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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.

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Speaks Out on Jordan Davis Murder

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Speaks Out on Jordan Davis Murder

by Jamilah King on February 14 2014, 11:25AM

“It is not a black problem,” the actor said.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

De La Soul to Give Away Entire Catalogue to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

De La Soul to Give Away Entire Catalogue to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

by Jamilah King on February 14 2014, 10:24AM

Get your hard drive ready.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

White Sports Anchor Quotes Audre Lorde to Defend Michael Sam Play

White Sports Anchor Quotes Audre Lorde to Defend Michael Sam

by Jamilah King on February 13 2014, 4:05PM

Yeah, our minds were blown, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Comic Explains San Francisco's Class War, by the Numbers

Comic Explains San Francisco’s Class War, by the Numbers

by Jamilah King on February 13 2014, 3:56PM

Read Susie Cagel’s comic over at Medium.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nicki Minaj Exploits Malcolm X For Her Song's Tasteless Artwork

Nicki Minaj Exploits Malcolm X For Her Song’s Tasteless Artwork

by Jamilah King on February 13 2014, 10:57AM

The rapper stepped way over the line with this one.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The 2pac Movie Finally Has a Director: His Friend, John Singleton

The 2pac Movie Finally Has a Director: His Friend, John Singleton

by Jamilah King on February 13 2014, 10:44AM

Get excited because this is finally happening!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Comcast's Merger With Time Warner Means Even Fewer Choices For You

Comcast’s Merger With Time Warner Means Even Fewer Choices For You

by Jamilah King on February 13 2014, 10:32AM

The deal is worth an estimated $45.2 billion.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Drake Admits That The Best Rap Albums Don't Always Win Grammys

Drake Admits That The Best Rap Albums Don’t Always Win Grammys

by Jamilah King on February 12 2014, 3:46PM

The Grammy’s rap awards are more a matter of popularity than anything else.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How Did Sexist, Anti-Asian Posters Wind Up USC and UCLA?

How Did Sexist, Anti-Asian Posters Wind Up USC and UCLA?

by Jamilah King on February 12 2014, 3:28PM

Students on both campuses are speaking out.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Twin Sisters, Separated At Birth, Reunite and Make a Film

Twin Sisters, Separated At Birth, Reunite and Make a Film

by Jamilah King on February 12 2014, 3:08PM

The real-life story of Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier is unbelievable.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Cal State L.A. Students Push for Ethnic Studies Requirement

Cal State L.A. Students Push for Ethnic Studies Requirement

by Jamilah King on February 12 2014, 11:53AM

Another showdown is brewing over ethnic studies.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chicana College Student Claims Police Assaulted Her in Hospital

Chicana College Student Claims Police Assaulted Her in Hospital

by Jamilah King on February 11 2014, 4:44PM

And she’s got the video evidence to prove it.

Topics: /NOW

E.J. Johnson Brings His Bold Black Masculinity to the Wendy Williams Show

E.J. Johnson Brings His Bold Black Masculinity to the Wendy Williams Show

by Jamilah King on February 11 2014, 11:30AM

He talked about coming out, accessorizing, and obsessing over Lupita Nyong’o’s fashion tastes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Revolutionary Workout That Every Black Body in America Needs

The Revolutionary Workout That Every Black Body in America Needs

by Jamilah King on February 11 2014, 11:28AM

Forget a playlist. History is what you need to feel inspired at the gym.

Topics: /NOW

This Is Not Laurence Fishburne

This Is Not Laurence Fishburne

by Jamilah King on February 10 2014, 4:02PM

But don’t tell that to KTLA reporter Sam Rubin.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Muslim Figure Skater Zahra Lari, Who Performs in Hijab

Meet Muslim Figure Skater Zahra Lari, Who Performs in Hijab

by Jamilah King on February 10 2014, 2:43PM

The 18-year-old figure skater from the United Arab Emirates is known to the folks back home as the “Ice Princess.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Alice Walker Talks Legacy in New PBS Documentary

Alice Walker Talks Legacy in New PBS Documentary

by Jamilah King on February 10 2014, 11:30AM

And it’s just on time, as Walker celebrated her 70th birthday on February 9.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How Michael Sam's Coming Out Impacts Every Sports Fan

How Michael Sam’s Coming Out Impacts Every Sports Fan

by Jamilah King on February 10 2014, 10:06AM

The move will likely make him the first openly gay active NFL player since Dave Kopay in 1975.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

What to Remember on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

What to Remember on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

by Jamilah King on February 7 2014, 2:00PM

The Centers for Disease Control released new data on what’s called the “HIV care continuum.”

Topics: Health, /NOW

New Platform Aims to Show That Life Hacking Isn't Just for White Men

New Platform Aims to Show That Life Hacking Isn’t Just for White Men

by Jamilah King on February 7 2014, 11:46AM

But it needs your help to get off the ground.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW