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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.

The Washington Redskins' Stubborn Racism

The Washington Redskins’ Stubborn Racism

by Jamilah King on September 5 2013, 7:00AM

Team owner Dan Snyder is risking millions of dollars, a legal battle, and countless eye rolls to prove that tradition is more important than racial justice.

Topics: Arts & Culture

'Pier Kids: The Life' Shines Light on LGBT Homeless Youth

‘Pier Kids: The Life’ Shines Light on LGBT Homeless Youth

by Jamilah King on September 4 2013, 1:10PM

New York City’s homeless population has risen dramatically in recent years to more than 50,000.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

UCLA Student Body Drops the I-Word

UCLA Student Body Drops the I-Word

by Jamilah King on September 4 2013, 10:51AM

The decision was made, in part, as a sign of respect to the school’s undocumented students.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Ask a Slave: An (Actually Funny!) Web Series

Ask a Slave: An (Actually Funny!) Web Series

by Jamilah King on September 4 2013, 10:35AM

Take notes, Russell Simmons.

Topics: History, /NOW

Thirty Eight Brilliant and Underrated Queer Black Musicians

Thirty Eight Brilliant and Underrated Queer Black Musicians

by Jamilah King on September 3 2013, 10:30AM

Get your headphones ready.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Devastatingly Good Read on San Francisco's Gentrification

A Devastatingly Good Read on San Francisco’s Gentrification

by Jamilah King on September 3 2013, 10:00AM

Jasmine Johnson writes of love and loss at Gawker.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Watch Santogold Play a Secret Agent Sex Worker on Adult Swim

Watch Santogold Play a Secret Agent Sex Worker on Adult Swim

by Jamilah King on September 3 2013, 9:44AM

She’s a talented lady.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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