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.
by Jamilah King on June 12 2013, 2:15PM
And don’t you dare tell him that he doesn’t belong.
by Jamilah King on June 11 2013, 12:40PM
Send in your own questions to organizers working at the intersection of racial justice and sexual freedom. Chime in at #CLchat on Twitter.
by Jamilah King on June 10 2013, 3:53PM
Bring it on, honey.
by Jamilah King on June 10 2013, 1:08PM
Marcus Books is facing eviction. You can help save it. Here’s how.
by Jamilah King on June 10 2013, 9:54AM
Tyson got the longest standing ovation of the night. But that’s not all.
by Jamilah King on June 7 2013, 3:50PM
It’s about more than just the box office.
by Jamilah King on June 6 2013, 12:06PM
Rape and sexual assault are frighteningly prevalent in the juvenile justice system.
by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 12:36PM
We’re hosting our first live chat with LGBT organizers from the South and we want to hear from you.
by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 11:15AM
They’re still searching for justice for their son.
by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 10:52AM
Mississippi’s capital city has a new mayor.
by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 10:41AM
Move over, Zoe Saldana.
by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 1:19PM
And transgender people of color are getting the worst of it.
by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 10:40AM
Black Americans were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana posession in 2010, even though the two groups smoke weed at similar rates
by Jamilah King on June 3 2013, 2:57PM
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson is known widely as part of Mobb Deep, one of hip-hop’s most important groups of late-’90s. But now he’s got a new hustle: writing fiction. And even that’s understating it a bit. On Monday, Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic…
by Jamilah King on June 3 2013, 1:54PM
Despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling over 50 years ago, racial inequality colors the fight for justice in America. A new documentary provides a few first-hand accounts.
by Jamilah King on June 3 2013, 11:21AM
Years of carefully cultivating black talent is leading to a big year at the box office.