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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.

Watch Kendrick Lamar's Personal Ode to Compton Play

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Personal Ode to Compton

by Jamilah King on December 10 2014, 11:00AM

Here’s his story, courtesy of Reebok.

Topics: Culture

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers Wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-Shirts

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers Wear ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-Shirts

by Jamilah King on December 10 2014, 10:18AM

He also spoke about why NBA players are joining the movement.

Topics: Culture

Diego Luna to Star in TV Mini-Series About El Salvador's Civil War

Diego Luna to Star in TV Mini-Series About El Salvador’s Civil War

by Jamilah King on December 9 2014, 3:42PM

It starts filming early in 2015.

Topics: Culture

Watch: A Quick Ferguson Make-Up Tutorial Play

Watch: A Quick Ferguson Make-Up Tutorial

by Jamilah King on December 9 2014, 11:34AM

A few easy tips to start looking like you deserve justice in this country.

Topics: Culture

Critics Are Already Swooning Over Ava DuVernay's 'Selma'

Critics Are Already Swooning Over Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’

by Jamilah King on December 9 2014, 11:34AM

It doesn’t hit theaters until Christmas Day, but there’s already plenty of reason to love the civil rights drama.

Topics: Culture

LeBron James, Brooklyn Nets Wear 'I Can't Breathe' Shirts in Front of Royals

LeBron James, Brooklyn Nets Wear ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirts in Front of Royals

by Jamilah King on December 9 2014, 10:05AM

Another game-day protest.

Topics: Culture

Watch the SNL Ferguson Skit That Never Aired Play

Watch the SNL Ferguson Skit That Never Aired

by Jamilah King on December 8 2014, 4:33PM

Apparently, there’s nothing to smile about in the St. Louis area.

Topics: Culture

There's a New Nina Simone Film Coming to Netflix

There’s a New Nina Simone Film Coming to Netflix

by Jamilah King on December 8 2014, 12:35PM

Expect it to be available sometime in 2015.

Topics: Culture

John Legend Hires Food Truck to Feed NYC Protesters

John Legend Hires Food Truck to Feed NYC Protesters

by Jamilah King on December 8 2014, 10:47AM

The singer has thrown himself into the political moment.

Topics: Culture

Black Athletes Show Game-Day Solidarity With Eric Garner

Black Athletes Show Game-Day Solidarity With Eric Garner

by Jamilah King on December 8 2014, 10:07AM

Derrick Rose was one of a handful of players who sent a message over the weekend.

Topics: Culture

UC Berkeley's Black Student Union Stages 4.5 Hour Campus Sit-in

UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union Stages 4.5 Hour Campus Sit-in

by Jamilah King on December 5 2014, 1:47PM

They did it to protest the extrajudicial killings of black men.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Ryan Coogler Explains Why 'Fruitvale Station' Wasn't Enough

Ryan Coogler Explains Why ‘Fruitvale Station’ Wasn’t Enough

by Jamilah King on December 5 2014, 12:55PM

The filmmaker speaks out about his activism.

Topics: Culture

John Legend, Common Add 'Glory' to SELMA Soundtrack

John Legend, Common Add ‘Glory’ to SELMA Soundtrack

by Jamilah King on December 5 2014, 11:49AM

It’s their protest song.

Topics: Culture

Black Trans Woman Killed in Los Angeles While Pounding on Door for Help

Black Trans Woman Killed in Los Angeles While Pounding on Door for Help

by Jamilah King on December 5 2014, 10:51AM

Deshawnda “Tata” Sanchez was 21 years old.

Topics: /NOW

Black Hollywood Speaks Out About Police Violence

Black Hollywood Speaks Out About Police Violence

by Jamilah King on December 5 2014, 10:50AM

Actors, activists and the religious community are coming together to bring attention to the extrajudicial killings of black men.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Ferguson

Questlove Urges Artists to Write More Protest Songs

Questlove Urges Artists to Write More Protest Songs

by Jamilah King on December 4 2014, 1:50PM

The Roots bandleader urged artists to “push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in.”

Topics: Culture

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Shows Up at Art Basel

‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Shows Up at Art Basel

by Jamilah King on December 4 2014, 1:16PM

Artist Hank Willis Thomas put an image of the new sculpture on Instagram after the Eric Garner decision.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

J. Cole, Azealia Banks Call Out White Appropriation of Black Music

J. Cole, Azealia Banks Call Out White Appropriation of Black Music

by Jamilah King on December 4 2014, 11:39AM

“Black culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t, huh?”

Topics: Culture

Watch: Spike Lee Predicts Eric Garner Decision and NYC Protests

Watch: Spike Lee Predicts Eric Garner Decision and NYC Protests

by Jamilah King on December 4 2014, 10:06AM

He imagined protests that would rival Ferguson’s.

Topics: Culture

Thousands Nationwide March for Eric Garner Photo

Thousands Nationwide March for Eric Garner

by Jamilah King on December 4 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s a brief scan of rallies in various cities calling for an end to the violent killing of unarmed black men by law enforcement.

Topics: Culture