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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.

One Day in the Life of Sikh Captain America

One Day in the Life of Sikh Captain America

by Jamilah King on September 13 2013, 10:59AM

Vishavjit Singh wanted to challenge the way that New Yorkers thought about superheroes. And for one day, he did.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

TV Host Julie Chen Says She Was Pressured Into Eyelid Surgery

TV Host Julie Chen Says She Was Pressured Into Eyelid Surgery

by Jamilah King on September 12 2013, 3:03PM

The TV anchor made her admission on CBS this week.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Cam Newton Handles Questions About Race at NFL Press Conference

Cam Newton Handles Questions About Race at NFL Press Conference

by Jamilah King on September 12 2013, 12:06PM

The Carolina Panther talks about being a black quarterback.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

12 Years Later: A Post-9/11 Timeline

12 Years Later: A Post-9/11 Timeline

by Jamilah King on September 11 2013, 12:34PM

South Asian communities remember how profoundly the country has changed.

Topics: History, /NOW

There's a Documentary About Sonia Sanchez in the Works

There’s a Documentary About Sonia Sanchez in the Works

by Jamilah King on September 11 2013, 11:36AM

But it needs your help to get off the ground.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Muslim Woman Wins Hijab Suit Against Abercrombie and Fitch

Muslim Woman Wins Hijab Suit Against Abercrombie and Fitch

by Jamilah King on September 11 2013, 11:14AM

A federal judge ruled earlier this week that the store violated federal anti-discrimination employment guidelines when it fired an employee who refused to remove her hijab.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet the Team Behind the 2pac, Eazy-E, Ol' Dirty Bastard Holograms

Meet the Team Behind the 2pac, Eazy-E, Ol’ Dirty Bastard Holograms

by Jamilah King on September 11 2013, 10:49AM

Chris Romero and AV concepts bringing hip-hop’s fallen heroes back to life, one massive concert at a time.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Octavia Butler's Message to the Grassroots

Octavia Butler’s Message to the Grassroots

by Jamilah King on September 11 2013, 7:00AM

A group of progressive organizers want to take Octavia Butler’s lessons from the page and into the streets.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Movie-Goers Find Violence in '12 Years a Slave' Too Intense, Walk Out

Movie-Goers Find Violence in ‘12 Years a Slave’ Too Intense, Walk Out

by Jamilah King on September 10 2013, 3:29PM

For fans in Toronto, where the film is screening at the city’s annual film festival, the violence was too much to take.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Apple's New iPhones and the Race to Drive Smartphone Adoption

Apple’s New iPhones and the Race to Drive Smartphone Adoption

by Jamilah King on September 10 2013, 1:53PM

There’s still a digital divide between people who can create content and those who can only consume it.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Magic Johnson Talks About How His Gay Son Fits Into MLK's Dream

Magic Johnson Talks About How His Gay Son Fits Into MLK’s Dream

by Jamilah King on September 10 2013, 11:56AM

Don’t like that he has a gay son? That’s on you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chris Rock and W. Kamau Bell On What's So Funny About Race

Chris Rock and W. Kamau Bell On What’s So Funny About Race

by Jamilah King on September 10 2013, 11:45AM

The two comedians opened up to The Root.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch White People React Angrily to the Word 'Hipster'

Watch White People React Angrily to the Word ‘Hipster’

by Jamilah King on September 10 2013, 11:32AM

Let’s all just work on being a little bit more sensitive.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Janelle Monáe Performs New Song on David Letterman's Desk

Janelle Monáe Performs New Song on David Letterman’s Desk

by Jamilah King on September 10 2013, 11:25AM

The singer turned David Letterman’s desk into a stage and performed her new song “Dance Apocalyptic.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Janelle Monáe: Cyborg Diva, Black Girl Nerd, Marketing Genius

Janelle Monáe: Cyborg Diva, Black Girl Nerd, Marketing Genius

by Jamilah King on September 10 2013, 7:00AM

On the occasion of the release of her sophomore album, it’s worth taking a look at the power of this Kansas City black girl’s brand.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Marimacho Plays With Gender at New York Fashion Week

Marimacho Plays With Gender at New York Fashion Week

by Jamilah King on September 9 2013, 1:33PM

The gender queer fashion line made a splash at this year’s biggest fashion event.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Eagles Fan Makes the Best Case for a Washington Redskins Name Change

Eagles Fan Makes the Best Case for a Washington Redskins Name Change

by Jamilah King on September 9 2013, 12:39PM

A severed head has been making an appearance at Eagles-Redskins games for years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Edwidge Danticat on the Dilemma of the Immigrant Writer

Edwidge Danticat on the Dilemma of the Immigrant Writer

by Jamilah King on September 9 2013, 9:54AM

The author talks about her new book.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Asian American Students Still Face Bullying in New York City Schools

Asian American Students Still Face Bullying in New York City Schools

by Jamilah King on September 6 2013, 12:56PM

It’s time to go back to school, and for too many students, that’s not a good thing.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Study Finds Growing Racial Divide Among Young People on Immigration

Study Finds Growing Racial Divide Among Young People on Immigration

by Jamilah King on September 6 2013, 11:58AM

But they often had varying ideas of how immigration was changing the country’s landscape.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW