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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.

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

Queering Immigration: 'Citizenship Is Not the Answer to Everything'

Queering Immigration: ‘Citizenship Is Not the Answer to Everything’

by Jamilah King on July 3 2013, 2:32PM

LGBT folks talk about their definitions of immigration, borders, and citizenship.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Immigration, /NOW

Watch the Ghost of Frederick Douglass Star in This 1970's Afro Sheen Commercial

Watch the Ghost of Frederick Douglass Star in This 1970’s Afro Sheen Commercial

by Jamilah King on July 3 2013, 12:51PM

Too much. But still a little something for your afternoon lunch break….

Topics: /NOW

The KKK's TV Show for Kids Is As Awful As You Can Imagine

The KKK’s TV Show for Kids Is As Awful As You Can Imagine

by Jamilah King on July 3 2013, 11:09AM

Learning white supremacy at a very young age.

Topics: /NOW

Zanele Muholi's Absolutely Stunning Portraits of Queer Africa

Zanele Muholi’s Absolutely Stunning Portraits of Queer Africa

by Jamilah King on July 3 2013, 10:59AM

Faces from visual artist Zanele Muholi’s portraits of lesbian and transgender women in Africa.

Topics: /NOW

New App Helps U.S. Immigrants Apply for Citizenship

New App Helps U.S. Immigrants Apply for Citizenship

by Jamilah King on July 3 2013, 10:22AM

Applying for U.S. citizenship just got a little bit easier.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Autopsy Reveals Atlanta Rapper Chris Kelly Died of Drug Overdose

Autopsy Reveals Atlanta Rapper Chris Kelly Died of Drug Overdose

by Jamilah King on July 2 2013, 11:49AM

Sad news.

Topics: /NOW

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Wants to Build a 'Solidarity Economy' in Jackson, Miss.

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Wants to Build a ‘Solidarity Economy’ in Jackson, Miss.

by Jamilah King on July 2 2013, 10:16AM

Big news for the Deep South.

Topics: /NOW

Silicon Valley Offers Helicopter Rides Amid Massive BART Strike

Silicon Valley Offers Helicopter Rides Amid Massive BART Strike

by Jamilah King on July 2 2013, 10:06AM

Insensitive? Yes. Out of touch? Defintiely.

Topics: /NOW

Meet Viola Davis' New Science Fiction Character

Meet Viola Davis’ New Science Fiction Character

by Jamilah King on July 2 2013, 9:38AM

Check out her new character poster for ‘Ender’s Game.’

Topics: /NOW

Reading Rainbow Host LeVar Burton's New Lesson: How Not to Get Shot by the Cops

Reading Rainbow Host LeVar Burton’s New Lesson: How Not to Get Shot by the Cops

by Jamilah King on July 2 2013, 9:27AM

So he shared his strategy with the world.

Topics: /NOW

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin T-Shirt to BET Awards for Second Straight Year

by Jamilah King on July 1 2013, 12:59PM

The actor opted to make another silent statement.

Topics: /NOW

This 1970's 'Black Belt Jones' Intro Shows Why Jim Kelly Was a Big Deal

This 1970’s ‘Black Belt Jones’ Intro Shows Why Jim Kelly Was a Big Deal

by Jamilah King on July 1 2013, 12:59PM

The actor passed away over the weekend.

Topics: /NOW