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 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.
by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 1:44PM
Here’s sex positive, protection endorsing riff on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s song “Thriftshop.”
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.
by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:31AM
The war of words continues.
by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:20AM
It’s turning out to be a great year for the young writer and actress.
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.
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.
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.
by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 12:29PM
A new initiative called South Asian American Perspectives on Yoga in America is underway.
by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 12:11PM
The pioneering artist died recently of natural causes in San Francsico.
by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 11:44AM
EBONY Magazine explores the legacy of Trayvon Martin’s death.
by Jamilah King on August 6 2013, 10:33AM
Gabrielle Turnquest has plans to become a fashion law attorney.
by Jamilah King on August 6 2013, 10:00AM
The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lilllard recounted his friendship with Oscar Grant for Yahoo! Sports.
by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 11:43AM
Get your headphones ready.
by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 11:12AM
Science fiction has a lot to do with social justice organizing, and a group of writers is out to prove the point with a new anthology.
by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 11:11AM
But perhaps the most poignant point in the letter comes when McDonald talks about her own survivor’s guilt as one of many high-profile people of color who have essentially been prosecuted for being victims.
by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 7:00AM
Young artists from neighborhoods devastated by New York City’s worst natural disaster want to tell their stories.