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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.

Jackie Robinson Actor to Star in James Brown Biopic

Jackie Robinson Actor to Star in James Brown Biopic

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 2:01PM

The Godfather of Soul’s got a story to tell. And Hollywood’s about to tell it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch the New Trailer for HBO's 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

Watch the New Trailer for HBO’s ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 1:44PM

Ali’s biggest opponent? The U.S. government.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Cutest Sneakerhead Marriage Proposal You'll Ever See

The Cutest Sneakerhead Marriage Proposal You’ll Ever See

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 1:24PM

Take notes, y’all.

Topics: /NOW

An Animated Look at Martin Luther King, Jr's 'I Have a Dream' Speech

An Animated Look at Martin Luther King, Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 12:38PM

A new project hopes to keep the speech’s legacy alive.

Topics: March on Washington, /NOW

Gay Rapper to Macklemore: 'Gay People Don't Care About Your Video About Gay People'

Gay Rapper to Macklemore: ‘Gay People Don’t Care About Your Video About Gay People’

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 11:27AM

Not everyone is happy with Macklemore’s success at the VMAs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Official 'Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story' Trailer is Out

The Official ‘Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story’ Trailer is Out

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 1:55PM

You’ll soon have a chance to watch this Sundance hit.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Twerk Queen Big Freedia Take Over Brooklyn's AfroPunk

Watch Twerk Queen Big Freedia Take Over Brooklyn’s AfroPunk

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 1:44PM

It’s a twerk tutorial, so to speak.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Twerking

Why Were the 2013 VMAs So White?

Why Were the 2013 VMAs So White?

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 10:19AM

Especially when it came to categories — hip-hop and R&B — that have been traditionally black.

Topics: /NOW

Talib Kweli: 'There Needs to be a Gay Rapper Who's Better Than Everybody'

Talib Kweli: ‘There Needs to be a Gay Rapper Who’s Better Than Everybody’

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 9:28AM

Let’s hear your thoughts.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Smith Family Denies Shocked Reaction at VMA's Was Directed Toward Miley Cyrus

Smith Family Denies Shocked Reaction at VMA’s Was Directed Toward Miley Cyrus

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 8:52AM

It’s safe to say that she stole the show.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cycling for Change

Cycling for Change

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 7:00AM

With branches in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Oakland, the bike collective Red, Black and Green is making cycling cool for black folks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Health

Michelle Alexander on Mass Incarceration and MLK's Dream

Michelle Alexander on Mass Incarceration and MLK’s Dream

by Jamilah King on August 23 2013, 11:54AM

On criminal injustice in America.

Topics: March on Washington, /NOW

New Website Pokes Fun at Robin Thicke's Summer Sex Anthem

New Website Pokes Fun at Robin Thicke’s Summer Sex Anthem

by Jamilah King on August 23 2013, 7:53AM

Well done, Internet.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Transgender Woman Beaten to Death in Harlem

Transgender Woman Beaten to Death in Harlem

by Jamilah King on August 23 2013, 7:27AM

Islan Nettles was a 21-year-old aspiring fashion designer.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

A Perspective on Raven-Symoné's Quiet Coming Out

A Perspective on Raven-Symoné’s Quiet Coming Out

by Jamilah King on August 23 2013, 7:03AM

Is coming out still a big deal for black queer folks?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Zimmerman is All Smiles and Shopping for Guns

George Zimmerman is All Smiles and Shopping for Guns

by Jamilah King on August 23 2013, 6:51AM

In Florida, of course.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Muslim Women Speak Out Against Lady Gaga's 'Burqa' Fetish

Muslim Women Speak Out Against Lady Gaga’s ‘Burqa’ Fetish

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 2:44PM

Someone has to speak up.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

It's Been 24 Years Since Huey P. Newton Died in Oakland

It’s Been 24 Years Since Huey P. Newton Died in Oakland

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 12:28PM

Watch Newton in his own words.

Topics: History, /NOW

J. Cole Talks About Colorism in Hip-Hop and the White House

J. Cole Talks About Colorism in Hip-Hop and the White House

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 12:12PM

It’s not the first time that he’s spoken publicly about race.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Abby White, the Worst Interracial Relationship Counselor Ever

Meet Abby White, the Worst Interracial Relationship Counselor Ever

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 11:55AM

It’s just jokes, people.

Topics: Media, /NOW