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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.

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

Katy Perry Performs in Racist Geisha Costume at the AMA's

Katy Perry Performs in Racist Geisha Costume at the AMA’s

by Jamilah King on November 25 2013, 10:34AM

The singer is in the hot seat.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Arcade Fire's New Video Looks at Love and Loss in a Latino Family

Arcade Fire’s New Video Looks at Love and Loss in a Latino Family

by Jamilah King on November 22 2013, 4:34PM

The indie rock band has a new video out that focuses on a Latino family that’s been torn apart after the death of its martriarch.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Laverne Cox is on the Cover of Vibe Vixen

Laverne Cox is on the Cover of Vibe Vixen

by Jamilah King on November 22 2013, 4:18PM

The new cover girl opens up about her difficult childhood in Alabama.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Chicago Reader Has a Comic on How to Survive a Shooting

The Chicago Reader Has a Comic on How to Survive a Shooting

by Jamilah King on November 22 2013, 1:36PM

Darryl Holliday and E.N. Rodriguez teamed up to produce a comic for the Chicago Reader that traces the real-life ordeal of Nortasha Stingley, who’ 19-year-old daughter Marissa was shot and killed earlier this year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pharrell's New 24-Hour Music Video 'Happy' Is Exactly What Your Friday Needs

Pharrell’s New 24-Hour Music Video ‘Happy’ Is Exactly What Your Friday Needs

by Jamilah King on November 22 2013, 10:46AM

This will make your day.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Alabama's 'Scottsboro Boys' Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

Alabama’s ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 4:40PM

The parole board was unanimous in its decision in the case that came to symbolize racism in the Deep South

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ava DuVernay's Directorial Debut of 'Scandal' Airs Tonight

Ava DuVernay’s Directorial Debut of ‘Scandal’ Airs Tonight

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 1:46PM

Scandal will be broadcast tonight at 10 p.m.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

M.I.A. Performs Songs From 'Matangi' On The Colbert Report

M.I.A. Performs Songs From ‘Matangi’ On The Colbert Report

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 12:59PM

The singer down for an interview with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night to talk about why it’s important for her to talk about politics in her music.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

James McBride, Cynthia Kadohata Among National Book Awards Winners

James McBride, Cynthia Kadohata Among National Book Awards Winners

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 9:26AM

Writers of color shined on one of American literature’s biggest nights.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Who's Ready for an Outkast Tour? Andre 3000 and Big Boi to Reunite

Who’s Ready for an Outkast Tour? Andre 3000 and Big Boi to Reunite

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 9:19AM

They duo have been on hiatus since 2007.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Documentary Explores Race in the Jayson Blair Scandal

New Documentary Explores Race in the Jayson Blair Scandal

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 8:37AM

The plagiarism of one black journalist became a story about race and diversity in the field. Here, filmmaker Samantha Grant explains why.

Topics: Media

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Beating Islan Nettles to Death

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Beating Islan Nettles to Death

by Jamilah King on November 20 2013, 10:47AM

The Manhattan District Attorney has dropped misdemeanor assault charges against a Harlem man.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Esperanza Spaulding Protests 'Guantanamo Injustice' In New Video

Esperanza Spaulding Protests ‘Guantanamo Injustice’ In New Video

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 3:19PM

The Grammy Award-winning singer has a new video out called “We Are America”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 1:23PM

A candlelight vigil will be held this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW