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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.

Watch Michelle Obama's Dance Party With Jimmy Fallon on 'Tonight Show' Play

Watch Michelle Obama’s Dance Party With Jimmy Fallon on ‘Tonight Show’

by Jamilah King on February 21 2014, 10:28AM

Jimmy Fallon continued his strong first week on NBC’s flagship late night show.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Writes About Nigeria's Anti-Gay Law

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Writes About Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Law

by Jamilah King on February 20 2014, 12:10PM

The author takes on the common arguments posed by supporters of the bill, including that being gay is “un-African.”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Nas Documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' to Open Tribeca Film Festival Play

Nas Documentary ‘Time Is Illmatic’ to Open Tribeca Film Festival

by Jamilah King on February 20 2014, 11:47AM

Nas will perform the entire “Illmatic” album after the premiere.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

by Jamilah King on February 20 2014, 11:36AM

New data helps bolster the argument that the prison industry cares more about profit than rehabilitation.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYC's Gentrification, Seen Through Google Street View GIFs

NYC’s Gentrification, Seen Through Google Street View GIFs

by Jamilah King on February 19 2014, 12:42PM

Incredible images that show a devastating reality.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

23-Year-Old Woman Grows Beard to Get More in Touch With Femininity Play

23-Year-Old Woman Grows Beard to Get More in Touch With Femininity

by Jamilah King on February 19 2014, 11:52AM

After years of taunting, she’s not afraid to challenge gender norms.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Watch the Trailer for 9th Wonder's Harvard Stint, 'The Hip-Hop Fellow' Play

Watch the Trailer for 9th Wonder’s Harvard Stint, ‘The Hip-Hop Fellow’

by Jamilah King on February 19 2014, 11:37AM

Rappers are bringing their craft into the classroom.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Janet Mock Talks Preferred Gender Pronouns on 'The Colbert Report' Play

Janet Mock Talks Preferred Gender Pronouns on ‘The Colbert Report’

by Jamilah King on February 19 2014, 11:21AM

She’s all smiles!

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Cartoonist Keith Knight Wants You to Know Your Gang Signs

Cartoonist Keith Knight Wants You to Know Your Gang Signs

by Jamilah King on February 18 2014, 11:25AM

How can you tell an innocent hand gesture from a dangerous gang sign? Pay really close attention.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Melissa Harris-Perry Writes About Her Path to Surrogacy

Melissa Harris-Perry Writes About Her Path to Surrogacy

by Jamilah King on February 18 2014, 11:08AM

The host opened up about the path that she took to expand her family after battling uterine fibroids and having a hysterectomy.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Flashback Photos to Celebrate Toni Morrison's 83rd Birthday

Flashback Photos to Celebrate Toni Morrison’s 83rd Birthday

by Jamilah King on February 18 2014, 10:43AM

Happy birthday, Toni Morrison!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith in the 'Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing' Play

Watch Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith in the ‘Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing’

by Jamilah King on February 18 2014, 10:25AM

The new host of ‘The Tonight Show’ is off to a great start.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Report Details Squalid Conditions of Richmond, Calif. Public Housing

Report Details Squalid Conditions of Richmond, Calif. Public Housing

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 3:50PM

The city is home to one of the worst apartment buildings in one of the worst public housing agencies in the country.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Campaign Aims to Treat Pregnant Women Who Battle Addiction

Campaign Aims to Treat Pregnant Women Who Battle Addiction

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 2:06PM

Campaign emphasizes treatment over criminalizing women.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Google May House Startups in San Francisco's Historic Latino Community

Google May House Startups in San Francisco’s Historic Latino Community

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 1:13PM

The city’s Mission District continues to be Ground Zero for tech-driven gentrification.

Topics: Media, /NOW

 Rapper Danny Brown Tweets About His Struggle With Mental Illness

Rapper Danny Brown Tweets About His Struggle With Mental Illness

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 12:53PM

He also sheds light on the broader issue of black men to cope with depression and anxiety.

Topics: /NOW

Get Ready for a Second Season of 'Orange is the New Black' Play

Get Ready for a Second Season of ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 11:35AM

Move over, House of Cards.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Steve McQueen Doesn't Want Another '12 Years a Slave'

Steve McQueen Doesn’t Want Another ‘12 Years a Slave’

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 10:31AM

The director took home Britain’s most coveted filmmaking prize.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Michael Sam Didn't Get Here on His Own

Michael Sam Didn’t Get Here on His Own

by Jamilah King on February 17 2014, 7:00AM

A movement that’s been fueled in no small part by individual men called to collective action could transform the NFL.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Brooklyn Comedian Gives Us Valentine's Day Gone Wrong

Brooklyn Comedian Gives Us Valentine’s Day Gone Wrong

by Jamilah King on February 14 2014, 4:18PM

Whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day, this take on it from comedian Marie Faustin will make you chuckle.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW