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.
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.
by Jamilah King on February 28 2014, 9:00AM
Colorism is still an issue.
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.
by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 5:00PM
The legendary venue announced that it’s closing.
by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 4:11PM
“The media tried to pit two Latinas against each other,” Perez told CNN.
by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 3:22PM
Amerigo Gazaway made all the hip-hop heads salivate this week.
by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 11:29AM
Because, you know, injustice.
by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 11:15AM
The year of the black film? Not so fast.
by Jamilah King on February 27 2014, 10:37AM
At this point, it seems like they can do no wrong.
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.
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.
by Jamilah King on February 26 2014, 10:54AM
The password for this video is “selfhate.”
by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 2:09PM
They’re two very different rappers.
by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 12:11PM
The state may be heading into another showdown over a controversial law.
by Jamilah King on February 25 2014, 11:54AM
And Dora the Explorer, too.
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
by Jamilah King on February 24 2014, 10:34AM
He’s already walked his way into history.