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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.

New Documentary Explores Race in the Jayson Blair Scandal

New Documentary Explores Race in the Jayson Blair Scandal

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 8:37AM

The plagiarism of one black journalist became a story about race and diversity in the field. Here, filmmaker Samantha Grant explains why.

Topics: Media

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Beating Islan Nettles to Death

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Beating Islan Nettles to Death

by Jamilah King on November 20 2013, 10:47AM

The Manhattan District Attorney has dropped misdemeanor assault charges against a Harlem man.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Esperanza Spaulding Protests 'Guantanamo Injustice' In New Video

Esperanza Spaulding Protests ‘Guantanamo Injustice’ In New Video

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 3:19PM

The Grammy Award-winning singer has a new video out called “We Are America”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 1:23PM

A candlelight vigil will be held this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Tumblr User Gets Hate Mail After Being Incorrectly Linked to Frida Kahlo Makeover

Tumblr User Gets Hate Mail After Being Incorrectly Linked to Frida Kahlo Makeover

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 1:12PM

The original makeover artist’s identity is still unclear.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

SF 'Batkid' Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

SF ‘Batkid’ Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 10:21AM

D’Paris “DJ” Williams was beaten and arrested following Batkid festivities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Lauryn Hill Announces 'Homecoming' NYC Concert Date

Lauryn Hill Announces ‘Homecoming’ NYC Concert Date

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 4:26PM

Tickets are on sale now.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

College Conservatives Plan a 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game

College Conservatives Plan a ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant’ Game

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 4:14PM

Yes, this again.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Nelly Still Wants to 'Kick Somebody's Ass' at Spelman Over 'Tip Drill' Protests

Nelly Still Wants to ‘Kick Somebody’s Ass’ at Spelman Over ‘Tip Drill’ Protests

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:41PM

All these years later and Nelly’s still made that a group of women had the nerve to stand up to him.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:11PM

It’s the second time in recent months that he’s been at the center of domestic violence complaints.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jay Z Strikes a Deal With Barneys That's All About Jay Z

Jay Z Strikes a Deal With Barneys That’s All About Jay Z

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:08PM

The rapper’s solution to racial profiling? Himself.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Best Man Holiday Did Way Better Than Analysts Expected

The Best Man Holiday Did Way Better Than Analysts Expected

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 12:55PM

Fourteen years after the original hit theaters, the sequel to Malcolm Lee’s 1999 film “The Best Man” made a big splash at the box office.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar's Camp Is Not Happy With the 'Racial Overtones' of GQ Story

Kendrick Lamar’s Camp Is Not Happy With the ‘Racial Overtones’ of GQ Story

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 10:28AM

The rapper pulled out of a scheduled performance at the magazine’s Man of the Year party.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

L.A.'s Star Chef Roy Choi Talks About Melding Cultures

L.A.’s Star Chef Roy Choi Talks About Melding Cultures

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 7:00AM

The celebrity chef dishes on the new flavor of the country.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Watch M.I.A.'s Trippy New Video For Her Single 'Y.A.L.A.'

Watch M.I.A.’s Trippy New Video For Her Single ‘Y.A.L.A.’

by Jamilah King on November 15 2013, 3:11PM

Here’s the official video from the lead single of the singer’s fourth studio album

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Best Man Holiday' Hits Theaters Today -- Join Our Twitter Chat!

‘Best Man Holiday’ Hits Theaters Today — Join Our Twitter Chat!

by Jamilah King on November 15 2013, 12:57PM

Got a favorite scene or character from the original? We want to hear all about it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Frida Kahlo Gets a Totally Unnecessary Cover Girl Makeover

Frida Kahlo Gets a Totally Unnecessary Cover Girl Makeover

by Jamilah King on November 15 2013, 10:43AM

Apparently it’s hard to look at natural beauty.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Peggy Noland's Naked Oprah Dress All About Black Women as Objects

Peggy Noland’s Naked Oprah Dress All About Black Women as Objects

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 5:03PM

And she’s not concerned about it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lily Allen: Miley Cyrus Parody 'Has Nothing To Do With Race At All'

Lily Allen: Miley Cyrus Parody ‘Has Nothing To Do With Race At All’

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 1:52PM

But many still think she stepped over the line from parody to prejudice.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

This Is Macklemore's Plea For You to Join the ACLU

This Is Macklemore’s Plea For You to Join the ACLU

by Jamilah King on November 14 2013, 10:26AM

An unconventional endorsement from a world-famous rapper.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW