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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.

This Is What James Baldwin Wrote About Israel and Palestine in 1979

This Is What James Baldwin Wrote About Israel and Palestine in 1979

by Jamilah King on July 24 2014, 10:18AM

“Jews and Palestinians know of broken promises.”

Topics: Culture

Eric Garner and Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing'

Eric Garner and Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’

by Jamilah King on July 24 2014, 10:07AM

What’s become clear in the aftermath of Eric Garner’s death is that NYPD chokeholds, though officially banned, happen all too often.

Topics: Culture

Saul Williams Opens Up About 'Holler If You Hear Me' on Broadway

Saul Williams Opens Up About ‘Holler If You Hear Me’ on Broadway

by Jamilah King on July 23 2014, 1:08PM

He was quick to talk about the play’s successes.

Topics: Culture

African Dances, From A-Z: The Best Thing on the Internet Right Now Play

African Dances, From A-Z: The Best Thing on the Internet Right Now

by Jamilah King on July 23 2014, 12:07PM

Because it’s Tuesday, and we all need something fierce to look at, watch this awesome video of contemporary African dances.

Topics: Culture

A Look at the U.S. Marches Calling for and End to Violence in Gaza

A Look at the U.S. Marches Calling for and End to Violence in Gaza

by Jamilah King on July 23 2014, 11:32AM

Thousands of people have taken to the streets to call for an end to the violence that’s claimed more than 600 Palestinian lives.

Topics: Culture

An Asian-American Woman is Coaching in the NBA's Summer League

An Asian-American Woman is Coaching in the NBA’s Summer League

by Jamilah King on July 22 2014, 1:40PM

Natalie Nakase wants to win championships.

Topics: Culture

Janet Mock Clarifies New Role at Marie Claire, Won't Be 'Trans Correspondent'

Janet Mock Clarifies New Role at Marie Claire, Won’t Be ‘Trans Correspondent’

by Jamilah King on July 22 2014, 12:18PM

She’s accepted an offer to work as contributing editor at Marie Claire.

Topics: Culture

Writers of Color Have the Best Advice For You

Writers of Color Have the Best Advice For You

by Jamilah King on July 22 2014, 10:33AM

If you’re just started out, or feeling burned out, these are the tips that’ll help get you through.

Topics: Culture

Angela Davis on Palestine and the Prison Industrial Complex Play

Angela Davis on Palestine and the Prison Industrial Complex

by Jamilah King on July 22 2014, 10:20AM

If you’ve got an extra half hour to spare, it’s worth listening as Davis makes the connections between the violence in Gaza and the struggle for racial justice.

Topics: Culture

Jon Stewart Outlines the Trouble With Talking About Gaza in the U.S. Play

Jon Stewart Outlines the Trouble With Talking About Gaza in the U.S.

by Jamilah King on July 22 2014, 9:56AM

It’s still tough to report on the subject if you seem even remotely sympathetic to Palestinian lives

Topics: Culture

Meet Beyoncé the Riveter

Meet Beyoncé the Riveter

by Jamilah King on July 22 2014, 9:47AM

The BeyHive is pleased.

Topics: Culture

PTSD Among Gaza's Youth, Eric Garner's Death and CCSF

PTSD Among Gaza’s Youth, Eric Garner’s Death and CCSF

by Jamilah King on July 22 2014, 9:41AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Demolition of Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz to Begin in August

Demolition of Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz to Begin in August

by Jamilah King on July 21 2014, 11:42AM

But the building’s owners insist that they’ll still provide a home for graffiti writers.

Topics: Culture

Zendaya Says Aaliyah Decision 'Had Nothing to Do With Haters'

Zendaya Says Aaliyah Decision ‘Had Nothing to Do With Haters’

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

The teen star took to Instagram to clear up the controversy.

Topics: Culture

500 Palestinians Dead, NYPD's Chokeholds, MH 17 Victims

500 Palestinians Dead, NYPD’s Chokeholds, MH 17 Victims

by Jamilah King on July 21 2014, 7:55AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Asian-American Artists Celebrate Ai Wei Wei's NYC Roots

Asian-American Artists Celebrate Ai Wei Wei’s NYC Roots

by Jamilah King on July 18 2014, 1:08PM

Mark July 24th on your calendar.

Topics: Culture

Here's a Teenage Kanye West Rapping at Historic L.A. Record Store Play

Here’s a Teenage Kanye West Rapping at Historic L.A. Record Store

by Jamilah King on July 18 2014, 12:43PM

Here’s a flashback video of Kanye West freestyling at Fat Beats in Los Angeles back in 1996.

Topics: Culture

The New Captain America is a Black Man From Harlem

The New Captain America is a Black Man From Harlem

by Jamilah King on July 18 2014, 10:05AM

Falcon will take on a new role.

Topics: Culture

Casting Call for 'Straight Outta Compton' Biopic is Really Racist

Casting Call for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Biopic is Really Racist

by Jamilah King on July 17 2014, 11:48AM

This is how bad films are made.

Topics: Culture

Dolores Huerta Talks About Becoming an Organizer

Dolores Huerta Talks About Becoming an Organizer

by Jamilah King on July 17 2014, 10:48AM

At 84 years old, she’s spent the better part of 50 years working and supporting community organizers.

Topics: Culture