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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by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 11:35AM
The rapper wants to create jobs for people in her hometown.
by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 11:17AM
Here’s what you won’t see in the popular chef’s new biography ‘L.A. Son.’
by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 10:41AM
This year’s annual BET Hip-Hop Awards ceremony in Atlanta was a celebration of old and new trendsetters in the industry.
by Jamilah King on September 27 2013, 8:06AM
Not everyone is a fan of Issa Rae’s latest parody.
by Jamilah King on September 27 2013, 7:38AM
The suit alleges that the defendants didn’t pay royalties for more than four years and refused to return the masters of unreleased recordings.
by Jamilah King on September 26 2013, 9:35AM
One very perceptive 12-year-old had a lot to say about what’s changing in San Francisco’s Mission District.
by Jamilah King on September 25 2013, 9:26AM
Daria, Lisa Simpson, and Dora the Explorer went and became activists just like you.
by Jamilah King on September 25 2013, 9:06AM
Photographer Carrie Mae Weems and musician Vijay Iyer are among this year’s winners.
by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 11:13AM
Yes, it gets better.
by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 10:45AM
“Buried Alive” premieres on November 1.
by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 8:19AM
Critics accuse the play of trafficking in age-old Asian stereotypes, and they’re speaking out.
by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 8:14AM
The Toronto rapper has big ambitions for his third studio album.
by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 7:43AM
The director’s silence speaks volumes about the challenges facing openly gay black Hollywood filmmakers.
by Jamilah King on September 23 2013, 9:51AM
But the man refused to hold up his end of the bargain.
by Jamilah King on September 23 2013, 9:31AM
But the show was one of the few bright spots for actors of color at this year’s awards.
by Jamilah King on September 23 2013, 8:49AM
And you can, too. Here’s how.
by Jamilah King on September 20 2013, 1:03PM
Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley still faces charges of involuntary manslaughter.