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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.

Michael Brown's Death Didn't Happen in a Vacuum

Michael Brown’s Death Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum

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

Members of Ferguson, Missouri’s black community have been under siege for years.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Cartoonists Who Paint a New Picture of Racial Justice

Cartoonists Who Paint a New Picture of Racial Justice

by Jamilah King on August 11 2014, 7:00AM

America’s getting browner. Its comic books are, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture

La Santa Cecilia's 'Strawberry Fields Forever' Looks at Migrant Work

La Santa Cecilia’s ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ Looks at Migrant Work

by Jamilah King on August 8 2014, 11:03AM

The Grammy-winning band took it way back.

Topics: Culture

Azealia Banks' First Post-Label Music Video is Dope Play

Azealia Banks’ First Post-Label Music Video is Dope

by Jamilah King on August 8 2014, 10:52AM

The video was directed by by Rob Soucy and Nick Ace.

Topics: Culture

PSA From 'Dear White People': The Best Athletes Aren't Always Black

PSA From ‘Dear White People’: The Best Athletes Aren’t Always Black

by Jamilah King on August 8 2014, 10:02AM

A reminder from “Dear White People”

Topics: Culture

Video of Jeremy Lin Dunking on His Mom Goes Viral

Video of Jeremy Lin Dunking on His Mom Goes Viral

by Jamilah King on August 7 2014, 12:59PM

Bad boy, Jeremy

Topics: Culture

Maya Angelou Spoke of W.E.B DuBois in One of Her Last Interviews

Maya Angelou Spoke of W.E.B DuBois in One of Her Last Interviews

by Jamilah King on August 7 2014, 12:27PM

She joined scholar Arnold Rampersad and poet Elizabeth Alexander on American Public Media to talk about W.E.B. DuBois’ legacy.

Topics: Culture

Listen to FKA Twigs Perform 3 Songs on BBC Radio

Listen to FKA Twigs Perform 3 Songs on BBC Radio

by Jamilah King on August 7 2014, 12:12PM

The 26-year-old British songstress has already been praised for her “futuristic vision of R&B.”

Topics: Culture

Brittney Griner Talks About Living in China Play

Brittney Griner Talks About Living in China

by Jamilah King on August 6 2014, 11:02AM

The WNBA star spent the off-season playing professionally for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.

Topics: Culture

Indian-Americans Don't Want Dinesh D'Souza Anymore

Indian-Americans Don’t Want Dinesh D’Souza Anymore

by Jamilah King on August 6 2014, 10:45AM

White folks, he’s all yours.

Topics: Culture

Here's How NFL Owner Dan Snyder Bought Off the D.C. Media

Here’s How NFL Owner Dan Snyder Bought Off the D.C. Media

by Jamilah King on August 6 2014, 10:28AM

It ain’t pretty.

Topics: Culture

Venus X, Álvaro Díaz Talk Music, 'Latino Double Consciousness' Play

Venus X, Álvaro Díaz Talk Music, ‘Latino Double Consciousness’

by Jamilah King on August 6 2014, 10:18AM

Countless DJs and emcees have sampled sounds from across the globe thanks to the accessibility of online beats.

Topics: Culture

Watch Tyga's Mom Read His Lyrics on Late Night TV

Watch Tyga’s Mom Read His Lyrics on Late Night TV

by Jamilah King on August 6 2014, 10:00AM

Awkward.

Topics: Culture

'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