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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.

Lupita Nyong'o Options Film Rights to 'Americanah'

Lupita Nyong’o Options Film Rights to ‘Americanah’

by Jamilah King on May 30 2014, 11:27AM

Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s most popular work is coming to the big screen.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell Apparently Doesn't Know That Men Can Be Feminists, Too Play

Pharrell Apparently Doesn’t Know That Men Can Be Feminists, Too

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 11:38AM

It’s for everybody.

Topics: Culture

LeVar Burton Raises More Than $1.7 Million to Bring Back 'Reading Rainbow' Play

LeVar Burton Raises More Than $1.7 Million to Bring Back ‘Reading Rainbow’

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 11:11AM

And that’s in less than 24 hours.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox Makes History on the Cover of TIME

Laverne Cox Makes History on the Cover of TIME

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 10:12AM

It’s a major moment of visibility for transgender women of color.

Topics: Culture

Mia McKenzie: Writing Feels Exceptional

Mia McKenzie: Writing Feels Exceptional

by Jamilah King on May 29 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, Culture

This is How Maya Angelou Wants to be Remembered Play

This is How Maya Angelou Wants to be Remembered

by Jamilah King on May 28 2014, 10:19AM

In her own words.

Topics: Culture

Watch Georgia Anne Muldrow's Time Lapse Visual for New Album Play

Watch Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Time Lapse Visual for New Album

by Jamilah King on May 27 2014, 10:59AM

The project’s official release date hasn’t been set, but stay tuned.

Topics: Culture

Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat's 'Caroline's Wedding' in Works Play

Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s ‘Caroline’s Wedding’ in Works

by Jamilah King on May 23 2014, 2:13PM

The project is still in its development phase.

Topics: Culture

You Can Own a Pair of Brooks Brothers Chopsticks for $245

You Can Own a Pair of Brooks Brothers Chopsticks for $245

by Jamilah King on May 23 2014, 10:54AM

That’s $122.50 per stick.

Topics: Culture

How Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Became Soul Mates Play

How Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Became Soul Mates

by Jamilah King on May 23 2014, 7:00AM

Amerigo Gazaway, the man behind one of this year’s most popular hip-hop mashups, talks about the stories he wants his music to tell.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Chipotle Tries to Explain Why Its 'Curated Thought' Series Doesn't Include Latino Authors

Chipotle Tries to Explain Why Its ‘Curated Thought’ Series Doesn’t Include Latino Authors

by Jamilah King on May 22 2014, 12:41PM

The company claims to have reached out to multiple Latino authors who declined their invitation to sign on.

Topics: Culture

The African-American Flag is Flying Atop a School in Upstate New York

The African-American Flag is Flying Atop a School in Upstate New York

by Jamilah King on May 22 2014, 12:20PM

Here’s why.

Topics: Culture

Yasiin Bey Cancels U.S. Tour Amid Unspecified Legal Issues

Yasiin Bey Cancels U.S. Tour Amid Unspecified Legal Issues

by Jamilah King on May 22 2014, 11:45AM

The rapper currently lives in South Africa.

Topics: Culture

'Just Me and Allah': Photographs of Queer Muslims in Toronto

‘Just Me and Allah’: Photographs of Queer Muslims in Toronto

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 11:41AM

The series will debut for World Pride.

Topics: Culture

Forrest Whitaker Joins Scripted Drama on Hazing at HBCU's

Forrest Whitaker Joins Scripted Drama on Hazing at HBCU’s

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 11:10AM

The project is still in development.

Topics: Culture

NYC Names Chinatown Street for Bullied Pvt. Danny Chen

NYC Names Chinatown Street for Bullied Pvt. Danny Chen

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 10:57AM

The 19-year-old committed suicide in 2011.

Topics: Culture

Drone Strikes, Obamacare, and the WNBA's LGBT Fans

Drone Strikes, Obamacare, and the WNBA’s LGBT Fans

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 7:00AM

More and more institutions are featuring the work of black artists. When will the audiences reflect it?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Kara Walker

Watch Kara Walker Talk Live About Her Epic Sugar Sculpture

Watch Kara Walker Talk Live About Her Epic Sugar Sculpture

by Jamilah King on May 20 2014, 2:24PM

She’ll be in conversation with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad at the New York Public Library.

Topics: Culture, Kara Walker

NPR to End 'Tell Me More,

NPR to End ‘Tell Me More,” Eliminate 28 Positions

by Jamilah King on May 20 2014, 1:10PM

The change is due to budget cuts.

Topics: Culture