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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.

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

The Women's Prison Issues to Watch for in 'Orange is the New Black'

The Women’s Prison Issues to Watch for in ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 7:00AM

Beyond the glitz and glamor of the show’s second season are real-life issues that impact thousands of incarcerated women in the United States.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Sam Greenlee's Family Asks for Help With Memorial

Sam Greenlee’s Family Asks for Help With Memorial

by Jamilah King on June 3 2014, 3:03PM

A public memorial will be held in Chicago this week.

Topics: Culture

How Dr. Maya Angelou Earned Her Title

How Dr. Maya Angelou Earned Her Title

by Jamilah King on June 3 2014, 12:00PM

The refusal of deference to black women goes back centuries.

Topics: Culture

What Apple's Acquisition of Beats Says About Black Cool

What Apple’s Acquisition of Beats Says About Black Cool

by Jamilah King on June 3 2014, 11:44AM

Those headphones say a lot about race.

Topics: Culture

Documentary in the Works for America's First Muslim Frat

Documentary in the Works for America’s First Muslim Frat

by Jamilah King on June 2 2014, 3:16PM

The film is slated for 2015.

Topics: Culture

Star Wars Fans, Get Ready: Lupita Nyong'o Cast in Episode VII

Star Wars Fans, Get Ready: Lupita Nyong’o Cast in Episode VII

by Jamilah King on June 2 2014, 1:06PM

The new film is being directed by J.J. Abrams and is scheduled to be released next year.

Topics: Culture

Yuri Kochiyama's Activism 'Sustained By People in the Movement' Play

Yuri Kochiyama’s Activism ‘Sustained By People in the Movement’

by Jamilah King on June 2 2014, 10:07AM

The pioneering Japanese-American activist passed away at 93 years old.

Topics: Culture

Yes, Maya Angelou Was a Sex Worker

Yes, Maya Angelou Was a Sex Worker

by Jamilah King on May 30 2014, 11:54AM

And she wasn’t ashamed.

Topics: Culture