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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.

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

Watch This 5-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Wow His 101-Year-Old Fan

Watch This 5-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Wow His 101-Year-Old Fan

by Jamilah King on July 1 2013, 12:43PM

It’s probably the cutest thing you’ll see this week.

Topics: /NOW

Lauryn Hill Points Out Institutional Racism, Gets Called Crazy in Return

Lauryn Hill Points Out Institutional Racism, Gets Called Crazy in Return

by Jamilah King on July 1 2013, 10:45AM

Sure, she rambles, but she’s got a point.

Topics: /NOW

The Oscars Academy Just Added A Lot More Color

The Oscars Academy Just Added A Lot More Color

by Jamilah King on July 1 2013, 10:25AM

276 people were invited to join one of Hollywood’s most exclusive clubs.

Topics: /NOW

The $65 Million O.J. Simpson Movie Will Hit Theaters Next Summer

The $65 Million O.J. Simpson Movie Will Hit Theaters Next Summer

by Jamilah King on July 1 2013, 9:48AM

The film’s British director claims to have new evidence in the case.

Topics: /NOW

The Trouble With a More 'Family-Friendly' and 'Marriage-Minded' LGBT Pride

The Trouble With a More ‘Family-Friendly’ and ‘Marriage-Minded’ LGBT Pride

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 4:47PM

Gay Pride Parades have always been sexually charged spaces. And they should stay that way.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Kate Gosselin Has An Awful Excuse for Mocking Asians

Kate Gosselin Has An Awful Excuse for Mocking Asians

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 2:47PM

The reality TV mom is on the defense.

Topics: /NOW

Cornel West Calls Edward Snowden the 'John Brown' of National Security

Cornel West Calls Edward Snowden the ‘John Brown’ of National Security

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 2:13PM

The man at the center of the US spying scandal has plenty of supporters.

Topics: /NOW

Social Media Shows Love for Rachel Jeantel

Social Media Shows Love for Rachel Jeantel

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 11:00AM

#LoveForRachel was trending on Twitter this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Two Players of Nigerian Descent Drafted in the NBA's 1st Round

Two Players of Nigerian Descent Drafted in the NBA’s 1st Round

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 10:39AM

Victor Oladipo and Giannis Adetokunbo were two of the big names at Thursday’s draft.

Topics: /NOW

3 Reasons You Should Go See 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty'

3 Reasons You Should Go See ‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 8:58AM

It’s probably one of the most unconventional love stories you’ll see on screen this year.

Topics: /NOW

Tips for Being a Better Transgender Ally

Tips for Being a Better Transgender Ally

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 8:53AM

It’s not that hard to be a better ally. Here are four relatively simple steps.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Here's What You Won't See About Domestic Workers on 'Devious Maids'

Here’s What You Won’t See About Domestic Workers on ‘Devious Maids’

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 10:19AM

Welcome to the not-so-sexy side of domestic work.

Topics: /NOW

Southern LGBT Activists' Call: Marry the Movement

Southern LGBT Activists’ Call: Marry the Movement

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 10:12AM

Watch this adorable love letter to the LGBTQ movement.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW