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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.

Comedian Aamer Rahman Doesn't Want to 'Pander to White Audiences' Play

Comedian Aamer Rahman Doesn’t Want to ‘Pander to White Audiences’

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 12:28PM

He’s making brown and black people laugh. And he’s OK with that.

Topics: /NOW

Janelle Monáe's Mom Stars in Her New Video, 'Electric Lady' Play

Janelle Monáe’s Mom Stars in Her New Video, ‘Electric Lady’

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 12:10PM

The pair are joined by Esperanza Spaulding, T-Boz, Monica, Estelle and T.I.

Topics: Culture

Infographic: Only 8 Percent of Sci-Fi Films Feature Protagonists of Color Infographic

Infographic: Only 8 Percent of Sci-Fi Films Feature Protagonists of Color

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 11:39AM

Sci-fi and fantasy blockbusters are still overwhelmingly white and male.

Topics: Culture

Even as a 5-Year-Old Maya Rudolph Was Ready for the Camera

Even as a 5-Year-Old Maya Rudolph Was Ready for the Camera

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 10:01AM

And she gets her sense of humor from her mother, according to one of Minnie Ripperton’s old friends.

Topics: Culture

Watch Beyonce Cover Lauryn Hill's 'Ex-Factor' Play

Watch Beyonce Cover Lauryn Hill’s ‘Ex-Factor’

by Jamilah King on July 29 2014, 4:02PM

And the crowd in New Orleans loved it.

Topics: Culture

Hari Kondabolu is Really Excited About His New NYU Artist Residency

Hari Kondabolu is Really Excited About His New NYU Artist Residency

by Jamilah King on July 29 2014, 11:15AM

And you should be too. Here’s why.

Topics: Culture

Crime Writer Rachel Howzell Hall Explores South L.A.'s Gentrification

Crime Writer Rachel Howzell Hall Explores South L.A.’s Gentrification

by Jamilah King on July 29 2014, 10:15AM

She says that her hometown has a story to tell.

Topics: Culture

Hilton Als Speaks of 'Ghosts in Sunlight' to Graduating Class

Hilton Als Speaks of ‘Ghosts in Sunlight’ to Graduating Class

by Jamilah King on July 28 2014, 2:22PM

He manages to perfectly capture hope and loss.

Topics: Culture

PBS Explores Gender, Fashion and 'the Right to be Handsome' Play

PBS Explores Gender, Fashion and ‘the Right to be Handsome’

by Jamilah King on July 28 2014, 12:52PM

A new segment by Ivette Feliciano explores how and why clothing for gender non-conforming people is on the rise.

Topics: Culture

Robin D.G. Kelley on Palestine: 'A Level of Racist Violence I've Never Seen'

Robin D.G. Kelley on Palestine: ‘A Level of Racist Violence I’ve Never Seen’

by Jamilah King on July 28 2014, 10:20AM

His comments offer some perspective on how even in time so-called “peace,” violence and destruction are commonplace.

Topics: Culture

NPR's Michel Martin Does Not Want You to Check Your Privilege

NPR’s Michel Martin Does Not Want You to Check Your Privilege

by Jamilah King on July 28 2014, 10:00AM

She wants you to use it.

Topics: Culture

M.C. Raka Dun Talks Hip-Hop and Immigration

M.C. Raka Dun Talks Hip-Hop and Immigration

by Jamilah King on July 28 2014, 7:00AM

Raka Dun, one half of the Panamanian-American hip-hop duo Los Rakas, shares his story of being undocumented.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Brooklyn's MoCADA Is Asking Its Community for Help

Brooklyn’s MoCADA Is Asking Its Community for Help

by Jamilah King on July 25 2014, 1:00PM

The museum of contemporary African art is raising funds to stay afloat.

Topics: Culture

Listen: Otis Brown's 'The Thought of You Part 1' Feat. Bilal

Listen: Otis Brown’s ‘The Thought of You Part 1’ Feat. Bilal

by Jamilah King on July 25 2014, 11:00AM

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.

Topics: Culture

Remembering Jazz Greats in 'Last Stop on the 4 Train' Play

Remembering Jazz Greats in ‘Last Stop on the 4 Train’

by Jamilah King on July 25 2014, 10:30AM

A trip to visit the final resting place of some of the genre’s greatest musicians.

Topics: Culture

Summer Fun in the City [Photos]

Summer Fun in the City [Photos]

by Jamilah King on July 25 2014, 7:00AM

Join us as we revisit the ice cream cones, swimsuits and smiles of yesteryear.

Topics: Arts & Culture

It's Finally Here: Watch the Trailer for Aaron McGruder's 'Black Jesus'

It’s Finally Here: Watch the Trailer for Aaron McGruder’s ‘Black Jesus’

by Jamilah King on July 24 2014, 2:57PM

The show premieres on August 7.

Topics: Culture

Watch This Woman Perform a Monologue to Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' Play

Watch This Woman Perform a Monologue to Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’

by Jamilah King on July 24 2014, 2:33PM

Nina Millin and The Beyoncélogues FTW!

Topics: Culture

Questlove on Black Folks and the Contagious Culture of Hip-Hop

Questlove on Black Folks and the Contagious Culture of Hip-Hop

by Jamilah King on July 24 2014, 1:11PM

The drummer opens up about Iggy Azalea.

Topics: Culture

Actress Emily Rios Talks About Coming Out to Her Mexican Family

Actress Emily Rios Talks About Coming Out to Her Mexican Family

by Jamilah King on July 24 2014, 10:31AM

The actress says she’s proud to take on queer roles.

Topics: Culture