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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.

People Wanna Buy Kanye West's $120 Plain White 'Hip-Hop' T-Shirts

People Wanna Buy Kanye West’s $120 Plain White ‘Hip-Hop’ T-Shirts

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 11:36AM

Don’t hate. It’s art.

Topics: /NOW

Transgender Actress Laverne Cox: 'Orange is the New Black' is a Big Deal

Transgender Actress Laverne Cox: ‘Orange is the New Black’ is a Big Deal

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 11:34AM

Cox is one bright spot in a show that’s trying really hard to be funny.

Topics: /NOW

Jay Z and Beyoncé: The Latest Artists to Speak Out for Trayvon

Jay Z and Beyoncé: The Latest Artists to Speak Out for Trayvon

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 11:15AM

Entertainers speak out for Trayvon Martin.

Topics: /NOW

Tavis Smiley Slams Obama's Trayvon Remarks: 'You Can't Lead From Behind' On Race

Tavis Smiley Slams Obama’s Trayvon Remarks: ‘You Can’t Lead From Behind’ On Race

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 10:52AM

Not all of Black America was wowed by the president’s remarks last week.

Topics: /NOW

Asiana Airlines Won't Sue Bay Area News TV, After All

Asiana Airlines Won’t Sue Bay Area News TV, After All

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 2:08PM

The airline is backing away from its lawsuit.

Topics: /NOW

FUN: An Illustrated Account of Jay Z's 99 Problems

FUN: An Illustrated Account of Jay Z’s 99 Problems

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 1:59PM

Because even rappers have bad days.

Topics: /NOW

Marc Anthony Sings 'God Bless America', Then Has to Prove He's an American

Marc Anthony Sings ‘God Bless America’, Then Has to Prove He’s an American

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 11:30AM

It’s happening again.

Topics: /NOW

Take a Look at 'The Worst of the Worst', Connecticut's Supermax Prison

Take a Look at ‘The Worst of the Worst’, Connecticut’s Supermax Prison

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 11:00AM

“When you incarcerate someone, you’re incarcerating all the people that love them, too.”

Topics: /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Parents: The Justice System 'Didn't Work For Us'

Trayvon Martin’s Parents: The Justice System ‘Didn’t Work For Us’

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 10:56AM

Here’s their interview with Anderson Cooper.

Topics: /NOW

Justin Lin, Of Fast and Furious Fame, Is Working on Bruce Lee Project

Justin Lin, Of Fast and Furious Fame, Is Working on Bruce Lee Project

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 1:25PM

Justin Lin is a busy man.

Topics: /NOW

Olivia Pope Reacts to Another Year of Mostly White Emmy Nods

Olivia Pope Reacts to Another Year of Mostly White Emmy Nods

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 11:33AM

This year’s Emmy nods are out. No surprises: House of Cards, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men lead the way. But, of course, the nominations really white. Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope — who, along with Don Cheadle and Alfre Woodard, Morgan…

Topics: /NOW

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela's Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela’s Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 11:03AM

Today’s his birthday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Beautiful Inmate Art From Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Striker

Beautiful Inmate Art From Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Striker

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 10:44AM

An inmate speaks out.

Topics: /NOW

Harvard University Establishes a Nas Fellowship

Harvard University Establishes a Nas Fellowship

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 2:49PM

Yes, you read that correctly.

Topics: /NOW

Colleagues Remember Eric Ohene Lembembe, Murdered LGBT Activist

Colleagues Remember Eric Ohene Lembembe, Murdered LGBT Activist

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 1:42PM

Lembembe was found tortured and killed in his home in the Cameroonian capitol of Yaounde.

Topics: /NOW

Los Angeles Is Becoming Majority Latino -- Again

Los Angeles Is Becoming Majority Latino — Again

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 11:19AM

Here’s a brief history of the Mexicans who founded the city of Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW

Black Mothers Speak Out After Trayvon: 'My Son Is Not a Suspect'

Black Mothers Speak Out After Trayvon: ‘My Son Is Not a Suspect’

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 10:50AM

It’s time to end the racial profiling of young black men.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

1 Million People Sign NAACP's Petition for Zimmerman Justice Dept. Charges

1 Million People Sign NAACP’s Petition for Zimmerman Justice Dept. Charges

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 10:26AM

Zimmerman’s not out of the woods yet.

Topics: /NOW

Questlove's Lesson From Zimmerman Verdict: 'You Ain't Shit'

Questlove’s Lesson From Zimmerman Verdict: ‘You Ain’t Shit’

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 3:56PM

The drummer took to Facebook to air his thoughts.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Tom Joyner Offers Rachel Jeantel a Full College Scholarship

Tom Joyner Offers Rachel Jeantel a Full College Scholarship

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 2:20PM

Finally, some good news.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin