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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 This Incredible Time-Lapse Video of a Woman Who Learns How to Dance in a Year

Watch This Incredible Time-Lapse Video of a Woman Who Learns How to Dance in a Year

by Jamilah King on July 12 2013, 11:53AM

Some of us just aren’t rhythmically inclined. But that didn’t stop Karen Cheng, who learned how to dance in 365 days and captured it all on video. (H/T Angry Asian Man)…

Topics: /NOW

3 Things to Love About Palestinian-American Football Player Oday Aboushi

3 Things to Love About Palestinian-American Football Player Oday Aboushi

by Jamilah King on July 12 2013, 11:38AM

He’s more than just a controversy.

Topics: /NOW

The World's First Mayan Telenovela Debuted in Mexico This Month

The World’s First Mayan Telenovela Debuted in Mexico This Month

by Jamilah King on July 10 2013, 12:50PM

But we’re not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Long Overdue Celebration of Asian Food, From the Fung Brothers

A Long Overdue Celebration of Asian Food, From the Fung Brothers

by Jamilah King on July 10 2013, 11:50AM

There’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Topics: /NOW

Jennifer Hudson's Portrayal of Winnie Mandela Hits Theaters This Fall

Jennifer Hudson’s Portrayal of Winnie Mandela Hits Theaters This Fall

by Jamilah King on July 10 2013, 11:11AM

But there’s reason to worry about this biopic.

Topics: /NOW

Ryan Coogler, Oscar Grant, and the Basic Humanity of Black Men

Ryan Coogler, Oscar Grant, and the Basic Humanity of Black Men

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 2:51PM

Perhaps the director’s biggest achievement in his debut film “Fruitvale Station” is his deliberate attempt to make Oscar Grant less of a martyr.

Topics: /NOW

Jay-Z's Magna Carta Sounds like 'Champagne Sprayed Around An Empty Locker Room'

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Sounds like ‘Champagne Sprayed Around An Empty Locker Room’

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 11:18AM

The trouble with being a business, man.

Topics: /NOW

M.I.A. Asks Fans for Help With Controversial Documentary

M.I.A. Asks Fans for Help With Controversial Documentary

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 10:22AM

“This is what happened to a kid whose dad went off and became a terrorist.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Google Play's 'Angry Trayvon' Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

Google Play’s ‘Angry Trayvon’ Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 9:15AM

Talk about bad taste.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Mexico Activists: Trans Men Have Babies, Too

New Mexico Activists: Trans Men Have Babies, Too

by Jamilah King on July 8 2013, 12:00PM

Some men can have babies, too.

Topics: /NOW

Flaco Navaja Talks About 'East WillyB' and a Brooklyn for Locals Only

Flaco Navaja Talks About ‘East WillyB’ and a Brooklyn for Locals Only

by Jamilah King on July 8 2013, 10:30AM

Bushwick isn’t just home to hipsters. Here’s a series that portrays the vibrant Latino community in North Brooklyn.

Topics: /NOW

Here's Your First Look at 'The Queen Latifah Show'

Here’s Your First Look at ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

by Jamilah King on July 8 2013, 10:00AM

Get ready for a new diva on daytime TV.

Topics: /NOW

Because Even a Horrific Plane Crash Can Lead to Racist Asian Jokes

Because Even a Horrific Plane Crash Can Lead to Racist Asian Jokes

by Jamilah King on July 8 2013, 9:00AM

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landed over the weekend at San Francsico International Airport. Bring on the bad jokes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Teenage Girl Created a Beat for Jay-Z's New Album

A Teenage Girl Created a Beat for Jay-Z’s New Album

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 4:01PM

WondaGirl has arrived.

Topics: /NOW

An Obscenely Hilarious Take on Bay Area Gentrification

An Obscenely Hilarious Take on Bay Area Gentrification

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 12:28PM

Presenting Miss Persia and Daddie$ Pla$tik with “Google Google Apps Apps.”

Topics: /NOW

Just In Case You Weren't Already Waiting for Janelle Monáe's New Album

Just In Case You Weren’t Already Waiting for Janelle Monáe’s New Album

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 11:48AM

Here’s the video for her latest single, “Dance Apocalyptic.” Notice that Monáe is going without her signature pompadour and bowtie. Still cute. The album hits stores on September 10, 2013….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Twitter Reacts to City College of San Francisco's Accreditation Woes

Twitter Reacts to City College of San Francisco’s Accreditation Woes

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 11:42AM

One of the largest lifelines for working class and immigrant students in the country may have to shut its doors.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Add Azealia Banks and Pharrell's New 'ATM Jam' to Your Summer Playlist

Add Azealia Banks and Pharrell’s New ‘ATM Jam’ to Your Summer Playlist

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 11:21AM

Enjoy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Femi Kuti: 'I knew I never wanted to be just like my father.'

Femi Kuti: ‘I knew I never wanted to be just like my father.’

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 11:08AM

But on his new album, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. And that’s a good thing.

Topics: /NOW

Jay-Z's New Album Pretty Much Knows Everything About You

Jay-Z’s New Album Pretty Much Knows Everything About You

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 9:19AM

Privacy isn’t a concern for Jay-Z. But it should be for you.

Topics: /NOW