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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.

Charles Barkley Still Thinks Ferguson Protesters Are 'Scumbags'

Charles Barkley Still Thinks Ferguson Protesters Are ‘Scumbags’

by Jamilah King on December 3 2014, 10:20AM

And he doesn’t think black America’s problem has anything to do with white racism.

Topics: Culture

Janet Mock Raises Nearly $8K (and Counting) in Books for Trans Prisoners

Janet Mock Raises Nearly $8K (and Counting) in Books for Trans Prisoners

by Jamilah King on December 3 2014, 10:03AM

The project has already surpassed its goal with 28 days left.

Topics: Culture

Toni Morrison's New Novel Set to Hit Shelves Next Spring

Toni Morrison’s New Novel Set to Hit Shelves Next Spring

by Jamilah King on December 2 2014, 1:00PM

It’ll be her 11th novel and will serve as proof that, at 83, she’s still got it.

Topics: Culture

Sony's Race and Gender Gap, San Francisco Stands With Ferguson

Sony’s Race and Gender Gap, San Francisco Stands With Ferguson

by Jamilah King on December 2 2014, 10:04AM

This is what I’m reading up on today.

Topics: /NOW

Grace Lee Boggs, Close to Death, Asks Supporters for Help

Grace Lee Boggs, Close to Death, Asks Supporters for Help

by Jamilah King on December 1 2014, 3:05PM

The 99-year-old civil rights leader has been in hospice care since September.

Topics: Culture

Actor John Boyega to 'Black Stormtrooper' Critics: 'Get Used To It'

Actor John Boyega to ‘Black Stormtrooper’ Critics: ‘Get Used To It’

by Jamilah King on December 1 2014, 1:49PM

The actor addressed supporters, and critics, on Instagram.

Topics: Culture

Jacqueline Woodson Responds to National Book Awards' Watermelon Joke

Jacqueline Woodson Responds to National Book Awards’ Watermelon Joke

by Jamilah King on December 1 2014, 1:09PM

The award-winning writer wrote an essay in the New York Times.

Topics: Culture

Janay Rice: 'I'm a Strong Woman and Come From a Strong Family'

Janay Rice: ‘I’m a Strong Woman and Come From a Strong Family’

by Jamilah King on December 1 2014, 10:50AM

The woman at the center of a national discussion on domestic violence finally breaks her silence.

Topics: /NOW

St. Louis Cops Condemn NFL Team's 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Gesture Play

St. Louis Cops Condemn NFL Team’s ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Gesture

by Jamilah King on December 1 2014, 10:00AM

This season’s on-field protests continue.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

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