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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.

Gene Luen Yang on Diversity in Comics: 'We Have to Make Mistakes'

Gene Luen Yang on Diversity in Comics: ‘We Have to Make Mistakes’

by Jamilah King on September 3 2014, 11:29AM

The award-winning graphic novelist delivered a rousing speech at the National Book Festival gala.

Topics: Culture

Listen: Kendrick Lamar Featured on New Flying Lotus's 'Never Catch Me'

Listen: Kendrick Lamar Featured on New Flying Lotus’s ‘Never Catch Me’

by Jamilah King on September 3 2014, 11:09AM

FlyLo’s new album drops on October 7.

Topics: Culture

CeeLo Green's TV Show 'The Good Life' Canceled Amid Rape Comments

CeeLo Green’s TV Show ‘The Good Life’ Canceled Amid Rape Comments

by Jamilah King on September 3 2014, 10:56AM

He did this to himself.

Topics: Culture

Mary J. Blige and Black America's London Connection

Mary J. Blige and Black America’s London Connection

by Jamilah King on September 2 2014, 2:27PM

And she paid her respects to Amy Winehouse.

Topics: Culture

Biggie, Nas, Outkast: A Visual Guide to 1994's Best Hip-Hop Albums

Biggie, Nas, Outkast: A Visual Guide to 1994’s Best Hip-Hop Albums

by Jamilah King on September 2 2014, 12:12PM

Was it one of music’s best years? Easily.

Topics: Culture

CeeLo Green: It's Not Rape If the Victim Is Unconscious

CeeLo Green: It’s Not Rape If the Victim Is Unconscious

by Jamilah King on September 2 2014, 10:25AM

The singer decided to make a bad situation even worse.

Topics: Culture

Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism [Video]

Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism [Video]

by Jamilah King on September 2 2014, 10:06AM

Bigotry never tasted so good.

Topics: Culture

The DJ Behind L.A.'s Low End Theory Talks Avant-Garde Hip-Hop Play

The DJ Behind L.A.’s Low End Theory Talks Avant-Garde Hip-Hop

by Jamilah King on August 29 2014, 2:31PM

The party is a weekly that served a proving ground for acts like Flying Lotus.

Topics: Culture

Beyond Frida Kahlo: Latin American Art in the U.S. (Listen)

Beyond Frida Kahlo: Latin American Art in the U.S. (Listen)

by Jamilah King on August 29 2014, 12:37PM

Daniel Alarcón talked with art critic Carolina Miranda for Radio Ambulante about the dilemma’s facing Latino artists in the United States

Topics: Culture

Yuri Kochiyama, Tupac Shakur and Liberation

Yuri Kochiyama, Tupac Shakur and Liberation

by Jamilah King on August 29 2014, 10:47AM

Here’s the untold story.

Topics: Culture

'Souls of Mischief' Welcomes You to '90s Oakland on New Album (Full Stream)

‘Souls of Mischief’ Welcomes You to ’90s Oakland on New Album (Full Stream)

by Jamilah King on August 29 2014, 10:36AM

The group’s fifth studio album celebrates the city that made it.

Topics: Culture

How Addiction, Mental Illness Inspired a Journalist to Make a Rock Album

How Addiction, Mental Illness Inspired a Journalist to Make a Rock Album

by Jamilah King on August 29 2014, 10:01AM

Like most good art, Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut LP comes from a place of pain. That’s what’s made him rock’s best new thing.

Topics: Culture

Hip-Hop's Biggest Names Release Song After Ferguson: 'Don't Shoot'

Hip-Hop’s Biggest Names Release Song After Ferguson: ‘Don’t Shoot’

by Jamilah King on August 28 2014, 1:36PM

It’s dedicated to Mike Brown.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW

CeCe McDonald Talks About the Bullying That Pushed Her Out of School

CeCe McDonald Talks About the Bullying That Pushed Her Out of School

by Jamilah King on August 28 2014, 12:25PM

She was one of thousands of students of color who faced bullying and harassment in school.

Topics: Culture

Lifetime Fails Its Awful Mission to Bring Out the 'Strong Black Woman' in White Women

Lifetime Fails Its Awful Mission to Bring Out the ‘Strong Black Woman’ in White Women

by Jamilah King on August 28 2014, 10:27AM

And it doesn’t look like viewers are interested.

Topics: Culture

Celebrity Chef Roy Choi to Open Healthy Fast Food Chain in California

Celebrity Chef Roy Choi to Open Healthy Fast Food Chain in California

by Jamilah King on August 28 2014, 10:24AM

It’s a move that’s long overdue.

Topics: Culture

This Is What Happens When Your 'Punk-Funk Communist Revolution Band' Goes to Cleveland

This Is What Happens When Your ‘Punk-Funk Communist Revolution Band’ Goes to Cleveland

by Jamilah King on August 28 2014, 10:02AM

Boots Riley made a local FOX affiliate very angry.

Topics: Culture

Protesters Gather at CNN's Atlanta Headquarters

Protesters Gather at CNN’s Atlanta Headquarters

by Jamilah King on August 19 2014, 2:06PM

But they’re pretending like it didn’t happen.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Ferguson Hires All-White PR Firm to Help Deal With Black Uprising

Ferguson Hires All-White PR Firm to Help Deal With Black Uprising

by Jamilah King on August 19 2014, 12:51PM

The city’s leaders just don’t get it.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

NFL Players Show Support for Michael Brown and Ferguson During Pre-season Game

NFL Players Show Support for Michael Brown and Ferguson During Pre-season Game

by Jamilah King on August 19 2014, 11:10AM

Hands up.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW