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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.

Jabari Parker to Become NBA's First African-American Mormon Player

Jabari Parker to Become NBA’s First African-American Mormon Player

by Jamilah King on June 26 2014, 11:00AM

He’s just one of a handful of high-profile black Mormons.

Topics: Culture

Glee Star Naya Rivera Welcomes Immigrants to America in New PSA

Glee Star Naya Rivera Welcomes Immigrants to America in New PSA

by Jamilah King on June 26 2014, 10:00AM

In her directorial debut, Glee star Naya Rivera offers a multicultural look at immigration in New York City.

Topics: Culture

Uzo Aduba Never Thought About Changing Her Nigerian Name

Uzo Aduba Never Thought About Changing Her Nigerian Name

by Jamilah King on June 25 2014, 1:13PM

“If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.”

Topics: Culture

Dave Chappelle's Comeback Doesn't Include His Most Awful 'Fans'

Dave Chappelle’s Comeback Doesn’t Include His Most Awful ‘Fans’

by Jamilah King on June 25 2014, 12:34PM

The comedian is performing again, 9 years after walking away from comedy.

Topics: Culture

The Heartbreaking Story of Josh Marks, Chicago's MasterChef

The Heartbreaking Story of Josh Marks, Chicago’s MasterChef

by Jamilah King on June 25 2014, 12:20PM

The reality TV star’s demise shows the barriers that black Americans face when trying to seek help for mental illnesses.

Topics: Culture

Exclusive: Watch L.A. Artist Low Leaf Explore Her Filipino Roots Through Creating Her Sound

Exclusive: Watch L.A. Artist Low Leaf Explore Her Filipino Roots Through Creating Her Sound

by Jamilah King on June 25 2014, 12:06PM

The Filipino American musician grew up playing classical music. But she despised it.

Topics: Culture

Robin Thicke's Quest to 'Get Her Back' and the Terrifying Reality of Stalking

Robin Thicke’s Quest to ‘Get Her Back’ and the Terrifying Reality of Stalking

by Jamilah King on June 25 2014, 11:56AM

Somebody free Paula Patton from this hot mess.

Topics: Culture

Video: 'There Would Be No Fashion Without Immigration'

Video: ‘There Would Be No Fashion Without Immigration’

by Jamilah King on June 25 2014, 11:17AM

A look at how Asian and Latino garment workers have transformed visual culture.

Topics: Culture

Kenny Leon: 2pac Belongs With August Wilson and Shakespeare

Kenny Leon: 2pac Belongs With August Wilson and Shakespeare

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 4:40PM

The legendary director on how we should appreciate ‘Pac’s work.

Topics: Culture

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Octavia Butler

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Octavia Butler

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 4:01PM

The sci-fi writer made her mark on and off the page.

Topics: Culture

Is Gay Pride Just for White People?

Is Gay Pride Just for White People?

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 3:58PM

There’s still trouble in the gayborhood.

Topics: Culture

American Apparel: Being a Misogynist Jerk is Bad for Business

American Apparel: Being a Misogynist Jerk is Bad for Business

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 1:13PM

Lessons learned from the Dov Charney saga.

Topics: Culture

The Man Who Mentored Cesar Chavez is Headed to California's Hall of Fame

The Man Who Mentored Cesar Chavez is Headed to California’s Hall of Fame

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 11:33AM

Fred Ross finally gets his time in the spotlight.

Topics: Culture

Video: If Black People Said the Stuff White People Say Play

Video: If Black People Said the Stuff White People Say

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 10:00AM

Not all white people, but #YesAllBlackPeople, says Buzzfeed.

Topics: Culture

Kara Walker's Sugar Sphinx Evokes Call From Black Women: 'We Are Here.'

Kara Walker’s Sugar Sphinx Evokes Call From Black Women: ‘We Are Here.’

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 7:00AM

A collective led by black women wants to bring people of color into the artist’s dialogue.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Apple Tries to Explain Why There Aren't Any Black Emojis

Apple Tries to Explain Why There Aren’t Any Black Emojis

by Jamilah King on June 20 2014, 3:32PM

What’s featured on your keyboard matters.

Topics: Culture

Listen to J. Period's 2pac Remix From 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Mixtape

Listen to J. Period’s 2pac Remix From ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ Mixtape

by Jamilah King on June 20 2014, 12:50PM

The new project is inspired by this summer’s Broadway musical.

Topics: Culture

Watch Rosa Clemente Talk Afro-Latina Identity at Cal State LA Play

Watch Rosa Clemente Talk Afro-Latina Identity at Cal State LA

by Jamilah King on June 20 2014, 10:53AM

The hip-hop scholar and activist explores the black radical tradition.

Topics: Culture

Critics That 'Orange is the New Black' Can't Win Over? The Formerly Incarcerated

Critics That ‘Orange is the New Black’ Can’t Win Over? The Formerly Incarcerated

by Jamilah King on June 20 2014, 10:43AM

One woman who spent four years in state prison reviews Netflix’s big summer hit.

Topics: Culture

Goapele Releases New Track Co-Written With Estelle Called 'Hey Boy'

Goapele Releases New Track Co-Written With Estelle Called ‘Hey Boy’

by Jamilah King on June 19 2014, 2:22PM

Listen.

Topics: Culture