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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.

This San Francisco High School Has an Amazing Rooftop Garden Play

This San Francisco High School Has an Amazing Rooftop Garden

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 2:48PM

Mission High School offers up some good news.

Topics: Culture

Infographic: Yes, Hollywood Is Still an Unequal Place for Black Filmmakers Infographic

Infographic: Yes, Hollywood Is Still an Unequal Place for Black Filmmakers

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 2:34PM

African-Americans’ buying power tops $1 billion, but the film industry doesn’t reflect that reality.

Topics: Culture

'Saturday Night Live' Criticized for Bobby Jindal Skit

‘Saturday Night Live’ Criticized for Bobby Jindal Skit

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 11:19AM

SNL is once again in the hot seat for its impersonation of an Indian-American celebrity.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Manages to Make Losing Look Good

Lupita Nyong’o Manages to Make Losing Look Good

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 11:02AM

The star didn’t win at the MTV Movie Awards, but it didn’t matter.

Topics: Culture

Here's the Crushing Poverty That Surrounds Coachella Play

Here’s the Crushing Poverty That Surrounds Coachella

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 10:54AM

The valley is one of the highest grossing agricultural regions in the country, but it’s also one of the poorest.

Topics: Culture

Outkast's Reunion Features Janelle Monáe, But Gets Mixed Reviews Play

Outkast’s Reunion Features Janelle Monáe, But Gets Mixed Reviews

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 10:35AM

They’re back.

Topics: Culture

Now Streaming on Demand: Black Authors and Public Intellectuals

Now Streaming on Demand: Black Authors and Public Intellectuals

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 7:00AM

Once confined to the Ivory Tower or the nearest bookstore, their work is now just a click away.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Latino Queer Arts and Film Festival Kicks Off in Los Angeles Play

The Latino Queer Arts and Film Festival Kicks Off in Los Angeles

by Jamilah King on April 11 2014, 1:32PM

In Los Angeles this weekend? Check this out.

Topics: Culture

Brandeis Takes Heat for Revoking Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Brandeis Takes Heat for Revoking Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

by Jamilah King on April 11 2014, 1:00PM

She once described Islam as a religion that’s “not interested in peace.”

Topics: Culture

Does Bollywood Drop the Ball on Mental Health? Play

Does Bollywood Drop the Ball on Mental Health?

by Jamilah King on April 11 2014, 12:22PM

The Aerogram makes a pretty compelling case.

Topics: Culture

Date Night for the Obamas: Denzel Washington in 'A Raisin in the Sun' on Broadway

Date Night for the Obamas: Denzel Washington in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ on Broadway

by Jamilah King on April 11 2014, 12:09PM

The Broadway play has been revived by Kenny Leon.

Topics: Culture

'Fake Drake' Steals the Show on Late Night TV Play

‘Fake Drake’ Steals the Show on Late Night TV

by Jamilah King on April 11 2014, 11:19AM

The Canadian rapper disguised himself and asked people on the street what they thought of him. It’s hilarious.

Topics: Culture

Navajo Nation Votes Against NFL Team's Racist Name

Navajo Nation Votes Against NFL Team’s Racist Name

by Jamilah King on April 11 2014, 10:36AM

The final authority for the measure rests with the committee of the whole, according to ESPN.

Topics: Culture

Derrick Gordon Becomes First Openly Gay Men's Big Time College Basketball Player Play

Derrick Gordon Becomes First Openly Gay Men’s Big Time College Basketball Player

by Jamilah King on April 10 2014, 10:29AM

The UMass guard is just made history.

Topics: Culture

Eddie Murphy's Daughter May Play Aaliyah in Upcoming Biopic

Eddie Murphy’s Daughter May Play Aaliyah in Upcoming Biopic

by Jamilah King on April 9 2014, 2:00PM

Casting is reportedly underway.

Topics: Culture

CeCe McDonald: 'Prisons Don't Keep Us Safe' Play

CeCe McDonald: ‘Prisons Don’t Keep Us Safe’

by Jamilah King on April 9 2014, 12:00PM

This video is part of an ongoing series of conversations on policing and safety in trans communities.

Topics: Culture

Here's the Official Video for That Yasiin Gaye 'Ms. Fat Booty' Mash-Up Play

Here’s the Official Video for That Yasiin Gaye ‘Ms. Fat Booty’ Mash-Up

by Jamilah King on April 9 2014, 11:00AM

It’s a great follow-up to an even better mixtape.

Topics: Culture

Twitter Mocks Air France's Racist Geisha Ads

Twitter Mocks Air France’s Racist Geisha Ads

by Jamilah King on April 9 2014, 10:00AM

Hey Air France, your orientalism is in the air.

Topics: Culture

This Video of Babies Eating Lemons Is Adorable Play

This Video of Babies Eating Lemons Is Adorable

by Jamilah King on April 8 2014, 5:00PM

How much do babies dislike lemons? A whole lot, it turns out.

Topics: Culture

LSU Gymnast Absolutely Kills Hip-Hop Floor Routine Play

LSU Gymnast Absolutely Kills Hip-Hop Floor Routine

by Jamilah King on April 8 2014, 2:00PM

Lloimincia Hall is a perfect 10.

Topics: Culture