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Jamilah King

Jamilah King
Jamilah King 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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Jamilah tweets at @jamilahking.

Killed by the Cops [INFOGRAPHIC] Infographic

Killed by the Cops [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Jamilah King on November 26 2014, 7:35PM

Black men are disproportionally killed by police. Can law enforcement be held accountable in a justice system that’s set up to support their actions?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Police Release Video, Officers' Names in Tamir Rice Shooting Play

Police Release Video, Officers’ Names in Tamir Rice Shooting

by Jamilah King on November 26 2014, 1:57PM

The two responding appear to shoot the boy immediately after leaving their moving police car.

Topics: /NOW

Eric Garner's Daughter Has a Message for Shoppers This Thanksgiving

Eric Garner’s Daughter Has a Message for Shoppers This Thanksgiving

by Jamilah King on November 26 2014, 12:29PM

A coalition of artists and activists is calling for a boycott this Friday. Here’s why.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

CNN Inadvertently Airs NYC Protesters Chanting 'F*** CNN!'

CNN Inadvertently Airs NYC Protesters Chanting ‘F*** CNN!’

by Jamilah King on November 26 2014, 10:32AM

Awkward.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW

More Protests for Ferguson, More Trouble for Bill Cosby

More Protests for Ferguson, More Trouble for Bill Cosby

by Jamilah King on November 26 2014, 10:00AM

This is what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Rapper Killer Mike in St. Louis: 'I'm So Afraid' for My Sons

Rapper Killer Mike in St. Louis: ‘I’m So Afraid’ for My Sons

by Jamilah King on November 25 2014, 10:37AM

“It is us against the motherfucking machine.”

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Nationwide Protests Erupt for Mike Brown After Grand Jury Fails to Indict

Nationwide Protests Erupt for Mike Brown After Grand Jury Fails to Indict

by Jamilah King on November 25 2014, 10:18AM

Here’s a look at different scenes from across the country.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW

Grand Jury Fails to Indict Darren Wilson, a Country Mourns

Grand Jury Fails to Indict Darren Wilson, a Country Mourns

by Jamilah King on November 25 2014, 9:48AM

This is what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

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“Saturday Night Live” to Bill Cosby: ‘Pull Up Your Damn Pants’

by Jamilah King on November 24 2014, 10:15AM

Michael Che draws on Cosby’s own moralizing and admonishes the 77-year-old comedian.

Topics: Culture

Hagel Steps Down, RIP Marion Berry, Remember Tamir Rice

Hagel Steps Down, RIP Marion Berry, Remember Tamir Rice

by Jamilah King on November 24 2014, 9:35AM

This is what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Kristina Wong: Asian Vaginas Have the Power to End Racism (NSFW) Play

Kristina Wong: Asian Vaginas Have the Power to End Racism (NSFW)

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 4:28PM

Or not?

Topics: Culture

Toni Morrison to Colbert: 'There's No Such Thing As Race' Play

Toni Morrison to Colbert: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Race’

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 11:43AM

The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author broke it down.

Topics: Culture

Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Cadillactica' is Rightfully the No.1 Hip-Hop Album in America

Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Cadillactica’ is Rightfully the No.1 Hip-Hop Album in America

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 10:46AM

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album.

Topics: Culture

Obama's Immigration Order, Bill Cosby, Facebook and Unions

Obama’s Immigration Order, Bill Cosby, Facebook and Unions

by Jamilah King on November 21 2014, 10:03AM

This is what I’m reading up on.

Topics: /NOW

A Sobering Infographic for Transgender Day of Remembrance

A Sobering Infographic for Transgender Day of Remembrance

by Jamilah King on November 20 2014, 3:27PM

Statistics show that trans women of color were the victims of 67 percent of all hate-motivated homicides of LGBT people in 2013.

Topics: /NOW

Cornel West and Questlove Talk About Black Revolution and Blues Music

Cornel West and Questlove Talk About Black Revolution and Blues Music

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 1:56PM

The two discussed what they know best: politics and music.

Topics: Culture

Watch Jay Smooth's Hip-Hop History Lesson for Activists Play

Watch Jay Smooth’s Hip-Hop History Lesson for Activists

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 11:51AM

Instead of indicting younger activists, we should inspire them, he says.

Topics: Culture

An Illustrated Guide to Ferguson's Police After Mike Brown

An Illustrated Guide to Ferguson’s Police After Mike Brown

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 11:32AM

Molly Crabapple breaks it down.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Earns Standing Ovation in New York City

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ Earns Standing Ovation in New York City

by Jamilah King on November 18 2014, 11:09AM

It doesn’t come out until Christmas but it’s already in the Oscar race.

Topics: Culture

Video: Solange Knowles Dances With Son to Celebrate Black Love Play

Video: Solange Knowles Dances With Son to Celebrate Black Love

by Jamilah King on November 17 2014, 12:44PM

Thought the wedding photos were great? This might be even better.

Topics: Culture