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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 Story of the Black Pitcher Who Threw a No-Hitter While on LSD

The Story of the Black Pitcher Who Threw a No-Hitter While on LSD

by Jamilah King on September 19 2013, 9:39AM

What makes his story even more interesting isn’t just that it happened, but that it’s been illustrated and put on YouTube.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch 'Sailor Moon,' 'Wonder Woman' Compete in an Epic Vogue Battle

Watch ‘Sailor Moon,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Compete in an Epic Vogue Battle

by Jamilah King on September 19 2013, 8:35AM

Your childhood sheroes like you’ve never seen them.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Mister Cee's Thoughtful Coming-Out PSA

Watch Mister Cee’s Thoughtful Coming-Out PSA

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 3:13PM

It’s an incredible four minutes from one of the pillars of the hip-hop community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee, /NOW

Take a Sneak Peek at the New Marvin Gaye Biopic 'Sexual Healing'

Take a Sneak Peek at the New Marvin Gaye Biopic ‘Sexual Healing’

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 2:43PM

Hopefully Pharrell and Robin Thicke don’t sue.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

J. Cole Wants You to Reconsider the War on Drugs

J. Cole Wants You to Reconsider the War on Drugs

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 2:36PM

The rapper dedicated his new song and video to Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Just In Case You're Already Over This School Year

Just In Case You’re Already Over This School Year

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 11:12AM

Here’s something to help you stay sane this school year.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

How People Use Google Street View to Indulge in Poverty Porn

How People Use Google Street View to Indulge in Poverty Porn

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 10:37AM

Apparently, poverty is fun. Who knew?

Topics: Media, /NOW

Judge Orders Retrial of Officers in Hurricane Katrina Bridge Shootings

Judge Orders Retrial of Officers in Hurricane Katrina Bridge Shootings

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 10:31AM

Their convictions were thrown out after what a U.S. judge called “grotesque prosecutorial misconduct.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Meet B-Girl Terra, the Flyest Six-Year-Old Dancer Around

Meet B-Girl Terra, the Flyest Six-Year-Old Dancer Around

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 9:48AM

Her nine-year-old sister is a b-girl prodigy, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Takai's New Web Series Offers The Best Tech Tips

George Takai’s New Web Series Offers The Best Tech Tips

by Jamilah King on September 18 2013, 9:40AM

Somehow he manages to just keep getting better.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why No One Has Been Charged With Murder in the Death of Islan Nettles

Why No One Has Been Charged With Murder in the Death of Islan Nettles

by Jamilah King on September 17 2013, 2:43PM

The 21-year-old transgender woman was viciously beaten in Harlem.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Stunning Portraits of Muxes, Mexico's 'Third Gender'

Stunning Portraits of Muxes, Mexico’s ‘Third Gender’

by Jamilah King on September 17 2013, 12:47PM

A Mexico City-based photographer celebrates men who consider themselves women and are celebrated as symbols of good luck.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Comedian Kristina Wong Wants You to Celebrate White History Month

Comedian Kristina Wong Wants You to Celebrate White History Month

by Jamilah King on September 17 2013, 11:47AM

Here’s why.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

That Time Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill Went on Queen Latifah's Show

That Time Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill Went on Queen Latifah’s Show

by Jamilah King on September 17 2013, 11:16AM

There’s a new queen of daytime television. And it’s her second go at the crown.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nigerian Poet Chris Abani, Andrew Dosunmu Involved in New Fela Kuti Film

Nigerian Poet Chris Abani, Andrew Dosunmu Involved in New Fela Kuti Film

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 4:36PM

There’s a new film in the works about Africa’s most influential musical icon.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

KOKUMO's Gorgeous 'There Will Come A Day' Will Melt Your Heart

KOKUMO’s Gorgeous ‘There Will Come A Day’ Will Melt Your Heart

by Jamilah King on September 16 2013, 2:33PM

A transgender woman from the South Side of Chicago, this new singer is someone to watch.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Mister Cee, /NOW

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