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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.

Ana Tijoux Teams Up With Palestian Rapper Shadia Mansour For New Video

Ana Tijoux Teams Up With Palestian Rapper Shadia Mansour For New Video

by Jamilah King on June 13 2014, 11:06AM

The new video dropped this week.

Topics: Culture

Here's How Los Angeles Built Its Photo Archive of Communities of Color

Here’s How Los Angeles Built Its Photo Archive of Communities of Color

by Jamilah King on June 13 2014, 10:28AM

The Los Angeles Library’s “Shades of L.A.” photo archive contains more than 10,000 images of black, Latino and Asian-American families.

Topics: Culture

Spike Lee Saved His Shortest Film Ever for the World Cup Play

Spike Lee Saved His Shortest Film Ever for the World Cup

by Jamilah King on June 12 2014, 4:05PM

“Pixote’s Game” is part of a series for Pepsi.

Topics: Culture

Aloe Blacc is Back to Rapping Again Play

Aloe Blacc is Back to Rapping Again

by Jamilah King on June 12 2014, 2:49PM

He’s been recording new music already.

Topics: Culture

Remembering Ruby Dee's Art as Activism Play

Remembering Ruby Dee’s Art as Activism

by Jamilah King on June 12 2014, 1:05PM

The pioneering actress died on Thursday at 91.

Topics: Culture

There's a Petition to Get Beyonce to Comb Blue Ivy's Hair

There’s a Petition to Get Beyonce to Comb Blue Ivy’s Hair

by Jamilah King on June 12 2014, 12:27PM

Why are we punishing a toddler?

Topics: Culture

'Orange is the New Black' Star Diane Guerrero on Stereotypes of Latinas

‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Diane Guerrero on Stereotypes of Latinas

by Jamilah King on June 12 2014, 10:57AM

The actress says she’s on the frontlines of fighting for better representation of people of color.

Topics: Culture

DarkMatter: 'We're Proud of Our Resistance'

DarkMatter: ‘We’re Proud of Our Resistance’

by Jamilah King on June 12 2014, 7:00AM

Culture editor Jamilah King is chatting with queer and trans artists of color throughout June about the creative mind and the path toward liberation.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Dave Chappelle to Letterman: 'I Never Quit. I'm 7 Years Late to Work' Play

Dave Chappelle to Letterman: ‘I Never Quit. I’m 7 Years Late to Work’

by Jamilah King on June 11 2014, 12:53PM

It was his first appearance on the show in 10 years.

Topics: Culture

The Bicultural Brilliance of Shizu Saldamando

The Bicultural Brilliance of Shizu Saldamando

by Jamilah King on June 11 2014, 12:42PM

The California-artist explains the motivation behind her work.

Topics: Culture

Kara Walker's Sugar Exhibit May be the Only Place in New York City Without Rats

Kara Walker’s Sugar Exhibit May be the Only Place in New York City Without Rats

by Jamilah King on June 11 2014, 12:35PM

The secret may be a health hazard.

Topics: Culture

Meet the Artist Behind the Lowrider Rickshaw

Meet the Artist Behind the Lowrider Rickshaw

by Jamilah King on June 11 2014, 11:46AM

He’s part of a new generation of California artist who are exploring Asian-American and Chicano cultural identities.

Topics: Culture

Shonda Rhimes on Activism: 'A Hashtag is Not Helping' Play

Shonda Rhimes on Activism: ‘A Hashtag is Not Helping’

by Jamilah King on June 10 2014, 4:56PM

The television writer addresses Dartmouth’s graduating class.

Topics: Culture

Here's How You Can Add Some Color to Your Child's Summer Reading List

Here’s How You Can Add Some Color to Your Child’s Summer Reading List

by Jamilah King on June 10 2014, 2:03PM

KQED’s MindShift blog put together a list of 25 recommendations.

Topics: Culture

Artist Raises Money for Bilingual, Father and Son Children's Book

Artist Raises Money for Bilingual, Father and Son Children’s Book

by Jamilah King on June 9 2014, 3:39PM

Illustrator Robert Trujillo wants to get “Furquan’s First Flat Top” off the ground.

Topics: Culture

Video: If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say Play

Video: If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say

by Jamilah King on June 9 2014, 3:19PM

Because sometimes white privilege is just so ridiculous you can’t help but laugh.

Topics: Culture

Marvin Gaye, Producer? New Mashup With Yasiin Bey Reveals Gems

Marvin Gaye, Producer? New Mashup With Yasiin Bey Reveals Gems

by Jamilah King on June 9 2014, 1:20PM

Listen to the second installment of Amerigo Gazaway’s Yasiin Gaye series.

Topics: Culture

Coverage of R. Kelly's Transgender Son Exposes Media Blindspots

Coverage of R. Kelly’s Transgender Son Exposes Media Blindspots

by Jamilah King on June 9 2014, 11:40AM

Jay, 14, was outed by Atlanta-area bloggers.

Topics: Culture

The Sewage-Filled Jail on 'Orange is the New Black' is Real

The Sewage-Filled Jail on ‘Orange is the New Black’ is Real

by Jamilah King on June 9 2014, 10:59AM

And a new campaign is out to bring attention to conditions in women’s prisons.

Topics: Culture

Audra McDonald Thanks Lena Horne, Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday in Tony Speech Play

Audra McDonald Thanks Lena Horne, Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday in Tony Speech

by Jamilah King on June 9 2014, 10:41AM

It’s the performer’s sixth Tony Award.

Topics: Culture