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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.

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

Watch Nas and Q-Tip Celebrate 20 Years of 'Illmatic' on Jimmy Fallon Play

Watch Nas and Q-Tip Celebrate 20 Years of ‘Illmatic’ on Jimmy Fallon

by Jamilah King on April 8 2014, 11:39AM

The late night host continues to score big with hip-hop history.

Topics: Culture

WNBA's Brittney Griner Releases New Book, Mobile App Campign to Tackle Bullying

WNBA’s Brittney Griner Releases New Book, Mobile App Campign to Tackle Bullying

by Jamilah King on April 8 2014, 10:55AM

“In My Skin” hit bookstores on Tuesday.

Topics: Culture

Northwestern Football Players Face Steep Climb to Union

Northwestern Football Players Face Steep Climb to Union

by Jamilah King on April 8 2014, 10:24AM

Things aren’t looking good in Evanston.

Topics: Culture

UConn Wins National Championship, Star Player 'Goes To Bed Starving'

UConn Wins National Championship, Star Player ‘Goes To Bed Starving’

by Jamilah King on April 8 2014, 10:16AM

The fight to unionize college athletes marches on.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell Finally Found His Room Without a Roof, And He's Happy Play

Pharrell Finally Found His Room Without a Roof, And He’s Happy

by Jamilah King on April 7 2014, 5:15PM

The star performed on “Good Morning America.”

Topics: Culture

Poet Saul Williams to Star in Broadway Musical Inspired by 2pac

Poet Saul Williams to Star in Broadway Musical Inspired by 2pac

by Jamilah King on April 7 2014, 5:01PM

“Holler If You Hear Me” opens this summer.

Topics: Culture

The Moment a Clueless Cleveland Baseball Fan Met a Native Man

The Moment a Clueless Cleveland Baseball Fan Met a Native Man

by Jamilah King on April 7 2014, 4:51PM

It was awkward.

Topics: Culture

Watch Maya Angelou Dance and Sing Calypso in 1957 Play

Watch Maya Angelou Dance and Sing Calypso in 1957

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

The poet and performer is turning 86.

Topics: Culture

M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe Perform Hologram Duet

M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe Perform Hologram Duet

by Jamilah King on April 4 2014, 1:15PM

It’s an interesting concept that we’ll probably see a lot more of this summer.

Topics: Culture

Broadway Success of 'Aladdin' Underscores Need for Arab Actors

Broadway Success of ‘Aladdin’ Underscores Need for Arab Actors

by Jamilah King on April 4 2014, 10:37AM

Critics of ‘colorblind casting’ blast the Broadway success of the musical.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Becomes Lancôme's First Black Spokesperson

Lupita Nyong’o Becomes Lancôme’s First Black Spokesperson

by Jamilah King on April 4 2014, 10:03AM

It’s a major coup for a cosmetics giant in an industry that increasingly relies on the buying power of black women.

Topics: Culture

César Chávez Film Has Lukewarm Opening Weekend

César Chávez Film Has Lukewarm Opening Weekend

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 3:26PM

The film brought in just over $3 million.

Topics: Culture

Captain Sikh America Responds to Joe Budden's 'Terrorist' Pic

Captain Sikh America Responds to Joe Budden’s ‘Terrorist’ Pic

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 1:42PM

The rapper has since apologized.

Topics: Culture

Aaron McGruder (Sorta) Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks'

Aaron McGruder (Sorta) Explains Why He Left ‘The Boondocks’

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 11:22AM

Be warned: His explanation is pretty vague.

Topics: Culture

The Move to 'Cancel Colbert' and So-Called 'Hashtag Activism'

The Move to ‘Cancel Colbert’ and So-Called ‘Hashtag Activism’

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 10:15AM

Here’s why you should care.

Topics: Culture

Michael Jackson May Have Been the Greatest Beat Boxer, Ever Play

Michael Jackson May Have Been the Greatest Beat Boxer, Ever

by Jamilah King on March 28 2014, 11:53AM

An old demo tape of Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” has recently been making the rounds on Tumblr.

Topics: Culture