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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 Gets a Shout Out on New Jay Z and Jay Electronica Song

Lupita Nyong’o Gets a Shout Out on New Jay Z and Jay Electronica Song

by Jamilah King on March 24 2014, 11:25AM

It’s a song that’s at once questioning and celebrating black success.

Topics: Culture

ABC Family Drops 'Alice in Arabia' After Arab, Muslim Protests

ABC Family Drops ‘Alice in Arabia’ After Arab, Muslim Protests

by Jamilah King on March 24 2014, 10:03AM

But the problem is much bigger than just one show.

Topics: Culture

Here's Earth Kitt Talking About Love and Compromise Play

Here’s Earth Kitt Talking About Love and Compromise

by Jamilah King on March 21 2014, 3:33PM

Excerpted from her 1982 documentary “All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story.”

Topics: Culture

Bobbito Garcia Talks About His Book for Sneakerheads Play

Bobbito Garcia Talks About His Book for Sneakerheads

by Jamilah King on March 21 2014, 3:30PM

It’s available in stores now.

Topics: Culture

Anita Hill Documentary Director Frieda Mock Tells Her Story Play

Anita Hill Documentary Director Frieda Mock Tells Her Story

by Jamilah King on March 21 2014, 1:00PM

The film, production for which began in 2010, had a powerful impact on its creator.

Topics: Culture

High School Soccer Team Wears Hijabs to Support Muslim Teammate

High School Soccer Team Wears Hijabs to Support Muslim Teammate

by Jamilah King on March 21 2014, 11:45AM

Student was forbidden to play in her hijab

Topics: Culture

Watch Chicago Students Dance to Pharrell's 'Happy'

Watch Chicago Students Dance to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

by Jamilah King on March 20 2014, 1:38PM

This will definitely put you in a good mood.

Topics: Culture

White House Hosts Screening of Diego Luna's 'Cesar Chavez'

White House Hosts Screening of Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’

by Jamilah King on March 20 2014, 11:11AM

The film opens in theaters nationwide on March 28.

Topics: Culture

ABC Family's 'Alice in Arabia' Draws Criticism From Muslim-Americans

ABC Family’s ‘Alice in Arabia’ Draws Criticism From Muslim-Americans

by Jamilah King on March 20 2014, 10:57AM

The show’s premise isn’t the only cause for concern.

Topics: Culture

'Dear White People' Gets a Big Hollywood Break Play

‘Dear White People’ Gets a Big Hollywood Break

by Jamilah King on March 20 2014, 10:30AM

It’s good news for Justin Simien’s debut comedy.

Topics: Culture

Watch Zadie Smith and Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie Talk Postcolonial Lit

Watch Zadie Smith and Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie Talk Postcolonial Lit

by Jamilah King on March 19 2014, 1:44PM

You can also follow along with us on Twitter.

Topics: Culture

Jose Antonio Vargas' Film 'Documented' Will Be in Theaters

Jose Antonio Vargas’ Film ‘Documented’ Will Be in Theaters

by Jamilah King on March 19 2014, 11:41AM

It will be in theaters in May and air on CNN this summer.

Topics: Culture

Lorraine Hansberry's Random List of Likes and Hates

Lorraine Hansberry’s Random List of Likes and Hates

by Jamilah King on March 19 2014, 10:44AM

We all have those days.

Topics: Culture

The U.S. and European Push for 'Moderate' Muslim Hip-Hop

The U.S. and European Push for ‘Moderate’ Muslim Hip-Hop

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 2:00PM

A new book looks at hip-hop’s hold on Muslims in cities around the world.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox and the 'Magical Negro' Trope With Glitter

Laverne Cox and the ‘Magical Negro’ Trope With Glitter

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 1:28PM

Before her massive success on “Orange is the New Black,” Cox was featured on widely panned VH1 reality show.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Makes Good on Oscar Win With Star Wars Bid

Lupita Nyong’o Makes Good on Oscar Win With Star Wars Bid

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 12:10PM

Dee Locket over at Slate explains why Nyong’o may be more than Hollywood’s latest “It” girl.

Topics: Culture

M.I.A. Says She's Being Bullied By the NFL in its $16 Million Suit

M.I.A. Says She’s Being Bullied By the NFL in its $16 Million Suit

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 10:46AM

The singer made her case in arbitration papers filed last week.

Topics: Culture

An Essay on Beyoncé and the Black Women Who Love Her

An Essay on Beyoncé and the Black Women Who Love Her

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 10:02AM

Rachel Kaadzi Ghanash writes about the power of the BeyHive.

Topics: Culture

NYC Artist Adds a Queer Twist to That Viral 'First Kiss' Video Play

NYC Artist Adds a Queer Twist to That Viral ‘First Kiss’ Video

by Jamilah King on March 17 2014, 3:00PM

Here’s what happens when you get 28 other New York strangers together and film their first kisses.

Topics: Culture

Infographic Shows Diversity Gap in Children's Books

Infographic Shows Diversity Gap in Children’s Books

by Jamilah King on March 17 2014, 2:16PM

2013 wasn’t just an off year.

Topics: Culture