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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.

Before Aziz Ansari Became a Comedian, He Was a College DJ

Before Aziz Ansari Became a Comedian, He Was a College DJ

by Jamilah King on September 10 2014, 1:26PM

Watch him tell his story.

Topics: Culture

NBA's Luol Deng: 'I'm Proud to Have A Lot of African in Me'

NBA’s Luol Deng: ‘I’m Proud to Have A Lot of African in Me’

by Jamilah King on September 10 2014, 11:24AM

And he’s proud of it.

Topics: Culture

Livestream: American Policing of Black Bodies With Jelani Cobb

Livestream: American Policing of Black Bodies With Jelani Cobb

by Jamilah King on September 9 2014, 5:33PM

The event at the Schomburg will touch on Ferguson.

Topics: Culture

Beats Celebrates Serena Williams' U.S. Open Win With Moving New Ad

Beats Celebrates Serena Williams’ U.S. Open Win With Moving New Ad

by Jamilah King on September 9 2014, 12:57PM

The star won her 18th Grand Slam Title at the U.S. Open.

Topics: Culture

Watch Alexander Wang Talk About His Journey in Fashion

Watch Alexander Wang Talk About His Journey in Fashion

by Jamilah King on September 9 2014, 12:32PM

The Chinese-American designer talks about what motivates his creativity.

Topics: Culture

Orange is the New Purple? Dascha Polanco Debuts New Hair at Fashion Week

Orange is the New Purple? Dascha Polanco Debuts New Hair at Fashion Week

by Jamilah King on September 9 2014, 12:13PM

The “Orange is the New Black” star is turning plenty of heads at New York Fashion Week thanks to her purple hair.

Topics: Culture

Baltimore Ravens Player Speaks About Janay Rice's Revictimization

Baltimore Ravens Player Speaks About Janay Rice’s Revictimization

by Jamilah King on September 9 2014, 10:04AM

She’s reliving the trauma of her assault over and over.

Topics: Culture

Janay Rice on Domestic Violence Video: 'Reality is a Nightmare'

Janay Rice on Domestic Violence Video: ‘Reality is a Nightmare’

by Jamilah King on September 9 2014, 10:01AM

The wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice speaks out.

Topics: Culture

Janay Rice, Domestic Violence in the NFL, and Black Women's Bodies

Janay Rice, Domestic Violence in the NFL, and Black Women’s Bodies

by Jamilah King on September 8 2014, 12:57PM

It’s been black women’s brutalized bodies that have become symbols of the league’s problem with domestic violence.

Topics: Culture

Here's 11-Year-Old Serena Williams Playing Tennis With Sister Venus Play

Here’s 11-Year-Old Serena Williams Playing Tennis With Sister Venus

by Jamilah King on September 8 2014, 11:08AM

She’s put in a lifetime of work.

Topics: Culture

The NBA's Racism is Structural, Not Just Individual

The NBA’s Racism is Structural, Not Just Individual

by Jamilah King on September 8 2014, 10:56AM

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson’s racist e-mail is only a symptom of a systemic problem.

Topics: Culture

HBO's James Brown Doc Features Tons of Unseen Footage

HBO’s James Brown Doc Features Tons of Unseen Footage

by Jamilah King on September 5 2014, 1:34PM

“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” will premiere on HBO on October 27 at 9 p.m.

Topics: Culture

CeeLo Booted From Military Base Performance

CeeLo Booted From Military Base Performance

by Jamilah King on September 5 2014, 11:07AM

But don’t feel too bad for him.

Topics: Culture

Watch Jay Z's 33-Second Video to Celebrate Beyoncé's 33rd Bithday Play

Watch Jay Z’s 33-Second Video to Celebrate Beyoncé’s 33rd Bithday

by Jamilah King on September 5 2014, 10:48AM

And she twerks!

Topics: Culture

5 Racial Justice Issues You Can't Ignore This NFL Season

5 Racial Justice Issues You Can’t Ignore This NFL Season

by Jamilah King on September 4 2014, 2:00PM

Get ready for another wild ride this season. But not in the ways you might expect.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Case Against Washington, D.C.'s NFL Team Grows as Season Kicks Off

The Case Against Washington, D.C.’s NFL Team Grows as Season Kicks Off

by Jamilah King on September 4 2014, 12:44PM

Is Dan Snyder listening?

Topics: Culture

HBO Latino to Premiere New Show on Brazilian Sex Workers

HBO Latino to Premiere New Show on Brazilian Sex Workers

by Jamilah King on September 4 2014, 10:54AM

It’s hard to tell at this point if the show will be a worthwhile look into Brazil’s sex trade or just another way to exploit women’s bodies.

Topics: Culture

Listen: Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar on 'Holy Ghost' Remix

Listen: Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar on ‘Holy Ghost’ Remix

by Jamilah King on September 4 2014, 10:44AM

Kendrick Lamar is doing a lot of guest verses, which hopefully means that his rumored new album is still on track for this fall.

Topics: Culture

Rosie Perez is Joining 'The View'

Rosie Perez is Joining ‘The View’

by Jamilah King on September 4 2014, 9:46AM

This is how we’re celebrating.

Topics: Culture

Meet Xiomara, the Singer Who Gives New Life to Your Favorite Hip-Hop Classics

Meet Xiomara, the Singer Who Gives New Life to Your Favorite Hip-Hop Classics

by Jamilah King on September 3 2014, 12:03PM

Listen up.

Topics: Culture