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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.

Questions Linger for LGBT Community After Police Kill Jessie Hernandez

Questions Linger for LGBT Community After Police Kill Jessie Hernandez

by Jamilah King on February 18 2015, 7:00AM

The fatal shooting of Jesse Hernandez is shining a light on the Denver police department’s relationship with LGBT residents of color.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Maya Rudolph Resurrected Her Beyoncé for SNL 40

Maya Rudolph Resurrected Her Beyoncé for SNL 40

by Jamilah King on February 16 2015, 2:03PM

It was one of the show’s funnier moments.

Topics: Culture

Did Racism Strip Jackie Robinson West of Its Little League Title? Play

Did Racism Strip Jackie Robinson West of Its Little League Title?

by Jamilah King on February 16 2015, 11:50AM

That’s what supporters are saying as they fight to clear the team’s name.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks Better Never Come For Erykah Badu's Queendom Again

Azealia Banks Better Never Come For Erykah Badu’s Queendom Again

by Jamilah King on February 16 2015, 10:29AM

Yet another example of her keeping it all the way one hunnid.

Topics: Culture

Fox's 'Empire', a Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Kendrick Lamar

Fox’s ‘Empire’, a Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Kendrick Lamar

by Jamilah King on February 11 2015, 11:42AM

It’s already been one helluva week for the rapper. And it’s only Wednesday.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Use of a Gay Slur

Azealia Banks Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Use of a Gay Slur

by Jamilah King on February 10 2015, 12:05PM

So over it.

Topics: Culture

Texas College Students Host Racist Border Patrol-Themed Party

Texas College Students Host Racist Border Patrol-Themed Party

by Jamilah King on February 10 2015, 11:35AM

It’s that time of the year again.

Topics: Culture

NBA All-Star Stephen Curry Asks for Mo'Ne Davis' Autograph

NBA All-Star Stephen Curry Asks for Mo’Ne Davis’ Autograph

by Jamilah King on February 10 2015, 11:09AM

Even stars get starstruck.

Topics: Culture

Macklemore Becomes a Casualty of Snoop Dogg's Grammy Diss

Macklemore Becomes a Casualty of Snoop Dogg’s Grammy Diss

by Jamilah King on February 10 2015, 10:41AM

He’s taking shots on Instagram.

Topics: Culture

Kendrick Lamar's New Track Played More Than a Million Times in Less Than a Day Play

Kendrick Lamar’s New Track Played More Than a Million Times in Less Than a Day

by Jamilah King on February 10 2015, 10:29AM

“The Blacker the Berry” dropped last night.

Topics: Culture

Happy 71st Birthday to Womanist Warrior, Alice Walker!

Happy 71st Birthday to Womanist Warrior, Alice Walker!

by Jamilah King, Aura Bogado on February 9 2015, 3:28PM

Her life’s work has spanned more than three dozen books over fifty years.

Topics: Culture

Beyoncé: 'I Sing For Families That Have Lost Their Sons'

Beyoncé: ‘I Sing For Families That Have Lost Their Sons’

by Jamilah King on February 9 2015, 2:23PM

The superstar reveals the political messaging behind last night’s performance at the Grammys.

Topics: Culture

Al Sharpton Doesn't Think Younger Activists Have a Movement

Al Sharpton Doesn’t Think Younger Activists Have a Movement

by Jamilah King on February 9 2015, 1:39PM

Get ready to get angry.

Topics: /NOW

Watch: Family, Friends Say Goodbye to Jessie Hernandez

Watch: Family, Friends Say Goodbye to Jessie Hernandez

by Jamilah King on February 9 2015, 11:26AM

The 17-year-old’s death at the hands of Denver police is still being investigated.

Topics: /NOW

'Stop Telling Women to Smile' Art Goes to Mexico City

‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’ Art Goes to Mexico City

by Jamilah King on February 9 2015, 11:14AM

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh takes on street harassment in Mexico’s biggest city.

Topics: Culture

Iggy's Hair, Rihanna's Quinceanera: Best Memes of 2015 Grammys

Iggy’s Hair, Rihanna’s Quinceanera: Best Memes of 2015 Grammys

by Jamilah King on February 9 2015, 10:57AM

But what was Prince wearing, though?

Topics: Culture

Black Lives Matter at the Grammys, But What About Black Talent?

Black Lives Matter at the Grammys, But What About Black Talent?

by Jamilah King on February 9 2015, 10:22AM

Prince, Beyonce and Pharrell each sent political messages, but they may not have been enough.

Topics: Culture

John Legend Backs Out of Performance Over Venue's Anti-LGBT Stance

John Legend Backs Out of Performance Over Venue’s Anti-LGBT Stance

by Jamilah King on February 6 2015, 11:04AM

He’s standing up for what’s right.

Topics: Culture

2Pac Had Plans to Collaborate With Outkast, E-40 Before His Death

2Pac Had Plans to Collaborate With Outkast, E-40 Before His Death

by Jamilah King on February 6 2015, 10:38AM

Unfinished business

Topics: Culture

This People of Color and Mental Illness Project Will Move You

This People of Color and Mental Illness Project Will Move You

by Jamilah King on February 5 2015, 10:13AM

Dior Vargas, a Latina feminist mental health activist, is out to break stigmas.

Topics: Culture