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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.

Anthony Weiner Brought a Jamaican Accent to This Year's West Indian Day Parade

Anthony Weiner Brought a Jamaican Accent to This Year’s West Indian Day Parade

by Jamilah King on September 3 2013, 9:39AM

Pulling out all the stops.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Alabama Republican Wants to Ban Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye'

Alabama Republican Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’

by Jamilah King on August 30 2013, 1:56PM

You stay classy, Bill Holtzclaw.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Take a Sneak Peek at the Satire 'Dear White People'

Take a Sneak Peek at the Satire ‘Dear White People’

by Jamilah King on August 30 2013, 12:24PM

A show that’s about being a black face in a white place.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Dave Chappelle Heckled Off Stage During Comedy Routine

Dave Chappelle Heckled Off Stage During Comedy Routine

by Jamilah King on August 30 2013, 10:01AM

Things didn’t go so well in Hartford, Conn. this week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar Talks About His Hoop Dreams on 'Chelsea Lately'

Kendrick Lamar Talks About His Hoop Dreams on ‘Chelsea Lately’

by Jamilah King on August 30 2013, 9:43AM

He didn’t always want to be a rapper.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Thirteen Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

Thirteen Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

by Jamilah King on August 30 2013, 9:40AM

This Labor Day learn about historic labor fights and support a few current ones.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Watch the Trailer for the Third Season of ABC's 'Scandal'

Watch the Trailer for the Third Season of ABC’s ‘Scandal’

by Jamilah King on August 30 2013, 9:24AM

And Olivia’s life is a mess.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Of Course Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber's New Song is Called 'Twerk'

Of Course Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber’s New Song is Called ‘Twerk’

by Jamilah King on August 28 2013, 2:57PM

It just won’t stop.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Twerking

There's an Apartment for Rent, But Black People Need Not Apply

There’s an Apartment for Rent, But Black People Need Not Apply

by Jamilah King on August 28 2013, 11:58AM

A new lawsuit filed in New York’s federal district court alleges racial discrimination.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

TLC and VH1 Release Trailer for 'CrazySexyCool' Film

TLC and VH1 Release Trailer for ‘CrazySexyCool’ Film

by Jamilah King on August 28 2013, 8:53AM

Expect the film to hit cable in October.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Vigil Held For Islan Nettles, Transgender Woman Killed in Harlem

Vigil Held For Islan Nettles, Transgender Woman Killed in Harlem

by Jamilah King on August 28 2013, 8:31AM

See images from Thursday’s memorial.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Jackie Robinson Actor to Star in James Brown Biopic

Jackie Robinson Actor to Star in James Brown Biopic

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 2:01PM

The Godfather of Soul’s got a story to tell. And Hollywood’s about to tell it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch the New Trailer for HBO's 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

Watch the New Trailer for HBO’s ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 1:44PM

Ali’s biggest opponent? The U.S. government.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Cutest Sneakerhead Marriage Proposal You'll Ever See

The Cutest Sneakerhead Marriage Proposal You’ll Ever See

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 1:24PM

Take notes, y’all.

Topics: /NOW

An Animated Look at Martin Luther King, Jr's 'I Have a Dream' Speech

An Animated Look at Martin Luther King, Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 12:38PM

A new project hopes to keep the speech’s legacy alive.

Topics: March on Washington, /NOW

Gay Rapper to Macklemore: 'Gay People Don't Care About Your Video About Gay People'

Gay Rapper to Macklemore: ‘Gay People Don’t Care About Your Video About Gay People’

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 11:27AM

Not everyone is happy with Macklemore’s success at the VMAs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Official 'Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story' Trailer is Out

The Official ‘Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story’ Trailer is Out

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 1:55PM

You’ll soon have a chance to watch this Sundance hit.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Twerk Queen Big Freedia Take Over Brooklyn's AfroPunk

Watch Twerk Queen Big Freedia Take Over Brooklyn’s AfroPunk

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 1:44PM

It’s a twerk tutorial, so to speak.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Twerking

Why Were the 2013 VMAs So White?

Why Were the 2013 VMAs So White?

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 10:19AM

Especially when it came to categories — hip-hop and R&B — that have been traditionally black.

Topics: /NOW

Talib Kweli: 'There Needs to be a Gay Rapper Who's Better Than Everybody'

Talib Kweli: ‘There Needs to be a Gay Rapper Who’s Better Than Everybody’

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 9:28AM

Let’s hear your thoughts.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW