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.
Check out Jamilah's media appearances here.
Jamilah tweets at @jamilahking.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 1:22PM
Renisha McBride, 19, was shot and killed after seeking help in a mostly white neighborhood.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 12:49PM
The cultural critic does an interview with Lambda Literary.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 12:47PM
The rapper isn’t backing down from his partnership with the luxury store despite allegations of its engaging in racial profiling.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 11:07AM
It’s all part of a new interactive spoken word piece.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 10:26AM
Here’s Wu-Tang’s Raekwon rapping over the New Zealand teen sensation hit song.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 10:20AM
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 10:13AM
The list includes some of today’s most influential queer people of color.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 9:36AM
Comedian Michael Che pokes fun at the curious ways of white folks.
by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 9:23AM
South African DJ Spyke adds a new twist to one of the best songs of the year.
by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 11:02AM
Over the summer the singer claimed that the film had been blacklisted.
by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 10:47AM
It’s a nice cross-genre tribute. Watch.
by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 10:20AM
In a recent Elle profile, Griner refuses to be anyone but herself.
by Jamilah King on November 5 2013, 10:14AM
One case brings to light the politics of naming.
by Jamilah King on November 5 2013, 9:50AM
Turns out the actress is more popular than Justin Timberlake.
by Jamilah King on November 5 2013, 9:28AM
The artist’s fourth studio album is out and it’s getting mixed reviews.
by Jamilah King on November 4 2013, 1:00PM
BET’s annual Black Girls Rock Awards Show aired on Sunday. The show, which is a partnership between the a non-profit group and the network, is a celebration of black women in music and activism. But it was New York City-based…
by Jamilah King on November 4 2013, 9:33AM
Listen to another installment of her “30 Gold” series.