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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.

Octavia Spencer's 'Scary Bitch' Ads Taken Off L.A. Buses

Octavia Spencer’s ‘Scary Bitch’ Ads Taken Off L.A. Buses

by Jamilah King on September 19 2014, 11:05AM

The ads appeared on 190 buses.

Topics: Culture

State Rep: Muslims Are 'Cancer That Must Be Cut From American Society'

State Rep: Muslims Are ‘Cancer That Must Be Cut From American Society’

by Jamilah King on September 19 2014, 10:43AM

And he’s not apologizing.

Topics: Culture

Scotland Stays, Lockdown in Sierra Leone

Scotland Stays, Lockdown in Sierra Leone

by Jamilah King on September 19 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: Culture

Queer and Trans Latinos Reclaim Their History for Hispanic Heritage Month Play

Queer and Trans Latinos Reclaim Their History for Hispanic Heritage Month

by Jamilah King on September 18 2014, 12:33PM

Honor 41’s video series wants to right the wrongs of the past.

Topics: Culture

Homeboy Industries Has One of L.A.'s Newest Gourmet Food Trucks

Homeboy Industries Has One of L.A.’s Newest Gourmet Food Trucks

by Jamilah King on September 18 2014, 11:54AM

Chilaquiles, anyone?

Topics: Culture

Watch Imara Jones on 'Caffeine TV' Debut Play

Watch Imara Jones on ‘Caffeine TV’ Debut

by Jamilah King on September 18 2014, 10:45AM

If you like his take on race and economic justice on Colorlines, tune in!

Topics: Culture, Economic Justice

NYPD Officer Suspended After Video Shows Him Kicking Street Vendor Play

NYPD Officer Suspended After Video Shows Him Kicking Street Vendor

by Jamilah King on September 18 2014, 10:15AM

The officer’s name hasn’t been made public.

Topics: /NOW

Scotland Votes, Texas Executes and Apple Does Something Good

Scotland Votes, Texas Executes and Apple Does Something Good

by Jamilah King on September 18 2014, 10:04AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

'Queer People Don't Have the Luxury to Stop Telling Our Stories'

‘Queer People Don’t Have the Luxury to Stop Telling Our Stories’

by Jamilah King on September 18 2014, 7:00AM

Christopher Soto, editor of the new queer poetry journal “Neptanla,” isn’t satisfied with mere visibility. He thinks the LGBT community deserves more. new journal by and for queer people of color,

Topics: Arts & Culture

High School Teachers Remake Chris Brown Song, Make it Awesome [VIDEO] Play

High School Teachers Remake Chris Brown Song, Make it Awesome [VIDEO]

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 11:36AM

Meet the teachers of San Francisco’s Leadership High School.

Topics: Culture

California High School Changes Racist Arab Mascot

California High School Changes Racist Arab Mascot

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 11:06AM

But is this a victory?

Topics: Culture

Ai-jen Poo, Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa Among MacArthur Geniuses

Ai-jen Poo, Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa Among MacArthur Geniuses

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 10:15AM

Here’s more about the winners of color.

Topics: Culture

Obama, ISIS, Climate Change and Violence in the NFL

Obama, ISIS, Climate Change and Violence in the NFL

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 9:57AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Michel Martin Gets Her Own Live Show With NPR

Michel Martin Gets Her Own Live Show With NPR

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 3:36PM

She’s coming to a city near you.

Topics: Culture

Watch: Sherman Alexie Wants His Books Banned -- Here's Why

Watch: Sherman Alexie Wants His Books Banned — Here’s Why

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 2:09PM

On censorship in America

Topics: Culture

There's a New Literary Journal for Queer Poets of Color

There’s a New Literary Journal for Queer Poets of Color

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 1:00PM

And it’s not trying to be apolitical.

Topics: Culture

Richard Rodriguez Talks About the American Dream for Immigrants

Richard Rodriguez Talks About the American Dream for Immigrants

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 11:05AM

It wasn’t a native-born idea, he says.

Topics: Culture

Viola Davis Talks Colorism and the Mammy Roles in Hollywood

Viola Davis Talks Colorism and the Mammy Roles in Hollywood

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 10:00AM

The actress talked at length with the New York Times about her new starring role on “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Topics: Culture

'Orange is the New Black' Adds Another Black Corrections Officer

‘Orange is the New Black’ Adds Another Black Corrections Officer

by Jamilah King on September 12 2014, 2:51PM

Get ready for season three.

Topics: Culture

L'Orange's Video With Rapper Blu for 'Need You' is Gorgeous

L’Orange’s Video With Rapper Blu for ‘Need You’ is Gorgeous

by Jamilah King on September 12 2014, 2:50PM

It’s a perfect for a song about love.

Topics: Culture