…about me




Aliya S. King was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers University.

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.


Some of her highlights in reporting include her piece on the death of Melvin Combs, father of Sean “Diddy” Combs; a story on gender-bending students at Morehouse College and dozens of in-depth profiles on entertainment figures including Mariah Carey, Faith Evans, T.I., Sean “Diddy” Combs, Christina Aguilera and many others.


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, was also published in paperback in 2009.

Aliya also collaborated with Frank Lucas on his memoir, American Gangster, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009.

In 2010, she collaborated with Jamilah Barnes Creekmur on her memoir, Raised By The Mistress.

Aliya’s first novel PLATINUM was published by Touchstone/Fireside in 2010

Aliya’s second novel DIAMOND LIFE was published by Touchstone/Fireside in 2012.

She is currently at work on her third novel. Though she would write that line even if she wasn’t working on anything. But she really is.

Aliya lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. And her dog Junior.

She likes Thai food, running, oxford shoes worn with argyle socks, apple cobbler, and writing posts on Facebook that are longer than celebrity profiles.

Contact Aliya at aliyasking@gmail.com