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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.

Remembering Walter Dean Myers' Last Crusade

Remembering Walter Dean Myers’ Last Crusade

by Jamilah King on July 3 2014, 10:05AM

Before he died on Wednesday at the age of 76, Walter Dean Myers built a lifetime and a career writing books about the hardships of black youth.

Topics: Culture

Raphael Saadiq Pays Tribute to Bobby Womack With New Song Play

Raphael Saadiq Pays Tribute to Bobby Womack With New Song

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 5:58PM

“Gonna Miss U” sums up how the world of black music feels after the legend’s passing.

Topics: Culture

Jimmy Kimmel Proves Americans Don't Know Much About the World Cup

Jimmy Kimmel Proves Americans Don’t Know Much About the World Cup

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 11:56AM

It wasn’t pretty.

Topics: Culture

Man Explains Why He Yelled at the Kara Walker Exhibit

Man Explains Why He Yelled at the Kara Walker Exhibit

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 11:46AM

A black professor was fed up. So he spoke out.

Topics: Culture

Black Student Body President Stripped of Office After Mocking White Classmates

Black Student Body President Stripped of Office After Mocking White Classmates

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 11:04AM

The incident highlights racial tensions at elite boarding schools.

Topics: Culture

The NBA Just Signed Its First Player of Indian Descent

The NBA Just Signed Its First Player of Indian Descent

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 10:33AM

He’s also the league’s biggest player.

Topics: Culture

Yes, There's a 'Selfie Generator' for Kara Walker's Sugar Exhibit

Yes, There’s a ‘Selfie Generator’ for Kara Walker’s Sugar Exhibit

by Jamilah King on July 1 2014, 10:44AM

Let’s see how many people actually get the joke.

Topics: Culture, Kara Walker

Twitter Asked Robin Thicke Why He's Such a Sketchy Misogynist

Twitter Asked Robin Thicke Why He’s Such a Sketchy Misogynist

by Jamilah King on July 1 2014, 9:57AM

Lesson learned?

Topics: Culture

Prince Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of 'Purple Rain' With a Special Guest Play

Prince Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of ‘Purple Rain’ With a Special Guest

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 2:30PM

He threw a surprise concert at his Minnesota mansion.

Topics: Culture

Angie Martinez on Leaving Hot 97: 'I'm Curious About What My Value is in the Market'

Angie Martinez on Leaving Hot 97: ‘I’m Curious About What My Value is in the Market’

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 2:30PM

The longtime radio personality opened up about her recent move.

Topics: Culture

Meet the Group That's Been Called the British Version of the Fugees

Meet the Group That’s Been Called the British Version of the Fugees

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 2:13PM

Hawk House

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Talks About the Beauty of Braiding Hair Play

Lupita Nyong’o Talks About the Beauty of Braiding Hair

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 12:44PM

The actress opens up about one of her passions.

Topics: Culture

Watch Erykah Badu Photobomb a Reporter on Live TV

Watch Erykah Badu Photobomb a Reporter on Live TV

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 11:28AM

Only in New York City.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox Pays Tribute to Slain Black Trans Woman at NYC Pride

Laverne Cox Pays Tribute to Slain Black Trans Woman at NYC Pride

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 10:28AM

The actress was one of this year’s grand marshals for the parade.

Topics: Culture

New Film Probes the West's Very Old Obsession With 'Saving' Africa

New Film Probes the West’s Very Old Obsession With ‘Saving’ Africa

by Jamilah King on June 27 2014, 1:00PM

“Framed” asks all the tough questions.

Topics: Culture

Watch Questlove and Black Thought Talk About Their High School Antics Play

Watch Questlove and Black Thought Talk About Their High School Antics

by Jamilah King on June 27 2014, 12:32PM

The longtime bandmates made an appearance on HuffPost Live.

Topics: Culture

Muslim Basketball Player Can't Play Overseas Because She Wears Hijab

Muslim Basketball Player Can’t Play Overseas Because She Wears Hijab

by Jamilah King on June 27 2014, 11:41AM

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir’s hoop dreams are on hold.

Topics: Culture

Yasiin Bey is Working on a Prequel to a Classic Quentin Tarantino Film Play

Yasiin Bey is Working on a Prequel to a Classic Quentin Tarantino Film

by Jamilah King on June 27 2014, 10:00AM

Watch the trailer.

Topics: Culture

Spike Lee's Throwing a Bed-Stuy Block Party to Celebrate 'Do the Right Thing'

Spike Lee’s Throwing a Bed-Stuy Block Party to Celebrate ‘Do the Right Thing’

by Jamilah King on June 26 2014, 3:14PM

It’s going down on Saturday!

Topics: Culture

Chicana Artist Yolanda Lopez to Host 'Eviction Garage Sale'

Chicana Artist Yolanda Lopez to Host ‘Eviction Garage Sale’

by Jamilah King on June 26 2014, 12:37PM

It will feature accessories that she’ll have to part with when she’s evicted from her Mission District home of 40 years.

Topics: Culture