Chicago-born, Howard-trained and Brooklyn-made, Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, editor, feminist, mom, and proud millennial game changer. She is a fierce advocate for racial equality, social justice, and LGBT rights, and an outspoken champion of Black women and girls. Her career as a writer began with her award-winning (and now-defunct) blog, The Beautiful Struggler, and she has since established herself as a leading young voice on issues of race, gender, and sexuality.
Jamilah serves proudly as the Senior Editor of EBONY, the magazine of record for African-Americans since 1945. She was one of the small-but-mighty team that led the reimagining of the magazine’s website in 2012 and was later promoted to Senior Digital Editor before taking on her current role. Her work has appeared via a host of print and digital properties, including Mic, Essence, JET, Clutch, The Nation, the Washington Post, Medium, Gawker, and has been a frequent guest on MSNBC, Huffington Post Live and Al Jazeera, and has made numerous appearances on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Report with Larry Wilmore.
In 2014, Jamilah was named to The Root 100 list of the nation’s most influential African Americans, as well as Fortune’s list of the most influential women on Twitter. Last year, she penned the forward for the Verso re-release of Michele Wallace’s groundbreaking Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman and also received the Maggie Award for Excellence in Commentary from Planned Parenthood and the Ivy Award for Social Engagement from the Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. A frequent speaker at colleges and universities across the country, she resides in Brooklyn with #MiniMilah, her viral superstar toddler.