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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.

'Africa'-Themed Party Features KKK, Elephant and Black Face Costumes

‘Africa’-Themed Party Features KKK, Elephant and Black Face Costumes

by Jamilah King on October 22 2013, 10:05AM

The birthday girl says that she’s always wanted to teach in Africa, so it’s okay.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch This Cute Little Girl's Hilarious Tap Dance Routine

Watch This Cute Little Girl’s Hilarious Tap Dance Routine

by Jamilah King on October 22 2013, 9:47AM

A star is born!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch the Ohio State Marching Band's Michael Jackson Tribute

Watch the Ohio State Marching Band’s Michael Jackson Tribute

by Jamilah King on October 21 2013, 3:17PM

Such fancy footwork.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A List of Every Theater That's Playing '12 Years a Slave'

A List of Every Theater That’s Playing ‘12 Years a Slave’

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

The film opens nationwide on November 1.

Topics: '12 Years a Slave', Arts & Culture, /NOW

ESPN Hosts Laugh as Lee Corso Dances Around in 'Redface'

ESPN Hosts Laugh as Lee Corso Dances Around in ‘Redface’

by Jamilah King on October 21 2013, 10:16AM

Lee Curso took racism to a new level on “College Gameday” over the weekend.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour Features a Jesus Christ Lookalike

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Tour Features a Jesus Christ Lookalike

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

Because why not?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Wanna Touch a Black Woman's Hair? This Short Film Explores Why

Wanna Touch a Black Woman’s Hair? This Short Film Explores Why

by Jamilah King on October 21 2013, 9:06AM

‘You Can Touch My Hair’ is a documentary series and panel discussion that explores the fascination with natural hair.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'12 Years a Slave' Has Big Opening Weekend With Diverse Audience

‘12 Years a Slave’ Has Big Opening Weekend With Diverse Audience

by Jamilah King on October 21 2013, 8:53AM

The film had a successful opening weekend that extended far beyond the box office.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

M.I.A.'s New Track 'Y.A.L.A' is a Dedication to Second Chances

M.I.A.’s New Track ‘Y.A.L.A’ is a Dedication to Second Chances

by Jamilah King on October 18 2013, 1:17PM

You always live again, according to the singer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Biggie Too Fat, Misogynist and Criminal for Brooklyn Honor

Biggie Too Fat, Misogynist and Criminal for Brooklyn Honor

by Jamilah King on October 18 2013, 10:17AM

Welcome to a changing borough.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chiwetel Ejiofor On '12 Years a Slave'

Chiwetel Ejiofor On ‘12 Years a Slave’

by Jamilah King on October 18 2013, 7:00AM

Ejiofor was at first reluctant to tackle the role of Solomon Northup, but the story was too powerful to resist.

Topics: '12 Years a Slave', Arts & Culture

Really Racist Video Proclaims White Girl's Love of Chinese Food

Really Racist Video Proclaims White Girl’s Love of Chinese Food

by Jamilah King on October 17 2013, 2:31PM

This looks like it’s a real thing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Idris Elba Play Nelson Mandela in New Film

Watch Idris Elba Play Nelson Mandela in New Film

by Jamilah King on October 17 2013, 12:16PM

The film opens in the United States on November 29.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Poll: Majority See Why Washington DC NFL Team's Name is Offensive

Poll: Majority See Why Washington DC NFL Team’s Name is Offensive

by Jamilah King on October 17 2013, 11:26AM

The poll was commissioned by the Oneida Indian Nation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Prince Is Having a Pajama Dance Party At His House This Weekend

Prince Is Having a Pajama Dance Party At His House This Weekend

by Jamilah King on October 17 2013, 11:19AM

And you’re invited.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Listen to Angel Haze Freestyle Over Drake's 'Worst Behavior'

Listen to Angel Haze Freestyle Over Drake’s ‘Worst Behavior’

by Jamilah King on October 17 2013, 11:07AM

Who did it better? You be the judge.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Five Authors of Color Among National Book Award Finalists

Five Authors of Color Among National Book Award Finalists

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

The awards will be announced on November 20.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Read an Excerpt from New Yorker Critic Hilton Als' 'White Girls'

Read an Excerpt from New Yorker Critic Hilton Als’ ‘White Girls’

by Jamilah King on October 15 2013, 11:19AM

It’s his first book in nearly 15 years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Robert Glasper Teams Up With Jill Scott, Common, Emeli Sandé

Robert Glasper Teams Up With Jill Scott, Common, Emeli Sandé

by Jamilah King on October 15 2013, 10:58AM

And the new music video is everything.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Blair Underwood's 'Ironside' Offers Glimpse at Disability on TV

Blair Underwood’s ‘Ironside’ Offers Glimpse at Disability on TV

by Jamilah King on October 14 2013, 2:59PM

The show sheds new light on the way that disability appears on screen and the challenges facing actors who have physical disabilities.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW