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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.

How Many Of These 100 Must-See Films Have You Seen?

How Many Of These 100 Must-See Films Have You Seen?

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 1:02PM

Here’s a fun test.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Sharkeisha Punch Viral Video Isn't Funny, It's Brutal

The Sharkeisha Punch Viral Video Isn’t Funny, It’s Brutal

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 12:43PM

But black pain is always funny in America.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Film Follows Two Gay Muslim Teens Surveilled By U.S. Government

New Film Follows Two Gay Muslim Teens Surveilled By U.S. Government

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 12:01PM

At its core, it’s a love story, but it needs your help to cross the finish line.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan Rocks Alexander Wang in GQ

Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan Rocks Alexander Wang in GQ

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 11:42AM

The actor has had a breakout year. And he looks good.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Five Reasons to Love Brontez Purnell and The Younger Lovers Play

Five Reasons to Love Brontez Purnell and The Younger Lovers

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 7:00AM

Brontez Purnell is a black gay punk rocker on a mission. And he wants you to listen.

Topics: Arts & Culture

How the GOP's Twitter Fail Led to a Great Conversation About Race

How the GOP’s Twitter Fail Led to a Great Conversation About Race

by Jamilah King on December 2 2013, 3:15PM

Racism didn’t end on Sunday. But a lot of folks were talking about race. Here’s why.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

There's a Battle Brewing to Stop the Construction of a Huge KKK Monument in Selma

There’s a Battle Brewing to Stop the Construction of a Huge KKK Monument in Selma

by Jamilah King on November 27 2013, 11:52AM

The birthplace of the Civil Rights movement has another battle on its hands.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Watch Rare Video on What Would Have Been Jimi Hendrix's 71st Birthday

Watch Rare Video on What Would Have Been Jimi Hendrix’s 71st Birthday

by Jamilah King on November 27 2013, 11:11AM

Here’s some rare color footage of Hendrix performing his hit song “Hey Joe” back in 1967.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kanye West Can't Really Explain Why He Loves Corporations So Much

Kanye West Can’t Really Explain Why He Loves Corporations So Much

by Jamilah King on November 27 2013, 10:59AM

The Breakfast Club took him to task.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Former San Francisco Mayor Criticizes 'White-Male-Dominated' Techies For 'Class Warfare'

Former San Francisco Mayor Criticizes ‘White-Male-Dominated’ Techies For ‘Class Warfare’

by Jamilah King on November 26 2013, 2:54PM

Willie Brown thinks that the city’s techies are creating class warfare. He has a point.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch WNBA Star Brittney Griner Show Off Her 'Lesbian Tattoo'

Watch WNBA Star Brittney Griner Show Off Her ‘Lesbian Tattoo’

by Jamilah King on November 26 2013, 2:53PM

The openly gay baller took a minute to do a segment for AOL’s ‘My Ink.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Should James Franco Have Lip-Synced the N-Word in 'Bound 2' Parody?

Should James Franco Have Lip-Synced the N-Word in ‘Bound 2’ Parody?

by Jamilah King on November 26 2013, 11:29AM

James Franco and Seth Rogen’s parody of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” video is universally funny. But it’s hard not to take pause.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Fall in Love With The Younger Lovers' New Video 'Hey Now'

Fall in Love With The Younger Lovers’ New Video ‘Hey Now’

by Jamilah King on November 26 2013, 10:45AM

It’s an adorable first look at the new album “Sugar In My Pocket,” which drops on December 10.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Washington DC's NFL Team 'Honored' Navajo Code Talkers on Monday

Washington DC’s NFL Team ‘Honored’ Navajo Code Talkers on Monday

by Jamilah King on November 26 2013, 10:35AM

Because Dan Snyder just won’t stop.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Feminist Selfies Took Over Twitter And It Was Awesome

Feminist Selfies Took Over Twitter And It Was Awesome

by Jamilah King on November 25 2013, 3:13PM

Are they opportunities to celebrate people whose bodies aren’t usually seen in the mainstream? Yes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Macklemore's Trayvon Martin Tribute Matters -- Here's Why

Macklemore’s Trayvon Martin Tribute Matters — Here’s Why

by Jamilah King on November 25 2013, 3:02PM

It’s inspiring to see an artist who’s mindful of his influence and willing to put his politics front and center.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Web Series 'The Peculiar Kind' Tackles LGBT Homeless Youth

Web Series ‘The Peculiar Kind’ Tackles LGBT Homeless Youth

by Jamilah King on November 25 2013, 2:46PM

Current and formerly homeless LGBT folks and advocates talk about solutions and care.

Topics: /NOW

Did Nina Simone's Daughter Steal Charitable Funds From Singer's Estate?

Did Nina Simone’s Daughter Steal Charitable Funds From Singer’s Estate?

by Jamilah King on November 25 2013, 2:35PM

That’s what the California Attorney General is trying to figure out.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Young Lakota' to Premiere Tonight on PBS, Follows Abortion on the Rez

‘Young Lakota’ to Premiere Tonight on PBS, Follows Abortion on the Rez

by Jamilah King on November 25 2013, 2:15PM

More than just political commentary, the film follows the personal journeys of two young Native Americans who grapple with decisions about their own reproductive health.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Watch Aloe Blacc's New Video for 'Love Is the Answer'

Watch Aloe Blacc’s New Video for ‘Love Is the Answer’

by Jamilah King on November 25 2013, 1:29PM

His next album, “Lift Your Spirit,” is due out next year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW