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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.

'Forgotten Four' Tells the Story of Pro Football's Integration

‘Forgotten Four’ Tells the Story of Pro Football’s Integration

by Jamilah King on August 5 2014, 3:39PM

Just in time for the start of football season.

Topics: Culture

Brooklyn Museum Just Got a Lot Cheaper

Brooklyn Museum Just Got a Lot Cheaper

by Jamilah King on August 5 2014, 12:43PM

It’s free for folks under 20 starting September 3.

Topics: Culture

Gene Luen Yang Helps Revive the First Asian-American Superhero

Gene Luen Yang Helps Revive the First Asian-American Superhero

by Jamilah King on August 5 2014, 10:46AM

The Green Turtle is back.

Topics: Culture

Laverne Cox Brings 'Orange is the New Black' to Conan O'Brien

Laverne Cox Brings ‘Orange is the New Black’ to Conan O’Brien

by Jamilah King on August 5 2014, 10:05AM

She’s got jokes.

Topics: Culture

PBS's 'America By the Numbers' To Focus on Race This Fall Play

PBS’s ‘America By the Numbers’ To Focus on Race This Fall

by Jamilah King on August 4 2014, 12:39PM

The series debuts on October 2.

Topics: /NOW

A Possibly Whitewashed James Brown Film Pulls in $14 Million at the Box Office

A Possibly Whitewashed James Brown Film Pulls in $14 Million at the Box Office

by Jamilah King on August 4 2014, 10:11AM

“Our entire history has been given over to white writers,” says one black screenwriter.

Topics: Culture

Katy Perry on Cultural Appropriation: 'I Guess I'll Stick to Baseball and Hot Dogs' Play

Katy Perry on Cultural Appropriation: ‘I Guess I’ll Stick to Baseball and Hot Dogs’

by Jamilah King on August 1 2014, 12:12PM

Her new video proves that she just doesn’t care.

Topics: Culture

Will the James Brown Biopic Truly Capture the Godfather of Soul?

Will the James Brown Biopic Truly Capture the Godfather of Soul?

by Jamilah King on August 1 2014, 7:00AM

The new James Brown film is one of a handful that revisit the legacies of pioneering African-American musicians. But will their political legacies be sanitized in the process?

Topics: Arts & Culture

New Laker Jeremy Lin's Still Got a Great Sense of Humor

New Laker Jeremy Lin’s Still Got a Great Sense of Humor

by Jamilah King on July 31 2014, 11:32AM

He’s going Hollywood.

Topics: Culture

Actor James Shigeta and Hollywood's 'Stigma of Asian Leading Men'

Actor James Shigeta and Hollywood’s ‘Stigma of Asian Leading Men’

by Jamilah King on July 31 2014, 11:26AM

It’s still strong.

Topics: Culture

Beastie Boys' Mike D on Tupac: 'He Was So Determined to Be Authentic, It Killed Him' Play

Beastie Boys’ Mike D on Tupac: ‘He Was So Determined to Be Authentic, It Killed Him’

by Jamilah King on July 31 2014, 11:04AM

Watch more at Vanity Fair.

Topics: Culture

Before You See the New James Brown Movie, Watch This 1964 Performance Play

Before You See the New James Brown Movie, Watch This 1964 Performance

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 2:12PM

Predictably, he kills it.

Topics: Culture

CeCe McDonald to Rolling Stone: 'I Wasn't Born a Boy. I Was Born a Baby'

CeCe McDonald to Rolling Stone: ‘I Wasn’t Born a Boy. I Was Born a Baby’

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 2:02PM

The women whose case galvanized thousands of people across the country shares stories from her painful past.

Topics: Culture

Comedian Aamer Rahman Doesn't Want to 'Pander to White Audiences' Play

Comedian Aamer Rahman Doesn’t Want to ‘Pander to White Audiences’

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 12:28PM

He’s making brown and black people laugh. And he’s OK with that.

Topics: /NOW

Janelle Monáe's Mom Stars in Her New Video, 'Electric Lady' Play

Janelle Monáe’s Mom Stars in Her New Video, ‘Electric Lady’

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 12:10PM

The pair are joined by Esperanza Spaulding, T-Boz, Monica, Estelle and T.I.

Topics: Culture

Infographic: Only 8 Percent of Sci-Fi Films Feature Protagonists of Color Infographic

Infographic: Only 8 Percent of Sci-Fi Films Feature Protagonists of Color

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 11:39AM

Sci-fi and fantasy blockbusters are still overwhelmingly white and male.

Topics: Culture

Even as a 5-Year-Old Maya Rudolph Was Ready for the Camera

Even as a 5-Year-Old Maya Rudolph Was Ready for the Camera

by Jamilah King on July 30 2014, 10:01AM

And she gets her sense of humor from her mother, according to one of Minnie Ripperton’s old friends.

Topics: Culture

Watch Beyonce Cover Lauryn Hill's 'Ex-Factor' Play

Watch Beyonce Cover Lauryn Hill’s ‘Ex-Factor’

by Jamilah King on July 29 2014, 4:02PM

And the crowd in New Orleans loved it.

Topics: Culture

Hari Kondabolu is Really Excited About His New NYU Artist Residency

Hari Kondabolu is Really Excited About His New NYU Artist Residency

by Jamilah King on July 29 2014, 11:15AM

And you should be too. Here’s why.

Topics: Culture

Crime Writer Rachel Howzell Hall Explores South L.A.'s Gentrification

Crime Writer Rachel Howzell Hall Explores South L.A.’s Gentrification

by Jamilah King on July 29 2014, 10:15AM

She says that her hometown has a story to tell.

Topics: Culture