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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.

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and 'Criminalizing Black Corpses'

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and ‘Criminalizing Black Corpses’

by Jamilah King on November 13 2013, 1:45PM

In the interview, hampton articulated what’s at the core of anger surrounding the case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Childish Gambino Guests on Singer Kenna's Track 'Relations'

Childish Gambino Guests on Singer Kenna’s Track ‘Relations’

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 3:40PM

The actor/rapper/writer has a new album coming out in December.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Angel Haze Talks Surviving Sexual Abuse, Coming Out and the Church

Angel Haze Talks Surviving Sexual Abuse, Coming Out and the Church

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 1:44PM

The rapper isn’t afraid to expose her demons. And fans aren’t afraid to listen.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

There's an Adorable Tumblr Dedicated to Queer Men of Color in Love

There’s an Adorable Tumblr Dedicated to Queer Men of Color in Love

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 1:30PM

We so rarely see positive representations of men of color and that’s why this is all the more important to share.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

These Five Oscar-Qualifying Films Were Directed by Black Women

These Five Oscar-Qualifying Films Were Directed by Black Women

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 10:23AM

There are at least five feature documentaries directed by black women qualifying for Academy Award consideration.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Hilton Als Talk About Masculinity With Junot Díaz

Watch Hilton Als Talk About Masculinity With Junot Díaz

by Jamilah King on November 12 2013, 10:15AM

Als’ first book in 17 years hit bookshelves today.

Topics: /NOW

Drake's Dad Stars in the Video for Rapper's Hit Song 'Worst Behavior'

Drake’s Dad Stars in the Video for Rapper’s Hit Song ‘Worst Behavior’

by Jamilah King on November 11 2013, 3:51PM

Dennis Graham makes his worldwide video debut.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Tanya Fields, the Black Single Mom Whose Hug With Melissa Harris-Perry Made Everyone Cry

Meet Tanya Fields, the Black Single Mom Whose Hug With Melissa Harris-Perry Made Everyone Cry

by Jamilah King on November 11 2013, 3:41PM

The two women shared a powerful moment during a recent discussion about feminism, shame and parenting.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Malcolm X's Diary Will Be Published This Week

Malcolm X’s Diary Will Be Published This Week

by Jamilah King on November 11 2013, 10:40AM

But a lawsuit is brewing to stop the book from hitting shelves.

Topics: History, /NOW

Some of Your Favorite Hip-Hop Albums Turn 20 This Year

Some of Your Favorite Hip-Hop Albums Turn 20 This Year

by Jamilah King on November 11 2013, 10:09AM

From Wu-Tang to The Roots and 2pac, some of the industry’s most important rappers are celebrating big milestones.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

At One California High School, 'Arabs' Are Just the Mascots

At One California High School, ‘Arabs’ Are Just the Mascots

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 1:55PM

It’s not looking good.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry Talk About Black Feminism

Watch bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry Talk About Black Feminism

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 1:04PM

Watch a live conversation between two of the most recognizable names in contemporary black feminism.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Who Is Ines Rau, the Gorgeous Transgender Woman Posing With Tyson Beckford?

Who Is Ines Rau, the Gorgeous Transgender Woman Posing With Tyson Beckford?

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 12:37PM

She’s a 24-year-old French model of North African descent. But there’s more to her story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Hari Kondabolu Reports on Sikh Captain America

Hari Kondabolu Reports on Sikh Captain America

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 12:01PM

So what do ordinary New Yorkers think? Let’s find out.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

PBS 'NewsHour' Called Out for Lack of Diversity

PBS ‘NewsHour’ Called Out for Lack of Diversity

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 11:02AM

America’s publicly-funded broadcast network is in trouble.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Tech Innovation in Red Hook's Housing Projects

A Tech Innovation in Red Hook’s Housing Projects

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 7:00AM

Thanks in part to a community wireless network, low-income residents in Brooklyn are creating new forms of networking in the digital age.

Topics: Economy, Media

Family of Slain Detroit Woman Wants Answers After Car Accident Led to Shooting

Family of Slain Detroit Woman Wants Answers After Car Accident Led to Shooting

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 1:22PM

Renisha McBride, 19, was shot and killed after seeking help in a mostly white neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Hilton Als Talks About Gender, Love and His Provocative Title 'White Girls'

Hilton Als Talks About Gender, Love and His Provocative Title ‘White Girls’

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 12:49PM

The cultural critic does an interview with Lambda Literary.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Daily Show Makes Fun of Jay Z's Loyalty to Barney's

The Daily Show Makes Fun of Jay Z’s Loyalty to Barney’s

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 12:47PM

The rapper isn’t backing down from his partnership with the luxury store despite allegations of its engaging in racial profiling.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Wants You To Be Self-Centered For a Good Cause

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Wants You To Be Self-Centered For a Good Cause

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 11:07AM

It’s all part of a new interactive spoken word piece.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW