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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.

A Look at Williamsburg's Puerto Rican Past and Present Play

A Look at Williamsburg’s Puerto Rican Past and Present

by Jamilah King on September 29 2014, 2:14PM

It wasn’t always one of America’s white hipster capitols.

Topics: Culture

Talib Kweli: Lauryn Hill Doesn't Owe Us Anything

Talib Kweli: Lauryn Hill Doesn’t Owe Us Anything

by Jamilah King on September 29 2014, 10:32AM

The rapper responds to criticism of her on Medium.

Topics: Culture

New York City Activists: 'Anti-Muslim Ads Could Threaten Lives'

New York City Activists: ‘Anti-Muslim Ads Could Threaten Lives’

by Jamilah King on September 26 2014, 11:02AM

Pamela Geller’s latest round of anti-Muslim subway ads aren’t just in bad taste. They could become deadly.

Topics: Culture

People Magazine Marks Shondaland's Big Night With Racist Tweets

People Magazine Marks Shondaland’s Big Night With Racist Tweets

by Jamilah King on September 26 2014, 10:00AM

Definitely not a good look.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks Sings Label Woes on New Track 'Chasing Time'

Azealia Banks Sings Label Woes on New Track ‘Chasing Time’

by Jamilah King on September 24 2014, 11:02AM

Looks like her self-described “black girl craft” is as strong as ever.

Topics: Culture

Watch Graffiti Artist Jurne Create a Love Letter to Oakland Play

Watch Graffiti Artist Jurne Create a Love Letter to Oakland

by Jamilah King on September 24 2014, 10:50AM

This video from photographer Lea Bruno perfectly captures the town’s vibrant spirit.

Topics: Culture

PSA: George Takei Wants Straight People to Vote Play

PSA: George Takei Wants Straight People to Vote

by Jamilah King on September 23 2014, 4:25PM

Because they’re raising the gay leaders of tomorrow.

Topics: Culture

Is 'Black-ish' the Modern Day 'Cosby Show?'

Is ‘Black-ish’ the Modern Day ‘Cosby Show?’

by Jamilah King on September 23 2014, 2:00PM

Karen Grisby Bates talked about the comparison over at NPR’s Code Switch.

Topics: Culture

John Cho Talks About Barriers Facing Asian-American Actors

John Cho Talks About Barriers Facing Asian-American Actors

by Jamilah King on September 23 2014, 12:02PM

His new show, “Selfie,” premieres on September 30.

Topics: Culture

Listen: Kendrick Lamar Raps About Self Love in New Song

Listen: Kendrick Lamar Raps About Self Love in New Song

by Jamilah King on September 23 2014, 11:15AM

His second album is due out later this fall.

Topics: Culture

NYC Transit Official on Anti-Islam Ads: 'Our Hands Are Tied'

NYC Transit Official on Anti-Islam Ads: ‘Our Hands Are Tied’

by Jamilah King on September 23 2014, 10:49AM

The ads are sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated an “active anti-Muslim group.”

Topics: Culture

J. California Cooper: 'I Was Not Afraid to Talk About God'

J. California Cooper: ‘I Was Not Afraid to Talk About God’

by Jamilah King on September 23 2014, 10:03AM

Spirituality was an important part of Cooper’s work as storyteller.

Topics: Culture

U.S. Bombs Syria, Eric Holder Talks Reform, California's Drought

U.S. Bombs Syria, Eric Holder Talks Reform, California’s Drought

by Jamilah King on September 23 2014, 9:55AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Angela Davis Connects Movement to Free Palestine to Black Feminism

Angela Davis Connects Movement to Free Palestine to Black Feminism

by Jamilah King on September 22 2014, 3:42PM

She spoke with activist and author Frank Barat.

Topics: Culture

Listen to Michael Jackson's Duet With Queen's Freddie Mercury

Listen to Michael Jackson’s Duet With Queen’s Freddie Mercury

by Jamilah King on September 22 2014, 3:21PM

The song is called, “There Must Be More to Life Than This.”

Topics: Culture

NYT Editors 'Deeply Regret' That Readers Took Offense to Shonda Rhimes Article

NYT Editors ‘Deeply Regret’ That Readers Took Offense to Shonda Rhimes Article

by Jamilah King on September 22 2014, 2:17PM

Public editor Margaret Sullivan sheds more light on the internal reaction to Alessandra Stanley’s controversial story.

Topics: Culture

Once Again, Anti-Islam Ads Go Up on New York City Transit

Once Again, Anti-Islam Ads Go Up on New York City Transit

by Jamilah King on September 22 2014, 1:45PM

And the Texas-based group behind them has upped the ante.

Topics: Culture, /NOW

Nuclear Arms, Climate Justice March, iPhone Sells and Drag Queens

Nuclear Arms, Climate Justice March, iPhone Sells and Drag Queens

by Jamilah King on September 22 2014, 10:02AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Meet the People Who Marched for Climate Justice [PHOTOS]

Meet the People Who Marched for Climate Justice [PHOTOS]

by Jamilah King on September 22 2014, 7:00AM

More than 300,000 people gathered in New York City for the People’s Climate March, the largest such gathering in history.

Topics: Environment

NYT Critic Defends Racist Profile of Shonda Rhimes

NYT Critic Defends Racist Profile of Shonda Rhimes

by Jamilah King on September 19 2014, 4:18PM

Alessandra Stanley, what are you thinking?

Topics: Culture