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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.

Macklemore: 'I'm a White Guy, Parents Feel Safe'

Macklemore: ‘I’m a White Guy, Parents Feel Safe’

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 11:58AM

The rapper isn’t shy about addressing his white privilege.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

South Asian New Yorkers Speak Out Against Stop and Frisk

South Asian New Yorkers Speak Out Against Stop and Frisk

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 11:45AM

Because they’re being targeted, too.

Topics: /NOW, Stop and Frisk

The Washington, D.C., Football Team Didn't Exactly Approve This Shirt

The Washington, D.C., Football Team Didn’t Exactly Approve This Shirt

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 11:08AM

But it’s dreadful nonetheless.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

M.I.A. Is Sick of Waiting for Her Record Label, Releases New Track

M.I.A. Is Sick of Waiting for Her Record Label, Releases New Track

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 10:44AM

Listen to “Unbreak My Mixtape.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch: Cops Plant Crack in Black Business to Arrest Owner

Watch: Cops Plant Crack in Black Business to Arrest Owner

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 10:26AM

Cops were willing to go above and beyond to insure one man’s arrest, including planting crack cocaine in clear view of the store’s multiple security cameras.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Artist Creates 'Orange Is the New Black' Paper Dolls

Artist Creates ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Paper Dolls

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 4:45PM

For those who just can’t wait for the second season

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar Explains His Black Hippy Crew

Kendrick Lamar Explains His Black Hippy Crew

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 2:06PM

Kendrick Lamar has had a busy summer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet the Lead Actors of the New Spike Lee Joint

Meet the Lead Actors of the New Spike Lee Joint

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 1:22PM

Lee set out to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter and has gotten more than $1.35 million.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

What's On Your 'Black Power is For Men' Booklist?

What’s On Your ‘Black Power is For Men’ Booklist?

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 10:59AM

Cultural critic Mark Anthony Neal took a discussion about race and feminism offline by putting together a list of seminal books on the topic. What would you add?

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Next Up for Lee Daniels? A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

Next Up for Lee Daniels? A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 10:27AM

The director is reportedly turning his attention to his next project.

Topics: History, /NOW

Russell Simmons is Working With Harriet Tubman's Family on Documentary

Russell Simmons is Working With Harriet Tubman’s Family on Documentary

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 4:31PM

And the plot thickens.

Topics: History, /NOW

Kanye West Wants to Fill Steve Jobs' Shoes With New Creative Agency 'DONDA'

Kanye West Wants to Fill Steve Jobs’ Shoes With New Creative Agency ‘DONDA’

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 4:26PM

This video is reportedly West’s first “DONDA” project. It was released in 2012.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch This Artist Perform Gender and Virtual Vogue

Watch This Artist Perform Gender and Virtual Vogue

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:42PM

Jacolby Satterwhite puts on a new spin on dance.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

College Freshman Hits Half Court Shot to Win Semester of Free Tuition

College Freshman Hits Half Court Shot to Win Semester of Free Tuition

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:31PM

With the skyrocketing cost of tuition, it’s no wonder that students are doing everything they can to catch a break.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Regal Defends Police Presence at Mostly Black Screening of 'The Butler'

Regal Defends Police Presence at Mostly Black Screening of ‘The Butler’

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:26PM

Only one mostly black audience in Silver Spring, Maryland reported watching Lee Daniels The Butler under the intimidating gaze of heavily armed police officers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Advocates Praise FCC's Decision to Lower Prison Phone Rates

Advocates Praise FCC’s Decision to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 12:49PM

After ten years, the FCC finally acted.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Spike Lee Surpasses Million Dollar Kickstarter Goal

Spike Lee Surpasses Million Dollar Kickstarter Goal

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 12:38PM

The newest hottest Spike Lee Joint is gonna happen.

Topics: /NOW

Donald Glover Releases Experimental Film Project

Donald Glover Releases Experimental Film Project

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 11:17AM

Look around, literally.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Crew Sues Marvin Gaye's Family

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Crew Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 11:06AM

They’re trying to protect their summer hit.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the History of Black Work at the White House

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ and the History of Black Work at the White House

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 7:00AM

While Hollywood turns its gaze to the story of black service workers at the White House, we take a deeper look at just what that history entails.

Topics: History