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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.

Beautifully Edited, Totally Wrong: How Filmmakers Missed the Mark with 'Detropia'

Beautifully Edited, Totally Wrong: How Filmmakers Missed the Mark with ‘Detropia’

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 9:26AM

It shouldn’t be that hard to talk about race and the Motor City.

Topics: /NOW

This Is a Really Helpful List on How Not to be a Good Ally

This Is a Really Helpful List on How Not to be a Good Ally

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 12:20PM

Because actions speak louder than words.

Topics: /NOW

Fall in Love With The Prancing Elites, Ala.'s All-Male Cheerleading Squad

Fall in Love With The Prancing Elites, Ala.’s All-Male Cheerleading Squad

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 11:47AM

Werk.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Kanye West Went to Bollywood for His 'Yeezus' Sample

Kanye West Went to Bollywood for His ‘Yeezus’ Sample

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 10:55AM

But no one can figure out exactly which artist he sampled.

Topics: /NOW

Did J. Cole Do More Harm Than Good With His Deliberately Homophobic Lyrics?

Did J. Cole Do More Harm Than Good With His Deliberately Homophobic Lyrics?

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 9:42AM

The rapper says that he’s trying to make a point.

Topics: /NOW

'Motown the Musical' Had Its Best Week Ever

‘Motown the Musical’ Had Its Best Week Ever

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 9:34AM

The show set a new box office record.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

That Time Questlove Went Roller-Skating With Prince on Valentine's Day

That Time Questlove Went Roller-Skating With Prince on Valentine’s Day

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 9:20AM

Your favorite music snob’s favorite music snob has a new book out. Obviously you should read it.

Topics: /NOW

Jay-Z's Android Deal Shows How Race Colors Smartphone Market

Jay-Z’s Android Deal Shows How Race Colors Smartphone Market

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 9:04AM

Can’t knock the hustle.

Topics: /NOW

We're Here, We're Queer and We Look Real Cute Photo

We’re Here, We’re Queer and We Look Real Cute

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 7:42AM

Five fashion designers who are putting the dandy back in gender queer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2013

Internet Guru Baratunde Thurston Talks About Life Without the Internet

Internet Guru Baratunde Thurston Talks About Life Without the Internet

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 2:08PM

You too can unplug. Here’s how.

Topics: /NOW

Dave Chappelle's New Comedy Tour Coming to a City Near You

Dave Chappelle’s New Comedy Tour Coming to a City Near You

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 1:48PM

Your favorite funny man will be back in action this summer.

Topics: /NOW

A Brief Look at Dwyane Wade's Gender-Bending NBA Playoff Fashion

A Brief Look at Dwyane Wade’s Gender-Bending NBA Playoff Fashion

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 1:29PM

One of the league’s top players has some gender-bending fashion sense of his own.

Topics: /NOW

3 Random Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'Fruitvale Station' Director Ryan Coogler

3 Random Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Fruitvale Station’ Director Ryan Coogler

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 12:46PM

He’s basically just a really down-to-earth dude who makes films.

Topics: /NOW

Meet America's Most Gangsta High School Nerd

Meet America’s Most Gangsta High School Nerd

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 11:49AM

Jessica Lee wins everything.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Brittney Griner Put Haters on Blast This Father's Day

Brittney Griner Put Haters on Blast This Father’s Day

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 11:09AM

And so naturally, she put her haters on blast. It was fantastic.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Regular Working People Might Be Able to Afford to Live in San Francisco Again

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 11:00AM

But probably not.

Topics: /NOW

Kevin Clash Won a Bunch of Emmys Last Week, Everything is Awkward

Kevin Clash Won a Bunch of Emmys Last Week, Everything is Awkward

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 10:49AM

Everybody still loves Elmo.

Topics: /NOW

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

by Jamilah King on June 14 2013, 11:50AM

Yikes.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

by Jamilah King on June 13 2013, 11:06AM

It’s never easy to talk about an incarcerated loved one in public, and it’s an especially difficult task for children.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Nike Launches New LGBT Line for Gay Pride

Nike Launches New LGBT Line for Gay Pride

by Jamilah King on June 13 2013, 10:08AM

Nike loves its gay athletes.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW