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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.

Chipotle Tries to Explain Why Its 'Curated Thought' Series Doesn't Include Latino Authors

Chipotle Tries to Explain Why Its ‘Curated Thought’ Series Doesn’t Include Latino Authors

by Jamilah King on May 22 2014, 12:41PM

The company claims to have reached out to multiple Latino authors who declined their invitation to sign on.

Topics: Culture

The African-American Flag is Flying Atop a School in Upstate New York

The African-American Flag is Flying Atop a School in Upstate New York

by Jamilah King on May 22 2014, 12:20PM

Here’s why.

Topics: Culture

Yasiin Bey Cancels U.S. Tour Amid Unspecified Legal Issues

Yasiin Bey Cancels U.S. Tour Amid Unspecified Legal Issues

by Jamilah King on May 22 2014, 11:45AM

The rapper currently lives in South Africa.

Topics: Culture

'Just Me and Allah': Photographs of Queer Muslims in Toronto

‘Just Me and Allah’: Photographs of Queer Muslims in Toronto

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 11:41AM

The series will debut for World Pride.

Topics: Culture

Forrest Whitaker Joins Scripted Drama on Hazing at HBCU's

Forrest Whitaker Joins Scripted Drama on Hazing at HBCU’s

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 11:10AM

The project is still in development.

Topics: Culture

NYC Names Chinatown Street for Bullied Pvt. Danny Chen

NYC Names Chinatown Street for Bullied Pvt. Danny Chen

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 10:57AM

The 19-year-old committed suicide in 2011.

Topics: Culture

Drone Strikes, Obamacare, and the WNBA's LGBT Fans

Drone Strikes, Obamacare, and the WNBA’s LGBT Fans

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 7:00AM

More and more institutions are featuring the work of black artists. When will the audiences reflect it?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Kara Walker

Watch Kara Walker Talk Live About Her Epic Sugar Sculpture

Watch Kara Walker Talk Live About Her Epic Sugar Sculpture

by Jamilah King on May 20 2014, 2:24PM

She’ll be in conversation with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad at the New York Public Library.

Topics: Culture, Kara Walker

NPR to End 'Tell Me More,

NPR to End ‘Tell Me More,” Eliminate 28 Positions

by Jamilah King on May 20 2014, 1:10PM

The change is due to budget cuts.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Teaches Kids How to Laugh on Mexico's 'Sesame Street' Play

Lupita Nyong’o Teaches Kids How to Laugh on Mexico’s ‘Sesame Street’

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

It’s adorable!

Topics: Culture

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