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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.

Mexican Alpine Skier to Sport Mariachi Look at Sochi Olympics

Mexican Alpine Skier to Sport Mariachi Look at Sochi Olympics

by Jamilah King on January 28 2014, 10:51AM

Hubertus von Hohenlohe wants to make an impact on the slopes at the upcoming Sochi Olympics, even if he doesn’t win a medal.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Queen Latifah Officiated Dozens of Gay Weddings at the Grammys

Queen Latifah Officiated Dozens of Gay Weddings at the Grammys

by Jamilah King on January 27 2014, 9:27AM

Here’s one .gif that captures it all.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Macklemore to Kendrick Lamar: 'You Got Robbed'

Macklemore to Kendrick Lamar: ‘You Got Robbed’

by Jamilah King on January 27 2014, 8:58AM

Because he did.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Macklemore's Grammy-Winning 16 Bars and the Search for Our 40 Acres

Macklemore’s Grammy-Winning 16 Bars and the Search for Our 40 Acres

by Jamilah King on January 27 2014, 7:00AM

Or at least some damn recognition.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Grammy Preview: Who Should Win the Award for Best Rap Album?

Grammy Preview: Who Should Win the Award for Best Rap Album?

by Jamilah King on January 24 2014, 1:51PM

Take your vote.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jenny Yang Teaches You How to Freak Out Like a Toddler

Jenny Yang Teaches You How to Freak Out Like a Toddler

by Jamilah King on January 24 2014, 11:22AM

Life is always better when you get to scream a little bit.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Airbnb Challenges Harvard Racial Discrimination Study

Airbnb Challenges Harvard Racial Discrimination Study

by Jamilah King on January 24 2014, 11:13AM

It’s shedding new light on how implicit bias functions in even seemingly innocuous institutions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Grammys Rap Committee Doesn't Like Macklemore's 'Pop' Music

The Grammys Rap Committee Doesn’t Like Macklemore’s ‘Pop’ Music

by Jamilah King on January 23 2014, 5:42PM

The Seattle-based rapper is a Grammy favorite, but what he means to hip-hop is another question.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Richard Sherman: 'Thug' Is the Accepted Way of Saying the N-Word

Richard Sherman: ‘Thug’ Is the Accepted Way of Saying the N-Word

by Jamilah King on January 23 2014, 2:50PM

If you’re not already rooting for him, this might do the trick.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Iranian-American Actress Gets Fed Up With Hollywood's Racism

Iranian-American Actress Gets Fed Up With Hollywood’s Racism

by Jamilah King on January 23 2014, 2:00PM

So she decides to do something about it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oprah to Produce Ava DuVernay's Voting Rights Film 'Selma'

Oprah to Produce Ava DuVernay’s Voting Rights Film ‘Selma’

by Jamilah King on January 23 2014, 12:35PM

DuVernay took over directing duties from Lee Daniels, who faced numerous challenges in financing the project.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Uh Oh: Bill Cosby to Star in Another NBC Family Comedy

Uh Oh: Bill Cosby to Star in Another NBC Family Comedy

by Jamilah King on January 23 2014, 10:23AM

We’re a little worried.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'The Boondocks' Season 4 Has an Official Air Date

‘The Boondocks’ Season 4 Has an Official Air Date

by Jamilah King on January 21 2014, 11:20AM

And all is right in the world again.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Forget LeBron James and Michael Jordan, Meet Air FLOTUS

Forget LeBron James and Michael Jordan, Meet Air FLOTUS

by Jamilah King on January 21 2014, 10:55AM

Michelle Obama teamed up with LeBron James for the ultimate video bomb.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Richard Sherman's Blackness Will Take Center Stage at This Year's Super Bowl

Richard Sherman’s Blackness Will Take Center Stage at This Year’s Super Bowl

by Jamilah King on January 21 2014, 9:49AM

Sherman is now the hottest name in sports, and all the attention has very little to do with how he performed on the field.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sundance, With a Little Color

Sundance, With a Little Color

by Jamilah King on January 21 2014, 7:00AM

Seven films we’re excited about in this year’s festival

Topics: Arts & Culture

MLK Boulevard: A Snapshot of King's Dream Deferred

MLK Boulevard: A Snapshot of King’s Dream Deferred

by Jamilah King, Josh Begley on January 20 2014, 7:00AM

What do streets named after Dr. Martin Luther Jr. tell us about economic justice today?

Topics: History

Watch Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) Perform a Live Set of New Songs

Watch Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) Perform a Live Set of New Songs

by Jamilah King on January 17 2014, 5:05PM

Get your weekend started off on the right foot.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Willow and Jaden Smith Team Up For a New Song

Willow and Jaden Smith Team Up For a New Song

by Jamilah King on January 17 2014, 10:38AM

And it’s actually not that bad.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Lupita Nyong'o Emotional Critics' Choice Awards Speech

Watch Lupita Nyong’o Emotional Critics’ Choice Awards Speech

by Jamilah King on January 17 2014, 10:20AM

Beware with this video: It’ll have you in tears, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW