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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.

Jose Antonio Vargas' Film 'Documented' Will Be in Theaters

Jose Antonio Vargas’ Film ‘Documented’ Will Be in Theaters

by Jamilah King on March 19 2014, 11:41AM

It will be in theaters in May and air on CNN this summer.

Topics: Culture

Lorraine Hansberry's Random List of Likes and Hates

Lorraine Hansberry’s Random List of Likes and Hates

by Jamilah King on March 19 2014, 10:44AM

We all have those days.

Topics: Culture

The U.S. and European Push for 'Moderate' Muslim Hip-Hop

The U.S. and European Push for ‘Moderate’ Muslim Hip-Hop

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 2:00PM

A new book looks at hip-hop’s hold on Muslims in cities around the world.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox and the 'Magical Negro' Trope With Glitter

Laverne Cox and the ‘Magical Negro’ Trope With Glitter

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 1:28PM

Before her massive success on “Orange is the New Black,” Cox was featured on widely panned VH1 reality show.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Makes Good on Oscar Win With Star Wars Bid

Lupita Nyong’o Makes Good on Oscar Win With Star Wars Bid

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 12:10PM

Dee Locket over at Slate explains why Nyong’o may be more than Hollywood’s latest “It” girl.

Topics: Culture

M.I.A. Says She's Being Bullied By the NFL in its $16 Million Suit

M.I.A. Says She’s Being Bullied By the NFL in its $16 Million Suit

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 10:46AM

The singer made her case in arbitration papers filed last week.

Topics: Culture

An Essay on Beyoncé and the Black Women Who Love Her

An Essay on Beyoncé and the Black Women Who Love Her

by Jamilah King on March 18 2014, 10:02AM

Rachel Kaadzi Ghanash writes about the power of the BeyHive.

Topics: Culture

NYC Artist Adds a Queer Twist to That Viral 'First Kiss' Video Play

NYC Artist Adds a Queer Twist to That Viral ‘First Kiss’ Video

by Jamilah King on March 17 2014, 3:00PM

Here’s what happens when you get 28 other New York strangers together and film their first kisses.

Topics: Culture

Infographic Shows Diversity Gap in Children's Books

Infographic Shows Diversity Gap in Children’s Books

by Jamilah King on March 17 2014, 2:16PM

2013 wasn’t just an off year.

Topics: Culture

Cesar Chavez Biopic Wins SXSW Audience Prize

Cesar Chavez Biopic Wins SXSW Audience Prize

by Jamilah King on March 17 2014, 1:53PM

Is this a sign of things to come? Maybe.

Topics: Culture

Muslim Hipster Video Creator Explains Lessons From Backlash Play

Muslim Hipster Video Creator Explains Lessons From Backlash

by Jamilah King on March 17 2014, 11:45AM

What started as a personal quest led to profound political debates.

Topics: Culture

Jay Electronica Taps Nation of Islam, Wizard of Oz in New Song

Jay Electronica Taps Nation of Islam, Wizard of Oz in New Song

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

No full-length album yet.

Topics: Culture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hints at Lupita Nyong'o Starring in New Film

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hints at Lupita Nyong’o Starring in New Film

by Jamilah King on March 17 2014, 10:00AM

The author recently gave an interview that touched on the recent successes of black actors in Hollywood.

Topics: Culture

Openly Gay Rapper Le1f Makes Network TV Debut on Letterman Play

Openly Gay Rapper Le1f Makes Network TV Debut on Letterman

by Jamilah King on March 14 2014, 2:30PM

He was fabulously gay in a way that network television probably hasn’t seen before.

Topics: Culture

New York City's 'Beastie Boys Square' is Probably Not Happening

New York City’s ‘Beastie Boys Square’ is Probably Not Happening

by Jamilah King on March 14 2014, 1:53PM

Sorry to all of you “Paul’s Boutique” fans.

Topics: Culture

Watch the Trailer for James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up,' Starring Chadwick Boseman Play

Watch the Trailer for James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up,’ Starring Chadwick Boseman

by Jamilah King on March 14 2014, 11:33AM

The film hits theaters this summer.

Topics: Culture

Why White People Should Never Tell Black People They're 'Not Really Black' Play

Why White People Should Never Tell Black People They’re ‘Not Really Black’

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 2:54PM

About to do something racist? Try this instead.

Topics: Culture

Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, Talks About His Move to South Africa

Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, Talks About His Move to South Africa

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 1:02PM

The entire interview is the artist at his most thoughtful.

Topics: Culture

You Can Preview Hari Kondabolu's Hilarious 'Waiting for 2042' Play

You Can Preview Hari Kondabolu’s Hilarious ‘Waiting for 2042’

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 12:19PM

It’s the comedian’s debut album.

Topics: Culture

Aloe Blacc Performs 'The Man' on Jimmy Kimmel Live With College Band Play

Aloe Blacc Performs ‘The Man’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live With College Band

by Jamilah King on March 13 2014, 11:39AM

The album is in stores now.

Topics: Culture