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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.

Laverne Cox: Loving Trans Women is a Revolutionary Act

Laverne Cox: Loving Trans Women is a Revolutionary Act

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 3:46PM

She brought the house down at the recent Creating Change conference in Houston.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

That Time 4-Year-Old Bruno Mars Peformed as an Elvis Impersonator

That Time 4-Year-Old Bruno Mars Peformed as an Elvis Impersonator

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 1:00PM

There’s no denying that he gave a pretty impressive performance as Elvis back when he living in Hawaii.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix Biopic to Premiere at SXSW

Andre 3000’s Jimi Hendrix Biopic to Premiere at SXSW

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 12:50PM

If you’re not already excited about the film, check out this interview.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Why That Asian Privilege Hashtag Is So Problematic

Here’s Why That Asian Privilege Hashtag Is So Problematic

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 11:33AM

Adriel Luis complicates things over on Medium.

Topics: Media, /NOW

SNL Kicks Off Black History Month: '28 Reasons To Hug A Black Guy'

SNL Kicks Off Black History Month: ‘28 Reasons To Hug A Black Guy’

by Jamilah King on February 3 2014, 9:41AM

Watch newcomer Sasheer Zamata celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in the most hilarious way possible.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called 'The Lumpen'

The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called ‘The Lumpen’

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 12:34PM

And yes, they were good.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Melissa Harris Perry Talks With Harry Belafonte About Activism

Melissa Harris Perry Talks With Harry Belafonte About Activism

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 12:02PM

You can tune in and watch the whole thing live at 6:30pm EST.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

3 Forgotten Economies of This Year's Super Bowl

3 Forgotten Economies of This Year’s Super Bowl

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s a look at a few groups of workers whose livelihoods depend on the success of America’s biggest game.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy

Janet Mock Talks About Sex Work in New Book 'Redefining Realness'

Janet Mock Talks About Sex Work in New Book ‘Redefining Realness’

by Jamilah King on January 31 2014, 9:01AM

Her new book hits stores next week.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Your Favorite Interracial Family is Back With a New Cherrios Ad Play

Your Favorite Interracial Family is Back With a New Cherrios Ad

by Jamilah King on January 30 2014, 2:17PM

What controversy?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New York City Rally Calls for Justice for Islan Nettles

New York City Rally Calls for Justice for Islan Nettles

by Jamilah King on January 30 2014, 2:07PM

Mourners want answers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Chloe Kim, an Incredible 13-Year-Old Snowboarder

Meet Chloe Kim, an Incredible 13-Year-Old Snowboarder

by Jamilah King on January 28 2014, 2:40PM

Too bad she won’t be at this year’s Olympic games.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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