Jamilah King

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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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New Las Cafeteras Video 'Mujer Soy' Celebrates Everyday Struggles

by Jamilah King on Mar 12, 2015 3:15PM

It's right in time for Women's History Month.

Topics: Culture

5 Things We Know About Kendrick Lamar's New Album

by Jamilah King on Mar 12, 2015 11:34AM

The rapper gave a revealing interview to Rolling Stone.

Topics: Culture

W. Kamau Bell, Reza Aslan Get New Shows on CNN

by Jamilah King on Mar 11, 2015 1:40PM

Get excited!

Topics: /NOW

Two University of Oklahoma Students Expelled for Racist Chant

by Jamilah King on Mar 10, 2015 2:03PM

The school is still reeling.

Topics: /NOW

Empire Star Jussie Smollett: 'There's Never Been a Closet That I've Been In'

by Jamilah King on Mar 9, 2015 3:12PM

He opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about being gay.

Topics: Culture

This Afro-Feminist Coloring Book Will Inspire You

by Jamilah King on Mar 9, 2015 10:30AM

Makeda Lewis is a genius.

Topics: Culture

Remember Tony Robinson Jr., Oklahoma Frat's Racist Fail

by Jamilah King on Mar 9, 2015 9:59AM

Here's what I'm reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

50 Years After 'Bloody Sunday': Remembering the Activists Behind the Scenes

by Jamilah King on Mar 6, 2015 10:20AM

A look at the students and teachers who helped lead the fight for black voting rights in 1965.

Topics: History

Some of Your Favorite Writers of Color Earn Lambda Literary Award Nominations

by Jamilah King on Mar 5, 2015 2:29PM

The best in this year's LGBT writing.

Topics: Culture

Video: Why Do So Many Native American Women Go Missing?

by Jamilah King on Mar 5, 2015 12:53PM

Actress Misty Upham is just one of many.

Topics: /NOW