Aliya S. King was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. She is a 1994 graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in African-American History and certification in Secondary Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
She has held editorial positions at Billboard and The Source.
As a freelance writer, her profiles, news stories and features have appeared in Vibe, Vibe Vixen, america, Giant, Uptown, Essence, CMJ:New Music Monthly, Upscale, King, The Source, Ms, Us Weekly, Teen People, Black Enterprise and many others.
Aliya’s story, “Love And Unhappiness,” (published in Vibe), about the mysterious 1974 death that took place in the home of soul singer Al Green was awarded ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for magazine writing in 2005.
Aliya S. King is the co-author of Keep The Faith, with platinum-recording artist Faith Evans, published in 2008 by Grand Central Books. The memoir, which landed on the New York Times Bestseller’s list, will be published in paperback in 2009.
Aliya most recently collaborated with Frank Lucas on his memoir: American Gangster, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009.
Aliya’s first novel, No Tea For The Fever will be published by Touchstone/Fireside in June, 2010.
Aliya can be reached at [email protected]