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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.

Lights, Camera, Music: A Midsummer Film Preview

Lights, Camera, Music: A Midsummer Film Preview

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

Black political consciousness of the 1960s takes center stage in some of this summer’s most highly anticipated films. Here’s what we’re watching.

Topics: Culture

Troy Davis' Nephew is Raising Money for Second Year at Morehouse

Troy Davis’ Nephew is Raising Money for Second Year at Morehouse

by Jamilah King on July 8 2014, 3:00PM

De’Juan Davis-Correia is majoring in engineering.

Topics: Culture

Lauryn Hill is Touring the U.S. and Europe This Summer

Lauryn Hill is Touring the U.S. and Europe This Summer

by Jamilah King on July 8 2014, 10:35AM

Check these dates for a performance near you.

Topics: Culture

Urban Outfitters Is Making Money Off of a Hindu Deity

Urban Outfitters Is Making Money Off of a Hindu Deity

by Jamilah King on July 8 2014, 10:17AM

Again.

Topics: Culture

Comedians Use South Asian Slang to Poke Fun at Entitled Hipsters Play

Comedians Use South Asian Slang to Poke Fun at Entitled Hipsters

by Jamilah King on July 7 2014, 1:42PM

Canadian comedian Superwoman and Humble know you’re frontin’.

Topics: Culture

Watch This Hilarious Spoof of Bay Area Activism

Watch This Hilarious Spoof of Bay Area Activism

by Jamilah King on July 7 2014, 11:28AM

Tree hugging at its finest!

Topics: Culture

Get Ready for the 'Blackest Star Wars Installment Ever'

Get Ready for the ‘Blackest Star Wars Installment Ever’

by Jamilah King on July 7 2014, 10:58AM

Newcomer Crystal Clarke has joined the cast.

Topics: Culture

Queen Crescent: 'We Just Really Want to Make a Statement'

Queen Crescent: ‘We Just Really Want to Make a Statement’

by Jamilah King on July 4 2014, 7:00AM

The Oakland punk band is out to change the perception of who can rock out.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Vietnamese-American Filmmaker Turns Lens on NYC's 'DIY Generation' Play

Vietnamese-American Filmmaker Turns Lens on NYC’s ‘DIY Generation’

by Jamilah King on July 3 2014, 11:47AM

Sahra Vang Nguyen takes a look at entrepreneurs of color.

Topics: Culture

Remembering Walter Dean Myers' Last Crusade

Remembering Walter Dean Myers’ Last Crusade

by Jamilah King on July 3 2014, 10:05AM

Before he died on Wednesday at the age of 76, Walter Dean Myers built a lifetime and a career writing books about the hardships of black youth.

Topics: Culture

Raphael Saadiq Pays Tribute to Bobby Womack With New Song Play

Raphael Saadiq Pays Tribute to Bobby Womack With New Song

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 5:58PM

“Gonna Miss U” sums up how the world of black music feels after the legend’s passing.

Topics: Culture

Jimmy Kimmel Proves Americans Don't Know Much About the World Cup

Jimmy Kimmel Proves Americans Don’t Know Much About the World Cup

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 11:56AM

It wasn’t pretty.

Topics: Culture

Man Explains Why He Yelled at the Kara Walker Exhibit

Man Explains Why He Yelled at the Kara Walker Exhibit

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 11:46AM

A black professor was fed up. So he spoke out.

Topics: Culture

Black Student Body President Stripped of Office After Mocking White Classmates

Black Student Body President Stripped of Office After Mocking White Classmates

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 11:04AM

The incident highlights racial tensions at elite boarding schools.

Topics: Culture

The NBA Just Signed Its First Player of Indian Descent

The NBA Just Signed Its First Player of Indian Descent

by Jamilah King on July 2 2014, 10:33AM

He’s also the league’s biggest player.

Topics: Culture

Yes, There's a 'Selfie Generator' for Kara Walker's Sugar Exhibit

Yes, There’s a ‘Selfie Generator’ for Kara Walker’s Sugar Exhibit

by Jamilah King on July 1 2014, 10:44AM

Let’s see how many people actually get the joke.

Topics: Culture, Kara Walker

Twitter Asked Robin Thicke Why He's Such a Sketchy Misogynist

Twitter Asked Robin Thicke Why He’s Such a Sketchy Misogynist

by Jamilah King on July 1 2014, 9:57AM

Lesson learned?

Topics: Culture

Prince Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of 'Purple Rain' With a Special Guest Play

Prince Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of ‘Purple Rain’ With a Special Guest

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 2:30PM

He threw a surprise concert at his Minnesota mansion.

Topics: Culture

Angie Martinez on Leaving Hot 97: 'I'm Curious About What My Value is in the Market'

Angie Martinez on Leaving Hot 97: ‘I’m Curious About What My Value is in the Market’

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 2:30PM

The longtime radio personality opened up about her recent move.

Topics: Culture

Meet the Group That's Been Called the British Version of the Fugees

Meet the Group That’s Been Called the British Version of the Fugees

by Jamilah King on June 30 2014, 2:13PM

Hawk House

Topics: Culture