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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.

Hari Kondabolu Reports on Sikh Captain America

Hari Kondabolu Reports on Sikh Captain America

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 12:01PM

So what do ordinary New Yorkers think? Let’s find out.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

PBS 'NewsHour' Called Out for Lack of Diversity

PBS ‘NewsHour’ Called Out for Lack of Diversity

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 11:02AM

America’s publicly-funded broadcast network is in trouble.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Tech Innovation in Red Hook's Housing Projects

A Tech Innovation in Red Hook’s Housing Projects

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 7:00AM

Thanks in part to a community wireless network, low-income residents in Brooklyn are creating new forms of networking in the digital age.

Topics: Economy, Media

Family of Slain Detroit Woman Wants Answers After Car Accident Led to Shooting

Family of Slain Detroit Woman Wants Answers After Car Accident Led to Shooting

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 1:22PM

Renisha McBride, 19, was shot and killed after seeking help in a mostly white neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Hilton Als Talks About Gender, Love and His Provocative Title 'White Girls'

Hilton Als Talks About Gender, Love and His Provocative Title ‘White Girls’

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 12:49PM

The cultural critic does an interview with Lambda Literary.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Daily Show Makes Fun of Jay Z's Loyalty to Barney's

The Daily Show Makes Fun of Jay Z’s Loyalty to Barney’s

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 12:47PM

The rapper isn’t backing down from his partnership with the luxury store despite allegations of its engaging in racial profiling.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Wants You To Be Self-Centered For a Good Cause

Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Wants You To Be Self-Centered For a Good Cause

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 11:07AM

It’s all part of a new interactive spoken word piece.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Because Who Isn't Looking for a Wu-Tang Version of Lorde's 'Royals?'

Because Who Isn’t Looking for a Wu-Tang Version of Lorde’s ‘Royals?’

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 10:26AM

Here’s Wu-Tang’s Raekwon rapping over the New Zealand teen sensation hit song.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Donald Glover Releases First Track Off Upcoming Album ‘Because The Internet’

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 10:20AM

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Laverne Cox, Brittney Griner, George Takei Among This Year's Out 100

Laverne Cox, Brittney Griner, George Takei Among This Year’s Out 100

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 10:13AM

The list includes some of today’s most influential queer people of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Battle of Bottled Water, Or Another Hilarious Look at Gentrification

The Battle of Bottled Water, Or Another Hilarious Look at Gentrification

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 9:36AM

Comedian Michael Che pokes fun at the curious ways of white folks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Listen to a Deep House Remix of One of Kendrick Lamar's Biggest Hits

Listen to a Deep House Remix of One of Kendrick Lamar’s Biggest Hits

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 9:23AM

South African DJ Spyke adds a new twist to one of the best songs of the year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Re-Make of the Roots Miniseries is On the Way

A Re-Make of the Roots Miniseries is On the Way

by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 1:39PM

The History Channel has obtained the rights of the one of America’s most popular shows.

Topics: History, /NOW

M.I.A.'s Documentary is Back on Track, Here's a Teaser

M.I.A.’s Documentary is Back on Track, Here’s a Teaser

by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 11:02AM

Over the summer the singer claimed that the film had been blacklisted.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

José James Pays Tribute to Lou Reed With 'Who Loves the Sun' Cover

José James Pays Tribute to Lou Reed With ‘Who Loves the Sun’ Cover

by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 10:47AM

It’s a nice cross-genre tribute. Watch.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Does Not Need Your Make-Up

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Does Not Need Your Make-Up

by Jamilah King on November 6 2013, 10:20AM

In a recent Elle profile, Griner refuses to be anyone but herself.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Bullied Biracial Girl Changes Name From 'Keisha' to 'Kylie'

Bullied Biracial Girl Changes Name From ‘Keisha’ to ‘Kylie’

by Jamilah King on November 5 2013, 10:14AM

One case brings to light the politics of naming.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kerry Washington Gave 'Saturday Night Live' a Huge Ratings Boost

Kerry Washington Gave ‘Saturday Night Live’ a Huge Ratings Boost

by Jamilah King on November 5 2013, 9:50AM

Turns out the actress is more popular than Justin Timberlake.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

M.I.A. Talks About Learning the Language of Rebellion

M.I.A. Talks About Learning the Language of Rebellion

by Jamilah King on November 5 2013, 9:28AM

The artist’s fourth studio album is out and it’s getting mixed reviews.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Alice Smith Steals The Show at BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards

by Jamilah King on November 4 2013, 1:00PM

BET’s annual Black Girls Rock Awards Show aired on Sunday. The show, which is a partnership between the a non-profit group and the network, is a celebration of black women in music and activism. But it was New York City-based…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW