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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.

Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.'s 'Matangi'

Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi’

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 10:50AM

M.I.A. tweeted a teaser video for the track “Come With Me” over a year ago.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rapper Pitbull Explains His New Miami Charter School

Rapper Pitbull Explains His New Miami Charter School

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 9:24AM

It looks like John Legend isn’t the only pop star who’s interested in education reform.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

The Secret Weapon in the Prison Phone Rate Fight? Familes

The Secret Weapon in the Prison Phone Rate Fight? Familes

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 7:00AM

A campaign led by the families of prisoners finally pushed the FCC’s hand toward regulating the prison phone industry.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Nas Raises $30k for Homeless Single Father With 8 Kids

Nas Raises $30k for Homeless Single Father With 8 Kids

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 1:08PM

The rapper recently caught wind of his story and helped raise more than $30,000 for Young and his family through Crowdtilt.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Poll: 40 Percent of White People Only Have White Friends

Poll: 40 Percent of White People Only Have White Friends

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 12:23PM

The poll comes in the wake of a debate on race after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Media, /NOW

FCC Issues Order to Lower Prison Phone Rates

FCC Issues Order to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 12:11PM

It’s an historic move by the Commission and years in the making.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Asian-American Mayor's Blood Donation Rejected Because He's Gay

Asian-American Mayor’s Blood Donation Rejected Because He’s Gay

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 11:23AM

Since 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has effectively banned gay men from donating blood on the basis of increased risk of HIV.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Youth Remix Macklemore Song for Quality Sex Education

Youth Remix Macklemore Song for Quality Sex Education

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 1:44PM

Here’s sex positive, protection endorsing riff on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s song “Thriftshop.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Slate Will Call the Washington NFL Team the 'Washington NFL Team'

Slate Will Call the Washington NFL Team the ‘Washington NFL Team’

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:44AM

The publication isn’t waiting around for Washington, DC’s NFL franchise to get its act together and change its racist name.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rap Legend DMC: 'Lil' Wayne, Jay Z Ain't Hot,' Fans 'Brainwashed'

Rap Legend DMC: ‘Lil’ Wayne, Jay Z Ain’t Hot,’ Fans ‘Brainwashed’

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:31AM

The war of words continues.

Topics: /NOW

HBO Developing Issa Rae's 'Awkward Black Girl' Comedy

HBO Developing Issa Rae’s ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Comedy

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:20AM

It’s turning out to be a great year for the young writer and actress.

Topics: /NOW

B. Scott Files $2.5 Million Suit Against BET for Gender Discrimination

B. Scott Files $2.5 Million Suit Against BET for Gender Discrimination

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 5:46PM

The television personality says that there’s no excuse for the network’s behavior earlier this summer.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

NFL Star Marshawn Lynch Cameos in Adorable Oakland Schools Video

NFL Star Marshawn Lynch Cameos in Adorable Oakland Schools Video

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 4:35PM

“I’m an Oakland school kid” wants to get the message out that class can be fun.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Proposal Heats Up to Merge City College of San Francisco

Proposal Heats Up to Merge City College of San Francisco

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 12:49PM

An intriguing and somewhat radical idea is coming together around one of the nation’s most embattled community colleges.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

A New Plan Emerges to Restore Yoga To Its South Asian Roots

A New Plan Emerges to Restore Yoga To Its South Asian Roots

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 12:29PM

A new initiative called South Asian American Perspectives on Yoga in America is underway.

Topics: Health, /NOW

A Tribute to Japanese-American Sculptor Ruth Asawa

A Tribute to Japanese-American Sculptor Ruth Asawa

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 12:11PM

The pioneering artist died recently of natural causes in San Francsico.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Dwyane Wade, Spike Lee's Sons Join Trayvon's Family on EBONY Cover

Dwyane Wade, Spike Lee’s Sons Join Trayvon’s Family on EBONY Cover

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 11:44AM

EBONY Magazine explores the legacy of Trayvon Martin’s death.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Watch Spike Lee Defend his Kickstarter Campaign

Watch Spike Lee Defend his Kickstarter Campaign

by Jamilah King on August 6 2013, 10:55AM

Lee deftly responded to criticism in a recent interview with Bloomberg News.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Look at San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950's

A Look at San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1950’s

by Jamilah King on August 6 2013, 10:47AM

Take a walk down memory lane.

Topics: History, /NOW

Florida 18-Year-Old is the Youngest to Pass UK's Bar Exam

Florida 18-Year-Old is the Youngest to Pass UK’s Bar Exam

by Jamilah King on August 6 2013, 10:33AM

Gabrielle Turnquest has plans to become a fashion law attorney.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth