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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.

How To Tell Black People Apart by David Alan Grier

How To Tell Black People Apart by David Alan Grier

by Jamilah King on April 25 2014, 3:25PM

It’s simple, really.

Topics: Culture

Watch Chuck D Narrate This Film on Hip-Hop's Founding Fathers Play

Watch Chuck D Narrate This Film on Hip-Hop’s Founding Fathers

by Jamilah King on April 25 2014, 12:19PM

The film takes a look at all the pioneering DJ’s who inspired DK Kool Herc.

Topics: Culture

Big Freedia Drops New Single, Announces Album 'Just Be Free'

Big Freedia Drops New Single, Announces Album ‘Just Be Free’

by Jamilah King on April 25 2014, 10:00AM

Mark your calendars for June 17.

Topics: Culture

Net Neutrality, Barack Obama High School and Northwestern's Union Vote

Net Neutrality, Barack Obama High School and Northwestern’s Union Vote

by Jamilah King on April 25 2014, 9:22AM

Here’s what I’m reading about this morning.

Topics: /NOW

Kristina Wong Takes on Asian Fetishes in 'I'm Asian-American And...' Play

Kristina Wong Takes on Asian Fetishes in ‘I’m Asian-American And…’

by Jamilah King on April 24 2014, 4:58PM

The new series looks hilarious.

Topics: Culture

Watch a Bunch of News Anchors Butcher Lupita Nyong'o's Name

Watch a Bunch of News Anchors Butcher Lupita Nyong’o’s Name

by Jamilah King on April 24 2014, 2:17PM

At this point, it’s just sad.

Topics: Culture

Beyoncé, Jason Collins Land Covers for Time's Most Influential People

Beyoncé, Jason Collins Land Covers for Time’s Most Influential People

by Jamilah King on April 24 2014, 10:36AM

Steve McQueen, Pharrell and Kerry Washington also made the list.

Topics: Culture

The FCC May Change How the Internet Works, Which Sucks For You

The FCC May Change How the Internet Works, Which Sucks For You

by Jamilah King on April 24 2014, 9:13AM

And people of color stand to lose big.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell Puts a Dark-Skinned Woman on New Single Cover

Pharrell Puts a Dark-Skinned Woman on New Single Cover

by Jamilah King on April 24 2014, 9:12AM

See? He listens to his critics.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Named to People Magazine's 'Most Beautiful'

Lupita Nyong’o Named to People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’

by Jamilah King on April 23 2014, 11:08AM

Things just keep getting better for the year’s breakout star.

Topics: Culture

The Most Telling Photos From the NYPD's Epic Twitter Fail

The Most Telling Photos From the NYPD’s Epic Twitter Fail

by Jamilah King on April 23 2014, 10:47AM

#MyNYPD didn’t go over so well.

Topics: Culture

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of Play

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of “Illmatic”

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

The two men behind a new film about Nas’ classic debut album talk about the community that made it happen.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Puerto Rico's Transgender Community Hits the Big Screen at Tribeca Play

Puerto Rico’s Transgender Community Hits the Big Screen at Tribeca

by Jamilah King on April 22 2014, 3:51PM

A new film made its debut at the festival this week.

Topics: Culture

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Taken Over Black Music'

Questlove: ‘Hip-Hop Has Taken Over Black Music’

by Jamilah King on April 22 2014, 1:34PM

And that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Topics: Culture

Watch Dave Liang Talk About Shanghai Restoration Project Play

Watch Dave Liang Talk About Shanghai Restoration Project

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

The group’s latest album is called “The Classics” and features contemporary remakes of popular 1930s and 1940s Shanghai jazz songs.

Topics: Culture

Brian Williams Raps Snoop Dogg's 'Gin and Juice' Play

Brian Williams Raps Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin and Juice’

by Jamilah King on April 22 2014, 11:36AM

With a little help from editors on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Topics: Culture

Transgender Activist's Death Introduces New Political Opponent: Funeral Homes

Transgender Activist’s Death Introduces New Political Opponent: Funeral Homes

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 2:12PM

Christopher Lee’s fight to assert his gender identity lasted longer than his lifetime.

Topics: Culture

30 Years After 'Purple Rain,' Prince Makes Big Announcement

30 Years After ‘Purple Rain,’ Prince Makes Big Announcement

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 12:05PM

It’s going to be a special anniversary.

Topics: Culture

Macklemore Gets His Own Signature Jordan Sneaker

Macklemore Gets His Own Signature Jordan Sneaker

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 11:32AM

Which you probably can’t find at the thrift shop.

Topics: Culture

'Mad Men's' First Black Character Finally Gets a Storyline

‘Mad Men’s’ First Black Character Finally Gets a Storyline

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 11:06AM

And it only took seven seasons.

Topics: Culture