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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 Sights and Sounds of Love: Celebrating Gay Marriage

The Sights and Sounds of Love: Celebrating Gay Marriage

by Jamilah King on June 26 2013, 11:55AM

The fight for LGBT equity is far from over. But today, let’s celebrate love.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Teach for America's New DREAM Act Video

Watch Teach for America’s New DREAM Act Video

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 3:09PM

Worlds colliding.

Topics: /NOW

Oprah Really, Really Loves Her Some Tyler Perry

Oprah Really, Really Loves Her Some Tyler Perry

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:54PM

Bad black television is coming more frequently to a household near you.

Topics: /NOW

Venus X Talks About the NYC Party That's 'Black, White, Gay, Straight, Trans, Thoroughly Lawless'

Venus X Talks About the NYC Party That’s ‘Black, White, Gay, Straight, Trans, Thoroughly Lawless’

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:50PM

Venus X has been one of the most talked about New York City DJ’s since a high-profile Twitter beef with Diplo about the latter’s rumored exploitation of artists of color put her on folks’ radars a couple years ago. A…

Topics: /NOW

A Must-Read Take on What's Missing From OWN's 'Dark Girls'

A Must-Read Take on What’s Missing From OWN’s ‘Dark Girls’

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:32PM

The documentary that had everyone talking.

Topics: /NOW

South Asian Artists Come Together to Support Rana Plaza Victims

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:28PM

A new benefit album offers a unique way to support victims and their families.

Topics: /NOW

You Can Have Your Own Community Radio Station -- Here's Where to Start

You Can Have Your Own Community Radio Station — Here’s Where to Start

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:07PM

After a 15 year battle, hundreds of community radio station licenses are up for grabs.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Nick Cannon to Re-Launch Soul Train on NBC

Nick Cannon to Re-Launch Soul Train on NBC

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 3:19PM

Nick Cannon is a very busy man.

Topics: /NOW

Showing Love for Bobby 'Blue' Bland: A Cross-Genre Tribute

Showing Love for Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland: A Cross-Genre Tribute

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 1:21PM

The legendary singer passed away on Sunday at the age of 83.

Topics: /NOW

Here's Bobby 'Blue' Bland With BB King on Soul Train in 1975

Here’s Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland With BB King on Soul Train in 1975

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 12:26PM

Legendary blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland passed away on Sunday. Family members told the media that Bland died from complications from a protracted illness and that he was surrounded by family members. He was 83 years old. USA Today remembered…

Topics: /NOW

Watch 11-Year-Old Cellist Prodigy Sujari Britt

Watch 11-Year-Old Cellist Prodigy Sujari Britt

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 11:36AM

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Is Paula Deen Just a Product of Her Deep-Fried-Racist Time?

Is Paula Deen Just a Product of Her Deep-Fried-Racist Time?

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 10:16AM

We wanna hear from you.

Topics: /NOW

Bill Maher Sorta Defends the 'Hot Mess' That Is Paula Deen

Bill Maher Sorta Defends the ‘Hot Mess’ That Is Paula Deen

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 9:54AM

Paula Deen probably had her worst week ever. She admitted to using the n-word, issued a couple of awful public apologies, and then was booted from the Food Network. But a recent episode of Real Time With Bill Maher brought…

Topics: /NOW

Let the Aaron Hernandez Prison Rape and Racist Jokes Begin

Let the Aaron Hernandez Prison Rape and Racist Jokes Begin

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 9:00AM

The saga surrounding the embattled football player gets more troubling by the day.

Topics: /NOW

NYC Gave Hundreds of High School Graduates Post-It Notes Instead of Diplomas

by Jamilah King on June 23 2013, 9:58AM

Graduation season is almost over, but hundreds of newly minted high school graduates in New York City have yet to recieve their diplomas thanks to a computer system glitch. Turns out that the company tasked with grading the students’ Regents…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Paula Deen: 'Please Excuse Me for the Mistakes I've Made'

Paula Deen: ‘Please Excuse Me for the Mistakes I’ve Made’

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 4:20PM

Paula Deen has apologized for the racist comments she made that came to light earlier this week….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Does Miley Cyrus Accessorize Her Cool With Black People?

Does Miley Cyrus Accessorize Her Cool With Black People?

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 10:30AM

You be the judge.

Topics: /NOW

These Ancient Chinese Herbs Could Help Improve Your Sex Life

These Ancient Chinese Herbs Could Help Improve Your Sex Life

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 9:26AM

Check out this cool field guide to chinese aphrodisiacs.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Wu-Tang's Sign Language Interpreter Become a Star at Bonnaroo

Watch Wu-Tang’s Sign Language Interpreter Become a Star at Bonnaroo

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 9:02AM

And she’s got rhythm.

Topics: /NOW

Here's 16-Year-Old LeBron James Talking About How Good He Is at Basketball

Here’s 16-Year-Old LeBron James Talking About How Good He Is at Basketball

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 9:00AM

He’s been dominating since homeroom.

Topics: /NOW