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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.

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

5 Takeaways From Pitchfork's Epic Janelle Monáe Story

5 Takeaways From Pitchfork’s Epic Janelle Monáe Story

by Jamilah King on September 5 2013, 1:50PM

Get ready for the new album. It’s out next week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'City of God - 10 Years Later' May Be Playing Near You Soon

‘City of God - 10 Years Later’ May Be Playing Near You Soon

by Jamilah King on September 5 2013, 1:20PM

It’s been more than ten years since this crime drama made its international debut and became a smashing success.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Three Indigenous Women Represent at New York Couture Fashion Week

Three Indigenous Women Represent at New York Couture Fashion Week

by Jamilah King on September 5 2013, 12:18PM

Sho Sho Esquiro, Lyn Kay Peters, and Linda Lavallee get their moment to shine.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Santa Barbara Yoga Studio Hosts 'Ghetto Fabulous' Class

Santa Barbara Yoga Studio Hosts ‘Ghetto Fabulous’ Class

by Jamilah King on September 5 2013, 9:24AM

Here’s photographic evidence.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Aziz Ansari Is Sick of Hearing Your Outdated Indian Jokes

Aziz Ansari Is Sick of Hearing Your Outdated Indian Jokes

by Jamilah King on September 5 2013, 9:10AM

“There’s more Indian dudes doing sitcoms than there are running 7-11s.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Washington Redskins' Stubborn Racism

The Washington Redskins’ Stubborn Racism

by Jamilah King on September 5 2013, 7:00AM

Team owner Dan Snyder is risking millions of dollars, a legal battle, and countless eye rolls to prove that tradition is more important than racial justice.

Topics: Arts & Culture

'Pier Kids: The Life' Shines Light on LGBT Homeless Youth

‘Pier Kids: The Life’ Shines Light on LGBT Homeless Youth

by Jamilah King on September 4 2013, 1:10PM

New York City’s homeless population has risen dramatically in recent years to more than 50,000.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

UCLA Student Body Drops the I-Word

UCLA Student Body Drops the I-Word

by Jamilah King on September 4 2013, 10:51AM

The decision was made, in part, as a sign of respect to the school’s undocumented students.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Ask a Slave: An (Actually Funny!) Web Series

Ask a Slave: An (Actually Funny!) Web Series

by Jamilah King on September 4 2013, 10:35AM

Take notes, Russell Simmons.

Topics: History, /NOW

Thirty Eight Brilliant and Underrated Queer Black Musicians

Thirty Eight Brilliant and Underrated Queer Black Musicians

by Jamilah King on September 3 2013, 10:30AM

Get your headphones ready.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Devastatingly Good Read on San Francisco's Gentrification

A Devastatingly Good Read on San Francisco’s Gentrification

by Jamilah King on September 3 2013, 10:00AM

Jasmine Johnson writes of love and loss at Gawker.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Watch Santogold Play a Secret Agent Sex Worker on Adult Swim

Watch Santogold Play a Secret Agent Sex Worker on Adult Swim

by Jamilah King on September 3 2013, 9:44AM

She’s a talented lady.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW