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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.

What Do People Get Out of Racist Costumes? A Cognitive Psychologist Explains

What Do People Get Out of Racist Costumes? A Cognitive Psychologist Explains

by Jamilah King on October 31 2013, 11:20AM

It’s one thing to repeatedly warn against wearing racist costumes. But it’s another thing entirely to understand why people wear them in the first place

Topics: Arts & Culture

Countersuit Claims That Robin Thicke Has a Costly 'Marvin Gaye Fixation'

Countersuit Claims That Robin Thicke Has a Costly ‘Marvin Gaye Fixation’

by Jamilah King on October 31 2013, 10:09AM

The battle over one of the summer’s biggest summer hits is getting nasty.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

PSA: Stay Away From White People This Halloween

PSA: Stay Away From White People This Halloween

by Jamilah King on October 31 2013, 10:08AM

If you want to survive, you should stay inside.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Eight 'Ethnic' Halloween Costumes That Went Horribly Wrong

Eight ‘Ethnic’ Halloween Costumes That Went Horribly Wrong

by Jamilah King on October 31 2013, 10:00AM

Friends don’t let friends look like racist idiots on Halloween.

Topics: Arts & Culture

A Brief Halloween History on Why Blackface Is Always a Bad Idea

A Brief Halloween History on Why Blackface Is Always a Bad Idea

by Jamilah King on October 30 2013, 1:52PM

Considering such a costume this Halloween? Stop.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Issa Rae Pokes Fun at Miley Cyrus in 'Orange is the New Black and Sexy'

Issa Rae Pokes Fun at Miley Cyrus in ‘Orange is the New Black and Sexy’

by Jamilah King on October 30 2013, 1:35PM

Watch out, Piper Kerman.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kerry Washington Will Host SNL This Weekend

Kerry Washington Will Host SNL This Weekend

by Jamilah King on October 30 2013, 11:02AM

Watch her promo.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Katherine Dunham Museum Faces Closure Over Unpaid Bills

Katherine Dunham Museum Faces Closure Over Unpaid Bills

by Jamilah King on October 30 2013, 8:34AM

The museum is staffed by volunteers but must come up with $500 by Thursday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Donald Glover Talks About His New FX Show 'Atlanta'

Donald Glover Talks About His New FX Show ‘Atlanta’

by Jamilah King on October 30 2013, 8:30AM

“I don’t really know what it is, I just know it’s going to be personal.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

This Scholar Created a Brilliant Interactive Map of Slave Rebellions Interactive

This Scholar Created a Brilliant Interactive Map of Slave Rebellions

by Jamilah King on October 30 2013, 8:18AM

Dr. Vincent Brown, a professor of African and African-American History at Harvard, has made study of the transatlantic slave trade accessible in a new way.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Expect South African 'Kwaito' House Music on Little Dragon's Next Album

Expect South African ‘Kwaito’ House Music on Little Dragon’s Next Album

by Jamilah King on October 29 2013, 4:19PM

The band shared a playlist of what’s inspiring their new album that’s due out next spring.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Steve McQueen Working With Russell Simmons on HBO Drama

Steve McQueen Working With Russell Simmons on HBO Drama

by Jamilah King on October 29 2013, 3:05PM

The drama explores a young black man’s experiences navigating New York City’s high society.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Queer Comics of Color Look at the Racism of Hipster Halloweens

Queer Comics of Color Look at the Racism of Hipster Halloweens

by Jamilah King on October 29 2013, 11:42AM

Julio Salgado and Tina Vasquez show that you’re not alone in your Halloween anxiety.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Disney Media Set to Co-Produce 'Desperate Housewives Africa'

Disney Media Set to Co-Produce ‘Desperate Housewives Africa’

by Jamilah King on October 29 2013, 10:50AM

Suburban chaos is going to Nollywood.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Black Man Won a Nascar National Race For the First Time in 50 Years

A Black Man Won a Nascar National Race For the First Time in 50 Years

by Jamilah King on October 28 2013, 2:35PM

Darrell Wallace Jr. claimed victory at Martinsville Speedway in southern Virginia on Saturday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Julianne Hough Apologizes for Blackface Halloween Costume

Julianne Hough Apologizes for Blackface Halloween Costume

by Jamilah King on October 28 2013, 2:11PM

The dancer acknowledged that the costume was ill-conceived.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Awful Halloween Costumes Cont'd: Bloody Asiana Flight Attendants

Awful Halloween Costumes Cont’d: Bloody Asiana Flight Attendants

by Jamilah King on October 28 2013, 12:51PM

The crash killed three people and left dozens of people with life-altering injuries but, apparently, that’s funny to these folks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ntozake Shange Talks About a New Struggle With Words, and Health

Ntozake Shange Talks About a New Struggle With Words, and Health

by Jamilah King on October 28 2013, 11:30AM

The playwright opens up about being caught between a crippling neurological disorder and the limits of technology.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

These Men Dressed Up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman For Halloween

These Men Dressed Up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman For Halloween

by Jamilah King on October 28 2013, 9:28AM

And if that doesn’t turn your stomach, then this might: the costume includes blackface and a bloodstained hoodie.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Robert Glasper Takes Us Behind the Scenes of 'Black Radio 2'

Robert Glasper Takes Us Behind the Scenes of ‘Black Radio 2’

by Jamilah King on October 28 2013, 7:00AM

The Grammy-winning artists offers a track-by-track breakdown of his latest project.

Topics: Arts & Culture