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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.

Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' Featured in Colin Kaepernick's 'Beats By Dre' Ad

Aloe Blacc’s ‘The Man’ Featured in Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Beats By Dre’ Ad

by Jamilah King on December 9 2013, 2:07PM

Another example of how Beats by Dre has taken over the sports world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Childish Gambino's New Video For 'The Worst Guys'

Watch Childish Gambino’s New Video For ‘The Worst Guys’

by Jamilah King on December 9 2013, 10:49AM

His new album drops on Tuesday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Jay Z Lead This Year's Grammy Nods

Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Jay Z Lead This Year’s Grammy Nods

by Jamilah King on December 9 2013, 10:38AM

It’s a boy’s club.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Take a Sneak Peek at Stills From 'Dear White People'

Take a Sneak Peek at Stills From ‘Dear White People’

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 3:00PM

Here’s a first look at some images from the new flick.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Muslim Hipsters' Give New Meaning to Jay Z's 'Somewhere in America'

‘Muslim Hipsters’ Give New Meaning to Jay Z’s ‘Somewhere in America’

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 1:34PM

Just in case you were wondering, Mipsters are in the house.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar Urges Fans to Join Him in Research of Nelson Mandela

Kendrick Lamar Urges Fans to Join Him in Research of Nelson Mandela

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 12:48PM

Like many of his fans, Lamar is of a generation that came of age years after Mandela’s fight against apartheid and release from prison in 1990.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

In Naming What's Racist, Junot Díaz Has to Re-Assert That Yes, He's Dominican

In Naming What’s Racist, Junot Díaz Has to Re-Assert That Yes, He’s Dominican

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 10:17AM

Díaz responded with a message on his Facebook page this week.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Lauryn Hill Drops Trippy Video For 'Consumerism'

Lauryn Hill Drops Trippy Video For ‘Consumerism’

by Jamilah King on December 6 2013, 10:00AM

The reclusive artist just dropped the video for her latest track.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

by Jamilah King, Aura Bogado on December 5 2013, 5:10PM

As we remember the iconic freedom fighter’s life and legacy, we’re also taking a look back at where it started. Watch one of his first recorded interviews from 1961.

Topics: Mandela's Legacy, /NOW, Politics

'Dear White People' and 'Drunktown's Finest' to Screen at Sundance

‘Dear White People’ and ‘Drunktown’s Finest’ to Screen at Sundance

by Jamilah King on December 5 2013, 10:53AM

Among the 118 feature-length films that will be shown at this year’s festival are two that we’re especially excited about.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

French 'ELLE' Beauty Editor Apologizes for Solange Knowles Blackface Costume

French ‘ELLE’ Beauty Editor Apologizes for Solange Knowles Blackface Costume

by Jamilah King on December 4 2013, 10:49AM

As the beauty editor at an internationally recognized fashion magazine, shouldn’t she know better?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Maybe 2013 Wasn't The Year Of 'The Black Movie' After All

Maybe 2013 Wasn’t The Year Of ‘The Black Movie’ After All

by Jamilah King on December 4 2013, 10:40AM

Shani O. Hilton points out that we’ve been here before.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Your Favorite 'Orange Is the New Black' Actors Made a Christmas Video

Your Favorite ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actors Made a Christmas Video

by Jamilah King on December 4 2013, 10:18AM

Need a little something to get you into the holiday spirit? Look no further.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift? Try An Aziz Ansari Sari

Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift? Try An Aziz Ansari Sari

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 1:15PM

Just jokes, people.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How Many Of These 100 Must-See Films Have You Seen?

How Many Of These 100 Must-See Films Have You Seen?

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 1:02PM

Here’s a fun test.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Sharkeisha Punch Viral Video Isn't Funny, It's Brutal

The Sharkeisha Punch Viral Video Isn’t Funny, It’s Brutal

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 12:43PM

But black pain is always funny in America.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Film Follows Two Gay Muslim Teens Surveilled By U.S. Government

New Film Follows Two Gay Muslim Teens Surveilled By U.S. Government

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 12:01PM

At its core, it’s a love story, but it needs your help to cross the finish line.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan Rocks Alexander Wang in GQ

Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan Rocks Alexander Wang in GQ

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 11:42AM

The actor has had a breakout year. And he looks good.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Five Reasons to Love Brontez Purnell and The Younger Lovers Play

Five Reasons to Love Brontez Purnell and The Younger Lovers

by Jamilah King on December 3 2013, 7:00AM

Brontez Purnell is a black gay punk rocker on a mission. And he wants you to listen.

Topics: Arts & Culture

How the GOP's Twitter Fail Led to a Great Conversation About Race

How the GOP’s Twitter Fail Led to a Great Conversation About Race

by Jamilah King on December 2 2013, 3:15PM

Racism didn’t end on Sunday. But a lot of folks were talking about race. Here’s why.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW