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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.

Watch Rachel Jeantel's First Public Interview Since Zimmerman Verdict

Watch Rachel Jeantel’s First Public Interview Since Zimmerman Verdict

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 10:00AM

Before Trayvon Martin was a martyr, he was a friend.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

'We Are Not Trayvon Martin' Tumblr Explores White Privilege

‘We Are Not Trayvon Martin’ Tumblr Explores White Privilege

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 3:33PM

Because not everyone faces the same danger.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman Trial Juror Signs a Book Deal

Zimmerman Trial Juror Signs a Book Deal

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 2:04PM

That didn’t take long.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

73-Year-Old Lester Chambers Attacked by White Woman for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin

73-Year-Old Lester Chambers Attacked by White Woman for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 1:16PM

In case this weekend’s George Zimmerman acquittal didn’t do enough to to illustrate how dangerous it is to be a black man in America, this also happened in Hayward, California — from The Nation: Disturbing news emerged early Sunday that…

Topics: /NOW

Asiana Airlines to Sue Bay Area TV News Over Racist Name Prank

Asiana Airlines to Sue Bay Area TV News Over Racist Name Prank

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 1:03PM

Carelessness is expensive.

Topics: /NOW

100 Young Black Activists Respond to George Zimmerman's Acquittal

100 Young Black Activists Respond to George Zimmerman’s Acquittal

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 11:46AM

The next generation is speaking up.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Thousands Protest for Trayvon Martin, Black Boys' Lives [Photos] Photo

Thousands Protest for Trayvon Martin, Black Boys’ Lives [Photos]

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 11:02AM

Thousands took to the streets to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

A Tribe Called Red Asks That Fans Stop Coming to Shows in 'Redface'

A Tribe Called Red Asks That Fans Stop Coming to Shows in ‘Redface’

by Jamilah King on July 12 2013, 1:21PM

Because, duh.

Topics: /NOW

Ava DuVernay to Direct An Episode of Next Season's 'Scandal'

Ava DuVernay to Direct An Episode of Next Season’s ‘Scandal’

by Jamilah King on July 12 2013, 1:20PM

The announcement caps off a stellar week for the acclaimed filmmaker.

Topics: /NOW

Watch This Incredible Time-Lapse Video of a Woman Who Learns How to Dance in a Year

Watch This Incredible Time-Lapse Video of a Woman Who Learns How to Dance in a Year

by Jamilah King on July 12 2013, 11:53AM

Some of us just aren’t rhythmically inclined. But that didn’t stop Karen Cheng, who learned how to dance in 365 days and captured it all on video. (H/T Angry Asian Man)…

Topics: /NOW

3 Things to Love About Palestinian-American Football Player Oday Aboushi

3 Things to Love About Palestinian-American Football Player Oday Aboushi

by Jamilah King on July 12 2013, 11:38AM

He’s more than just a controversy.

Topics: /NOW

The World's First Mayan Telenovela Debuted in Mexico This Month

The World’s First Mayan Telenovela Debuted in Mexico This Month

by Jamilah King on July 10 2013, 12:50PM

But we’re not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Long Overdue Celebration of Asian Food, From the Fung Brothers

A Long Overdue Celebration of Asian Food, From the Fung Brothers

by Jamilah King on July 10 2013, 11:50AM

There’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Topics: /NOW

Jennifer Hudson's Portrayal of Winnie Mandela Hits Theaters This Fall

Jennifer Hudson’s Portrayal of Winnie Mandela Hits Theaters This Fall

by Jamilah King on July 10 2013, 11:11AM

But there’s reason to worry about this biopic.

Topics: /NOW

Ryan Coogler, Oscar Grant, and the Basic Humanity of Black Men

Ryan Coogler, Oscar Grant, and the Basic Humanity of Black Men

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 2:51PM

Perhaps the director’s biggest achievement in his debut film “Fruitvale Station” is his deliberate attempt to make Oscar Grant less of a martyr.

Topics: /NOW

Jay-Z's Magna Carta Sounds like 'Champagne Sprayed Around An Empty Locker Room'

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Sounds like ‘Champagne Sprayed Around An Empty Locker Room’

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 11:18AM

The trouble with being a business, man.

Topics: /NOW

M.I.A. Asks Fans for Help With Controversial Documentary

M.I.A. Asks Fans for Help With Controversial Documentary

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 10:22AM

“This is what happened to a kid whose dad went off and became a terrorist.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Google Play's 'Angry Trayvon' Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

Google Play’s ‘Angry Trayvon’ Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 9:15AM

Talk about bad taste.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Mexico Activists: Trans Men Have Babies, Too

New Mexico Activists: Trans Men Have Babies, Too

by Jamilah King on July 8 2013, 12:00PM

Some men can have babies, too.

Topics: /NOW

Flaco Navaja Talks About 'East WillyB' and a Brooklyn for Locals Only

Flaco Navaja Talks About ‘East WillyB’ and a Brooklyn for Locals Only

by Jamilah King on July 8 2013, 10:30AM

Bushwick isn’t just home to hipsters. Here’s a series that portrays the vibrant Latino community in North Brooklyn.

Topics: /NOW