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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.

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

Basquiat's Artist Studio Is on Air Bnb For $650 a Night

Basquiat’s Artist Studio Is on Air Bnb For $650 a Night

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 10:50AM

Because that’s the kind of world we live in nowadays.

Topics: /NOW

Six Facts About Harriet Tubman That Have Nothing to Do With Russell Simmons

Six Facts About Harriet Tubman That Have Nothing to Do With Russell Simmons

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 10:37AM

Tubman’s life has inspired countless works for art, including poems, comic books, and films.

Topics: History, /NOW

That Time Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Was Bashed as 'Historical Porn'

That Time Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ Was Bashed as ‘Historical Porn’

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 9:12AM

This is what everyone’s gonna be talking about next week.

Topics: History, /NOW

Russell Simmons Apologizes for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

Russell Simmons Apologizes for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 9:00AM

Because apparently slavery is funny now?

Topics: History, /NOW

Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler Wants to Sign Imaginative Acts to Seattle Label

Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler Wants to Sign Imaginative Acts to Seattle Label

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 2:18PM

And so far, he’s liking the new gig.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Shonda Rhimes Does Not Think 'Scandal' is a Guilty Pleasure

Shonda Rhimes Does Not Think ‘Scandal’ is a Guilty Pleasure

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:59AM

And she explains why you shouldn’t, either.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How Does Jenji Kohan Write About Women of Color? With a White Lead

How Does Jenji Kohan Write About Women of Color? With a White Lead

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:49AM

The writer opened up about her success with “Orange is the New Black” on NPR.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lifetime Says 'Devious Maids' Is a Hit, Renews Second Season

Lifetime Says ‘Devious Maids’ Is a Hit, Renews Second Season

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:19AM

Will you be watching?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Phil Jackson (Yes, That One) Offers Kendrick Lamar Some Advice

Phil Jackson (Yes, That One) Offers Kendrick Lamar Some Advice

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:12AM

Coach knows a thing or two about working with stars at the top of their game.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Why Stop-and-Frisk Shouldn't Stop You From Going Places

Here’s Why Stop-and-Frisk Shouldn’t Stop You From Going Places

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 12:23PM

In light of Monday’s ruling by a federal court judge in New York City that Stop-and-Frisk unlawfully targets people on the basis of race, here’s a video from a local campaign.

Topics: /NOW

Race-Based Claims Thrown Out in Paula Deen Suit

Race-Based Claims Thrown Out in Paula Deen Suit

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 10:08AM

A federal judge said that it was not the job of the court to mediate human resources problems.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Asian and Latino Artists Weigh In On a Changing America Photo

Asian and Latino Artists Weigh In On a Changing America

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 7:00AM

Four artists of color featured at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian share their work—and their vision of what it means to be American.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Janelle Monáe Nabs Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spaulding for New Album

Janelle Monáe Nabs Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spaulding for New Album

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 11:51AM

Take a look at the new 2-disc album, which is due out on September 10.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Judge Rules That NYC's Stop-and-Frisk Violates Rights, Orders Monitor

Judge Rules That NYC’s Stop-and-Frisk Violates Rights, Orders Monitor

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 11:23AM

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York City Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk policy unlawfully targeted people on the basis of race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Stop and Frisk

Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.'s 'Matangi'

Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi’

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 10:50AM

M.I.A. tweeted a teaser video for the track “Come With Me” over a year ago.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW