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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.

LeBron James' Reunion With Cleveland Touches on Midwest's 'Brain Drain'

LeBron James’ Reunion With Cleveland Touches on Midwest’s ‘Brain Drain’

by Jamilah King on July 11 2014, 12:54PM

He’s coming home.

Topics: Culture

Don Cheadle Thanks Fans For Making His Miles Davis Project Happen

Don Cheadle Thanks Fans For Making His Miles Davis Project Happen

by Jamilah King on July 11 2014, 12:28PM

“Miles Ahead” is finally in production.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks Quotes 'The Color Purple' After Being Dropped From Label

Azealia Banks Quotes ‘The Color Purple’ After Being Dropped From Label

by Jamilah King on July 11 2014, 11:22AM

Let’s hope that she’ll finally be able to let her music do the talking.

Topics: Culture

For Asian-American Men, A New Definition of Sexy

For Asian-American Men, A New Definition of Sexy

by Jamilah King on July 10 2014, 1:54PM

Comedian Kristina Wong had some tips for this year’s college grads.

Topics: Culture

For Everyone Who's Tired of Hearing 'Not to be Racist, But...' Play

For Everyone Who’s Tired of Hearing ‘Not to be Racist, But…’

by Jamilah King on July 10 2014, 1:35PM

From the good folks with the upcoming film “Dear White People” comes this short PSA to anyone who’s ever tried to explain away their racism.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox Makes Emmy History

Laverne Cox Makes Emmy History

by Jamilah King on July 10 2014, 1:29PM

She’s the first transgender actress to be nominated for the award.

Topics: Culture

New Doc Looks at Vietnamese Workers in the Nail Industry

New Doc Looks at Vietnamese Workers in the Nail Industry

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

“Nailed it” seeks to uncover the fascinating but little known history of Vietnamese immigrants in America’s hazardous beauty industry.

Topics: Culture

Comedian Aamer Rahman Calls His Australian Home a 'Nazi Beach Resort'

Comedian Aamer Rahman Calls His Australian Home a ‘Nazi Beach Resort’

by Jamilah King on July 9 2014, 12:12PM

You might already be familiar with his work as part of the comedy duo “Fear of a Brown Planet.”

Topics: Culture

Take a Trip Through Nigeria's Breakdancing Scene Play

Take a Trip Through Nigeria’s Breakdancing Scene

by Jamilah King on July 9 2014, 11:52AM

It’s long been said that hip-hop is a global phenomenon, and here’s more proof.

Topics: Culture

How a Latina Journalist Started the New York Times' Race Beat Play

How a Latina Journalist Started the New York Times’ Race Beat

by Jamilah King on July 9 2014, 11:39AM

Tanzina Vega is paving a new path at the country’s most influential newspaper.

Topics: Culture

Here's a List of the Muslim-American Leaders Under FBI and NSA Watch

Here’s a List of the Muslim-American Leaders Under FBI and NSA Watch

by Jamilah King on July 9 2014, 11:20AM

Under secretive measures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies, the U.S. has been monitoring those committed to civil rights.

Topics: Culture

Lights, Camera, Music: A Midsummer Film Preview

Lights, Camera, Music: A Midsummer Film Preview

by Jamilah King on July 9 2014, 7:00AM

Black political consciousness of the 1960s takes center stage in some of this summer’s most highly anticipated films. Here’s what we’re watching.

Topics: Culture

Troy Davis' Nephew is Raising Money for Second Year at Morehouse

Troy Davis’ Nephew is Raising Money for Second Year at Morehouse

by Jamilah King on July 8 2014, 3:00PM

De’Juan Davis-Correia is majoring in engineering.

Topics: Culture

Lauryn Hill is Touring the U.S. and Europe This Summer

Lauryn Hill is Touring the U.S. and Europe This Summer

by Jamilah King on July 8 2014, 10:35AM

Check these dates for a performance near you.

Topics: Culture

Urban Outfitters Is Making Money Off of a Hindu Deity

Urban Outfitters Is Making Money Off of a Hindu Deity

by Jamilah King on July 8 2014, 10:17AM

Again.

Topics: Culture

Comedians Use South Asian Slang to Poke Fun at Entitled Hipsters Play

Comedians Use South Asian Slang to Poke Fun at Entitled Hipsters

by Jamilah King on July 7 2014, 1:42PM

Canadian comedian Superwoman and Humble know you’re frontin’.

Topics: Culture

Watch This Hilarious Spoof of Bay Area Activism

Watch This Hilarious Spoof of Bay Area Activism

by Jamilah King on July 7 2014, 11:28AM

Tree hugging at its finest!

Topics: Culture

Get Ready for the 'Blackest Star Wars Installment Ever'

Get Ready for the ‘Blackest Star Wars Installment Ever’

by Jamilah King on July 7 2014, 10:58AM

Newcomer Crystal Clarke has joined the cast.

Topics: Culture

Queen Crescent: 'We Just Really Want to Make a Statement'

Queen Crescent: ‘We Just Really Want to Make a Statement’

by Jamilah King on July 4 2014, 7:00AM

The Oakland punk band is out to change the perception of who can rock out.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Vietnamese-American Filmmaker Turns Lens on NYC's 'DIY Generation' Play

Vietnamese-American Filmmaker Turns Lens on NYC’s ‘DIY Generation’

by Jamilah King on July 3 2014, 11:47AM

Sahra Vang Nguyen takes a look at entrepreneurs of color.

Topics: Culture