: Culture

A Visual Guide to Global Outrage Over Mike Brown and Eric Garner

A Visual Guide to Global Outrage Over Mike Brown and Eric Garner

by Jamilah King on December 11 2014, 10:27AM

Here’s how the movement grew online.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

First Black Woman Nominated for Best Director Golden Globe: Ava DuVernay

First Black Woman Nominated for Best Director Golden Globe: Ava DuVernay

by Jamilah King on December 11 2014, 10:11AM

The accolades just keep coming in.

Topics: Culture

Shonda Rhimes: 'I Haven't Broken Through Any Glass Ceilings'

Shonda Rhimes: ‘I Haven’t Broken Through Any Glass Ceilings’

by Jamilah King on December 10 2014, 4:03PM

She spoke at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Hollywood Breakfast this morning.

Topics: Culture

Watch the Only Live Recording of John Coltrane Playing 'A Love Supreme' Play

Watch the Only Live Recording of John Coltrane Playing ‘A Love Supreme’

by Jamilah King on December 10 2014, 1:15PM

On July 26, 1965, the legendary musician performed it live for the first and only time of his career.

Topics: Culture

Sikh Cartoonist Stars in Facebook Video, Racists Go Wild

Sikh Cartoonist Stars in Facebook Video, Racists Go Wild

by Jamilah King on December 10 2014, 12:56PM

The man known to many as Captain Sikh America is caught in the middle of a hate storm.

Topics: Culture

SAG Surprises? 'Selma' Shut Out of Nominations

SAG Surprises? ‘Selma’ Shut Out of Nominations

by Jamilah King on December 10 2014, 12:33PM

But Viola Davis is among this year’s nominees.

Topics: Culture