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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.

Maybe You Shouldn't Get Flowers For Mother's Day

Maybe You Shouldn’t Get Flowers For Mother’s Day

by Jamilah King on May 9 2014, 1:36PM

There’s a human cost to your last minute gift.

Topics: Culture

Is Beyoncé a Terrorist? Black Feminist Scholars Debate bell hooks

Is Beyoncé a Terrorist? Black Feminist Scholars Debate bell hooks

by Jamilah King on May 9 2014, 12:39PM

The feminist writer’s remarks have caused spirited debate.

Topics: Culture

Nation's Oldest Black-Owned Bookstore Gets Evicted

Nation’s Oldest Black-Owned Bookstore Gets Evicted

by Jamilah King on May 9 2014, 11:52AM

Marcus Books has been fighting to stay at its location for a year and a half.

Topics: Culture

A New View of Drug-Addicted Moms

A New View of Drug-Addicted Moms

by Jamilah King on May 9 2014, 7:00AM

A new campaign seeks to change the way we see mothers at the crossroads of parenting and addiction.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Kara Walker, Edwidge Danticat Explore the Human Price of Sugar

Kara Walker, Edwidge Danticat Explore the Human Price of Sugar

by Jamilah King on May 8 2014, 12:50PM

Walker’s new exhibition opens this weekend in Brooklyn.

Topics: Culture, Kara Walker

Angela Davis Talks 'Orange is the New Black,' Prison Abolition

Angela Davis Talks ‘Orange is the New Black,’ Prison Abolition

by Jamilah King on May 8 2014, 12:22PM

Yes, she’s watched the show.

Topics: Culture

Video: Beyoncé Re-Make Says Every Body is Flawless Play

Video: Beyoncé Re-Make Says Every Body is Flawless

by Jamilah King on May 8 2014, 12:03PM

Here’s a little body positivity for your week.

Topics: Culture

Spike Lee to Turn 'She's Gotta Have It' Into Showtime Miniseries

Spike Lee to Turn ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Into Showtime Miniseries

by Jamilah King on May 8 2014, 11:37AM

Should we be worried?

Topics: Culture

Jet Magazine Cuts Print Edition After 63 Years

Jet Magazine Cuts Print Edition After 63 Years

by Jamilah King on May 7 2014, 3:34PM

It’s a sad day in the world of black publishing.

Topics: Culture

bell hooks Talks Feminist Liberation With Stars of '20 Feet From Stardom,' 'Pariah'

bell hooks Talks Feminist Liberation With Stars of ‘20 Feet From Stardom,’ ‘Pariah’

by Jamilah King on May 7 2014, 3:08PM

It’s the last bit of her most recent speaking series at the New School.

Topics: Culture

Here's the Season 2 Trailer for 'Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce' Play

Here’s the Season 2 Trailer for ‘Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce’

by Jamilah King on May 7 2014, 2:56PM

The new season kicks off on June 11.

Topics: Culture

Angela Davis Returns to UCLA 45 Years After Being Fired Play

Angela Davis Returns to UCLA 45 Years After Being Fired

by Jamilah King on May 7 2014, 2:31PM

Davis taught her first class at UCLA on October 6, 1969. Two days later, she was axed.

Topics: Culture

Questlove on the Disappearance of Black Cool

Questlove on the Disappearance of Black Cool

by Jamilah King on May 7 2014, 11:49AM

It’s the third essay in his series on how hip-hop failed black America.

Topics: Culture

Watch a Promo for Maya Rudolph's New Variety Show Play

Watch a Promo for Maya Rudolph’s New Variety Show

by Jamilah King on May 7 2014, 11:14AM

Get ready for May 19!

Topics: Culture

Here's a List of What Junot Díaz Wants You to Read

Here’s a List of What Junot Díaz Wants You to Read

by Jamilah King on May 6 2014, 11:44AM

Salon tracked down his class syllabus.

Topics: Culture

Who's Got the Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop?

Who’s Got the Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop?

by Jamilah King on May 6 2014, 11:14AM

The answers might surprise you.

Topics: Culture

Watch bell hooks and Janet Mock Talk About Liberating the Black Female Body

Watch bell hooks and Janet Mock Talk About Liberating the Black Female Body

by Jamilah King on May 6 2014, 10:46AM

Tuesday’s talk is part of a series at the New School that wraps up on Wednesday, May 7.

Topics: Culture

Breakdancing Monks Pay Tribute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Play

Breakdancing Monks Pay Tribute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

by Jamilah King on May 5 2014, 2:27PM

This past weekend marked the third annual MCA day.

Topics: Culture

SNL's Leslie Jones Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Slave Rape Joke

SNL’s Leslie Jones Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Slave Rape Joke

by Jamilah King on May 5 2014, 1:46PM

It just wasn’t funny.

Topics: Culture

'The Beygency' Just Might Be the Greatest Beyoncé Sketch You'll Ever Watch Play

‘The Beygency’ Just Might Be the Greatest Beyoncé Sketch You’ll Ever Watch

by Jamilah King on May 5 2014, 12:43PM

But be careful: it’s rated NC-17, “for mild language against Beyonce.”

Topics: Culture