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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.

Pharrell Puts a Dark-Skinned Woman on New Single Cover

Pharrell Puts a Dark-Skinned Woman on New Single Cover

by Jamilah King on April 24 2014, 9:12AM

See? He listens to his critics.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Named to People Magazine's 'Most Beautiful'

Lupita Nyong’o Named to People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’

by Jamilah King on April 23 2014, 11:08AM

Things just keep getting better for the year’s breakout star.

Topics: Culture

The Most Telling Photos From the NYPD's Epic Twitter Fail

The Most Telling Photos From the NYPD’s Epic Twitter Fail

by Jamilah King on April 23 2014, 10:47AM

#MyNYPD didn’t go over so well.

Topics: Culture

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of Play

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of “Illmatic”

by Jamilah King on April 23 2014, 7:00AM

The two men behind a new film about Nas’ classic debut album talk about the community that made it happen.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Puerto Rico's Transgender Community Hits the Big Screen at Tribeca Play

Puerto Rico’s Transgender Community Hits the Big Screen at Tribeca

by Jamilah King on April 22 2014, 3:51PM

A new film made its debut at the festival this week.

Topics: Culture

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Taken Over Black Music'

Questlove: ‘Hip-Hop Has Taken Over Black Music’

by Jamilah King on April 22 2014, 1:34PM

And that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Topics: Culture

Watch Dave Liang Talk About Shanghai Restoration Project Play

Watch Dave Liang Talk About Shanghai Restoration Project

by Jamilah King on April 22 2014, 12:41PM

The group’s latest album is called “The Classics” and features contemporary remakes of popular 1930s and 1940s Shanghai jazz songs.

Topics: Culture

Brian Williams Raps Snoop Dogg's 'Gin and Juice' Play

Brian Williams Raps Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin and Juice’

by Jamilah King on April 22 2014, 11:36AM

With a little help from editors on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Topics: Culture

Transgender Activist's Death Introduces New Political Opponent: Funeral Homes

Transgender Activist’s Death Introduces New Political Opponent: Funeral Homes

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 2:12PM

Christopher Lee’s fight to assert his gender identity lasted longer than his lifetime.

Topics: Culture

30 Years After 'Purple Rain,' Prince Makes Big Announcement

30 Years After ‘Purple Rain,’ Prince Makes Big Announcement

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 12:05PM

It’s going to be a special anniversary.

Topics: Culture

Macklemore Gets His Own Signature Jordan Sneaker

Macklemore Gets His Own Signature Jordan Sneaker

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 11:32AM

Which you probably can’t find at the thrift shop.

Topics: Culture

'Mad Men's' First Black Character Finally Gets a Storyline

‘Mad Men’s’ First Black Character Finally Gets a Storyline

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 11:06AM

And it only took seven seasons.

Topics: Culture

Poll: Laverne Cox is More Influential Than Justin Bieber

Poll: Laverne Cox is More Influential Than Justin Bieber

by Jamilah King on April 21 2014, 10:15AM

That’s according to voters in an annual survey for Times Magazine.

Topics: Culture

Here's the 'Orange is the New Black' Season 2 Trailer Play

Here’s the ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 2 Trailer

by Jamilah King on April 18 2014, 10:50AM

Get ready to watch on June 6.

Topics: Culture

Muslims Push to Add Holidays to New York City School Calendar

Muslims Push to Add Holidays to New York City School Calendar

by Jamilah King on April 18 2014, 10:26AM

Muslim students make up about 10 percent of the city’s public school population.

Topics: Culture

Watch Shonda Rhimes Talk About 'Scandal's' Season Finale Play

Watch Shonda Rhimes Talk About ‘Scandal’s’ Season Finale

by Jamilah King on April 18 2014, 9:58AM

It’s already been called the show’s “best episode yet.”

Topics: Culture

Grandmother of Girl Who Covered Edward Sharpe's 'Home' Faces Deportation Play

Grandmother of Girl Who Covered Edward Sharpe’s ‘Home’ Faces Deportation

by Jamilah King on April 17 2014, 2:51PM

They’re trying to keep their family together.

Topics: Culture

Nas Premieres 'Time is Illmatic' With Live Performance at Tribeca Play

Nas Premieres ‘Time is Illmatic’ With Live Performance at Tribeca

by Jamilah King on April 17 2014, 2:12PM

The film, written by Erik Parker and directed by One9, chronicles the making of Nas’s historic debut album just in time for its 20th anniversary.

Topics: Culture

Kanye West, Common Team Up With Chicago Urban League to Create Youth Jobs

Kanye West, Common Team Up With Chicago Urban League to Create Youth Jobs

by Jamilah King on April 17 2014, 10:02AM

It’s an initiative that they say will create 20,000 jobs for young people in the city.

Topics: Culture

Los Rakas Shows Horrors of U.S. Immigration Policy in New Video Play

Los Rakas Shows Horrors of U.S. Immigration Policy in New Video

by Jamilah King on April 16 2014, 12:02PM

The group’s new album dropped this week.

Topics: Culture