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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.

SNL's Leslie Jones Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Slave Rape Joke

SNL’s Leslie Jones Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Slave Rape Joke

by Jamilah King on May 5 2014, 1:46PM

It just wasn’t funny.

Topics: Culture

'The Beygency' Just Might Be the Greatest Beyoncé Sketch You'll Ever Watch Play

‘The Beygency’ Just Might Be the Greatest Beyoncé Sketch You’ll Ever Watch

by Jamilah King on May 5 2014, 12:43PM

But be careful: it’s rated NC-17, “for mild language against Beyonce.”

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o, Sofia Vergara Dazzle at White House Correspondents Dinner

Lupita Nyong’o, Sofia Vergara Dazzle at White House Correspondents Dinner

by Jamilah King on May 5 2014, 11:00AM

The stars of “12 Years a Slave” and “Modern Family” took over the red carpet.

Topics: Culture

'Orange is the New Black,' George Takei Star at GLAAD Awards

‘Orange is the New Black,’ George Takei Star at GLAAD Awards

by Jamilah King on May 5 2014, 10:00AM

The 25th annual awards ceremony took place over the weekend in New York City.

Topics: Culture

Questions About Black Masculinity? There's an App for That

Questions About Black Masculinity? There’s an App for That

by Jamilah King on May 2 2014, 7:00AM

The team behind the “Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit has a new way for you to engage in the conversation.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Southern California Weekly Publishes A-Z Guide to Being Undocumented

Southern California Weekly Publishes A-Z Guide to Being Undocumented

by Jamilah King on May 1 2014, 3:16PM

he guide offers illustrated definitions of terms that usually come up in the debate over immigration.

Topics: Culture

Los Angeles Hosts May Day Screening of 'César's Last Fast' Play

Los Angeles Hosts May Day Screening of ‘César’s Last Fast’

by Jamilah King on May 1 2014, 10:17AM

A new documentary examines his fight against pesticides.

Topics: Culture

Junot Diaz Writes About How Most MFA Programs Are Too White

Junot Diaz Writes About How Most MFA Programs Are Too White

by Jamilah King on May 1 2014, 10:00AM

The award-winning novelist tells it all in an essay for the New Yorker.

Topics: Culture

Watch the Trailer for New Documentary in Allen Iverson Play

Watch the Trailer for New Documentary in Allen Iverson

by Jamilah King on April 30 2014, 1:58PM

The former NBA star was at this week’s screening in Philly.

Topics: Culture

Questlove Calls Out Hip-Hop's Consumerism in New Essay

Questlove Calls Out Hip-Hop’s Consumerism in New Essay

by Jamilah King on April 30 2014, 12:32PM

It’s the second part of his ongoing series of essays at New York Magazine.

Topics: Culture

New Web Series Explores Money, Status Among Asian North American Young Adults Play

New Web Series Explores Money, Status Among Asian North American Young Adults

by Jamilah King on April 30 2014, 12:18PM

What would you to for a million bucks?

Topics: Culture

Watch Novelist Richard Wright Act in 1951 Film 'Native Son'

Watch Novelist Richard Wright Act in 1951 Film ‘Native Son’

by Jamilah King on April 30 2014, 11:42AM

Rare footage from an early black film.

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Bye, Donald: Sterling Receives Lifetime Ban for Racist Comments

Bye, Donald: Sterling Receives Lifetime Ban for Racist Comments

by Jamilah King on April 29 2014, 2:24PM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver threw the book at Sterling. But what now?

Topics: Culture

Janet Mock Asks Reporter: 'Who Was the First Person You Came Out to as Cis?' Play

Janet Mock Asks Reporter: ‘Who Was the First Person You Came Out to as Cis?’

by Jamilah King on April 29 2014, 12:56PM

The activist flips the script on the media.

Topics: Culture

Broadway Revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun' Picks Up 5 Tony Nominations

Broadway Revival of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Picks Up 5 Tony Nominations

by Jamilah King on April 29 2014, 10:14AM

Lorraine Hansberry’s classic still resonates.

Topics: Culture

PBS Documentary Explores the Life and Death of Ruben Salazar

PBS Documentary Explores the Life and Death of Ruben Salazar

by Jamilah King on April 29 2014, 9:19AM

The pioneering Mexican-American journalist documented the beginning of the Chicano rights movement.

Topics: Culture

Inside the Art of the Civil Rights Movement

Inside the Art of the Civil Rights Movement

by Jamilah King on April 29 2014, 7:00AM

Exhibit goes beyond famous photographs to document the art work produced during those turbulent times.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Blood Orange Scores New Film From James Franco and Gia Copolla

Blood Orange Scores New Film From James Franco and Gia Copolla

by Jamilah King on April 28 2014, 2:28PM

The new flick will be released on May 9.

Topics: Culture

Donald Sterling Harassed, Tried to Evict Elderly Black Tenant

Donald Sterling Harassed, Tried to Evict Elderly Black Tenant

by Jamilah King on April 28 2014, 10:47AM

A 2009 ESPN profile shows Sterling to be ruthlessly racist.

Topics: Culture

Donald Sterling's Words Shed Light on Years of Racist Practices

Donald Sterling’s Words Shed Light on Years of Racist Practices

by Jamilah King on April 28 2014, 9:30AM

Jay Smooth gets it right about accountability.

Topics: Culture