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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.

The Chicago Reader Has a Comic on How to Survive a Shooting

The Chicago Reader Has a Comic on How to Survive a Shooting

by Jamilah King on November 22 2013, 1:36PM

Darryl Holliday and E.N. Rodriguez teamed up to produce a comic for the Chicago Reader that traces the real-life ordeal of Nortasha Stingley, who’ 19-year-old daughter Marissa was shot and killed earlier this year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pharrell's New 24-Hour Music Video 'Happy' Is Exactly What Your Friday Needs

Pharrell’s New 24-Hour Music Video ‘Happy’ Is Exactly What Your Friday Needs

by Jamilah King on November 22 2013, 10:46AM

This will make your day.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Alabama's 'Scottsboro Boys' Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

Alabama’s ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 4:40PM

The parole board was unanimous in its decision in the case that came to symbolize racism in the Deep South

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ava DuVernay's Directorial Debut of 'Scandal' Airs Tonight

Ava DuVernay’s Directorial Debut of ‘Scandal’ Airs Tonight

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 1:46PM

Scandal will be broadcast tonight at 10 p.m.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

M.I.A. Performs Songs From 'Matangi' On The Colbert Report

M.I.A. Performs Songs From ‘Matangi’ On The Colbert Report

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 12:59PM

The singer down for an interview with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night to talk about why it’s important for her to talk about politics in her music.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

James McBride, Cynthia Kadohata Among National Book Awards Winners

James McBride, Cynthia Kadohata Among National Book Awards Winners

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 9:26AM

Writers of color shined on one of American literature’s biggest nights.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Who's Ready for an Outkast Tour? Andre 3000 and Big Boi to Reunite

Who’s Ready for an Outkast Tour? Andre 3000 and Big Boi to Reunite

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 9:19AM

They duo have been on hiatus since 2007.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Documentary Explores Race in the Jayson Blair Scandal

New Documentary Explores Race in the Jayson Blair Scandal

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 8:37AM

The plagiarism of one black journalist became a story about race and diversity in the field. Here, filmmaker Samantha Grant explains why.

Topics: Media

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Beating Islan Nettles to Death

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Beating Islan Nettles to Death

by Jamilah King on November 20 2013, 10:47AM

The Manhattan District Attorney has dropped misdemeanor assault charges against a Harlem man.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Esperanza Spaulding Protests 'Guantanamo Injustice' In New Video

Esperanza Spaulding Protests ‘Guantanamo Injustice’ In New Video

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 3:19PM

The Grammy Award-winning singer has a new video out called “We Are America”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 1:23PM

A candlelight vigil will be held this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Tumblr User Gets Hate Mail After Being Incorrectly Linked to Frida Kahlo Makeover

Tumblr User Gets Hate Mail After Being Incorrectly Linked to Frida Kahlo Makeover

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 1:12PM

The original makeover artist’s identity is still unclear.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

SF 'Batkid' Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

SF ‘Batkid’ Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 10:21AM

D’Paris “DJ” Williams was beaten and arrested following Batkid festivities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Lauryn Hill Announces 'Homecoming' NYC Concert Date

Lauryn Hill Announces ‘Homecoming’ NYC Concert Date

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 4:26PM

Tickets are on sale now.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

College Conservatives Plan a 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game

College Conservatives Plan a ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant’ Game

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 4:14PM

Yes, this again.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Nelly Still Wants to 'Kick Somebody's Ass' at Spelman Over 'Tip Drill' Protests

Nelly Still Wants to ‘Kick Somebody’s Ass’ at Spelman Over ‘Tip Drill’ Protests

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:41PM

All these years later and Nelly’s still made that a group of women had the nerve to stand up to him.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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