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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.

André 3000's Solo Album May Actually Come Out Next Year

André 3000’s Solo Album May Actually Come Out Next Year

by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 11:43AM

Get your headphones ready.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Octavia's Brood Wants to Bring You Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements

Octavia’s Brood Wants to Bring You Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements

by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 11:12AM

Science fiction has a lot to do with social justice organizing, and a group of writers is out to prove the point with a new anthology.

Topics: /NOW

CeCe McDonald Writes From Prison About Trayvon Martin

CeCe McDonald Writes From Prison About Trayvon Martin

by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 11:11AM

But perhaps the most poignant point in the letter comes when McDonald talks about her own survivor’s guilt as one of many high-profile people of color who have essentially been prosecuted for being victims.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

From Sandy to SoHo: Teen Artists Paint New York City's Recovery

From Sandy to SoHo: Teen Artists Paint New York City’s Recovery

by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 7:00AM

Young artists from neighborhoods devastated by New York City’s worst natural disaster want to tell their stories.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

NPR Digs Into Jay Z's Beef With Harry Belafonte

NPR Digs Into Jay Z’s Beef With Harry Belafonte

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 1:25PM

There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jay-Z’s brand of getting involved. But it’s not activism or social responsibility. It’s self-interest.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Court Allows Oscar Grant's Father to Sue Ex-Bart Cop

Court Allows Oscar Grant’s Father to Sue Ex-Bart Cop

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 10:17AM

Grant’s family is still searching for justice.

Topics: /NOW

Here's What You Probably Didn't Know About 'Orange is the New Black'

Here’s What You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 10:03AM

Five things to know about this summer’s most talked about new series.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elects First Black President

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elects First Black President

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 9:47AM

Is change finally coming to Hollywood?

Topics: /NOW

'Asian Girlz' Is Quite Possibly the Worst Video on the Internet Right Now

‘Asian Girlz’ Is Quite Possibly the Worst Video on the Internet Right Now

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 8:45AM

But it’s a good lesson in how the impact of someone’s words or actions carry more weight than their intention.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Spike Lee's List of 6 Essential Films Streaming on Netflix

Here’s Spike Lee’s List of 6 Essential Films Streaming on Netflix

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 12:00PM

Need something to watch this summer? Here’s a good place to start.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

FCC to Vote Next Week on Prison Phone Rates

FCC to Vote Next Week on Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 10:30AM

An average collect phone call from prison has a $3.95 connection fee and rates as high as 90 cents per minute, according to advocates.

Topics: /NOW

Detroit's Taxpayers Are Bankrolling the Emergency Manager's Lavish Lifestyle

Detroit’s Taxpayers Are Bankrolling the Emergency Manager’s Lavish Lifestyle

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 10:00AM

There’s an emergency that needs to be managed. But it’s not of Detroit’s residents.

Topics: /NOW

What to Watch For in the Second Season of 'Orange is the New Black'

What to Watch For in the Second Season of ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 9:30AM

Netflix’s new hit series “Orange is the New Black” has been renewed for a second season and will add at least one new cast member: Lorraine Toussaint, who will play a street wise former drug queen who used kids as…

Topics: /NOW

A Fast Food Worker Strike Is Likely Coming to a City Near You

A Fast Food Worker Strike Is Likely Coming to a City Near You

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 9:00AM

Check out Monday’s scene in New York City.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Study: Stop-and-Frisk Doesn’t Deter Youth Crime, It Accelerates It

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 8:30AM

Researchers found that when you label someone a criminal, they start to act like one.

Topics: /NOW

Bay Area TV News Anchors Fired Over Racist Name Prank

Bay Area TV News Anchors Fired Over Racist Name Prank

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 8:00AM

Three veteran news producers at Bay Area news station KTVU were fired last week after an investigation into a racist name prank that aired on and humiliated the station. From the San Francisco Chronicle: Station sources confirmed late Wednesday that…

Topics: /NOW

The Best Take Downs (So Far) of Don Lemon's Tirade on Black America

The Best Take Downs (So Far) of Don Lemon’s Tirade on Black America

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 3:51PM

Folks are fed up with the politics of black respectability.

Topics: /NOW

Jay Z's Fight With Harry Belafonte

Jay Z’s Fight With Harry Belafonte

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 2:48PM

Hova’s confusion on the difference between capitalism and activism.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

A Look at Black Chicago in the 1970's

A Look at Black Chicago in the 1970’s

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 10:26AM

The Atlantic’s In Focus blog is doing a great photo series on America in the early 1970’s. Last week they took a look at documentary photographer John H. White, who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in…

Topics: /NOW

'Fruitvale Station' Cracks the Top Ten in Weekend Box Office Numbers

‘Fruitvale Station’ Cracks the Top Ten in Weekend Box Office Numbers

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 10:08AM

The film opened in theaters nationwide over the weekend.

Topics: /NOW