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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.

Watch Fannie Lou Hamer's Testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Covention

Watch Fannie Lou Hamer’s Testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Covention

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 9:14AM

The Civil Rights icon’s birthday was this past weekend.

Topics: History, /NOW

The Awful Reality Faced By Teens Who Are Locked Away in Solitary Confinement

The Awful Reality Faced By Teens Who Are Locked Away in Solitary Confinement

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 12:03PM

A new video from the ACLU is hard to watch, but the problem is difficult to ignore.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Lauryn Hill Marks Release From Prison With New Track 'Consumerism'

Lauryn Hill Marks Release From Prison With New Track ‘Consumerism’

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 11:41AM

The former Fugees singer is back to making music.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Prominent San Francisco Artist René Yañez Faces Eviction After 30 Years in the Mission

Prominent San Francisco Artist René Yañez Faces Eviction After 30 Years in the Mission

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 9:58AM

A campaign is building to help save an artist’s longtime home.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Michelle Rodriguez: Latest Celebrity of Color to Come Out of the Closet

Michelle Rodriguez: Latest Celebrity of Color to Come Out of the Closet

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 2:35PM

And even though everyone already knew, it’s still a big deal.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Watch Angel Haze's 'Echelon (It's My Way)' And Hop on the Bandwagon

Watch Angel Haze’s ‘Echelon (It’s My Way)’ And Hop on the Bandwagon

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 2:18PM

She’s arguably one of the best new rappers out these days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Big Freedia's 'Queen of Bounce' Debuts on Fuse TV

Big Freedia’s ‘Queen of Bounce’ Debuts on Fuse TV

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 1:25PM

Now you can get your weekly dose of the country’s most talented twerker.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cleveland's Loss in MLB Playoff Game Made Worse By Fans' Redface

Cleveland’s Loss in MLB Playoff Game Made Worse By Fans’ Redface

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 10:04AM

The Cleveland Indians lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League wild-card game Wednesday night. But that’s not the worst part.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Join Issa Rae's Black Twitter Party

Join Issa Rae’s Black Twitter Party

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 9:54AM

Because Twitter is ridiculous, but we love it anyway.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Because You Know You Can't Wait for Tonight's Premier of 'Scandal'

Because You Know You Can’t Wait for Tonight’s Premier of ‘Scandal’

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 9:50AM

Here’s a sneak peek at the show’s third season.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ten Years After 'Chappelle's Show,' A Writer Looks Back

Ten Years After ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ A Writer Looks Back

by Jamilah King on October 2 2013, 12:25PM

Essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah writes about what the comic means to the discussion of race in America.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Questlove, Bloomberg Announce Launch of 'Made in NY' Media Center

Questlove, Bloomberg Announce Launch of ‘Made in NY’ Media Center

by Jamilah King on October 2 2013, 9:19AM

Your favorite drummer has a new gig.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Dying 'Angola 3' Inmate Herman Wallace Released After 41 Years in Solitary

Dying ‘Angola 3’ Inmate Herman Wallace Released After 41 Years in Solitary

by Jamilah King on October 2 2013, 8:58AM

After nearly five decades in prison, Herman Wallace is finally a free man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Amplifying Women in the Recording Industry

Amplifying Women in the Recording Industry

by Jamilah King on October 2 2013, 7:00AM

Ebonie Smith wants to bring music technology to the masses of women who are in the minority of the recording industry. And she’s not alone.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Got Questions About Obamacare? Watch This Video

Got Questions About Obamacare? Watch This Video

by Jamilah King on October 1 2013, 1:09PM

Thanks, Planned Parenthood.

Topics: Health, /NOW, Obamacare

Watch the Ohio State Football Team Hug Anchor After Daughter's Death

Watch the Ohio State Football Team Hug Anchor After Daughter’s Death

by Jamilah King on October 1 2013, 11:36AM

 It’s not often that you see this type of camaraderie in Big Time college football.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jennifer Hudson Channels Olivia Pope in Health Care 'Scandal' Spoof

Jennifer Hudson Channels Olivia Pope in Health Care ‘Scandal’ Spoof

by Jamilah King on October 1 2013, 8:59AM

The singer has a new role to play. But don’t call her a “fixer.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NBA Player Learns How to Swim With Kids at Boys and Girls Club

NBA Player Learns How to Swim With Kids at Boys and Girls Club

by Jamilah King on October 1 2013, 8:46AM

Brandon Bass, 28, is conquering his fear of the water.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Activists Work to Finish Film About Transgender Elder Miss Major

Activists Work to Finish Film About Transgender Elder Miss Major

by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 1:29PM

But they need your help.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Janelle Monáe: 'Love Has No Sexual Orientation'

Janelle Monáe: ‘Love Has No Sexual Orientation’

by Jamilah King on September 30 2013, 11:50AM

The singer had a little love for all the haters out there.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW