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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.

Prince Is Having a Pajama Dance Party At His House This Weekend

Prince Is Having a Pajama Dance Party At His House This Weekend

by Jamilah King on October 17 2013, 11:19AM

And you’re invited.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Listen to Angel Haze Freestyle Over Drake's 'Worst Behavior'

Listen to Angel Haze Freestyle Over Drake’s ‘Worst Behavior’

by Jamilah King on October 17 2013, 11:07AM

Who did it better? You be the judge.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Five Authors of Color Among National Book Award Finalists

Five Authors of Color Among National Book Award Finalists

by Jamilah King on October 16 2013, 10:27AM

The awards will be announced on November 20.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Read an Excerpt from New Yorker Critic Hilton Als' 'White Girls'

Read an Excerpt from New Yorker Critic Hilton Als’ ‘White Girls’

by Jamilah King on October 15 2013, 11:19AM

It’s his first book in nearly 15 years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Robert Glasper Teams Up With Jill Scott, Common, Emeli Sandé

Robert Glasper Teams Up With Jill Scott, Common, Emeli Sandé

by Jamilah King on October 15 2013, 10:58AM

And the new music video is everything.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Blair Underwood's 'Ironside' Offers Glimpse at Disability on TV

Blair Underwood’s ‘Ironside’ Offers Glimpse at Disability on TV

by Jamilah King on October 14 2013, 2:59PM

The show sheds new light on the way that disability appears on screen and the challenges facing actors who have physical disabilities.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NBC's Bob Costas Calls 'Redskins' Name a Slur on Sunday Night Football

NBC’s Bob Costas Calls ‘Redskins’ Name a Slur on Sunday Night Football

by Jamilah King on October 14 2013, 11:13AM

It’s safe to say that the debate over Washington football team’s name is overshadowing the club’s play on the field this year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Big Freedia Talks New Orleans Bounce on MSNBC

Big Freedia Talks New Orleans Bounce on MSNBC

by Jamilah King on October 14 2013, 10:50AM

The Queen of Bounce made an appearance on Melissa Harris-Perry over the weekend to talk about her new reality TV show.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Are You Ready for Jamie Foxx to Play Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?

Are You Ready for Jamie Foxx to Play Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?

by Jamilah King on October 11 2013, 9:55AM

Because it’s happening.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NFL Player Wears Green Cleats for Mental Health Awareness Despite Fine

NFL Player Wears Green Cleats for Mental Health Awareness Despite Fine

by Jamilah King on October 11 2013, 9:17AM

Brandon Marshall had a point to make.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

East New Yorkers Charge Tourists $20 to See Banksy's Art in Their 'Hood

East New Yorkers Charge Tourists $20 to See Banksy’s Art in Their ‘Hood

by Jamilah King on October 11 2013, 9:13AM

And it’s brilliant.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Hip-Hop Meets Science at a High School in the Bronx

Hip-Hop Meets Science at a High School in the Bronx

by Jamilah King on October 9 2013, 11:35AM

Columbia Professor Dr. Chris Emdin is piloting an innovative approach to science curriculum at Bronx Compass High School.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

André Leon Talley Talks Racial Diversity in the Fashion World

André Leon Talley Talks Racial Diversity in the Fashion World

by Jamilah King on October 9 2013, 11:23AM

He’s paying attention.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Miley Cyrus Joins The Roots, Jimmy Fallon on 'We Can't Stop' Remix

Miley Cyrus Joins The Roots, Jimmy Fallon on ‘We Can’t Stop’ Remix

by Jamilah King on October 9 2013, 10:58AM

And it’s actually not bad.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Black Lesbian Minister Becomes Dean of Vanderbilt's Divinity School

Black Lesbian Minister Becomes Dean of Vanderbilt’s Divinity School

by Jamilah King on October 9 2013, 10:50AM

But some in the religious community aren’t happy about it.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

TLC Releases New Song 'Meant To Be' Ahead of VH1 Biopic

TLC Releases New Song ‘Meant To Be’ Ahead of VH1 Biopic

by Jamilah King on October 9 2013, 10:25AM

They’re back.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Aziz Ansari Learns How to Eat a Pineapple Bun in Hong Kong

Aziz Ansari Learns How to Eat a Pineapple Bun in Hong Kong

by Jamilah King on October 9 2013, 10:17AM

The comedian got schooled in the fine art of Chinese pastries.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch an NYPD Officer Speak Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

Watch an NYPD Officer Speak Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

by Jamilah King on October 8 2013, 2:40PM

Adhyl Polanco talks in detail about what drove his opposition to the NYPD’s most controversial policing tactic.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Here's How You Can Dress Your Child Up Like a Famous Artist This Halloween

Here’s How You Can Dress Your Child Up Like a Famous Artist This Halloween

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 2:00PM

Dear parents, Still looking for Halloween ideas for the kids? Look no further. Here’s how you can dress your adorable child up like a famous artist this year. Why? Well, why not? For instance, check out this Frida Kahlo costume…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

This 3-Year-Old Danced to Beyoncé on 'Ellen' and Killed It

This 3-Year-Old Danced to Beyoncé on ‘Ellen’ and Killed It

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 12:30PM

But wait until you see what she could do when she was two years old.

Topics: Media, /NOW