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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.

Paula Deen: 'Please Excuse Me for the Mistakes I've Made'

Paula Deen: ‘Please Excuse Me for the Mistakes I’ve Made’

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 4:20PM

Paula Deen has apologized for the racist comments she made that came to light earlier this week….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Does Miley Cyrus Accessorize Her Cool With Black People?

Does Miley Cyrus Accessorize Her Cool With Black People?

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 10:30AM

You be the judge.

Topics: /NOW

These Ancient Chinese Herbs Could Help Improve Your Sex Life

These Ancient Chinese Herbs Could Help Improve Your Sex Life

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 9:26AM

Check out this cool field guide to chinese aphrodisiacs.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Wu-Tang's Sign Language Interpreter Become a Star at Bonnaroo

Watch Wu-Tang’s Sign Language Interpreter Become a Star at Bonnaroo

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 9:02AM

And she’s got rhythm.

Topics: /NOW

Here's 16-Year-Old LeBron James Talking About How Good He Is at Basketball

Here’s 16-Year-Old LeBron James Talking About How Good He Is at Basketball

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 9:00AM

He’s been dominating since homeroom.

Topics: /NOW

New Film on Homophobia in the Black Church Makes NYC Debut

New Film on Homophobia in the Black Church Makes NYC Debut

by Jamilah King on June 20 2013, 11:29AM

‘The New Black’ may be coming to a theater near you.

Topics: /NOW

Workers Strike at World Champs' Ballpark to Demand Better Wages

Workers Strike at World Champs’ Ballpark to Demand Better Wages

by Jamilah King on June 20 2013, 9:45AM

San Francisco concession stand workers are demanding fair treatment.

Topics: /NOW

Five Fierce Instagram Photos of Your Favorite All-Male Cheer Squad

Five Fierce Instagram Photos of Your Favorite All-Male Cheer Squad

by Jamilah King on June 20 2013, 8:49AM

The Prancing Elites, ftw.

Topics: /NOW

Throwback Thursday: Remember When Jesse Jackson Was on Sesame Street?

Throwback Thursday: Remember When Jesse Jackson Was on Sesame Street?

by Jamilah King on June 20 2013, 8:31AM

Because it’s actually really cute.

Topics: /NOW

Judith Hill is Only One Reason to See '20 Feet From Stardom'

Judith Hill is Only One Reason to See ‘20 Feet From Stardom’

by Jamilah King on June 20 2013, 7:53AM

Back-up singers are the music industry’s unsung heroes. Here’s one to watch.

Topics: /NOW

Leave It to Twitter to Brilliantly Mock Paula Deen's Racism

Leave It to Twitter to Brilliantly Mock Paula Deen’s Racism

by Jamilah King on June 20 2013, 7:49AM

Because racism is as American as Paula Deen’s Apple Pie.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Video Cure for Your Wednesday Work Blues

A Video Cure for Your Wednesday Work Blues

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 1:07PM

Looking for fix your job?

Topics: /NOW

Watch Actress Meagan Good in the New 'Anchorman 2' Trailer

Watch Actress Meagan Good in the New ‘Anchorman 2’ Trailer

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 11:02AM

Ron Burgundy and the gang are back.

Topics: /NOW

Swag Alert: It's Pronounced 'Nguyen'

Swag Alert: It’s Pronounced ‘Nguyen’

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 10:15AM

Get it right.

Topics: /NOW

Serena Williams: Sorry for Wanting to Know Why Stuebenville Victim Decided to Get Raped

Serena Williams: Sorry for Wanting to Know Why Stuebenville Victim Decided to Get Raped

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 9:55AM

Bad move, champ.

Topics: /NOW

Paula Deen Wants to Have Black Slaves at Her Southern Dinner Party

Paula Deen Wants to Have Black Slaves at Her Southern Dinner Party

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 9:40AM

Has she officially lost her mind? Nope. She’s just being honest.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Beautifully Edited, Totally Wrong: How Filmmakers Missed the Mark with 'Detropia'

Beautifully Edited, Totally Wrong: How Filmmakers Missed the Mark with ‘Detropia’

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 9:26AM

It shouldn’t be that hard to talk about race and the Motor City.

Topics: /NOW

This Is a Really Helpful List on How Not to be a Good Ally

This Is a Really Helpful List on How Not to be a Good Ally

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 12:20PM

Because actions speak louder than words.

Topics: /NOW

Fall in Love With The Prancing Elites, Ala.'s All-Male Cheerleading Squad

Fall in Love With The Prancing Elites, Ala.’s All-Male Cheerleading Squad

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 11:47AM

Werk.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Kanye West Went to Bollywood for His 'Yeezus' Sample

Kanye West Went to Bollywood for His ‘Yeezus’ Sample

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 10:55AM

But no one can figure out exactly which artist he sampled.

Topics: /NOW