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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.

Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo Compares 'Selma' to Ferguson

Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo Compares ‘Selma’ to Ferguson

by Jamilah King on January 9 2015, 10:05AM

The actor spoke about the meaning of this political moment.

Topics: Culture

'Selma' Earns Its First Big Magazine Cover

‘Selma’ Earns Its First Big Magazine Cover

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 12:38PM

It won’t be the last.

Topics: Culture

Don Lemon to Muslim Human Rights Attorney: 'Do You Support ISIS?'

Don Lemon to Muslim Human Rights Attorney: ‘Do You Support ISIS?’

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 12:02PM

New year, same guy.

Topics: Culture

Viola Davis' Awards Speech Responds to NYT 'Classic Beauty' Diss

Viola Davis’ Awards Speech Responds to NYT ‘Classic Beauty’ Diss

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 11:32AM

Viola FTW!

Topics: Culture

'The Search for General Tso' and the Chinese-American Immigrant Experience

‘The Search for General Tso’ and the Chinese-American Immigrant Experience

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 11:16AM

Who invented America’s favorite Chinese food dish, and why?

Topics: Culture

Lauryn Hill Gave Kendrick Lamar Some Great Advice

Lauryn Hill Gave Kendrick Lamar Some Great Advice

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 10:45AM

He’s trying to survive the rap business.

Topics: Culture

Here's What Zora Neale Hurston Wrote in 1928 About Being 'Colored'

Here’s What Zora Neale Hurston Wrote in 1928 About Being ‘Colored’

by Jamilah King on January 7 2015, 4:48PM

It’s a fitting way to remember what the late author added to America’s dialogue on race.

Topics: Culture

Remembering American Muslim Leader Maher Hathout

Remembering American Muslim Leader Maher Hathout

by Jamilah King on January 7 2015, 4:04PM

He died recently at the age of 79.

Topics: /NOW

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: 'Forget These Women'

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: ‘Forget These Women’

by Jamilah King on January 7 2015, 10:53AM

She thinks there’s some vast conspiracy at hand to ruin his legacy.

Topics: Culture

Essence Magazine Devotes Entire Issue to 'Black Lives Matter'

Essence Magazine Devotes Entire Issue to ‘Black Lives Matter’

by Jamilah King on January 6 2015, 11:41AM

It’s the first time in the publication’s history that it’s gone without a cover image.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox to Return as Co-Host of ABC's 'The View'

Laverne Cox to Return as Co-Host of ABC’s ‘The View’

by Jamilah King on January 6 2015, 10:22AM

Tune in on Thursday.

Topics: Culture

Ava DuVernay on 'Selma' Criticism: 'I Wasn't Interested in Making a White Savior Movie'

Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma’ Criticism: ‘I Wasn’t Interested in Making a White Savior Movie’

by Jamilah King on January 6 2015, 10:06AM

“There was some process to it that was important to show.”

Topics: Culture

Another NYPD Shooting, Same-Sex Marriage in Florida

Another NYPD Shooting, Same-Sex Marriage in Florida

by Jamilah King on January 6 2015, 9:38AM

Some of the morning’s headlines.

Topics: /NOW

When It Comes to Sports Protests, Are T-Shirts Enough?

When It Comes to Sports Protests, Are T-Shirts Enough?

by Jamilah King on December 18 2014, 11:00AM

More and more elite athletes are making symbolic statements about police violence against black people. It’s up to us to listen.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Spike Lee Testifies About D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Play

Spike Lee Testifies About D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’

by Jamilah King on December 18 2014, 10:41AM

You can too.

Topics: Culture

Watch Lauryn Hill Perform 'Ready or Not' Live in Ghana Play

Watch Lauryn Hill Perform ‘Ready or Not’ Live in Ghana

by Jamilah King on December 18 2014, 10:19AM

She rocked it.

Topics: Culture

The Queer Women of Color Video Streaming Service That's Cheaper Than Netflix

The Queer Women of Color Video Streaming Service That’s Cheaper Than Netflix

by Jamilah King on December 17 2014, 11:33AM

This might help restore your faith in humanity.

Topics: Culture

Ferguson Decision Prompted Early Release of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

Ferguson Decision Prompted Early Release of D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’

by Jamilah King on December 17 2014, 10:56AM

A behind-the-scenes look at the album’s journey to number one.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut New Song on 'The Colbert Report' Play

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut New Song on ‘The Colbert Report’

by Jamilah King on December 17 2014, 10:41AM

The song doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s certainly got an audience.

Topics: Culture

Why America's Comics Are More Diverse Than Ever

Why America’s Comics Are More Diverse Than Ever

by Jamilah King on December 16 2014, 3:11PM

Society has changed, and so have its superheroes.

Topics: Culture