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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.

César Chávez Film Has Lukewarm Opening Weekend

César Chávez Film Has Lukewarm Opening Weekend

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 3:26PM

The film brought in just over $3 million.

Topics: Culture

Captain Sikh America Responds to Joe Budden's 'Terrorist' Pic

Captain Sikh America Responds to Joe Budden’s ‘Terrorist’ Pic

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 1:42PM

The rapper has since apologized.

Topics: Culture

Aaron McGruder (Sorta) Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks'

Aaron McGruder (Sorta) Explains Why He Left ‘The Boondocks’

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 11:22AM

Be warned: His explanation is pretty vague.

Topics: Culture

The Move to 'Cancel Colbert' and So-Called 'Hashtag Activism'

The Move to ‘Cancel Colbert’ and So-Called ‘Hashtag Activism’

by Jamilah King on March 31 2014, 10:15AM

Here’s why you should care.

Topics: Culture

Michael Jackson May Have Been the Greatest Beat Boxer, Ever Play

Michael Jackson May Have Been the Greatest Beat Boxer, Ever

by Jamilah King on March 28 2014, 11:53AM

An old demo tape of Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” has recently been making the rounds on Tumblr.

Topics: Culture

Dolores Huerta Clarifies César Chávez's Views of Undocumented Immigrants Play

Dolores Huerta Clarifies César Chávez’s Views of Undocumented Immigrants

by Jamilah King on March 28 2014, 10:59AM

“A lot of the people in our organization were undocumented,” Huerta said.

Topics: Culture

César Chávez and the Forgotten Filipino Farmworkers

César Chávez and the Forgotten Filipino Farmworkers

by Jamilah King on March 28 2014, 10:58AM

It’s important to remember that Chávez did try to build alliances.

Topics: Culture

Comedian Hari Kondabolu Talks About Racism on Letterman Play

Comedian Hari Kondabolu Talks About Racism on Letterman

by Jamilah King on March 28 2014, 10:06AM

The album title is a reference to the year when it’s estimated that white people will become racial minorities in the United States.

Topics: Culture

The Faces of Cesar Chávez's United Farm Worker Movement Photo

The Faces of Cesar Chávez’s United Farm Worker Movement

by Jamilah King on March 28 2014, 7:00AM

It’s important to remember that every movement is larger than any one man.

Topics: History

Victoria Rowell: 'Not One Black Exec' on the 'Young and the Restless'

Victoria Rowell: ‘Not One Black Exec’ on the ‘Young and the Restless’

by Jamilah King on March 27 2014, 2:33PM

Daytime TV gets a reality check from one of its biggest black stars.

Topics: Culture

Watch An Evening of Conversation with Nas and Michael Eric Dyson

Watch An Evening of Conversation with Nas and Michael Eric Dyson

by Jamilah King on March 27 2014, 2:19PM

The season of can’t-miss livestreamed conversations continues.

Topics: Culture

Northwestern Football Players Win Right to Unionize

Northwestern Football Players Win Right to Unionize

by Jamilah King on March 27 2014, 10:34AM

It’s the first time that a big-time college football program has won such a right.

Topics: Culture

Watch Arundhati Roy Talk About Her New Book 'Capitalism: A Ghost Story'

Watch Arundhati Roy Talk About Her New Book ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story’

by Jamilah King on March 27 2014, 10:05AM

The New School talk was a conversation with Indian author Siddharta Deb.

Topics: Culture

Kobe Bryant Wasn't Impressed by Miami's Trayvon Martin Protest

Kobe Bryant Wasn’t Impressed by Miami’s Trayvon Martin Protest

by Jamilah King on March 26 2014, 2:07PM

That’s according to new profile in the New Yorker.

Topics: Culture

This 'Royals' Parody Takes Aim at Race and Hollywood Typecasting Play

This ‘Royals’ Parody Takes Aim at Race and Hollywood Typecasting

by Jamilah King on March 26 2014, 11:01AM

What’s it like to be an actress of color in Hollywood? Probably not that great.

Topics: Culture

Madonna to Adapt Rebecca Walker's Novella

Madonna to Adapt Rebecca Walker’s Novella

by Jamilah King on March 26 2014, 10:45AM

The novella is about a young American college student whose plans to marry a Swahili man in Kenya fall apart when the region is engulfed in civil war.

Topics: Culture

Le1f to Lord Jamar: 'I Know Oppressions You Will Never Understand'

Le1f to Lord Jamar: ‘I Know Oppressions You Will Never Understand’

by Jamilah King on March 25 2014, 12:36PM

Choose your battles wisely.

Topics: Culture

Nelson George's New Book Celebrates 'Soul Train'

Nelson George’s New Book Celebrates ‘Soul Train’

by Jamilah King on March 25 2014, 12:21PM

All aboard.

Topics: Culture

Meet Arabic Hip-Hop's First Lady: Shadia Mansour

Meet Arabic Hip-Hop’s First Lady: Shadia Mansour

by Jamilah King on March 25 2014, 12:04PM

Since launching a rap career around 2003, Mansour has gained fans in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Topics: Culture

Native American Groups Are Not Impressed by Dan Snyder's Latest Move

Native American Groups Are Not Impressed by Dan Snyder’s Latest Move

by Jamilah King on March 25 2014, 11:02AM

NFL owner Dan Snyder has started a new foundation to help the tribes that his team mocks.

Topics: Culture