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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.

Watch the Video for The Roots and Elvis Costello 'Tripwire'

Watch the Video for The Roots and Elvis Costello ‘Tripwire’

by Jamilah King on December 13 2013, 12:35PM

The 2013 album “Wise Up Ghost” is available on iTunes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Beyoncé's Surprise Album Features Nigerian Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Beyoncé’s Surprise Album Features Nigerian Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

by Jamilah King on December 13 2013, 7:57AM

The singer dropped the album on iTunes without any promotion, save for a 15-second Instagram video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz Talk About Race and Writing

Watch Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz Talk About Race and Writing

by Jamilah King on December 12 2013, 2:27PM

Two of America’s most prominent writers of color will be in conversation with one another at the New York Public Library. You can watch it live. Tune in.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'12 Years a Slave' Leads This Year's Golden Globe Nominations

‘12 Years a Slave’ Leads This Year’s Golden Globe Nominations

by Jamilah King on December 12 2013, 10:24AM

In total, the film is nominated for seven awards, including best picture.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Your Favorite Singer Erykah Badu Is The New Face of Givenchy

Your Favorite Singer Erykah Badu Is The New Face of Givenchy

by Jamilah King on December 11 2013, 2:38PM

What’s not to love?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kerry Washington, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o Get SAG Award Nods

Kerry Washington, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o Get SAG Award Nods

by Jamilah King on December 11 2013, 12:44PM

Are Oscar nods on the way, too? Probably.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Flying Lotus Just Dropped a Whole Bunch of Free Music

Flying Lotus Just Dropped a Whole Bunch of Free Music

by Jamilah King on December 11 2013, 11:02AM

Freebies for the holidays.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Singer Jane Lui and Actress Lynn Chen Cover TLC's 'Waterfalls' With Friends

Watch Singer Jane Lui and Actress Lynn Chen Cover TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’ With Friends

by Jamilah King on December 11 2013, 10:48AM

And it looks like so much fun!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Poses For a Selfie With World Leaders at Nelson Mandela Memorial

Obama Poses For a Selfie With World Leaders at Nelson Mandela Memorial

by Jamilah King on December 10 2013, 3:08PM

But Michelle Obama wasn’t having it.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Meet Thrasher's First Black Skater of the Year: Ishod Wair

Meet Thrasher’s First Black Skater of the Year: Ishod Wair

by Jamilah King on December 10 2013, 12:14PM

Thrasher Magazine has just named its first black Skater of the Year for the first time in the 23 year history of the award.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lorde Reveals Asian Boyfriend, Internet Explodes in Racism

Lorde Reveals Asian Boyfriend, Internet Explodes in Racism

by Jamilah King on December 10 2013, 10:18AM

Yeah, it’s ugly.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Donald Glover Tries to Make It Right With 'Because The Internet'

Donald Glover Tries to Make It Right With ‘Because The Internet’

by Jamilah King on December 10 2013, 7:00AM

The new album explores his love-hate relationship with our world’s most powerful medium, and himself.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Anti-Eviction Protestors Block Google Bus in San Francisco

Anti-Eviction Protestors Block Google Bus in San Francisco

by Jamilah King on December 9 2013, 3:28PM

Median rent in San Francisco? $3,414 a month.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' Featured in Colin Kaepernick's 'Beats By Dre' Ad

Aloe Blacc’s ‘The Man’ Featured in Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Beats By Dre’ Ad

by Jamilah King on December 9 2013, 2:07PM

Another example of how Beats by Dre has taken over the sports world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Childish Gambino's New Video For 'The Worst Guys'

Watch Childish Gambino’s New Video For ‘The Worst Guys’

by Jamilah King on December 9 2013, 10:49AM

His new album drops on Tuesday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Jay Z Lead This Year's Grammy Nods

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Jay Z Lead This Year’s Grammy Nods

by Jamilah King on December 9 2013, 10:38AM

It’s a boy’s club.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Take a Sneak Peek at Stills From 'Dear White People'

Take a Sneak Peek at Stills From ‘Dear White People’

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 3:00PM

Here’s a first look at some images from the new flick.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Muslim Hipsters' Give New Meaning to Jay Z's 'Somewhere in America'

‘Muslim Hipsters’ Give New Meaning to Jay Z’s ‘Somewhere in America’

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 1:34PM

Just in case you were wondering, Mipsters are in the house.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar Urges Fans to Join Him in Research of Nelson Mandela

Kendrick Lamar Urges Fans to Join Him in Research of Nelson Mandela

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 12:48PM

Like many of his fans, Lamar is of a generation that came of age years after Mandela’s fight against apartheid and release from prison in 1990.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

In Naming What's Racist, Junot Díaz Has to Re-Assert That Yes, He's Dominican

In Naming What’s Racist, Junot Díaz Has to Re-Assert That Yes, He’s Dominican

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 10:17AM

Díaz responded with a message on his Facebook page this week.

Topics: /NOW, Politics