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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.

Al Madrigal Takes on His Biracial Identity in 'Half Like Me'

Al Madrigal Takes on His Biracial Identity in ‘Half Like Me’

by Jamilah King on January 20 2015, 10:46AM

The special premieres this week on Fusion.

Topics: Culture

Protestors Rally Nationwide to Reclaim MLK's Legacy

Protestors Rally Nationwide to Reclaim MLK’s Legacy

by Jamilah King on January 20 2015, 10:18AM

Here’s a look at actions from across the country.

Topics: /NOW

10 MLK Quotes That Just Might Inspire You to Act

10 MLK Quotes That Just Might Inspire You to Act

by Jamilah King, Aura Bogado on January 19 2015, 7:00AM

This year’s commemoration is unlike any other in recent memory.

Topics: History

Jay Smooth Makes Sense of Kendrick Lamar's Ferguson Comments

Jay Smooth Makes Sense of Kendrick Lamar’s Ferguson Comments

by Jamilah King on January 16 2015, 3:58PM

The rapper might be right. Here’s why.

Topics: Culture

'Selma' Star David Oyelowo Lined His Suit With MLK Quotes

‘Selma’ Star David Oyelowo Lined His Suit With MLK Quotes

by Jamilah King on January 16 2015, 2:30PM

Fashion meets politics.

Topics: Culture

2Pac Exhibit to Open at Grammy Museum Next Month

2Pac Exhibit to Open at Grammy Museum Next Month

by Jamilah King on January 16 2015, 1:30PM

The exhibit opens February 2.

Topics: Culture

Head of the Oscars Doesn't Think It Has a Problem With Diversity

Head of the Oscars Doesn’t Think It Has a Problem With Diversity

by Jamilah King on January 16 2015, 1:11PM

And she’s a black woman.

Topics: Culture

Livestream: Protestors Hang Huge 'Black Power Matters' Banner in Oakland

Livestream: Protestors Hang Huge ‘Black Power Matters’ Banner in Oakland

by Jamilah King on January 16 2015, 10:52AM

It’s part of a weekend of national protests to “reclaim King’s legacy.”

Topics: /NOW

Watch Live: Isabel Wilkerson, Patricia Williams Talk Race in America

Watch Live: Isabel Wilkerson, Patricia Williams Talk Race in America

by Jamilah King on January 15 2015, 5:37PM

Panel also features Mychal Denzel Smith and Darryl Pinckney.

Topics: /NOW

12k Sign Petition to Stop Hollywood's Whitewashing

12k Sign Petition to Stop Hollywood’s Whitewashing

by Jamilah King on January 15 2015, 2:28PM

Scarlett Johanssen has been tapped to play the lead in the American adaptation of a Japanese sci-fi film.

Topics: Culture

Junot Díaz Relives His 'Surreal' Immigration Experience to U.S.

Junot Díaz Relives His ‘Surreal’ Immigration Experience to U.S.

by Jamilah King on January 15 2015, 1:47PM

He talked to literary publication Paradoxa.

Topics: Culture

Lupe Fiasco Leaves Twitter After Fans Object to 'F*ck Martin Luther King' Lyric

Lupe Fiasco Leaves Twitter After Fans Object to ‘F*ck Martin Luther King’ Lyric

by Jamilah King on January 15 2015, 12:03PM

He’s done dealing with the public.

Topics: Culture

Video: What It's Like to Get Kicked Out of Your Neighborhood Play

Video: What It’s Like to Get Kicked Out of Your Neighborhood

by Jamilah King on January 15 2015, 11:00AM

Kai takes us on a tour of his neighborhood in San Francisco’s Mission district.

Topics: Culture

Oscars: Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo Snubbed

Oscars: Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo Snubbed

by Jamilah King on January 15 2015, 10:00AM

But ‘Selma’ did earn a nomination for ‘best picture.’

Topics: Culture

Watch Childish Gambino Perform 'Sober' on Jimmy Kimmel Play

Watch Childish Gambino Perform ‘Sober’ on Jimmy Kimmel

by Jamilah King on January 14 2015, 1:31PM

The official video for the song was released late last week.

Topics: Culture

Rachel Kaadzi Ghanash Revisits Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios

Rachel Kaadzi Ghanash Revisits Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios

by Jamilah King on January 14 2015, 1:18PM

“The only people admitted are those who have come to make music—the artists and their retinues.”

Topics: Culture

Charlie Hebdo Sells Out, Rikers Guards Set Record for Force

Charlie Hebdo Sells Out, Rikers Guards Set Record for Force

by Jamilah King on January 14 2015, 10:03AM

Some of this morning’s headlines

Topics: /NOW

Tips for 'Moderate Muslims' Who Want to Make Mainstream America Feel Safe

Tips for ‘Moderate Muslims’ Who Want to Make Mainstream America Feel Safe

by Jamilah King on January 13 2015, 1:16PM

Wajahat Ali has jokes.

Topics: /NOW

Video: Debunking the Myth of Race in 3 Minutes Play

Video: Debunking the Myth of Race in 3 Minutes

by Jamilah King on January 13 2015, 11:09AM

Think you’ve got it all figured out? You don’t.

Topics: /NOW

Margaret Cho Isn't Apologizing for That Golden Globes North Korea Skit Play

Margaret Cho Isn’t Apologizing for That Golden Globes North Korea Skit

by Jamilah King on January 13 2015, 10:37AM

The comedian joked on Twitter, “I’m not playing the race card, I’m playing the rice card.”

Topics: Culture