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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 World's Getting a New Disney Princess Who's Not White

The World’s Getting a New Disney Princess Who’s Not White

by Jamilah King on November 7 2014, 1:28PM

Meet Moana.

Topics: Culture

Video: Women of Color Speak Out About Street Harassment Play

Video: Women of Color Speak Out About Street Harassment

by Jamilah King on November 7 2014, 1:08PM

They talk about their own experiences with street harassment, often at the hands of white men.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks' Debut LP 'Broke With Expensive Taste' Climbs U.S. iTunes Chart

Azealia Banks’ Debut LP ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ Climbs U.S. iTunes Chart

by Jamilah King on November 7 2014, 10:15AM

It’s finally here!

Topics: Culture

Asian Woman Acts Like Creepy Dude, Talks About White Fetish

Asian Woman Acts Like Creepy Dude, Talks About White Fetish

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 2:03PM

Joy Regullano was tired of white men fetishizing Asian woman, so she did something about it.

Topics: Culture

Ryan Potter of 'Big Hero 6' Talks About Hapa Actors, Diversity in Casting

Ryan Potter of ‘Big Hero 6’ Talks About Hapa Actors, Diversity in Casting

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 1:00PM

The film hit theaters this weekend.

Topics: Culture

MTV's 'Rebel Music' to Feature Indigenous Artists in North America

MTV’s ‘Rebel Music’ to Feature Indigenous Artists in North America

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 10:43AM

The episode will premiere on Rebel Music’s Facebook page next Thursday.

Topics: Culture

Facing Race Spotlight: Southern Artist Carlton Turner

Facing Race Spotlight: Southern Artist Carlton Turner

by Jamilah King on November 6 2014, 7:00AM

“Anything that we’re seeing today in pop culture originated in production you can trace back to black labor in the South.”

Topics: Facing Race 2014

Sandra Oh Goes from 'Grey's Anatomy' to New Animated Film

Sandra Oh Goes from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to New Animated Film

by Jamilah King on November 5 2014, 11:41AM

“I would like to see…the people who are actually the central storytellers be people who are not white,” she says.

Topics: Culture

Kendrick Lamar Spreads Love in First Official Video From New Album Play

Kendrick Lamar Spreads Love in First Official Video From New Album

by Jamilah King on November 5 2014, 11:14AM

It’s another way the rapper is trying to save lives with his music.

Topics: Culture

Eva Longoria: 'I Was Fortunate to Grow Up in a Family of Activists' Play

Eva Longoria: ‘I Was Fortunate to Grow Up in a Family of Activists’

by Jamilah King on November 5 2014, 10:52AM

The actress talks about why she co-founded a PAC for Latino Democratic candidates.

Topics: Culture

Listen to Georgia Anne Muldrow's New Track, 'Ciao'

Listen to Georgia Anne Muldrow’s New Track, ‘Ciao’

by Jamilah King on November 4 2014, 1:53PM

The singer dropped an instrumental LP back in September.

Topics: Culture

Ava DuVernay's 'Middle of Nowhere' Will be on DVD, On Demand

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Will be on DVD, On Demand

by Jamilah King on November 4 2014, 12:09PM

The upcoming release on DVD will be the first time that it’s made widely available since showing in theaters in 2012.

Topics: Culture

Video: Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama Urge Young Latino Voters to the Polls Play

Video: Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama Urge Young Latino Voters to the Polls

by Jamilah King on November 4 2014, 11:01AM

“You gotta clean your house, and we have to clean The House.”

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Named Glamour's 'Woman of the Year'

Lupita Nyong’o Named Glamour’s ‘Woman of the Year’

by Jamilah King on November 3 2014, 1:11PM

It’s been one helluva year for the actress.

Topics: Culture

Watch Prince Rock the House on 'Saturday Night Live' Play

Watch Prince Rock the House on ‘Saturday Night Live’

by Jamilah King on November 3 2014, 11:22AM

ICYMI, watch the full performance.

Topics: Culture

Thousands Protest Washington, D.C., NFL Team Name

Thousands Protest Washington, D.C., NFL Team Name

by Jamilah King on November 3 2014, 10:04AM

The Minnesota Vikings played host to Dan Snyder’s team amid the long-planned protests.

Topics: Culture

Spike Lee: 'Post-Racial America is Bullshit'

Spike Lee: ‘Post-Racial America is Bullshit’

by Jamilah King on October 31 2014, 1:13PM

The director talked about race and police brutality with Jorge Ramos.

Topics: Culture

Angela Davis Praises Toni Morrison's Friendship and Editing

Angela Davis Praises Toni Morrison’s Friendship and Editing

by Jamilah King on October 31 2014, 11:28AM

“It was quite an amazing experience for me to have her as a mentor.”

Topics: Culture

ICYMI: Meet the Artist of Color Behind Those 'Stop Telling Women to Smile' Posters

ICYMI: Meet the Artist of Color Behind Those ‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’ Posters

by Jamilah King on October 30 2014, 2:15PM

Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh has taken her anti-street harassment message nationwide.

Topics: Culture

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist? Check This Flowchart

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist? Check This Flowchart

by Jamilah King on October 30 2014, 11:48AM

Don’t be a jerk.

Topics: Culture