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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.

How Does Jenji Kohan Write About Women of Color? With a White Lead

How Does Jenji Kohan Write About Women of Color? With a White Lead

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:49AM

The writer opened up about her success with “Orange is the New Black” on NPR.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lifetime Says 'Devious Maids' Is a Hit, Renews Second Season

Lifetime Says ‘Devious Maids’ Is a Hit, Renews Second Season

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:19AM

Will you be watching?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Phil Jackson (Yes, That One) Offers Kendrick Lamar Some Advice

Phil Jackson (Yes, That One) Offers Kendrick Lamar Some Advice

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:12AM

Coach knows a thing or two about working with stars at the top of their game.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Why Stop-and-Frisk Shouldn't Stop You From Going Places

Here’s Why Stop-and-Frisk Shouldn’t Stop You From Going Places

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 12:23PM

In light of Monday’s ruling by a federal court judge in New York City that Stop-and-Frisk unlawfully targets people on the basis of race, here’s a video from a local campaign.

Topics: /NOW

Race-Based Claims Thrown Out in Paula Deen Suit

Race-Based Claims Thrown Out in Paula Deen Suit

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 10:08AM

A federal judge said that it was not the job of the court to mediate human resources problems.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Asian and Latino Artists Weigh In On a Changing America Photo

Asian and Latino Artists Weigh In On a Changing America

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 7:00AM

Four artists of color featured at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian share their work—and their vision of what it means to be American.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Janelle Monáe Nabs Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spaulding for New Album

Janelle Monáe Nabs Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spaulding for New Album

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 11:51AM

Take a look at the new 2-disc album, which is due out on September 10.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Judge Rules That NYC's Stop-and-Frisk Violates Rights, Orders Monitor

Judge Rules That NYC’s Stop-and-Frisk Violates Rights, Orders Monitor

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 11:23AM

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York City Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk policy unlawfully targeted people on the basis of race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Stop and Frisk

Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.'s 'Matangi'

Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi’

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 10:50AM

M.I.A. tweeted a teaser video for the track “Come With Me” over a year ago.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rapper Pitbull Explains His New Miami Charter School

Rapper Pitbull Explains His New Miami Charter School

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 9:24AM

It looks like John Legend isn’t the only pop star who’s interested in education reform.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

The Secret Weapon in the Prison Phone Rate Fight? Familes

The Secret Weapon in the Prison Phone Rate Fight? Familes

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 7:00AM

A campaign led by the families of prisoners finally pushed the FCC’s hand toward regulating the prison phone industry.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Nas Raises $30k for Homeless Single Father With 8 Kids

Nas Raises $30k for Homeless Single Father With 8 Kids

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 1:08PM

The rapper recently caught wind of his story and helped raise more than $30,000 for Young and his family through Crowdtilt.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Poll: 40 Percent of White People Only Have White Friends

Poll: 40 Percent of White People Only Have White Friends

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 12:23PM

The poll comes in the wake of a debate on race after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Media, /NOW

FCC Issues Order to Lower Prison Phone Rates

FCC Issues Order to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 12:11PM

It’s an historic move by the Commission and years in the making.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Asian-American Mayor's Blood Donation Rejected Because He's Gay

Asian-American Mayor’s Blood Donation Rejected Because He’s Gay

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 11:23AM

Since 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has effectively banned gay men from donating blood on the basis of increased risk of HIV.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Youth Remix Macklemore Song for Quality Sex Education

Youth Remix Macklemore Song for Quality Sex Education

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 1:44PM

Here’s sex positive, protection endorsing riff on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s song “Thriftshop.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Slate Will Call the Washington NFL Team the 'Washington NFL Team'

Slate Will Call the Washington NFL Team the ‘Washington NFL Team’

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:44AM

The publication isn’t waiting around for Washington, DC’s NFL franchise to get its act together and change its racist name.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rap Legend DMC: 'Lil' Wayne, Jay Z Ain't Hot,' Fans 'Brainwashed'

Rap Legend DMC: ‘Lil’ Wayne, Jay Z Ain’t Hot,’ Fans ‘Brainwashed’

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:31AM

The war of words continues.

Topics: /NOW

HBO Developing Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl' Comedy

HBO Developing Issa Rae’s ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Comedy

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:20AM

It’s turning out to be a great year for the young writer and actress.

Topics: /NOW

B. Scott Files $2.5 Million Suit Against BET for Gender Discrimination

B. Scott Files $2.5 Million Suit Against BET for Gender Discrimination

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 5:46PM

The television personality says that there’s no excuse for the network’s behavior earlier this summer.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW