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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.

Marc Anthony Sings 'God Bless America', Then Has to Prove He's an American

Marc Anthony Sings ‘God Bless America’, Then Has to Prove He’s an American

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 11:30AM

It’s happening again.

Topics: /NOW

Take a Look at 'The Worst of the Worst', Connecticut's Supermax Prison

Take a Look at ‘The Worst of the Worst’, Connecticut’s Supermax Prison

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 11:00AM

“When you incarcerate someone, you’re incarcerating all the people that love them, too.”

Topics: /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Parents: The Justice System 'Didn't Work For Us'

Trayvon Martin’s Parents: The Justice System ‘Didn’t Work For Us’

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 10:56AM

Here’s their interview with Anderson Cooper.

Topics: /NOW

Justin Lin, Of Fast and Furious Fame, Is Working on Bruce Lee Project

Justin Lin, Of Fast and Furious Fame, Is Working on Bruce Lee Project

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 1:25PM

Justin Lin is a busy man.

Topics: /NOW

Olivia Pope Reacts to Another Year of Mostly White Emmy Nods

Olivia Pope Reacts to Another Year of Mostly White Emmy Nods

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 11:33AM

This year’s Emmy nods are out. No surprises: House of Cards, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men lead the way. But, of course, the nominations really white. Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope — who, along with Don Cheadle and Alfre Woodard, Morgan…

Topics: /NOW

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela's Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela’s Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

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

Today’s his birthday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Beautiful Inmate Art From Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Striker

Beautiful Inmate Art From Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Striker

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 10:44AM

An inmate speaks out.

Topics: /NOW

Harvard University Establishes a Nas Fellowship

Harvard University Establishes a Nas Fellowship

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 2:49PM

Yes, you read that correctly.

Topics: /NOW

Colleagues Remember Eric Ohene Lembembe, Murdered LGBT Activist

Colleagues Remember Eric Ohene Lembembe, Murdered LGBT Activist

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 1:42PM

Lembembe was found tortured and killed in his home in the Cameroonian capitol of Yaounde.

Topics: /NOW

Los Angeles Is Becoming Majority Latino -- Again

Los Angeles Is Becoming Majority Latino — Again

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 11:19AM

Here’s a brief history of the Mexicans who founded the city of Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW

Black Mothers Speak Out After Trayvon: 'My Son Is Not a Suspect'

Black Mothers Speak Out After Trayvon: ‘My Son Is Not a Suspect’

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 10:50AM

It’s time to end the racial profiling of young black men.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

1 Million People Sign NAACP's Petition for Zimmerman Justice Dept. Charges

1 Million People Sign NAACP’s Petition for Zimmerman Justice Dept. Charges

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 10:26AM

Zimmerman’s not out of the woods yet.

Topics: /NOW

Questlove's Lesson From Zimmerman Verdict: 'You Ain't Shit'

Questlove’s Lesson From Zimmerman Verdict: ‘You Ain’t Shit’

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 3:56PM

The drummer took to Facebook to air his thoughts.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Tom Joyner Offers Rachel Jeantel a Full College Scholarship

Tom Joyner Offers Rachel Jeantel a Full College Scholarship

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 2:20PM

Finally, some good news.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Toni Morrison Pays Tribute to Ida B. Wells

Toni Morrison Pays Tribute to Ida B. Wells

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 2:11PM

Decades after her death, Wells’ passion for justice lives on.

Topics: /NOW

The Craziest Moments from Zimmerman Juror B37's CNN Interview

The Craziest Moments from Zimmerman Juror B37’s CNN Interview

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 2:05PM

An absolute mess.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Families Protest the Solitary Confinement of Loved Ones in Calif.

Families Protest the Solitary Confinement of Loved Ones in Calif.

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 1:46PM

They’re the invisible victims.

Topics: /NOW

Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida -- And Every Other Stand Your Ground State

Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida — And Every Other Stand Your Ground State

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 11:32AM

The legendary singer is taking a stand.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

It's Assata Shakur's Birthday -- And She's Still America's Most Wanted

It’s Assata Shakur’s Birthday — And She’s Still America’s Most Wanted

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 10:31AM

Here’s rare interview footage from 1998 that was re-broadcast on Democracy Now last spring.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Here's Comedian Aziz Ansari On the Cover of Your Favorite Rap Albums

Here’s Comedian Aziz Ansari On the Cover of Your Favorite Rap Albums

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 10:16AM

Because we need something to smile about.

Topics: /NOW