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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.

Kendrick Lamar Talks About Macklemore and New Album

Kendrick Lamar Talks About Macklemore and New Album

by Jamilah King on March 3 2014, 9:40AM

As always, he was gracious and diplomatic.

Topics: Culture

'12 Years a Slave' Wins Big, and With Words, at Academy Awards Play

‘12 Years a Slave’ Wins Big, and With Words, at Academy Awards

by Jamilah King on March 3 2014, 9:24AM

The film won three of the Academy Award’s biggest prizes on Sunday night.

Topics: Culture

Donut Lovers Parody  Beyoncé in 'Dunkin Love' Play

Donut Lovers Parody Beyoncé in ‘Dunkin Love’

by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 10:09AM

Foodies need love, too.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o: 'I Was Teased and Taunted About My Skin'

Lupita Nyong’o: ‘I Was Teased and Taunted About My Skin’

by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 9:18AM

The actress opened up about some of the obstacles she had to overcome while growing up as a dark-skinned girl.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell is Confused About the Anger Over His Album Cover

Pharrell is Confused About the Anger Over His Album Cover

by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 9:00AM

Colorism is still an issue.

Topics: Culture

The Oscar Statue is Modeled After a Mexican Immigrant

The Oscar Statue is Modeled After a Mexican Immigrant

by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 8:47AM

Emilio Fernández went on to become one of the most celebrated directors of Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema.

Topics: Culture

San Francisco Says Goodbye to Iconic Gay Latino Bar 'Esta Noche'

San Francisco Says Goodbye to Iconic Gay Latino Bar ‘Esta Noche’

by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 5:00PM

The legendary venue announced that it’s closing.

Topics: Culture

Rosie Perez Is 'Disgusted' Over Her So-Called Feud With Jennifer Lopez

Rosie Perez Is ‘Disgusted’ Over Her So-Called Feud With Jennifer Lopez

by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 4:11PM

“The media tried to pit two Latinas against each other,” Perez told CNN.

Topics: Culture

Meet the Guy Who Made That Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Mixtape Play

Meet the Guy Who Made That Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Mixtape

by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 3:22PM

Amerigo Gazaway made all the hip-hop heads salivate this week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture

Paula Deen Knows How 'That Black Football Player' Michael Sam Feels

Paula Deen Knows How ‘That Black Football Player’ Michael Sam Feels

by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 11:29AM

Because, you know, injustice.

Topics: Culture

Infographic Illustrates the Structural Racism of the Oscars

Infographic Illustrates the Structural Racism of the Oscars

by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 11:15AM

The year of the black film? Not so fast.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture

Shonda Rhimes Teams Up With Viola Davis For New Philly Drama

Shonda Rhimes Teams Up With Viola Davis For New Philly Drama

by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 10:37AM

At this point, it seems like they can do no wrong.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture

Watch Harry Belafonte and Dream Defenders Talk Civil Rights Play

Watch Harry Belafonte and Dream Defenders Talk Civil Rights

by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 2:34PM

On the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder, it’s fitting to have a discussion on what makes up the modern fight for civil rights and justice.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba, 1947-2014 Play

Remembering Chokwe Lumumba, 1947-2014

by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 11:23AM

The seasoned human rights activist, attorney and mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away last night. He was 66 years old.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Spike Lee Gets Real About Brooklyn's Gentrification

Spike Lee Gets Real About Brooklyn’s Gentrification

by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 11:04AM

Put simply: Gentrification destroys the character of black neighborhoods, and he’s seen it first hand. Listen.

Topics: Culture, Politics

You Must Watch Pierre Bennu's Brilliant Nicki Minaj Mash Up Play

You Must Watch Pierre Bennu’s Brilliant Nicki Minaj Mash Up

by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 10:54AM

The password for this video is “selfhate.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture

How to Compare ScHoolboy Q's 'Oxymoron' to Kendrick Lamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Play

How to Compare ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 2:09PM

They’re two very different rappers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Takei Denounces Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill on MSNBC

George Takei Denounces Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill on MSNBC

by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 12:11PM

The state may be heading into another showdown over a controversial law.

Topics: Culture, Politics

Michael Jackson, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix to Get Postage Stamps

Michael Jackson, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix to Get Postage Stamps

by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 11:54AM

And Dora the Explorer, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

On Next Year's High School Curriculum? '12 Years a Slave'

On Next Year’s High School Curriculum? ‘12 Years a Slave’

by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 11:35AM

The film adaptation of Solomon Northup’s remarkable story is one of the leading contenders for this year’s Academy Award for Best Feature Film

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture