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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.

Alison Gold's Awful 'Chinese Food' Makes Billboard Top 100 Debut Play

Alison Gold’s Awful ‘Chinese Food’ Makes Billboard Top 100 Debut

by Jamilah King on October 25 2013, 3:29PM

The song has watched five million times on YouTube and sold more than 1,000 digital copies.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Janelle Monáe And Ed Norton Joke on SNL Promo

Watch Janelle Monáe And Ed Norton Joke on SNL Promo

by Jamilah King on October 25 2013, 2:13PM

The cyborg diva’s got a funny bone.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Junot Díaz to Release Illustrated Edition of 'This Is How You Lose Her'

Junot Díaz to Release Illustrated Edition of ‘This Is How You Lose Her’

by Jamilah King on October 25 2013, 11:54AM

He’s teaming up with award-winning graphic novelist Jaime Hernandez to release a deluxe illustrated version of his best-selling short story collection.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Very Creative Mom Turns Baby's Nap Time Into Dream Adventure

Very Creative Mom Turns Baby’s Nap Time Into Dream Adventure

by Jamilah King on October 24 2013, 11:48AM

Most parents cherish the time that their young children spend napping. But Queenie Liao, an artist and mother of three young boys, decided to put herself to work.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Flying Lotus and Tyler, the Creator Are Not Fans of the YouTube Awards

Flying Lotus and Tyler, the Creator Are Not Fans of the YouTube Awards

by Jamilah King on October 24 2013, 11:24AM

The two prominent black artists don’t think the awards do enough to spotlight innovative and unsigned artists who help the video service thrive.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe Offers Teen Dating Advice

TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe Offers Teen Dating Advice

by Jamilah King on October 24 2013, 11:03AM

And it’s kinda adorable.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Your Reminder Not to Be a Whack Racist This Halloween

Here’s Your Reminder Not to Be a Whack Racist This Halloween

by Jamilah King on October 24 2013, 10:46AM

It’s just not cute.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

An Animated Look at California's Practice of Solitary Confinement

An Animated Look at California’s Practice of Solitary Confinement

by Jamilah King on October 23 2013, 2:07PM

A new look inside one of our country’s most brutal punishments.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Angel Haze 'Freaked Out' Over Remix of Macklemore's 'Same Love'

Angel Haze ‘Freaked Out’ Over Remix of Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’

by Jamilah King on October 23 2013, 1:53PM

The song hit a little too close to home.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch 'Do the Right Thing' Cast's 25-Year Reunion

Watch ‘Do the Right Thing’ Cast’s 25-Year Reunion

by Jamilah King on October 23 2013, 1:39PM

There’s a Broadway musical on the way.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rapper Jasiri X's New Video 'Crooked Cops' Takes Aim at Police Brutality

Rapper Jasiri X’s New Video ‘Crooked Cops’ Takes Aim at Police Brutality

by Jamilah King on October 23 2013, 10:48AM

Dedicated to a crooked cop near you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'The Onion' Protests the Washington DC NFL Team's Name With Anti-Semitism

‘The Onion’ Protests the Washington DC NFL Team’s Name With Anti-Semitism

by Jamilah King on October 22 2013, 11:09AM

If you’re trying to make a point about the bigotry of an NFL team’s name, it’s best not to resort to a bigoted argument.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'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