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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.

Paula Deen Got a 10-Minute Standing Ovation This Weekend

Paula Deen Got a 10-Minute Standing Ovation This Weekend

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 1:44PM

Looks like the cooking queen is making a comeback.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pharrell Defends 'Blurred Lines' Suit

Pharrell Defends ‘Blurred Lines’ Suit

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 1:16PM

He’s not backing down.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Is the NFL Blacklisting Kerry Rhodes Because He Might Be Gay?

Is the NFL Blacklisting Kerry Rhodes Because He Might Be Gay?

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 12:54PM

The NFL player is talented and productive. But he’s also unemployed. Deadspin wonders why.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Russell Simmons: 'I've Done More For Blacks in Fashion and Gay Rights' Than André Leon Talley'

Russell Simmons: ‘I’ve Done More For Blacks in Fashion and Gay Rights’ Than André Leon Talley’

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 11:29AM

Fighting words on Twitter.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

HBO's 'Girls' May Be About to Welcome Its First Black Girl Character

HBO’s ‘Girls’ May Be About to Welcome Its First Black Girl Character

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 11:10AM

Something new to look forward to in the show’s third season.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Author Jesmyn Ward Talks About the Love and Loss of Young Black Men

Author Jesmyn Ward Talks About the Love and Loss of Young Black Men

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 7:00AM

In her new memoir, “Men We Reaped,” the award-wining writer examines five lives that ended too soon

Topics: Arts & Culture

What the NSA's Spying Has to Do With Racial Justice

What the NSA’s Spying Has to Do With Racial Justice

by Jamilah King on September 13 2013, 12:28PM

A federal lawsuit from Verizon could overturn the FCC’s hard fought open Internet regulations.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Laverne Cox, Janet Mock Talk Stigma of Loving Transgender Women

Laverne Cox, Janet Mock Talk Stigma of Loving Transgender Women

by Jamilah King on September 13 2013, 11:48AM

Finally, we get perspectives from transgender women and not just the society that shuns those who date them.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee, /NOW

Florida Man Tasered, Arrested for Walking While Black

Florida Man Tasered, Arrested for Walking While Black

by Jamilah King on September 13 2013, 11:25AM

It’s still dangerous to be black in Florida.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

New York City Says Goodbye to Its Oldest Taxi Driver

New York City Says Goodbye to Its Oldest Taxi Driver

by Jamilah King on September 13 2013, 11:09AM

Johnnie “Spider” Footman began collecting fares way back in 1945.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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