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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.

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

Rza Talks Wu-Tang Reunion Album and Ol' Dirty Bastard Hologram

Rza Talks Wu-Tang Reunion Album and Ol’ Dirty Bastard Hologram

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 10:00AM

Get ready for the Wu-Tang comeback album.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Texas Kills Kimberley McCarthy, Its 500th Execution Since '82

Texas Kills Kimberley McCarthy, Its 500th Execution Since ‘82

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 9:42AM

Associated Press reporter Michael Graczyk reflects on death on assignment.

Topics: /NOW

Get a Glimpse of Walter Mosley's Los Angeles

Get a Glimpse of Walter Mosley’s Los Angeles

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 9:23AM

The author is back with a new book based in his hometown.

Topics: /NOW

Paula Deen Hires Real-Life Olivia Pope, but the Supreme Court is the Fixer

Paula Deen Hires Real-Life Olivia Pope, but the Supreme Court is the Fixer

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 9:01AM

But the Supreme Court played the ultimate fixer this week when it came to workplace discrimination.

Topics: /NOW

5 Ways to Be Safe, Supportive and Proud

5 Ways to Be Safe, Supportive and Proud

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 7:56AM

Sadly, violence against LGBT people has made grim headlines lately. But there’s nothing new in the trend, and people working with transgender communities of color in particular have developed strategies for dealing with it.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2013

Aaron Hernandez Has His Day in Court, But We've Already Ruled Him Guilty

Aaron Hernandez Has His Day in Court, But We’ve Already Ruled Him Guilty

by Jamilah King on June 26 2013, 1:56PM

Embattled pro football player Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder. The former tight end for the New England Patriots was arrested at his home this morning, shortly before his team announced that it was severing its ties with the…

Topics: /NOW

The Sights and Sounds of Love: Celebrating Gay Marriage

The Sights and Sounds of Love: Celebrating Gay Marriage

by Jamilah King on June 26 2013, 11:55AM

The fight for LGBT equity is far from over. But today, let’s celebrate love.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Teach for America's New DREAM Act Video

Watch Teach for America’s New DREAM Act Video

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 3:09PM

Worlds colliding.

Topics: /NOW

Oprah Really, Really Loves Her Some Tyler Perry

Oprah Really, Really Loves Her Some Tyler Perry

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:54PM

Bad black television is coming more frequently to a household near you.

Topics: /NOW

Venus X Talks About the NYC Party That's 'Black, White, Gay, Straight, Trans, Thoroughly Lawless'

Venus X Talks About the NYC Party That’s ‘Black, White, Gay, Straight, Trans, Thoroughly Lawless’

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:50PM

Venus X has been one of the most talked about New York City DJ’s since a high-profile Twitter beef with Diplo about the latter’s rumored exploitation of artists of color put her on folks’ radars a couple years ago. A…

Topics: /NOW

A Must-Read Take on What's Missing From OWN's 'Dark Girls'

A Must-Read Take on What’s Missing From OWN’s ‘Dark Girls’

by Jamilah King on June 25 2013, 2:32PM

The documentary that had everyone talking.

Topics: /NOW