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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.

You Can Add the Tupac Shakur Musical to Your Calendar

You Can Add the Tupac Shakur Musical to Your Calendar

by Jamilah King on January 8 2014, 2:33PM

The show will feature some of the rapper’s most beloved songs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Saturday Night Live' Adds Two Black Female Writers

‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Two Black Female Writers

by Jamilah King on January 8 2014, 2:06PM

Finally.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Photo of Black Dad Styling Daughter's Hair Goes Viral

Photo of Black Dad Styling Daughter’s Hair Goes Viral

by Jamilah King on January 8 2014, 11:00AM

Doyin Richards was out to make a point.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Singer Lesedi Lo-Fi Speaks Out About Homeless Youth From Experience

Singer Lesedi Lo-Fi Speaks Out About Homeless Youth From Experience

by Jamilah King on January 8 2014, 10:41AM

His debut album, “Street Faces,” centers on the plight of homeless youth and hits stores on March 11.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Laverne Cox Remembers Islan Nettles While Schooling Katie Couric

Laverne Cox Remembers Islan Nettles While Schooling Katie Couric

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 8:46PM

Neither Cox nor Carmen Carrera were having it.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Mindy Kaling Is Very Happy With Her 'Elle' Magazine Cover

Mindy Kaling Is Very Happy With Her ‘Elle’ Magazine Cover

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 3:36PM

She responded to criticism on Twitter.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

You Can Stream Del The Funky Homosapien's New Album For Free

You Can Stream Del The Funky Homosapien’s New Album For Free

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 2:00PM

Hip-hop heads, rejoice!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tiny Trendsetter Gives Instagram's Most Adorable Hair Tutorial

Tiny Trendsetter Gives Instagram’s Most Adorable Hair Tutorial

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 12:16PM

Riley Elle, 3, is slowly turning herself into a little fashion icon.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Indian Grandmother Wins Marathon Barefoot, In Sari

Indian Grandmother Wins Marathon Barefoot, In Sari

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 10:28AM

So this is awesome.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae Named to Forbes' 30 Under 30

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 9:54AM

Yeah, her grind is real.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Five Things To Know About Sasheer Zamata, SNL's New Black Female Cast Member

Five Things To Know About Sasheer Zamata, SNL’s New Black Female Cast Member

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 9:36AM

The 27-year-old will make her debut on January 18.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Google Celebrates Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd Birthday

Google Celebrates Zora Neale Hurston’s 123rd Birthday

by Jamilah King on January 7 2014, 9:05AM

The Internet did good today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Are Critics Using Macklemore to 'Gentrify' Hip-Hop?

Are Critics Using Macklemore to ‘Gentrify’ Hip-Hop?

by Jamilah King on December 16 2013, 1:21PM

Macklemore was one of the biggest names in last week’s Grammy nominations.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nikki Giovanni Recites Poetry Live on MSNBC

Nikki Giovanni Recites Poetry Live on MSNBC

by Jamilah King on December 16 2013, 12:03PM

Celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni made an appearance on Melissa Harris-Perry’s #Nerdland segment over the weekend. She performed a poem called “Ego Tripping” and said, “I am so hip, even my errors are correct.” Watch the segment below….

Topics: Media, /NOW

Beyoncé's Surprise Album Sells 430k in Less Than 48 Hours

Beyoncé’s Surprise Album Sells 430k in Less Than 48 Hours

by Jamilah King on December 16 2013, 10:27AM

All hail Beyonce.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Five Reasons to Love Beyoncé, The Feminist Work in Progress

Five Reasons to Love Beyoncé, The Feminist Work in Progress

by Jamilah King on December 13 2013, 2:10PM

The writers over at Crunk Feminist Collective took a moment out to appreciate Beyonce’s process. You should, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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