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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.

Jay Smooth on Charles Ramsey, Humor and the Trouble With Memes

Jay Smooth on Charles Ramsey, Humor and the Trouble With Memes

by Jamilah King on May 9 2013, 12:51PM

Yes, Charles Ramsey is funny. And sure, it’s okay to laugh. But here’s something to keep in mind.

Topics: /NOW

The Sad Lesson of Charles Ramsey: We Still Love to Laugh at Black People

The Sad Lesson of Charles Ramsey: We Still Love to Laugh at Black People

by Jamilah King on May 8 2013, 10:07AM

Antoine Dodson. Sweet Brown. Now the Cleveland kidnapping story’s hero. Enough already.

Topics: /NOW

Assata Shakur and a Brief History of the FBI's Most Wanted Lists

Assata Shakur and a Brief History of the FBI’s Most Wanted Lists

by Jamilah King on May 8 2013, 8:07AM

What’s the purpose of the FBI’s lists? Basically, publicity and fear mongering.

Topics: History, National Security

FOX Broadcasting Cancels 'Cops' After 25 Years

FOX Broadcasting Cancels ‘Cops’ After 25 Years

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 5:11PM

The show is moving to SpikeTV.

Topics: /NOW

WNBA's Brittney Griner Is Really Happy for Jason Collins, Wants to Inspire Others

WNBA’s Brittney Griner Is Really Happy for Jason Collins, Wants to Inspire Others

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 2:01PM

And she’s a fantastic person, too.

Topics: /NOW

Jason Collins Talks Race, Coming Out, and Religion With Oprah

Jason Collins Talks Race, Coming Out, and Religion With Oprah

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 1:48PM

He knew the significance of his declaration.

Topics: /NOW

The Racial Wealth Divide: Why Housing Matters [Infographic]

The Racial Wealth Divide: Why Housing Matters [Infographic]

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 11:05AM

We hear a lot about the racial wealth divide. Now we can see it.

Topics: /NOW

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: 'I Am Only One Woman'

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: ‘I Am Only One Woman’

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 10:39AM

The longtime political activist is once again defending herself amid renewed FBI attempts to extradite and imprison her in the United States.

Topics: History, National Security, /NOW

Angela Davis, Attorney Defend Assata Shakur Amid New FBI Efforts

Angela Davis, Attorney Defend Assata Shakur Amid New FBI Efforts

by Jamilah King on May 3 2013, 2:43PM

But why is the renewed effort coming now?

Topics: /NOW

Sherman Alexie, and the 'Homoerotic Extravaganza' of Sports

Sherman Alexie, and the ‘Homoerotic Extravaganza’ of Sports

by Jamilah King on May 3 2013, 11:20AM

The Indian American author and basketball enthusiast names what’s really scary for straight men.

Topics: /NOW

Assata Shakur Becomes First Woman to be on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

by Jamilah King on May 2 2013, 12:03PM

Shakur is wanted in New Jersey for the 1973 murder of a New Jersey State Trooper.

Topics: /NOW

Los Angeles Times Drops 'Illegal Immigrant'

Los Angeles Times Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’

by Jamilah King on May 2 2013, 9:50AM

The announcement comes after weeks of discussion at the paper.

Topics: Immigration, Media, /NOW

Odd Future Feels Bad That You're So Sensitive About Its Mountain Dew Ad

Odd Future Feels Bad That You’re So Sensitive About Its Mountain Dew Ad

by Jamilah King on May 2 2013, 9:09AM

Basically, you need to lighten up.

Topics: /NOW

RIP Chris Kelly: Watch This 1992 Kris Kross Performance at the Billboard Music Awards

by Jamilah King on May 2 2013, 9:06AM

The 34-year-old died on Wednesday at an Atlanta-area hospital.

Topics: /NOW

Father of Wrongly Accused Teen in Boston Bombing May Sue New York Post

Father of Wrongly Accused Teen in Boston Bombing May Sue New York Post

by Jamilah King on May 1 2013, 10:09AM

The paper may have to pay for its careless reporting.

Topics: /NOW

New York's Public Housing Tenants Sue Over Slow Pace of Repairs

New York’s Public Housing Tenants Sue Over Slow Pace of Repairs

by Jamilah King on April 30 2013, 10:42AM

The Big Apple is a bad landlord, according to a new lawsuit.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

9 LGBT Athletes of Color Who Paved the Way for Jason Collins

9 LGBT Athletes of Color Who Paved the Way for Jason Collins

by Jamilah King on April 30 2013, 6:00AM

NBA player Jason Collins became the highest-profile openly gay black man in America yesterday. As with any big step, he didn’t get there alone. Here, a look at some LGBT athletes of color who came before him.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Network of Black Farmers Calls New York Times Investigation 'Inaccurate'

Network of Black Farmers Calls New York Times Investigation ‘Inaccurate’

by Jamilah King on April 29 2013, 9:59AM

America’s non-white, non-male farmers are in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Topics: /NOW

Top WNBA Pick Brittney Griner on Being Gay: 'Don't Hide Who You Really Are'

Top WNBA Pick Brittney Griner on Being Gay: ‘Don’t Hide Who You Really Are’

by Jamilah King on April 18 2013, 10:36AM

Top WNBA draft pick and Baylor University senior Brittney Griner nonchalantly became one of the highest profile LGBT athletes in the country recently when she confirmed in an interview that she is gay. In an interview with ESPN, Griner joined…

Topics: /NOW

Meet Skylar Diggins, the WNBA Draft Pick With Social Media Sex Appeal

Meet Skylar Diggins, the WNBA Draft Pick With Social Media Sex Appeal

by Jamilah King on April 17 2013, 6:00AM

Skylar Diggins, the Notre Dame point guard just added to the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, is one of the most talented ballers in the country. In the age of Twitter, will a focus on her appearance become a dangerous distraction?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality