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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.

Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, Talks About His Move to South Africa

Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, Talks About His Move to South Africa

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 1:02PM

The entire interview is the artist at his most thoughtful.

Topics: Culture

You Can Preview Hari Kondabolu's Hilarious 'Waiting for 2042' Play

You Can Preview Hari Kondabolu’s Hilarious ‘Waiting for 2042’

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 12:19PM

It’s the comedian’s debut album.

Topics: Culture

Aloe Blacc Performs 'The Man' on Jimmy Kimmel Live With College Band Play

Aloe Blacc Performs ‘The Man’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live With College Band

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 11:39AM

The album is in stores now.

Topics: Culture

Diego Luna Asked People About Cesar Chavez and It Was Really Awkward Play

Diego Luna Asked People About Cesar Chavez and It Was Really Awkward

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 10:15AM

The director of a new feature film based on the civil rights hero’s life proves that there’s a lot of work left to do.

Topics: Culture

Anita Hill Documentary to Open This Week in Select Cities Play

Anita Hill Documentary to Open This Week in Select Cities

by Jamilah King on March 12 2014, 4:02PM

A documentary focused on her life and time in the spotlight will open in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles on Friday.

Topics: Culture

Watch This 3-Year-Old Make a Persuasive Argument for Cupcakes Play

Watch This 3-Year-Old Make a Persuasive Argument for Cupcakes

by Jamilah King on March 12 2014, 3:17PM

“Listen, listen, listen, Linda!”

Topics: Culture

Open Letter Takes Aim at American Apparel's 'Made in Bangladesh' Ad

Open Letter Takes Aim at American Apparel’s ‘Made in Bangladesh’ Ad

by Jamilah King on March 12 2014, 2:11PM

Proof that a year can’t go by without the company dancing the thin line between provocative and racist.

Topics: Culture

André 3000's Jimi Hendrix Film Won't Feature Guitarist's Original Songs Play

André 3000’s Jimi Hendrix Film Won’t Feature Guitarist’s Original Songs

by Jamilah King on March 12 2014, 1:35PM

Here’s why.

Topics: Culture

'Boondocks' Creator Aaron McGruder to Produce New Show Called 'Black Jesus'

‘Boondocks’ Creator Aaron McGruder to Produce New Show Called ‘Black Jesus’

by Jamilah King on March 12 2014, 11:30AM

The show will debut later this year on “Adult Swim.”

Topics: Culture

This Native American Family is Transforming Collegiate Lacrosse Play

This Native American Family is Transforming Collegiate Lacrosse

by Jamilah King on March 12 2014, 10:02AM

The Thompson family is reminding everyone of the sport’s Native roots.

Topics: Culture

Listen to This Previously Unreleased J. Dilla-Produced De La Soul Track Play

Listen to This Previously Unreleased J. Dilla-Produced De La Soul Track

by Jamilah King on March 4 2014, 2:15PM

The group also had a special message for fans.

Topics: Culture

Sears Employee to Asian Customer: 'Let Me Guess, You Came Off the Boat?' Play

Sears Employee to Asian Customer: ‘Let Me Guess, You Came Off the Boat?’

by Jamilah King on March 4 2014, 1:37PM

An employee at a Canadian Sears store has been fired after video of a racially charged exchange with an customer was posted online.

Topics: /NOW

The 'Slumdog Millionaire' Kids Aren't So Little Anymore Play

The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Kids Aren’t So Little Anymore

by Jamilah King on March 3 2014, 1:27PM

It’s been nearly six years since the film became an international sensation,

Topics: Culture

Take a Look at Solomon Northup's 1853 New York Times Profile

Take a Look at Solomon Northup’s 1853 New York Times Profile

by Jamilah King on March 3 2014, 1:12PM

Read this original profile that appeared back on January 20, 1853.

Topics: Culture

Traveling Exhibit Looks Back at Bracero Worker Program Play

Traveling Exhibit Looks Back at Bracero Worker Program

by Jamilah King on March 3 2014, 12:46PM

The exhibit is currently at Northwestern University.

Topics: Culture

Kendrick Lamar Talks About Macklemore and New Album

Kendrick Lamar Talks About Macklemore and New Album

by Jamilah King on March 3 2014, 9:40AM

As always, he was gracious and diplomatic.

Topics: Culture

'12 Years a Slave' Wins Big, and With Words, at Academy Awards Play

‘12 Years a Slave’ Wins Big, and With Words, at Academy Awards

by Jamilah King on March 3 2014, 9:24AM

The film won three of the Academy Award’s biggest prizes on Sunday night.

Topics: Culture

Donut Lovers Parody  Beyoncé in 'Dunkin Love' Play

Donut Lovers Parody Beyoncé in ‘Dunkin Love’

by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 10:09AM

Foodies need love, too.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o: 'I Was Teased and Taunted About My Skin'

Lupita Nyong’o: ‘I Was Teased and Taunted About My Skin’

by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 9:18AM

The actress opened up about some of the obstacles she had to overcome while growing up as a dark-skinned girl.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell is Confused About the Anger Over His Album Cover

Pharrell is Confused About the Anger Over His Album Cover

by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 9:00AM

Colorism is still an issue.

Topics: Culture