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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.

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

Stic of Dead Prez Shares Seven Easy Tips for Eating Well on a 'Hood Budget

Stic of Dead Prez Shares Seven Easy Tips for Eating Well on a ‘Hood Budget

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 11:45AM

You can eat well without breaking the bank. Here’s how.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Actress Lupita Nyong'o Talks Preparing for Violence in Film '12 Years a Slave'

Actress Lupita Nyong’o Talks Preparing for Violence in Film ‘12 Years a Slave’

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 10:48AM

The highly anticipated film hits theaters on October 18.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chris Brown Says He Lost His Virginity at Eight Years Old

Chris Brown Says He Lost His Virginity at Eight Years Old

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 10:34AM

“It’s different in the country,” Brown told The Guardian.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Thousands of People Marched for Immigration Reform This Weekend

Thousands of People Marched for Immigration Reform This Weekend

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 9:17AM

Here’s a look at demonstrations in three cities.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Watch Fannie Lou Hamer's Testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Covention

Watch Fannie Lou Hamer’s Testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Covention

by Jamilah King on October 7 2013, 9:14AM

The Civil Rights icon’s birthday was this past weekend.

Topics: History, /NOW

The Awful Reality Faced By Teens Who Are Locked Away in Solitary Confinement

The Awful Reality Faced By Teens Who Are Locked Away in Solitary Confinement

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 12:03PM

A new video from the ACLU is hard to watch, but the problem is difficult to ignore.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Lauryn Hill Marks Release From Prison With New Track 'Consumerism'

Lauryn Hill Marks Release From Prison With New Track ‘Consumerism’

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 11:41AM

The former Fugees singer is back to making music.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Prominent San Francisco Artist René Yañez Faces Eviction After 30 Years in the Mission

Prominent San Francisco Artist René Yañez Faces Eviction After 30 Years in the Mission

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 9:58AM

A campaign is building to help save an artist’s longtime home.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Michelle Rodriguez: Latest Celebrity of Color to Come Out of the Closet

Michelle Rodriguez: Latest Celebrity of Color to Come Out of the Closet

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 2:35PM

And even though everyone already knew, it’s still a big deal.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Watch Angel Haze's 'Echelon (It's My Way)' And Hop on the Bandwagon

Watch Angel Haze’s ‘Echelon (It’s My Way)’ And Hop on the Bandwagon

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 2:18PM

She’s arguably one of the best new rappers out these days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Big Freedia's 'Queen of Bounce' Debuts on Fuse TV

Big Freedia’s ‘Queen of Bounce’ Debuts on Fuse TV

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 1:25PM

Now you can get your weekly dose of the country’s most talented twerker.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cleveland's Loss in MLB Playoff Game Made Worse By Fans' Redface

Cleveland’s Loss in MLB Playoff Game Made Worse By Fans’ Redface

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 10:04AM

The Cleveland Indians lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League wild-card game Wednesday night. But that’s not the worst part.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Join Issa Rae's Black Twitter Party

Join Issa Rae’s Black Twitter Party

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 9:54AM

Because Twitter is ridiculous, but we love it anyway.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Because You Know You Can't Wait for Tonight's Premier of 'Scandal'

Because You Know You Can’t Wait for Tonight’s Premier of ‘Scandal’

by Jamilah King on October 3 2013, 9:50AM

Here’s a sneak peek at the show’s third season.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ten Years After 'Chappelle's Show,' A Writer Looks Back

Ten Years After ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ A Writer Looks Back

by Jamilah King on October 2 2013, 12:25PM

Essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah writes about what the comic means to the discussion of race in America.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Questlove, Bloomberg Announce Launch of 'Made in NY' Media Center

Questlove, Bloomberg Announce Launch of ‘Made in NY’ Media Center

by Jamilah King on October 2 2013, 9:19AM

Your favorite drummer has a new gig.

Topics: Media, /NOW