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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 Top 5 LGBT Issues for 2015

The Top 5 LGBT Issues for 2015

by Jamilah King on January 13 2015, 1:35AM

Where to put your energy this year

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

'Selma' Wins Golden Globe for Song 'Glory' Play

‘Selma’ Wins Golden Globe for Song ‘Glory’

by Jamilah King on January 12 2015, 2:05PM

Watch Common and John Legend accept the award from Prince.

Topics: Culture

Aziz Ansari Trolls Rupert Murdoch Over Anti-Muslim Tweets

Aziz Ansari Trolls Rupert Murdoch Over Anti-Muslim Tweets

by Jamilah King on January 12 2015, 11:03AM

#RupertsFault is now a thing on Twitter.

Topics: Culture

Watch Gina Rodriguez's Tearful Golden Globe Speech Play

Watch Gina Rodriguez’s Tearful Golden Globe Speech

by Jamilah King on January 12 2015, 10:30AM

The actress won the award for her role in “Jane the Virgin.”

Topics: Culture

Black Business Leaders Offer NYC Students Free Tickets to 'Selma'

Black Business Leaders Offer NYC Students Free Tickets to ‘Selma’

by Jamilah King on January 9 2015, 12:46PM

The film opens in theaters nationwide today.

Topics: Culture

Video: Police Killings Create Unity in South Los Angeles Play

Video: Police Killings Create Unity in South Los Angeles

by Jamilah King on January 9 2015, 12:22PM

They want justice for Omar Abrego and Ezell Ford.

Topics: /NOW

San Francisco Muralists Sue Realtor For Using Art to Sell Luxury Condos

San Francisco Muralists Sue Realtor For Using Art to Sell Luxury Condos

by Jamilah King on January 9 2015, 11:52AM

The lawsuit was filed this week in federal court.

Topics: Culture

Margaret Cho to Talk Polyamory, BDSM, Sex Toys on New TLC Show

Margaret Cho to Talk Polyamory, BDSM, Sex Toys on New TLC Show

by Jamilah King on January 9 2015, 11:08AM

“All About Sex” premieres on Saturday at 11pm EST.

Topics: Culture

Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo Compares 'Selma' to Ferguson

Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo Compares ‘Selma’ to Ferguson

by Jamilah King on January 9 2015, 10:05AM

The actor spoke about the meaning of this political moment.

Topics: Culture

'Selma' Earns Its First Big Magazine Cover

‘Selma’ Earns Its First Big Magazine Cover

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 12:38PM

It won’t be the last.

Topics: Culture

Don Lemon to Muslim Human Rights Attorney: 'Do You Support ISIS?'

Don Lemon to Muslim Human Rights Attorney: ‘Do You Support ISIS?’

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 12:02PM

New year, same guy.

Topics: Culture

Viola Davis' Awards Speech Responds to NYT 'Classic Beauty' Diss

Viola Davis’ Awards Speech Responds to NYT ‘Classic Beauty’ Diss

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 11:32AM

Viola FTW!

Topics: Culture

'The Search for General Tso' and the Chinese-American Immigrant Experience

‘The Search for General Tso’ and the Chinese-American Immigrant Experience

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 11:16AM

Who invented America’s favorite Chinese food dish, and why?

Topics: Culture

Lauryn Hill Gave Kendrick Lamar Some Great Advice

Lauryn Hill Gave Kendrick Lamar Some Great Advice

by Jamilah King on January 8 2015, 10:45AM

He’s trying to survive the rap business.

Topics: Culture

Here's What Zora Neale Hurston Wrote in 1928 About Being 'Colored'

Here’s What Zora Neale Hurston Wrote in 1928 About Being ‘Colored’

by Jamilah King on January 7 2015, 4:48PM

It’s a fitting way to remember what the late author added to America’s dialogue on race.

Topics: Culture

Remembering American Muslim Leader Maher Hathout

Remembering American Muslim Leader Maher Hathout

by Jamilah King on January 7 2015, 4:04PM

He died recently at the age of 79.

Topics: /NOW

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: 'Forget These Women'

Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: ‘Forget These Women’

by Jamilah King on January 7 2015, 10:53AM

She thinks there’s some vast conspiracy at hand to ruin his legacy.

Topics: Culture

Essence Magazine Devotes Entire Issue to 'Black Lives Matter'

Essence Magazine Devotes Entire Issue to ‘Black Lives Matter’

by Jamilah King on January 6 2015, 11:41AM

It’s the first time in the publication’s history that it’s gone without a cover image.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox to Return as Co-Host of ABC's 'The View'

Laverne Cox to Return as Co-Host of ABC’s ‘The View’

by Jamilah King on January 6 2015, 10:22AM

Tune in on Thursday.

Topics: Culture

Ava DuVernay on 'Selma' Criticism: 'I Wasn't Interested in Making a White Savior Movie'

Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma’ Criticism: ‘I Wasn’t Interested in Making a White Savior Movie’

by Jamilah King on January 6 2015, 10:06AM

“There was some process to it that was important to show.”

Topics: Culture