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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.

Powerful Short Film Captures High School Football Team in Oakland's 'Kill Zone'

Powerful Short Film Captures High School Football Team in Oakland’s ‘Kill Zone’

by Jamilah King on October 29 2014, 3:43PM

Follow the new coach of Castlemont High School’s football team.

Topics: Culture

Rapper Bambu Tackles Minimum Wage on New Album 'Party Worker' Play

Rapper Bambu Tackles Minimum Wage on New Album ‘Party Worker’

by Jamilah King on October 29 2014, 10:30AM

It’s the latest from his new LP “Party Worker.”

Topics: Culture

Diverse Casting Leads to a Wildly Successful Fall for Network TV

Diverse Casting Leads to a Wildly Successful Fall for Network TV

by Jamilah King on October 29 2014, 10:28AM

They’re making history.

Topics: Culture

J-Live Drops Song Against Police Brutality Called 'I Am a Man'

J-Live Drops Song Against Police Brutality Called ‘I Am a Man’

by Jamilah King on October 29 2014, 10:17AM

It’s from the Brooklyn M.C.’s new album “Around the Sun.”

Topics: Culture

Watch George Clinton Talk to Questlove About Funk Music Play

Watch George Clinton Talk to Questlove About Funk Music

by Jamilah King on October 28 2014, 2:44PM

Musicheads, get ready!

Topics: Culture

New York City Mural Honors Mothers Who Lost Sons to Police Violence

New York City Mural Honors Mothers Who Lost Sons to Police Violence

by Jamilah King on October 28 2014, 12:08PM

Sophia Dawson wants to bring an end to police brutality.

Topics: Culture

New Video Series Shows How Comedians of Color Turn Pain Into Laughter Play

New Video Series Shows How Comedians of Color Turn Pain Into Laughter

by Jamilah King on October 28 2014, 11:45AM

Hari Kondabolu, Kristina Wong, Issa Rae and Lalo Alcaraz take center stage.

Topics: Culture

Russell Wilson Doesn't Care What You Think About His Blackness

Russell Wilson Doesn’t Care What You Think About His Blackness

by Jamilah King on October 28 2014, 10:11AM

But that didn’t stop Charles Barkley from making things worse.

Topics: Culture

Erykah Badu Talks 'Completing the Cypher' With Childish Gambino Play

Erykah Badu Talks ‘Completing the Cypher’ With Childish Gambino

by Jamilah King on October 27 2014, 2:51PM

Okayplayer TV caught up with her after a recent performance at Berkeley’s Greek Theater.

Topics: Culture

Palestinian Vocalist Merna Has New Song Produced by Ali Shaheed Muhammad Play

Palestinian Vocalist Merna Has New Song Produced by Ali Shaheed Muhammad

by Jamilah King on October 27 2014, 2:20PM

It’s the first single off of her new album.

Topics: Culture

San Francisco's New Spray-Painted Carlos Santana Mural is Amazing

San Francisco’s New Spray-Painted Carlos Santana Mural is Amazing

by Jamilah King on October 27 2014, 12:34PM

Over the weekend, the city’s art commission paid respect to one of its most beloved sons.

Topics: Culture

Mindy Kaling Is Not Malala Yousafzai

Mindy Kaling Is Not Malala Yousafzai

by Jamilah King on October 27 2014, 10:20AM

But you knew that already, right?

Topics: Culture

Janay Rice Speaks Out About Those Racist Domestic Violence Halloween Costumes

Janay Rice Speaks Out About Those Racist Domestic Violence Halloween Costumes

by Jamilah King on October 27 2014, 10:05AM

She’s being victimized all over again.

Topics: Culture

What Happens When You're Tired of Saying 'Dear White People?'

What Happens When You’re Tired of Saying ‘Dear White People?’

by Jamilah King on October 27 2014, 7:00AM

It’s important to name the ways that we thrive when we’re not in opposition to something.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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