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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.

Asians Have Not Become White, No Matter What Google's Diversity Data Says

Asians Have Not Become White, No Matter What Google’s Diversity Data Says

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 10:45AM

Scot Nakagawa doubles down on why the model minority myth is so destructive.

Topics: Culture

The Women's Prison Issues to Watch for in 'Orange is the New Black'

The Women’s Prison Issues to Watch for in ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 7:00AM

Beyond the glitz and glamor of the show’s second season are real-life issues that impact thousands of incarcerated women in the United States.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Sam Greenlee's Family Asks for Help With Memorial

Sam Greenlee’s Family Asks for Help With Memorial

by Jamilah King on June 3 2014, 3:03PM

A public memorial will be held in Chicago this week.

Topics: Culture

How Dr. Maya Angelou Earned Her Title

How Dr. Maya Angelou Earned Her Title

by Jamilah King on June 3 2014, 12:00PM

The refusal of deference to black women goes back centuries.

Topics: Culture

What Apple's Acquisition of Beats Says About Black Cool

What Apple’s Acquisition of Beats Says About Black Cool

by Jamilah King on June 3 2014, 11:44AM

Those headphones say a lot about race.

Topics: Culture

Documentary in the Works for America's First Muslim Frat

Documentary in the Works for America’s First Muslim Frat

by Jamilah King on June 2 2014, 3:16PM

The film is slated for 2015.

Topics: Culture

Star Wars Fans, Get Ready: Lupita Nyong'o Cast in Episode VII

Star Wars Fans, Get Ready: Lupita Nyong’o Cast in Episode VII

by Jamilah King on June 2 2014, 1:06PM

The new film is being directed by J.J. Abrams and is scheduled to be released next year.

Topics: Culture

Yuri Kochiyama's Activism 'Sustained By People in the Movement' Play

Yuri Kochiyama’s Activism ‘Sustained By People in the Movement’

by Jamilah King on June 2 2014, 10:07AM

The pioneering Japanese-American activist passed away at 93 years old.

Topics: Culture

Yes, Maya Angelou Was a Sex Worker

Yes, Maya Angelou Was a Sex Worker

by Jamilah King on May 30 2014, 11:54AM

And she wasn’t ashamed.

Topics: Culture

Lupita Nyong'o Options Film Rights to 'Americanah'

Lupita Nyong’o Options Film Rights to ‘Americanah’

by Jamilah King on May 30 2014, 11:27AM

Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s most popular work is coming to the big screen.

Topics: Culture

Pharrell Apparently Doesn't Know That Men Can Be Feminists, Too Play

Pharrell Apparently Doesn’t Know That Men Can Be Feminists, Too

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 11:38AM

It’s for everybody.

Topics: Culture

LeVar Burton Raises More Than $1.7 Million to Bring Back 'Reading Rainbow' Play

LeVar Burton Raises More Than $1.7 Million to Bring Back ‘Reading Rainbow’

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 11:11AM

And that’s in less than 24 hours.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox Makes History on the Cover of TIME

Laverne Cox Makes History on the Cover of TIME

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 10:12AM

It’s a major moment of visibility for transgender women of color.

Topics: Culture

Mia McKenzie: Writing Feels Exceptional

Mia McKenzie: Writing Feels Exceptional

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 7:00AM

Culture editor Jamilah King is chatting with queer and trans artists of color throughout June about the creative mind and the path toward liberation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture

This is How Maya Angelou Wants to be Remembered Play

This is How Maya Angelou Wants to be Remembered

by Jamilah King on May 28 2014, 10:19AM

In her own words.

Topics: Culture

Watch Georgia Anne Muldrow's Time Lapse Visual for New Album Play

Watch Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Time Lapse Visual for New Album

by Jamilah King on May 27 2014, 10:59AM

The project’s official release date hasn’t been set, but stay tuned.

Topics: Culture

Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat's 'Caroline's Wedding' in Works Play

Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s ‘Caroline’s Wedding’ in Works

by Jamilah King on May 23 2014, 2:13PM

The project is still in its development phase.

Topics: Culture

You Can Own a Pair of Brooks Brothers Chopsticks for $245

You Can Own a Pair of Brooks Brothers Chopsticks for $245

by Jamilah King on May 23 2014, 10:54AM

That’s $122.50 per stick.

Topics: Culture

How Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Became Soul Mates Play

How Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Became Soul Mates

by Jamilah King on May 23 2014, 7:00AM

Amerigo Gazaway, the man behind one of this year’s most popular hip-hop mashups, talks about the stories he wants his music to tell.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Chipotle Tries to Explain Why Its 'Curated Thought' Series Doesn't Include Latino Authors

Chipotle Tries to Explain Why Its ‘Curated Thought’ Series Doesn’t Include Latino Authors

by Jamilah King on May 22 2014, 12:41PM

The company claims to have reached out to multiple Latino authors who declined their invitation to sign on.

Topics: Culture