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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.

Janelle Monáe: 'Love Has No Sexual Orientation'

Janelle Monáe: ‘Love Has No Sexual Orientation’

by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 11:50AM

The singer had a little love for all the haters out there.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rah Digga Raises Nearly $5k for Newark Community Dance Center

Rah Digga Raises Nearly $5k for Newark Community Dance Center

by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 11:35AM

The rapper wants to create jobs for people in her hometown.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Read Chef Roy Choi's 'Lost' Chapter on Food, Growing Up in Immigrant LA

Read Chef Roy Choi’s ‘Lost’ Chapter on Food, Growing Up in Immigrant LA

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.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

MC Lyte and Kendrick Lamar Shine at This Year's BET Hip-Hop Awards

MC Lyte and Kendrick Lamar Shine at This Year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why We Still Need to Talk About Privilege

Why We Still Need to Talk About Privilege

by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 7:00AM

Recent online discussions of race, class and gender privilege have been dismissive of the concept. Here’s how they miss the point.

Topics: Media

Issa Rae's New Web Series Draws Criticism For Christian Rap Song

Issa Rae’s New Web Series Draws Criticism For Christian Rap Song

by Jamilah King on September 27 2013, 8:06AM

Not everyone is a fan of Issa Rae’s latest parody.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tupac's Mom Sues for More than $1 Million in Royalties

Tupac’s Mom Sues for More than $1 Million in Royalties

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Middle Schooler to Obama Cabinet Member: 'White People Are Taking Over' My Neighborhood

Middle Schooler to Obama Cabinet Member: ‘White People Are Taking Over’ My Neighborhood

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.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Your Favorite Childhood Cartoons Grew Up and Got Radical

Your Favorite Childhood Cartoons Grew Up and Got Radical

by Jamilah King on September 25 2013, 9:26AM

Daria, Lisa Simpson, and Dora the Explorer went and became activists just like you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Five People of Color Named 2013 MacArthur 'Geniuses'

Five People of Color Named 2013 MacArthur ‘Geniuses’

by Jamilah King on September 25 2013, 9:06AM

Photographer Carrie Mae Weems and musician Vijay Iyer are among this year’s winners.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's B-Girl Terra Battling Other Adorable Small Children

Here’s B-Girl Terra Battling Other Adorable Small Children

by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 11:13AM

Yes, it gets better.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch the Trailer for Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Comedy

Watch the Trailer for Aziz Ansari’s New Netflix Comedy

by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 10:45AM

“Buried Alive” premieres on November 1.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Asian-Americans Speak Out Against New Run of 'Miss Saigon'

Asian-Americans Speak Out Against New Run of ‘Miss Saigon’

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Drake Channels Michael Jackson to Give Fans a New Marvin Gaye

Drake Channels Michael Jackson to Give Fans a New Marvin Gaye

by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 8:14AM

The Toronto rapper has big ambitions for his third studio album.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lee Daniels Won't Answer Question About Being Black, Gay: 'I Want to Work'

Lee Daniels Won’t Answer Question About Being Black, Gay: ‘I Want to Work’

by Jamilah King on September 24 2013, 7:43AM

The director’s silence speaks volumes about the challenges facing openly gay black Hollywood filmmakers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Comedian Kristina Wong Talks Asian Dating Fetish

Comedian Kristina Wong Talks Asian Dating Fetish

by Jamilah King on September 23 2013, 10:46AM

The San Francisco native made an appearance on FX’s “Totally Biased With Kamau Bell.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Shady Businessman Exploits Homeless to Wait in Line for iPhones

Shady Businessman Exploits Homeless to Wait in Line for iPhones

by Jamilah King on September 23 2013, 9:51AM

But the man refused to hold up his end of the bargain.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Another Emmy Win for 'Modern Family' Puts Show on Verge of History

Another Emmy Win for ‘Modern Family’ Puts Show on Verge of History

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jamie Foxx Makes a Promise to Save Scholarships at the Univ. of Calif.

Jamie Foxx Makes a Promise to Save Scholarships at the Univ. of Calif.

by Jamilah King on September 23 2013, 8:49AM

And you can, too. Here’s how.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Retrial Date Set for Cop in Aiyana Stanley-Jones Death

Retrial Date Set for Cop in Aiyana Stanley-Jones Death

by Jamilah King on September 20 2013, 1:03PM

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley still faces charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Topics: /NOW, Politics