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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.

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

Why Are There So Few Mainstream Asian-American Rappers?

Why Are There So Few Mainstream Asian-American Rappers?

by Jamilah King on June 6 2014, 3:49PM

A new film tries to uncover answers.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell's Native Blood Doesn't Excuse That Headdress

Pharrell’s Native Blood Doesn’t Excuse That Headdress

by Jamilah King on June 6 2014, 1:43PM

Indian Country makes its case.

Topics: Culture

Black Faculty, Academic Cheating, and Big Time College Sports

Black Faculty, Academic Cheating, and Big Time College Sports

by Jamilah King on June 6 2014, 12:16PM

The academic cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill continues to unfurl.

Topics: Culture

Anika Noni Rose on 'A Raisin in the Sun': 'You Have to be Able to Trust' on Stage

Anika Noni Rose on ‘A Raisin in the Sun’: ‘You Have to be Able to Trust’ on Stage

by Jamilah King on June 6 2014, 11:39AM

The revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s signature play has been nominated for five Tony Awards.

Topics: Culture

Watch Black Curator Sarah Lewis Explain How Art Can Change Society Play

Watch Black Curator Sarah Lewis Explain How Art Can Change Society

by Jamilah King on June 5 2014, 12:13PM

How does radical change start in society? With artists.

Topics: Culture

Bruce Lee Biopic 'Birth of a Dragon' Has a Director

Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Birth of a Dragon’ Has a Director

by Jamilah King on June 5 2014, 11:09AM

But the film has a pretty iffy storyline.

Topics: Culture

On 'Orange is the New Black' and Pregnancy in Prison

On ‘Orange is the New Black’ and Pregnancy in Prison

by Jamilah King on June 5 2014, 10:43AM

What happens when women give birth behind bars?

Topics: Culture

THEESatisfaction: 'We're Proud to be an Option' Play

THEESatisfaction: ‘We’re Proud to be an Option’

by Jamilah King on June 5 2014, 7:00AM

The Seattle-based duo talk about their road to making hip-hop infused funk.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell Apologizes for Sporting a Native Headdress

Pharrell Apologizes for Sporting a Native Headdress

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 11:52AM

But Twitter is still decidedly #NOThappy.

Topics: Culture

Angel Haze Drops Unlikely Song With Ludacris for '22 Jump Street' Play

Angel Haze Drops Unlikely Song With Ludacris for ‘22 Jump Street’

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 11:20AM

The film hits theaters June 13.

Topics: /NOW

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks About Why America's Stuck in Segregation Play

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks About Why America’s Stuck in Segregation

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 11:06AM

The author joined a panel at the Schomberg Center to make his case for reparations.

Topics: Culture

Asians Have Not Become White, No Matter What Google's Diversity Data Says

Asians Have Not Become White, No Matter What Google’s Diversity Data Says

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 10:45AM

Scot Nakagawa doubles down on why the model minority myth is so destructive.

Topics: Culture