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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.

Crisis Mode at Texas Hospital, Elizabeth Peña Dies

Crisis Mode at Texas Hospital, Elizabeth Peña Dies

by Jamilah King on October 16 2014, 10:03AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Michelle Obama Turn Up for Turnips Play

Watch Michelle Obama Turn Up for Turnips

by Jamilah King on October 15 2014, 12:04PM

Lil Jon who?

Topics: Culture

Here's What to Read for in the National Book Awards

Here’s What to Read for in the National Book Awards

by Jamilah King on October 15 2014, 11:06AM

Several authors of color were named among this year’s finalists.

Topics: Culture

Cinematographer Bradford Young on Lighting Dark Skin and the 'Subversive' Power of the Black Church

Cinematographer Bradford Young on Lighting Dark Skin and the ‘Subversive’ Power of the Black Church

by Jamilah King on October 10 2014, 11:00AM

The Sundance award-winner describes his approach to filmmaking and his new, experimental work.

Topics: Arts & Culture

NFL Player Arian Foster Wears T-Shirt to Support Mike Brown

NFL Player Arian Foster Wears T-Shirt to Support Mike Brown

by Jamilah King on October 10 2014, 10:35AM

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster decided to make a statement.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

$50K Reward Offered in Aniya Parker Slaying

$50K Reward Offered in Aniya Parker Slaying

by Jamilah King on October 10 2014, 10:10AM

She’s the eighth transgender woman of color to be killed in the U.S. since June.

Topics: /NOW

Cornel West Explains Why He Won't Stop Criticism of Obama Play

Cornel West Explains Why He Won’t Stop Criticism of Obama

by Jamilah King on October 9 2014, 11:51AM

It was the latest public discussion in bell hooks’ scholar-in-residence series at The New School.

Topics: Culture

Turmoil in St. Louis After Police Kill Vonderrit Meyers Jr. 18

Turmoil in St. Louis After Police Kill Vonderrit Meyers Jr. 18

by Jamilah King on October 9 2014, 10:40AM

Scenes from yet another St. Louis police shooting of a young black man.

Topics: /NOW

Facing Race Spotlight: Organizer Alicia Garza on Why Black Lives Matter

Facing Race Spotlight: Organizer Alicia Garza on Why Black Lives Matter

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

The longtime activist talks about why it’s crucial that black people not be lost in America’s organizing.

Topics: Politics

Watch Laverne Cox and bell hooks Talk About Feminism and Pop Culture Play

Watch Laverne Cox and bell hooks Talk About Feminism and Pop Culture

by Jamilah King on October 8 2014, 12:04PM

The two had a wide-ranging conversation about feminism, pop culture and “Orange is the New Black.”

Topics: Culture

 When It Comes to Race, Uber and Lyft Give Taxis a Ride for Their Money

When It Comes to Race, Uber and Lyft Give Taxis a Ride for Their Money

by Jamilah King on October 7 2014, 3:24PM

Johana Bhuylan reports at BuzzFeed.

Topics: /NOW

Watch St. Louis Cardinal Fans Chant 'Let's Go Darren!'

Watch St. Louis Cardinal Fans Chant ‘Let’s Go Darren!’

by Jamilah King on October 7 2014, 10:54AM

Yeah, it’s ugly.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW

Watch Will.i.am, Questlove in Jimmy Fallon's Teeny Bopper Spoof Play

Watch Will.i.am, Questlove in Jimmy Fallon’s Teeny Bopper Spoof

by Jamilah King on October 7 2014, 10:39AM

The late-night host just keeps winning.

Topics: Culture

TV on the Radio Gets Fans Excited About New Album Play

TV on the Radio Gets Fans Excited About New Album

by Jamilah King on October 7 2014, 10:28AM

The new album is called “Seeds” and will be out on November 18.

Topics: Culture

Aniya Parker and an Epidemic of Violence Against Transgender Women of Color

Aniya Parker and an Epidemic of Violence Against Transgender Women of Color

by Jamilah King on October 6 2014, 1:49PM

Parker is the eighth transgender woman of color to be killed since the begining of June.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Childish Gambino Sends Fans on Scavenger Hunt to Uncover Secret Track

Childish Gambino Sends Fans on Scavenger Hunt to Uncover Secret Track

by Jamilah King on October 6 2014, 11:00AM

It’s not the first time the rapper has used the internet in an unconventional way.

Topics: Culture

Watch: Flash Mob Demands Justice for Mike Brown During St. Louis Symphony Play

Watch: Flash Mob Demands Justice for Mike Brown During St. Louis Symphony

by Jamilah King on October 6 2014, 10:00AM

It’s been 58 days since Mike Brown was killed and many local residents are still demanding that criminal charges be brought against Officer Darren Wilson.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar Explore Death in New Video Play

Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar Explore Death in New Video

by Jamilah King on October 3 2014, 12:21PM

Flying Lotus’ new album “You’re Dead” hits stores on October 7.

Topics: Culture

Andre 3000 Talks Jimi Hendrix on Letterman Play

Andre 3000 Talks Jimi Hendrix on Letterman

by Jamilah King on October 3 2014, 11:43AM

The rapper/actor admitted to doubting himself during filming.

Topics: Culture

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Griselda Blanco? It's Happening

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Griselda Blanco? It’s Happening

by Jamilah King on October 3 2014, 10:02AM

And so are more conversations about brownface in Hollywood.

Topics: Culture