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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.

'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

Watch British Muslims Dance to Pharrell's 'Happy' Play

Watch British Muslims Dance to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

by Jamilah King on April 16 2014, 11:47AM

Happiness has now gone viral thanks to Pharrell’s hit song.

Topics: Culture

The Maya Rudolph Show Already Looks Amazing Play

The Maya Rudolph Show Already Looks Amazing

by Jamilah King on April 16 2014, 9:53AM

She’s kicking things off with a few superstar friends.

Topics: Culture

Vijay Seshadri Becomes First South Asian to Win the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Vijay Seshadri Becomes First South Asian to Win the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

by Jamilah King on April 15 2014, 5:14PM

Seshadri said in an interview in 2004 that he began writing poetry at 16.

Topics: Culture

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Drops Transphobic Segment

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Drops Transphobic Segment

by Jamilah King on April 15 2014, 12:45PM

The show recently found itself in lots of trouble.

Topics: Culture

NBA Players Get a Portlandia-Style Pep Talk

NBA Players Get a Portlandia-Style Pep Talk

by Jamilah King on April 15 2014, 12:14PM

And it fails. Miserably.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell Is So Happy That You're Happy, He Cried Tears of Joy! Play

Pharrell Is So Happy That You’re Happy, He Cried Tears of Joy!

by Jamilah King on April 15 2014, 11:31AM

Has ‘happiness’ now become a global movement?

Topics: Culture

RZA: Gentrification Is 'Just the Natural Process in America'

RZA: Gentrification Is ‘Just the Natural Process in America’

by Jamilah King on April 15 2014, 10:56AM

But we have more control over America’s fair housing crisis than we think.

Topics: Culture

In Memory of Musician and Activist Fred Ho, Here's 'West Afrika! Boogaloo'

In Memory of Musician and Activist Fred Ho, Here’s ‘West Afrika! Boogaloo’

by Jamilah King on April 15 2014, 10:26AM

He leaves behind a pioneering legacy in Afro-Asian culture.

Topics: Culture

This 'A-Z' of Dance Video Showcases Your Favorite Moves Play

This ‘A-Z’ of Dance Video Showcases Your Favorite Moves

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 4:12PM

And yes, that’s b-girl Terra!

Topics: Culture

This San Francisco High School Has an Amazing Rooftop Garden Play

This San Francisco High School Has an Amazing Rooftop Garden

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 2:48PM

Mission High School offers up some good news.

Topics: Culture

Infographic: Yes, Hollywood Is Still an Unequal Place for Black Filmmakers Infographic

Infographic: Yes, Hollywood Is Still an Unequal Place for Black Filmmakers

by Jamilah King on April 14 2014, 2:34PM

African-Americans’ buying power tops $1 billion, but the film industry doesn’t reflect that reality.

Topics: Culture