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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.

What's On Your 'Black Power is For Men' Booklist?

What’s On Your ‘Black Power is For Men’ Booklist?

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 10:59AM

Cultural critic Mark Anthony Neal took a discussion about race and feminism offline by putting together a list of seminal books on the topic. What would you add?

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Next Up for Lee Daniels? A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

Next Up for Lee Daniels? A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 10:27AM

The director is reportedly turning his attention to his next project.

Topics: History, /NOW

Russell Simmons is Working With Harriet Tubman's Family on Documentary

Russell Simmons is Working With Harriet Tubman’s Family on Documentary

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 4:31PM

And the plot thickens.

Topics: History, /NOW

Kanye West Wants to Fill Steve Jobs' Shoes With New Creative Agency 'DONDA'

Kanye West Wants to Fill Steve Jobs’ Shoes With New Creative Agency ‘DONDA’

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 4:26PM

This video is reportedly West’s first “DONDA” project. It was released in 2012.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch This Artist Perform Gender and Virtual Vogue

Watch This Artist Perform Gender and Virtual Vogue

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:42PM

Jacolby Satterwhite puts on a new spin on dance.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

College Freshman Hits Half Court Shot to Win Semester of Free Tuition

College Freshman Hits Half Court Shot to Win Semester of Free Tuition

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:31PM

With the skyrocketing cost of tuition, it’s no wonder that students are doing everything they can to catch a break.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Regal Defends Police Presence at Mostly Black Screening of 'The Butler'

Regal Defends Police Presence at Mostly Black Screening of ‘The Butler’

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:26PM

Only one mostly black audience in Silver Spring, Maryland reported watching Lee Daniels The Butler under the intimidating gaze of heavily armed police officers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Advocates Praise FCC's Decision to Lower Prison Phone Rates

Advocates Praise FCC’s Decision to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 12:49PM

After ten years, the FCC finally acted.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Spike Lee Surpasses Million Dollar Kickstarter Goal

Spike Lee Surpasses Million Dollar Kickstarter Goal

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 12:38PM

The newest hottest Spike Lee Joint is gonna happen.

Topics: /NOW

Donald Glover Releases Experimental Film Project

Donald Glover Releases Experimental Film Project

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 11:17AM

Look around, literally.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Crew Sues Marvin Gaye's Family

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Crew Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 11:06AM

They’re trying to protect their summer hit.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and the History of Black Work at the White House

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ and the History of Black Work at the White House

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 7:00AM

While Hollywood turns its gaze to the story of black service workers at the White House, we take a deeper look at just what that history entails.

Topics: History

Basquiat's Artist Studio Is on Air Bnb For $650 a Night

Basquiat’s Artist Studio Is on Air Bnb For $650 a Night

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 10:50AM

Because that’s the kind of world we live in nowadays.

Topics: /NOW

Six Facts About Harriet Tubman That Have Nothing to Do With Russell Simmons

Six Facts About Harriet Tubman That Have Nothing to Do With Russell Simmons

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 10:37AM

Tubman’s life has inspired countless works for art, including poems, comic books, and films.

Topics: History, /NOW

That Time Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Was Bashed as 'Historical Porn'

That Time Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ Was Bashed as ‘Historical Porn’

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 9:12AM

This is what everyone’s gonna be talking about next week.

Topics: History, /NOW

Russell Simmons Apologizes for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

Russell Simmons Apologizes for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

by Jamilah King on August 15 2013, 9:00AM

Because apparently slavery is funny now?

Topics: History, /NOW

Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler Wants to Sign Imaginative Acts to Seattle Label

Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler Wants to Sign Imaginative Acts to Seattle Label

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 2:18PM

And so far, he’s liking the new gig.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Shonda Rhimes Does Not Think 'Scandal' is a Guilty Pleasure

Shonda Rhimes Does Not Think ‘Scandal’ is a Guilty Pleasure

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:59AM

And she explains why you shouldn’t, either.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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