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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.

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:11PM

It’s the second time in recent months that he’s been at the center of domestic violence complaints.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jay Z Strikes a Deal With Barneys That's All About Jay Z

Jay Z Strikes a Deal With Barneys That’s All About Jay Z

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:08PM

The rapper’s solution to racial profiling? Himself.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Best Man Holiday Did Way Better Than Analysts Expected

The Best Man Holiday Did Way Better Than Analysts Expected

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 12:55PM

Fourteen years after the original hit theaters, the sequel to Malcolm Lee’s 1999 film “The Best Man” made a big splash at the box office.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar's Camp Is Not Happy With the 'Racial Overtones' of GQ Story

Kendrick Lamar’s Camp Is Not Happy With the ‘Racial Overtones’ of GQ Story

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 10:28AM

The rapper pulled out of a scheduled performance at the magazine’s Man of the Year party.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

L.A.'s Star Chef Roy Choi Talks About Melding Cultures

L.A.’s Star Chef Roy Choi Talks About Melding Cultures

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 7:00AM

The celebrity chef dishes on the new flavor of the country.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Watch M.I.A.'s Trippy New Video For Her Single 'Y.A.L.A.'

Watch M.I.A.’s Trippy New Video For Her Single ‘Y.A.L.A.’

by Jamilah King on November 15 2013, 3:11PM

Here’s the official video from the lead single of the singer’s fourth studio album

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Best Man Holiday' Hits Theaters Today -- Join Our Twitter Chat!

‘Best Man Holiday’ Hits Theaters Today — Join Our Twitter Chat!

by Jamilah King on November 15 2013, 12:57PM

Got a favorite scene or character from the original? We want to hear all about it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Frida Kahlo Gets a Totally Unnecessary Cover Girl Makeover

Frida Kahlo Gets a Totally Unnecessary Cover Girl Makeover

by Jamilah King on November 15 2013, 10:43AM

Apparently it’s hard to look at natural beauty.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Peggy Noland's Naked Oprah Dress All About Black Women as Objects

Peggy Noland’s Naked Oprah Dress All About Black Women as Objects

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 5:03PM

And she’s not concerned about it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lily Allen: Miley Cyrus Parody 'Has Nothing To Do With Race At All'

Lily Allen: Miley Cyrus Parody ‘Has Nothing To Do With Race At All’

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 1:52PM

But many still think she stepped over the line from parody to prejudice.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

This Is Macklemore's Plea For You to Join the ACLU

This Is Macklemore’s Plea For You to Join the ACLU

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 10:26AM

An unconventional endorsement from a world-famous rapper.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

High Rise Condos to Replace NYC Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz

High Rise Condos to Replace NYC Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 10:16AM

The battle between developers and graffiti writers is being dragged out in court.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell' Cancelled By FXX

‘Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell’ Cancelled By FXX

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 10:05AM

FXX has yet to comment on the cancellation

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Artist Creates Book of Thirty-Nine Questions for White People

Artist Creates Book of Thirty-Nine Questions for White People

by Jamilah King on November 13 2013, 2:40PM

The project is meant to generate a discussion around white privilege.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and 'Criminalizing Black Corpses'

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and ‘Criminalizing Black Corpses’

by Jamilah King on November 13 2013, 1:45PM

In the interview, hampton articulated what’s at the core of anger surrounding the case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Childish Gambino Guests on Singer Kenna's Track 'Relations'

Childish Gambino Guests on Singer Kenna’s Track ‘Relations’

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 3:40PM

The actor/rapper/writer has a new album coming out in December.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Angel Haze Talks Surviving Sexual Abuse, Coming Out and the Church

Angel Haze Talks Surviving Sexual Abuse, Coming Out and the Church

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 1:44PM

The rapper isn’t afraid to expose her demons. And fans aren’t afraid to listen.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

There's an Adorable Tumblr Dedicated to Queer Men of Color in Love

There’s an Adorable Tumblr Dedicated to Queer Men of Color in Love

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 1:30PM

We so rarely see positive representations of men of color and that’s why this is all the more important to share.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

These Five Oscar-Qualifying Films Were Directed by Black Women

These Five Oscar-Qualifying Films Were Directed by Black Women

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 10:23AM

There are at least five feature documentaries directed by black women qualifying for Academy Award consideration.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Hilton Als Talk About Masculinity With Junot Díaz

Watch Hilton Als Talk About Masculinity With Junot Díaz

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 10:15AM

Als’ first book in 17 years hit bookshelves today.

Topics: /NOW