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Nia King

Nia King
New Media & Communications Intern
Oakland, CA

Nia King is a multimedia producer with a passion for social justice. Before joining Colorlines, she worked as a grassroots fundraiser, researcher, and social media marketing specialist for various racial justice and LGBTQ nonprofits. Her writing about race, gender, and sexuality has been published in the journal Women and Performance, and the book Zines in Third Space. She has presented her undergraduate thesis, “Mangos with Chili: Life-Sustaining Performance Art for and by Queer and Transgender People of Color,” at Stanford University, UC Riverside, and the University of Arizona. Her first short film, "The Craigslist Chronicles," has screened at the National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, York University, University of Toronto, and NYU. Her comics have been published by Colorlines and QWOC Media Wire. She also produces a podcast where she interviews emerging queer and transgender artists of color. She is currently working as a freelance journalist, cartoonist, illustrator, and video producer. You can find more about her work at artactivistnia.com.

Follow Nia at @artactivistnia.

Andrea Plaid Discusses

Andrea Plaid Discusses “Drop the I-Word” Campaign On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show

by Nia King on April 29 2013, 3:10PM

Colorlines Drop the I-Word Campaign Manager, Andrea Plaid appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss the challenges facing immigrant women.

Topics: Colorlines Press

Rinku Sen Appears On CUNYTV's

Rinku Sen Appears On CUNYTV’s “Independent Sources” To Discuss “Drop The I-Word” Victory

by Nia King on April 26 2013, 3:16PM

Rinku Sen appeared on CUNYTV’s “Independent Sources” to discuss the AP’s decision to stop using the word “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants.

Topics: Colorlines Press

Jamilah King Speaks With Free Speech TV At The National Conference For Media Reform

Jamilah King Speaks With Free Speech TV At The National Conference For Media Reform

by Nia King on April 9 2013, 1:15PM

Colorlines reporter and editor Jamilah King discusses the importance of independent journalism with Free Speech TV’s Julianna Forlano at the National Conference for Media Reform.

Topics: Colorlines Press, /NOW

Who Will Stand Behind Adria Richards? [Reader Forum]

Who Will Stand Behind Adria Richards? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on April 8 2013, 9:55AM

Colorlines readers sound off on the firing of Adria Richards.

Topics: Media

Rinku Sen Discusses the Success of 'Drop the I-Word' on Democracy Now!

Rinku Sen Discusses the Success of ‘Drop the I-Word’ on Democracy Now!

by Nia King on April 5 2013, 7:38PM

Rinku Sen appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the significance of getting the Associated Press to stop using the term “illegal” in reference to people.

Topics: Colorlines Press, /NOW

Rinku Sen Shares Tips on How To Be A Good Ally on Melissa Harris-Perry Show

Rinku Sen Shares Tips on How To Be A Good Ally on Melissa Harris-Perry Show

by Nia King on April 2 2013, 4:03PM

What does it take to be a good ally? Well, for starters, listen more and talk less.

Topics: Colorlines Press, /NOW

How Should We Speak of Our Undocumented Immigrant Parents? [Reader Forum]

How Should We Speak of Our Undocumented Immigrant Parents? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on April 1 2013, 6:50AM

Colorlines readers remark on the powerful portraits, taken by 20-year-old Carla Chavarria, of Arizona immigrant women and their moms.

Topics: Immigration

Is Justin Timberlake Making Money Off of Black Music? [Reader Forum]

Is Justin Timberlake Making Money Off of Black Music? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on March 25 2013, 6:00AM

Is Justin Timberlake appropriating black music, or just appreciating it? Colorlines.com readers sound off.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Will Arming Women Prevent Rape? [Reader Forum]

Will Arming Women Prevent Rape? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on March 19 2013, 10:11AM

Zerlina Maxwell went on Fox News and put rape culture on blast. Was her message effective? The Colorlines community responds.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Can New York Shame Teens Out of Getting Pregnant? [Reader Forum]

Can New York Shame Teens Out of Getting Pregnant? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on March 11 2013, 8:16AM

Are New York’s controversial new ads to stop teen pregnancy racist? Colorlines readers sound off.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Do You Accept Bloomberg Businessweek's Apology for Its Racist Magazine Cover? [Reader Forum]

Do You Accept Bloomberg Businessweek’s Apology for Its Racist Magazine Cover? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on March 5 2013, 8:33AM

Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek ran a magazine cover featuring caricatures of Black and Latino people swimming in money, feeding it to their dogs, and burning it for warmth. Colorlines’ readers react.

Topics: Media

Brentin Mock Discusses BP Oil Spill On MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show

Brentin Mock Discusses BP Oil Spill On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show

by Nia King on March 4 2013, 2:15PM

Colorlines investigative reporter Brentin Mock discusses the aftermath of the BP oil spill three years later on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show.

Topics: Colorlines Press

Does Beyoncé Need To Talk About Her Blackness? [Reader Forum]

Does Beyoncé Need To Talk About Her Blackness? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 25 2013, 8:38AM

HBO’s Beyonce documentary reached 1.8 million viewers last week, but some fans were disappointed that she didn’t once mention race.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Akiba Solomon Discusses The N-Word on Al-Jazeera

Akiba Solomon Discusses The N-Word on Al-Jazeera

by Nia King on February 20 2013, 5:09PM

Colorlines’ Akiba Solomon was featured on Al-Jazeera’s “The Stream” as part of a nuanced and in-depth discussion of the “n-word.”

Topics: Colorlines Press

A Black History Month Comic

A Black History Month Comic

by Nia King on February 19 2013, 8:30AM

Nia King illustrates her journey through black history month.

Topics: History

Why Do Black and Latino Youth Struggle in School? [Reader Forum]

Why Do Black and Latino Youth Struggle in School? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 18 2013, 8:00AM

Colorlines readers suggest solutions to gun violence and overly punitive measures for school children.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Seth Freed Wessler Speaks On HuffPost Live About Immigration Reform

Seth Freed Wessler Speaks On HuffPost Live About Immigration Reform

by Nia King on February 14 2013, 7:12PM

Seth Freed Wessler spoke on HuffPost Live regarding how immigration reform may expand ICE’s power to racially profile, detain, and incarcerate undocumented immigrants whether they’ve committed crimes or not.

Topics: Colorlines Press

Will Racist Theme Parties Ever Go Out Of Style? [Reader Forum]

Will Racist Theme Parties Ever Go Out Of Style? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 11 2013, 9:34AM

Duke University frat throws a racist rager, featuring yellow-face, kimonos, and more. Colorlines readers sound off on why another semester always seems to mean another racist theme party.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Jorge Rivas Discusses

Jorge Rivas Discusses “God Made A Farmer” Superbowl Ad On KNBC

by Nia King on February 5 2013, 5:16PM

Jorge Rivas discusses the “God Made A Farmer” Chrystler Superbowl ad’s whitewashing of the agricultural industry on KNBC.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Jorge Rivas Press

Was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Criticism of 'Girls' Correct? [Reader Forum]

Was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Criticism of ‘Girls’ Correct? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 4 2013, 9:45AM

Colorlines readers respond to Donald Glover’s role on “Girls,” high youth murder rates in Chicago, and domestic violence charges levied against a former NFL player.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

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