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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.

Ava DuVernay Celebrates News of New Hurricane Katrina Film

Ava DuVernay Celebrates News of New Hurricane Katrina Film

by Jamilah King on January 27 2015, 12:26PM

She took to Instagram to comment on the news.

Topics: Culture

Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez to Play Grieving Mothers in New Action Flick

Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez to Play Grieving Mothers in New Action Flick

by Jamilah King on January 27 2015, 12:14PM

The film debuts at this year’s Sundance.

Topics: Culture

Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets Unveil NBA's First Chinese New Year Uniforms

Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets Unveil NBA’s First Chinese New Year Uniforms

by Jamilah King on January 27 2015, 10:17AM

It’s part of the league’s effort to connect with Asian and Asian-American fans.

Topics: Culture

Watch Kenan Thompson in Hilarious Spoof of 'Deflategate' on SNL

Watch Kenan Thompson in Hilarious Spoof of ‘Deflategate’ on SNL

by Jamilah King on January 26 2015, 12:07PM

It’s Super Bowl week, but this story isn’t going away.

Topics: Culture

Why It's Important for White Audiences to See Black Films

Why It’s Important for White Audiences to See Black Films

by Jamilah King on January 26 2015, 11:13AM

Kelley L. Carter reports from the very white Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Topics: Culture

SAG Awards: Viola Davis, 'Orange is the New Black' Show Racial Diversity Matters

SAG Awards: Viola Davis, ‘Orange is the New Black’ Show Racial Diversity Matters

by Jamilah King on January 26 2015, 10:09AM

Or, as Davis said backstage: “We want to see ourselves.”

Topics: Culture

Ava DuVernay's Passion Project

Ava DuVernay’s Passion Project

by Jamilah King on January 26 2015, 7:00AM

The filmmaker’s distribution network for black films isn’t making big money—and she’s fine with that.

Topics: Arts & Culture

ICYMI: Watch Queer and Trans Activists of Color Shut Down San Francisco's Historic Castro

ICYMI: Watch Queer and Trans Activists of Color Shut Down San Francisco’s Historic Castro

by Jamilah King on January 23 2015, 4:36PM

The group marched through the heart of the Castro as part of 96 hours of actions taken to #ReclaimMLK last weekend.

Topics: /NOW

Jay Z on NY Policing: 'Every Single Human Being Matters'

Jay Z on NY Policing: ‘Every Single Human Being Matters’

by Jamilah King on January 23 2015, 12:02PM

But is his statement enough?

Topics: Culture

Native Film Stars John Reddy and Jashaun St. John Named Breakout Sundance Stars

Native Film Stars John Reddy and Jashaun St. John Named Breakout Sundance Stars

by Jamilah King on January 23 2015, 10:11AM

The film is directed by Chinese-American director Chloé Zhao.

Topics: Culture

Watch the Trailer for Stanley Nelson's New Documentary on the Black Panthers

Watch the Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s New Documentary on the Black Panthers

by Jamilah King on January 22 2015, 11:33AM

The film premieres at Sundance this week.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox, Big Freedia, Angel Haze Among This Year's GLAAD Media Award Nominees

Laverne Cox, Big Freedia, Angel Haze Among This Year’s GLAAD Media Award Nominees

by Jamilah King on January 22 2015, 11:04AM

The awards will be presented this spring in Los Angeles and New York City.

Topics: Culture

Watch Captain Sikh America in 'Red, White and Beard' Play

Watch Captain Sikh America in ‘Red, White and Beard’

by Jamilah King on January 21 2015, 4:14PM

In this 11-minute short film viewers get a longer look at at Singh’s work.

Topics: Culture

Margaret Cho Thinks It's Radical For Women to Joke About Sex

Margaret Cho Thinks It’s Radical For Women to Joke About Sex

by Jamilah King on January 21 2015, 3:19PM

The comedian dishes on what makes her new sex show truly unique.

Topics: Culture

How Billie Holiday Was Targeted by America's Early Drug War

How Billie Holiday Was Targeted by America’s Early Drug War

by Jamilah King on January 21 2015, 1:26PM

Read an excerpt from Johann Hari’s new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.”

Topics: Culture

Jamaican-American Poet Claudia Rankine Among National Book Critics Circle Nominees

Jamaican-American Poet Claudia Rankine Among National Book Critics Circle Nominees

by Jamilah King on January 21 2015, 11:04AM

Chang-rae Lee and Hector Tobar were also nominated.

Topics: Culture

These Memes Basically Sum Up Last Night's State of the Union

These Memes Basically Sum Up Last Night’s State of the Union

by Jamilah King on January 21 2015, 10:11AM

Sure, the president had swag. But it wasn’t all pretty.

Topics: /NOW

A Collection of Stories From Queer and Trans Artist of Color

A Collection of Stories From Queer and Trans Artist of Color

by Jamilah King on January 20 2015, 11:57AM

A new book offers 16 interviews artists who have fused their political and creative work.

Topics: Culture

South Side Residents Open Chicago's 'Dream Cafe' on MLK Day Play

South Side Residents Open Chicago’s ‘Dream Cafe’ on MLK Day

by Jamilah King on January 20 2015, 11:30AM

It’s the neighborhood’s first farm-to-table cafe.

Topics: Culture

Kevin Hart, SNL Take on Gentrification in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Kevin Hart, SNL Take on Gentrification in Bushwick, Brooklyn

by Jamilah King on January 20 2015, 11:13AM

It’s now a laughing matter.

Topics: Culture