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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.

Randall Park: 'I Would Never Sign Up to Play a Stereotype'

Randall Park: ‘I Would Never Sign Up to Play a Stereotype’

by Jamilah King on February 4 2015, 10:34AM

The actor talks about his role on the ABC comedy “Fresh Off the Boat”

Topics: Culture

Watch Comedian Jenny Yang Respond to 'Ask An Asian' Questions Play

Watch Comedian Jenny Yang Respond to ‘Ask An Asian’ Questions

by Jamilah King on February 3 2015, 10:18AM

The comedian takes on the Internet’s stupidity.

Topics: Culture

Ava DuVernay to Direct New Drama Series for Oprah's Network

Ava DuVernay to Direct New Drama Series for Oprah’s Network

by Jamilah King on February 3 2015, 10:08AM

Production will begin later this year.

Topics: Culture

There's a Marshawn Lynch Super Bowl Conspiracy Floating Around

There’s a Marshawn Lynch Super Bowl Conspiracy Floating Around

by Jamilah King on February 2 2015, 1:34PM

And it actually seems pretty plausible.

Topics: Culture

David Oyelowo Says Academy Favors 'Subservient' Black Roles

David Oyelowo Says Academy Favors ‘Subservient’ Black Roles

by Jamilah King on February 2 2015, 12:53PM

He didn’t hold back.

Topics: Culture

Jessie Hernández's Family Calls for Federal Investigation Into Police Shooting

Jessie Hernández’s Family Calls for Federal Investigation Into Police Shooting

by Jamilah King on February 2 2015, 12:20PM

The call comes amid conflicting stories of what happened before the teen’s death.

Topics: Culture

ICYMI: D'Angelo Sang 'Black Messiah' Hits on Saturday Night Live

ICYMI: D’Angelo Sang ‘Black Messiah’ Hits on Saturday Night Live

by Jamilah King on February 2 2015, 10:40AM

Watch it here.

Topics: Culture

Missy Elliot Explains Why She Cried After Super Bowl Show

Missy Elliot Explains Why She Cried After Super Bowl Show

by Jamilah King on February 2 2015, 10:06AM

It was a moment of redemption for the performer.

Topics: Culture

Eddie Huang Responds to 'Fresh Off the Boat's' Racist Tweet

Eddie Huang Responds to ‘Fresh Off the Boat’s’ Racist Tweet

by Jamilah King on January 30 2015, 2:08PM

Maybe he was right all along.

Topics: Culture

The Breakout Film at Sundance About Trans Sex Workers Was Shot on an iPhone

The Breakout Film at Sundance About Trans Sex Workers Was Shot on an iPhone

by Jamilah King on January 30 2015, 10:48AM

The film is a narrative about sex workers in Los Angeles.

Topics: Culture

Embattled NFL Player Josh Gordon Tells Critics They Can't Take His Pride

Embattled NFL Player Josh Gordon Tells Critics They Can’t Take His Pride

by Jamilah King on January 30 2015, 10:22AM

He opens up about his alleged substance abuse problem, and challenges sportswriters, too.

Topics: Culture

Oakland, Stand Up! Love to Marshawn Lynch

Oakland, Stand Up! Love to Marshawn Lynch

by Jamilah King on January 29 2015, 5:26PM

He doesn’t care about the spectacle of football, and we love him for it.

Topics: Culture

Black Viewers Pushing 'Empire' to Historic Highs

Black Viewers Pushing ‘Empire’ to Historic Highs

by Jamilah King on January 29 2015, 4:17PM

It’s had four consecutive weeks of growing viewership.

Topics: Culture

Watch Kanye West Serenade His Daughter in New Video Play

Watch Kanye West Serenade His Daughter in New Video

by Jamilah King on January 29 2015, 11:43AM

The rapper debuted the new video on “Ellen.”

Topics: Culture

WNBA Stars Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson Appear on 'Say Yes to the Dress'

WNBA Stars Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson Appear on ‘Say Yes to the Dress’

by Jamilah King on January 29 2015, 11:07AM

You can catch the episode this Friday, January 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

Topics: Culture

J. Cole Turns Childhood Home into Free Housing for Single Moms

J. Cole Turns Childhood Home into Free Housing for Single Moms

by Jamilah King on January 28 2015, 3:51PM

The rapper wants the magic to continue at 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

Topics: Culture

Denver Residents Protest Police Killing of Queer Latina Teen

Denver Residents Protest Police Killing of Queer Latina Teen

by Jamilah King on January 28 2015, 10:41AM

Jessie Hernandez was only 17 years old.

Topics: Culture

Marshawn Lynch's Quiet Riot

Marshawn Lynch’s Quiet Riot

by Jamilah King on January 28 2015, 10:17AM

The Seattle Seahawks running back is famous for refusing to cooperate with the predominantly white NFL press corps. His refusal to play ball with reporters has earned him a bad rep that he doesn’t quite deserve. Here, we present four things to love about the enigmatic star.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Jordan Davis' Parents Talk About Film '3 1/2 Minutes' at Sundance

Jordan Davis’ Parents Talk About Film ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ at Sundance

by Jamilah King on January 27 2015, 1:13PM

It’s already causing a buzz.

Topics: Culture

Chipotle Finally Adds Latino Authors to 'Cultivated Thought' Series

Chipotle Finally Adds Latino Authors to ‘Cultivated Thought’ Series

by Jamilah King on January 27 2015, 12:56PM

Julia Alvarez and Paulo Coelho are among the new names added to the project.

Topics: Culture