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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.

'Meet Your First Black Girlfriend' Video Nears 1 Million Views

‘Meet Your First Black Girlfriend’ Video Nears 1 Million Views

by Jamilah King on February 6 2014, 1:04PM

The Brooklyn-based comedian has a message about interracial dating and plenty of folks are listening.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Hari Kondabolu on Why You Can't Be 'Obsessed With Race' in America

Hari Kondabolu on Why You Can’t Be ‘Obsessed With Race’ in America

by Jamilah King on February 6 2014, 11:22AM

“Saying that I’m obsessed with race and racism in America is like saying that I’m obsessed with swimming while I’m drowning,” the comedian says.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Childish Gambino Recorded a Pretty Great Cover of P.M. Dawn

Childish Gambino Recorded a Pretty Great Cover of P.M. Dawn

by Jamilah King on February 6 2014, 10:44AM

Maybe he should just stick to R&B.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How to Make Sense of George Zimmerman's Senseless Fight With DMX

How to Make Sense of George Zimmerman’s Senseless Fight With DMX

by Jamilah King on February 5 2014, 5:39PM

This story, and Zimmerman, aren’t going away any time soon.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Angel Haze, Azealia Banks Fed Up With an Industry That Preys on Black Talent

Angel Haze, Azealia Banks Fed Up With an Industry That Preys on Black Talent

by Jamilah King on February 5 2014, 4:16PM

They’re speaking out because they know you’re listening.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Take a Sneak Peek at Little Dragon's Creative Process

Take a Sneak Peek at Little Dragon’s Creative Process

by Jamilah King on February 5 2014, 12:08PM

This new video takes you inside their home studio.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Deadly Logic Behind Piers Morgan's Awful Interview With Janet Mock

The Deadly Logic Behind Piers Morgan’s Awful Interview With Janet Mock

by Jamilah King on February 5 2014, 11:28AM

Piers Morgan tries to wield his power and got offended when the trans community responded.

Topics: /NOW

Sweet Baby Girl Laughs in the Rain for the First Time

Sweet Baby Girl Laughs in the Rain for the First Time

by Jamilah King on February 4 2014, 2:00PM

It’s the stuff of pure joy and happiness, and will absolutely make your day.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Jerry Seinfeld on Diversity in Comedy: 'Who Cares?'

Jerry Seinfeld on Diversity in Comedy: ‘Who Cares?’

by Jamilah King on February 4 2014, 12:30PM

The real question might actually be: Who still cares about Jerry Seinfeld?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan Among Black Actors Featured in Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue

Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan Among Black Actors Featured in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue

by Jamilah King on February 4 2014, 11:46AM

Hey, it’s progress.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The PTSD Crisis That's Plaguing America's Poorest Neighborhoods

The PTSD Crisis That’s Plaguing America’s Poorest Neighborhoods

by Jamilah King on February 4 2014, 11:09AM

And the hospitals that aren’t equipped to deal with it.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Janet Mock Talks Transgender Sisterhood, Visibility and #GirlsLikeUs

Janet Mock Talks Transgender Sisterhood, Visibility and #GirlsLikeUs

by Jamilah King on February 4 2014, 7:00AM

The 30-year-old writer and speaker delves into what inspired her new memoir, “Redefining Realness.”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Laverne Cox: Loving Trans Women is a Revolutionary Act

Laverne Cox: Loving Trans Women is a Revolutionary Act

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 3:46PM

She brought the house down at the recent Creating Change conference in Houston.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

That Time 4-Year-Old Bruno Mars Peformed as an Elvis Impersonator

That Time 4-Year-Old Bruno Mars Peformed as an Elvis Impersonator

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 1:00PM

There’s no denying that he gave a pretty impressive performance as Elvis back when he living in Hawaii.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix Biopic to Premiere at SXSW

Andre 3000’s Jimi Hendrix Biopic to Premiere at SXSW

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 12:50PM

If you’re not already excited about the film, check out this interview.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Why That Asian Privilege Hashtag Is So Problematic

Here’s Why That Asian Privilege Hashtag Is So Problematic

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 11:33AM

Adriel Luis complicates things over on Medium.

Topics: Media, /NOW

SNL Kicks Off Black History Month: '28 Reasons To Hug A Black Guy'

SNL Kicks Off Black History Month: ‘28 Reasons To Hug A Black Guy’

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 9:41AM

Watch newcomer Sasheer Zamata celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in the most hilarious way possible.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called 'The Lumpen'

The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called ‘The Lumpen’

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 12:34PM

And yes, they were good.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Melissa Harris Perry Talks With Harry Belafonte About Activism

Melissa Harris Perry Talks With Harry Belafonte About Activism

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 12:02PM

You can tune in and watch the whole thing live at 6:30pm EST.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

3 Forgotten Economies of This Year's Super Bowl

3 Forgotten Economies of This Year’s Super Bowl

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s a look at a few groups of workers whose livelihoods depend on the success of America’s biggest game.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy