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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.

M.I.A.'s Label is Not Happy About Her New Music Video Play

M.I.A.’s Label is Not Happy About Her New Music Video

by Jamilah King on May 20 2014, 10:08AM

Slate’s calling it her best video since 2011’s “Bad Girls.”

Topics: Culture

Thailand's Military, New York City's Heroin, and Donald Sterling's Lawsuits

Thailand’s Military, New York City’s Heroin, and Donald Sterling’s Lawsuits

by Jamilah King on May 20 2014, 10:02AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Angela Davis Says We're in the Middle of an 'Epidemic of Police Violence'

Angela Davis Says We’re in the Middle of an ‘Epidemic of Police Violence’

by Jamilah King on May 19 2014, 2:08PM

She gave the keynote at a police brutality conference in Chicago.

Topics: Culture

Sam Greenlee, Author of 'The Spook Who Sat By the Door,' Has Died

Sam Greenlee, Author of ‘The Spook Who Sat By the Door,’ Has Died

by Jamilah King on May 19 2014, 1:50PM

He was 83.

Topics: Culture

Eddie Huang on 'Fresh Off the Boat': It's a Phrase 'Worn With Pride'

Eddie Huang on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’: It’s a Phrase ‘Worn With Pride’

by Jamilah King on May 19 2014, 1:13PM

The show’s creator responds to critics.

Topics: Culture

Shoppers Can 'Get the Slave Look' With '12 Years a Slave' Mannequin

Shoppers Can ‘Get the Slave Look’ With ‘12 Years a Slave’ Mannequin

by Jamilah King on May 19 2014, 11:21AM

Um, what?

Topics: Culture

Maya Rudolph Opens Up About Being a Working Mom Play

Maya Rudolph Opens Up About Being a Working Mom

by Jamilah King on May 19 2014, 10:40AM

And she sounds like an awesome one.

Topics: Culture

SNL Has the Last Word on Solange, Jay Z and Beyoncé Elevator Fight

SNL Has the Last Word on Solange, Jay Z and Beyoncé Elevator Fight

by Jamilah King on May 19 2014, 10:17AM

Maya Rudolph returns.

Topics: Culture

Russia Pulls Back from Ukraine, AT&T Deal, Rent-Regulation in NYC

Russia Pulls Back from Ukraine, AT&T Deal, Rent-Regulation in NYC

by Jamilah King on May 19 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Michael Sam Teams Up With Oprah for Reality TV Show

Michael Sam Teams Up With Oprah for Reality TV Show

by Jamilah King on May 16 2014, 12:00PM

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

Topics: Culture

Zoe Saldana's Nina Simone Biopic is in Trouble

Zoe Saldana’s Nina Simone Biopic is in Trouble

by Jamilah King on May 16 2014, 11:30AM

Again.

Topics: Culture

Comedian Kristina Wong Opens Up About Mental Illness and Chinese-Americans

Comedian Kristina Wong Opens Up About Mental Illness and Chinese-Americans

by Jamilah King on May 16 2014, 11:00AM

She toured with her show about Asian-American women and depression for seven years.

Topics: Culture

That Time Philly Cops Bombed a City Block to Destroy a Black Liberation Group

That Time Philly Cops Bombed a City Block to Destroy a Black Liberation Group

by Jamilah King on May 16 2014, 10:50AM

On May 13, 1985, police bombed an entire city block in its attack on MOVE, killing 11 people.

Topics: Culture

San Francisco Teen Wears Tux, Diocese Pulls Yearbook Photo

San Francisco Teen Wears Tux, Diocese Pulls Yearbook Photo

by Jamilah King on May 16 2014, 10:29AM

#JessicasTux is trending in San Francisco.

Topics: Culture

Read Toni Morrison's New Short Story for Chipotle

Read Toni Morrison’s New Short Story for Chipotle

by Jamilah King on May 16 2014, 10:09AM

The company doesn’t just want to advertise to its customers, it wants to entertain them.

Topics: Culture

Soundtrack to Your Summer: 6 Albums to Watch Out For

Soundtrack to Your Summer: 6 Albums to Watch Out For

by Jamilah King on May 16 2014, 7:00AM

Six albums that we’re eager to hear.

Topics: Culture

Asian-American Sitcom 'Fresh Off the Boat' Set to Make History Play

Asian-American Sitcom ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Set to Make History

by Jamilah King on May 14 2014, 11:47AM

Here’s your first look.

Topics: Culture

Shonda Rhimes Will Own ABC on Thursday Nights Play

Shonda Rhimes Will Own ABC on Thursday Nights

by Jamilah King on May 14 2014, 11:37AM

She just inked a new four-year deal with ABC Studios.

Topics: Culture

Women's Prison Anthology Aims to Raise Money for Marissa Alexander

Women’s Prison Anthology Aims to Raise Money for Marissa Alexander

by Jamilah King on May 14 2014, 11:25AM

The anthology will be available for purchase in early June.

Topics: Culture

Michael Jackson's Posthumous Album Tops Charts

Michael Jackson’s Posthumous Album Tops Charts

by Jamilah King on May 14 2014, 11:14AM

Nearly five years after his death, it’s clear that he’s still the King of Pop.

Topics: Culture