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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.

Watch Issa Rae's Hilarious Take on Young Thug Play

Watch Issa Rae’s Hilarious Take on Young Thug

by Jamilah King on November 12 2014, 11:12AM

You’ll never be as rich as him.

Topics: Culture

Facing Race Spotlight: Detroit Artist Collective Complex Movements

Facing Race Spotlight: Detroit Artist Collective Complex Movements

by Jamilah King on November 12 2014, 7:00AM

A group of artists grew tired of the standard formula for hip-hop shows, so they created something radically different.

Topics: Facing Race 2014

What Happens to America's Deported Veterans?

What Happens to America’s Deported Veterans?

by Jamilah King on November 11 2014, 4:00PM

Manuel de Jesus Castano’s story is heartbreaking.

Topics: /NOW

Twitter Reminds Bill Cosby That He Can't Keep Dodging Those Rape Allegations

Twitter Reminds Bill Cosby That He Can’t Keep Dodging Those Rape Allegations

by Jamilah King on November 11 2014, 10:46AM

His publicity stunt went horribly wrong on Monday.

Topics: Culture

Pittsburgh's Conflict Kitchen Shut Down Over Palestinian Program

Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen Shut Down Over Palestinian Program

by Jamilah King on November 10 2014, 4:09PM

A noble cause has devolved into death threats.

Topics: Culture

New 5Pointz Landlord Insists He Owns Graffiti Mecca's Name

New 5Pointz Landlord Insists He Owns Graffiti Mecca’s Name

by Jamilah King on November 10 2014, 2:44PM

But he promises to restore the site’s old glory.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks is Fed Up With Mainstream Music, Especially Those 'Corny' White Girls

Azealia Banks is Fed Up With Mainstream Music, Especially Those ‘Corny’ White Girls

by Jamilah King on November 10 2014, 2:03PM

Will she ever sign a major deal again? Not a chance.

Topics: Culture

The World's Getting a New Disney Princess Who's Not White

The World’s Getting a New Disney Princess Who’s Not White

by Jamilah King on November 7 2014, 1:28PM

Meet Moana.

Topics: Culture

Video: Women of Color Speak Out About Street Harassment Play

Video: Women of Color Speak Out About Street Harassment

by Jamilah King on November 7 2014, 1:08PM

They talk about their own experiences with street harassment, often at the hands of white men.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks' Debut LP 'Broke With Expensive Taste' Climbs U.S. iTunes Chart

Azealia Banks’ Debut LP ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ Climbs U.S. iTunes Chart

by Jamilah King on November 7 2014, 10:15AM

It’s finally here!

Topics: Culture

Asian Woman Acts Like Creepy Dude, Talks About White Fetish

Asian Woman Acts Like Creepy Dude, Talks About White Fetish

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 2:03PM

Joy Regullano was tired of white men fetishizing Asian woman, so she did something about it.

Topics: Culture

Ryan Potter of 'Big Hero 6' Talks About Hapa Actors, Diversity in Casting

Ryan Potter of ‘Big Hero 6’ Talks About Hapa Actors, Diversity in Casting

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 1:00PM

The film hit theaters this weekend.

Topics: Culture

MTV's 'Rebel Music' to Feature Indigenous Artists in North America

MTV’s ‘Rebel Music’ to Feature Indigenous Artists in North America

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 10:43AM

The episode will premiere on Rebel Music’s Facebook page next Thursday.

Topics: Culture

Facing Race Spotlight: Southern Artist Carlton Turner

Facing Race Spotlight: Southern Artist Carlton Turner

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 7:00AM

“Anything that we’re seeing today in pop culture originated in production you can trace back to black labor in the South.”

Topics: Facing Race 2014

Sandra Oh Goes from 'Grey's Anatomy' to New Animated Film

Sandra Oh Goes from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to New Animated Film

by Jamilah King on November 5 2014, 11:41AM

“I would like to see…the people who are actually the central storytellers be people who are not white,” she says.

Topics: Culture

Kendrick Lamar Spreads Love in First Official Video From New Album Play

Kendrick Lamar Spreads Love in First Official Video From New Album

by Jamilah King on November 5 2014, 11:14AM

It’s another way the rapper is trying to save lives with his music.

Topics: Culture

Eva Longoria: 'I Was Fortunate to Grow Up in a Family of Activists' Play

Eva Longoria: ‘I Was Fortunate to Grow Up in a Family of Activists’

by Jamilah King on November 5 2014, 10:52AM

The actress talks about why she co-founded a PAC for Latino Democratic candidates.

Topics: Culture

Listen to Georgia Anne Muldrow's New Track, 'Ciao'

Listen to Georgia Anne Muldrow’s New Track, ‘Ciao’

by Jamilah King on November 4 2014, 1:53PM

The singer dropped an instrumental LP back in September.

Topics: Culture

Ava DuVernay's 'Middle of Nowhere' Will be on DVD, On Demand

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Will be on DVD, On Demand

by Jamilah King on November 4 2014, 12:09PM

The upcoming release on DVD will be the first time that it’s made widely available since showing in theaters in 2012.

Topics: Culture

Video: Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama Urge Young Latino Voters to the Polls Play

Video: Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama Urge Young Latino Voters to the Polls

by Jamilah King on November 4 2014, 11:01AM

“You gotta clean your house, and we have to clean The House.”

Topics: Culture