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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.

High School Teachers Remake Chris Brown Song, Make it Awesome [VIDEO] Play

High School Teachers Remake Chris Brown Song, Make it Awesome [VIDEO]

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 11:36AM

Meet the teachers of San Francisco’s Leadership High School.

Topics: Culture

California High School Changes Racist Arab Mascot

California High School Changes Racist Arab Mascot

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 11:06AM

But is this a victory?

Topics: Culture

Ai-jen Poo, Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa Among MacArthur Geniuses

Ai-jen Poo, Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa Among MacArthur Geniuses

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 10:15AM

Here’s more about the winners of color.

Topics: Culture

Obama, ISIS, Climate Change and Violence in the NFL

Obama, ISIS, Climate Change and Violence in the NFL

by Jamilah King on September 17 2014, 9:57AM

Here’s what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Michel Martin Gets Her Own Live Show With NPR

Michel Martin Gets Her Own Live Show With NPR

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 3:36PM

She’s coming to a city near you.

Topics: Culture

Watch: Sherman Alexie Wants His Books Banned -- Here's Why

Watch: Sherman Alexie Wants His Books Banned — Here’s Why

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 2:09PM

On censorship in America

Topics: Culture

There's a New Literary Journal for Queer Poets of Color

There’s a New Literary Journal for Queer Poets of Color

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 1:00PM

And it’s not trying to be apolitical.

Topics: Culture

Richard Rodriguez Talks About the American Dream for Immigrants

Richard Rodriguez Talks About the American Dream for Immigrants

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 11:05AM

It wasn’t a native-born idea, he says.

Topics: Culture

Viola Davis Talks Colorism and the Mammy Roles in Hollywood

Viola Davis Talks Colorism and the Mammy Roles in Hollywood

by Jamilah King on September 15 2014, 10:00AM

The actress talked at length with the New York Times about her new starring role on “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Topics: Culture

'Orange is the New Black' Adds Another Black Corrections Officer

‘Orange is the New Black’ Adds Another Black Corrections Officer

by Jamilah King on September 12 2014, 2:51PM

Get ready for season three.

Topics: Culture

L'Orange's Video With Rapper Blu for 'Need You' is Gorgeous

L’Orange’s Video With Rapper Blu for ‘Need You’ is Gorgeous

by Jamilah King on September 12 2014, 2:50PM

It’s a perfect for a song about love.

Topics: Culture

CBS Pulled Rihanna's Performance Before Baltimore Ravens Game

CBS Pulled Rihanna’s Performance Before Baltimore Ravens Game

by Jamilah King on September 12 2014, 12:52PM

They aired a report about Ray Rice instead.

Topics: Culture

Watch: Thundercat's New Video for 'Tron Song' Play

Watch: Thundercat’s New Video for ‘Tron Song’

by Jamilah King on September 12 2014, 10:13AM

The experimental bassist strikes again.

Topics: Culture

Puerto Rican Artist Ricardo Mulero Leads 9/11 Memorial Exhibit Team

Puerto Rican Artist Ricardo Mulero Leads 9/11 Memorial Exhibit Team

by Jamilah King on September 11 2014, 1:30PM

Mulero previously worked at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and at Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa, but this project was unique.

Topics: Culture

Report: South Asian Americans Still Under Attack 13 Years After 9/11

Report: South Asian Americans Still Under Attack 13 Years After 9/11

by Jamilah King on September 11 2014, 1:12PM

But there’s hope.

Topics: Culture

Actor Terry Crews Speaks Out About Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Actor Terry Crews Speaks Out About Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

by Jamilah King on September 11 2014, 12:31PM

He also indicted the NFL’s lenient culture.

Topics: Culture

Stevie Wonder Blasts Ferguson's Mayor and Announces New Tour

Stevie Wonder Blasts Ferguson’s Mayor and Announces New Tour

by Jamilah King on September 11 2014, 12:16PM

His words are significant given the five decades he’s spent composing a soundtrack to life in black America.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Watch Janelle Monáe Perform 'The Power of Yet' on Sesame Street [VIDEO] Play

Watch Janelle Monáe Perform ‘The Power of Yet’ on Sesame Street [VIDEO]

by Jamilah King on September 11 2014, 11:03AM

Everyone’s in tuxedos!

Topics: Culture

Viola Davis: 'After a While You Get Tired of Being the Third Girl From the Left'

Viola Davis: ‘After a While You Get Tired of Being the Third Girl From the Left’

by Jamilah King on September 11 2014, 10:50AM

Her new show premieres on ABC on September 25th.

Topics: Culture

Before Aziz Ansari Became a Comedian, He Was a College DJ

Before Aziz Ansari Became a Comedian, He Was a College DJ

by Jamilah King on September 10 2014, 1:26PM

Watch him tell his story.

Topics: Culture