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Nia King

Nia King
New Media & Communications Intern
Oakland, CA

Nia King is a multimedia producer with a passion for social justice. Before joining Colorlines, she worked as a grassroots fundraiser, researcher, and social media marketing specialist for various racial justice and LGBTQ nonprofits. Her writing about race, gender, and sexuality has been published in the journal Women and Performance, and the book Zines in Third Space. She has presented her undergraduate thesis, “Mangos with Chili: Life-Sustaining Performance Art for and by Queer and Transgender People of Color,” at Stanford University, UC Riverside, and the University of Arizona. Her first short film, "The Craigslist Chronicles," has screened at the National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, York University, University of Toronto, and NYU. Her comics have been published by Colorlines and QWOC Media Wire. She also produces a podcast where she interviews emerging queer and transgender artists of color. She is currently working as a freelance journalist, cartoonist, illustrator, and video producer. You can find more about her work at artactivistnia.com.

Follow Nia at @artactivistnia.

Anarchy in the Archives: Zine Project Brings Punks of Color to the Academy

Anarchy in the Archives: Zine Project Brings Punks of Color to the Academy

by Nia King on January 29 2013, 9:41AM

A new project is working to make sure that zines by people of color are easy to find and share.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Privacy and Public Safety? [Reader Forum]

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Privacy and Public Safety? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 28 2013, 9:03AM

Readers sound off on the policing of people of color everywhere, from the streets to between the sheets.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Health

What's the Best Way to Prevent Another Sandy Hook? [Reader Forum]

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Another Sandy Hook? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 22 2013, 8:31AM

Colorlines readers responds to the White House’s proposals to prevent gun violence.

Topics: Guns, Health

Are Films About Slavery Obligated To Tell The Truth? [Reader Forum]

Are Films About Slavery Obligated To Tell The Truth? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 14 2013, 9:40AM

Colorlines readers debate the value of ‘Django Unchained’ and share non-fiction resources regarding slavery.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Are For-Profit Colleges Good or Bad for Students of Color? [Reader Forum]

Are For-Profit Colleges Good or Bad for Students of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 7 2013, 11:43AM

A Colorlines reader explains both the appeal and the darker side of for-profit colleges.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Should Black Women Have To Straighten Their Hair To Be On TV? [Reader Forum]

Should Black Women Have To Straighten Their Hair To Be On TV? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on December 17 2012, 9:33AM

Colorlines readers sounds off on perms, police, and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Topics: Media

How Far Could You Stretch A Food Stamp Budget? [Reader Forum]

How Far Could You Stretch A Food Stamp Budget? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on December 10 2012, 9:48AM

Colorlines readers advise Mayor Cory Booker how to eat on a food stamp budget.

Topics: Economy

Could Your Kid Be Thrown In Jail For Wearing the Wrong Socks? [Reader Forum]

Could Your Kid Be Thrown In Jail For Wearing the Wrong Socks? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on December 3 2012, 8:42AM

Colorlines readers respond to the shocking details of a Mississippi school-to-prison pipeline.

Topics: School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Beyond the Spin Covers Facing Race

Beyond the Spin Covers Facing Race

by Nia King on November 29 2012, 2:59PM

Public Radio Exchange’s “Beyond the Spin” covers Facing Race, the largest gathering of racial justice advocates in the country.

Topics: Colorlines Press

From Blackface to Food Stamps, Is All Publicity Good Publicity? [Reader Forum]

From Blackface to Food Stamps, Is All Publicity Good Publicity? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on November 26 2012, 9:42AM

Some people will do anything for attention. Colorlines readers respond to the latest race- and poverty-related stunts.

Topics: Arts & Culture

All in the Family: A Thanksgiving Comic Strip

All in the Family: A Thanksgiving Comic Strip

by Nia King on November 21 2012, 9:10AM

Love doesn’t always come easy, but somehow we find our way.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Racial Justice Can Be Fun -- And We've Got the Pictures to Prove It [Reader Forum]

Racial Justice Can Be Fun — And We’ve Got the Pictures to Prove It [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on November 19 2012, 9:50AM

Weren’t able to join us for Facing Race in Baltimore? Not a problem. Here’s a quick rundown of some key takeaways.

Topics: Facing Race 2012

What Are Your Hopes For The Next Four Years? [Reader Forum]

What Are Your Hopes For The Next Four Years? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on November 12 2012, 10:12AM

Colorlines readers discuss voter suppression in Florida, and their hopes for the next four years.

Topics: 2012 Election

Brentin Mock Discusses True The Vote's Florida Shenanigans on Democracy Now

Brentin Mock Discusses True The Vote’s Florida Shenanigans on Democracy Now

by Nia King on November 6 2012, 4:38PM

True the Vote claimed the NAACP and SEIU tried to bribe voters into voting for Obama by offering them water as they waited in long lines at the Florida polls. Brentin Mock appears on Democracy Now to debunk these allegations.

Topics: Colorlines Press

Who Has the Right to Portray Nina Simone? [Reader Forum]

Who Has the Right to Portray Nina Simone? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on November 5 2012, 9:45AM

Colorlines readers sound off on recently photos leaked of Zoe Saldana with darkened skin and facial prosthetics in order to help her look more like Nina Simone for the upcoming unauthorized bio pic.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Is Obama Taking The Latino Vote for Granted? And Should We Vote For Him Anyway? [Reader Forum]

Is Obama Taking The Latino Vote for Granted? And Should We Vote For Him Anyway? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on October 29 2012, 9:16AM

Obama’s got a terrible record on deportations, but thinks that Republicans have done worse for Latinos. Is he right? Colorlines.com readers discuss.

Topics: Politics

Who Are 'Gangbangers' and Are They Treated Fairly? [Reader Forum]

Who Are ‘Gangbangers’ and Are They Treated Fairly? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on October 22 2012, 9:03AM

Colorlines readers respond to the second presidential debate’s heated exchanges on immigrants, women, and diversity vs. fairness.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Politics

Could This Be The End Of Affirmative Action? [Reader Forum]

Could This Be The End Of Affirmative Action? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on October 15 2012, 9:53AM

Colorlines readers sound off on the latest threat to affirmative action.

Topics: Affirmative Action, Schools & Youth

Brentin Mock Discusses Voter ID Laws On Public Radio Exchange's

Brentin Mock Discusses Voter ID Laws On Public Radio Exchange’s “Living Well Show”

by Nia King on October 9 2012, 2:04PM

Brentin Mock discussed Voter ID Laws on Public Radio Exchange’s “Living Well Show.”

Topics: Colorlines Press

Is Voter Suppression Becoming Less Common, or Just Less Overt? [Reader Forum]

Is Voter Suppression Becoming Less Common, or Just Less Overt? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on October 8 2012, 9:56AM

Colorlines readers discuss the latest efforts by conservatives to paint disenfranchised voters of color as “lazy” or “undeserving” of the right to vote.

Topics: Politics