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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.

It's Bigger Than Rick Ross: How to Organize Against Sexism in Hip-Hop

It’s Bigger Than Rick Ross: How to Organize Against Sexism in Hip-Hop

by Jamilah King on April 15 2013, 2:01PM

Dani McClain writes that when it comes to organizing against misogyny, we need to organize against those who benefit from it financially.

Topics: /NOW

Jackie Robinson Biopic Is Most Popular Baseball Movie Ever

Jackie Robinson Biopic Is Most Popular Baseball Movie Ever

by Jamilah King on April 15 2013, 10:22AM

The baseball legend is still making big plays — this time at the box office.

Topics: /NOW

Who Was the Real Jackie Robinson?

Who Was the Real Jackie Robinson?

by Jamilah King on April 12 2013, 6:00AM

“42,” the Hollywood film about Jackie Robinson’s first year in the racially segregated major leagues, comes out today. Inside the racial politics and legacy of the baseball trailblazer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, Jackie Robinson

Reebok Dumps Rick Ross Over Date Rape Lyrics

Reebok Dumps Rick Ross Over Date Rape Lyrics

by Jamilah King on April 11 2013, 4:41PM

Organizing works.

Topics: /NOW

6 Native American Basketball Facts, Inspired by Louisville's Star Sisters

6 Native American Basketball Facts, Inspired by Louisville’s Star Sisters

by Jamilah King, Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 7:30AM

Basketball is an important part of life Native American communities. And nothing shows that better than the ascendence of Louisville’s Shoni and Jude Schimmel.

Topics: Arts & Culture, March Madness

'Obamaphones': A Case Study in How Race Perverts the Spending Debate

‘Obamaphones’: A Case Study in How Race Perverts the Spending Debate

by Jamilah King on April 8 2013, 7:20AM

Tea party Republicans have used race to demonize a longstanding government phone subsidy for people living in poverty.

Topics: Media, Politics, Shutdown

3 Things Kamala Harris Should Be Known For That Don't Involve Her Looks

3 Things Kamala Harris Should Be Known For That Don’t Involve Her Looks

by Jamilah King on April 5 2013, 10:54AM

California’s Attorney General is definitely one to watch. But not because of her looks.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Hundreds Sign Petition Asking Rick Ross to Apologize for Rape Lyric

Hundreds Sign Petition Asking Rick Ross to Apologize for Rape Lyric

by Jamilah King on March 27 2013, 4:37PM

Rape isn’t a punchline.

Topics: /NOW

It's Bigger Than Adria Richards

It’s Bigger Than Adria Richards

by Jamilah King on March 27 2013, 8:25AM

A primer for how you can prepare yourself for racist and sexist Internet attacks—mind, body and soul.

Topics: Adria Richards, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Justin Timberlake's New Album Sells Nearly a Million Copies In Its First Week

Justin Timberlake’s New Album Sells Nearly a Million Copies In Its First Week

by Jamilah King on March 25 2013, 9:14AM

Lots of people want ‘The 20/20 Experience.’

Topics: /NOW

Watch California AG Kamala Harris Make the Case for Marriage Equality

Watch California AG Kamala Harris Make the Case for Marriage Equality

by Jamilah King on March 25 2013, 9:12AM

It is one thing to read the polls…but it is more important to read the constitution.”

Topics: /NOW

Watch This Interview With Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe

Watch This Interview With Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe

by Jamilah King on March 22 2013, 10:40AM

The legendary writer talks about the importance of storytelling.

Topics: /NOW

The Trouble With Justin Timberlake's Appropriation of Black Music

The Trouble With Justin Timberlake’s Appropriation of Black Music

by Jamilah King on March 22 2013, 9:24AM

He’s a talented singer and actor who has rightfully earned his place among modern pop music legends. So why can’t some of us listen to Justin Timberlake in peace?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Justin Timberlake

Meet David Floyd, the Man At the Center of the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Trial

Meet David Floyd, the Man At the Center of the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Trial

by Jamilah King on March 19 2013, 1:05PM

His story has become all too common for men of color in New York City.

Topics: /NOW

NYPD Officer Says 'There Are Definitely Quotas' for Arrests

NYPD Officer Says ‘There Are Definitely Quotas’ for Arrests

by Jamilah King on March 19 2013, 12:42PM

An officer says on the record what supporters of the department have been denying for years.

Topics: /NOW

New Report Lays Out a Blueprint for Grassroots Communication Strategies

New Report Lays Out a Blueprint for Grassroots Communication Strategies

by Jamilah King on March 19 2013, 12:00PM

Sometimes it’s not enough to tell a story. You also have to change it.

Topics: /NOW

5 (Fun) Things You Should Know About March Madness Right Now

5 (Fun) Things You Should Know About March Madness Right Now

by Jamilah King on March 19 2013, 11:15AM

Sure, there are plenty of things to critique about the institution and politics of college basketball. But that doesn’t mean March Madness isn’t exciting to watch. Here, some fun, slightly random facts about this year’s tournament, which starts today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, March Madness

Meet (and Mourn) Wan Joon Kim, an Unlikely Godfather of Gangsta Rap

Meet (and Mourn) Wan Joon Kim, an Unlikely Godfather of Gangsta Rap

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 4:38PM

You can thank him for all those underground bootlegs you got in the ’90s.

Topics: /NOW

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD's Protection

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD’s Protection

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 11:03AM

As the department’s stop-and-frisk program heads to court this week, the scene in Flatbush reveals just how tired many communities have become of the city’s policing style.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Stop and Frisk

Brooklyn Artist Reveals Strategy Behind Anti-Street Harassment Posters

Brooklyn Artist Reveals Strategy Behind Anti-Street Harassment Posters

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 10:28AM

Because, duh. They belong where harassment happens.

Topics: /NOW