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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.

Whitney Houston's Twin Legacies: Beauty and Pain

Whitney Houston’s Twin Legacies: Beauty and Pain

by Jamilah King on February 13 2012, 10:00AM

Houston famously told Diane Sawyer that she’s her own biggest devil. The same can probably be said for most of us, which is why we rely on entertainers to sing both our pain and our glory.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Whitney Houston

The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA's Most Surprising Star

The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA’s Most Surprising Star

by Jamilah King on February 8 2012, 9:27AM

The Knicks point guard has dazzled the league and his teammates this season. But the reason for that surprise has everything to do with longheld assumptions about Asian American athletes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year's Super Bowl Showdown

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year’s Super Bowl Showdown

by Jamilah King on February 2 2012, 9:51AM

Indiana’s unionized workers have found an unexpectedly loud ally in the NFL’s players association.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy

Why Microsoft's So-Called 'Avoid Ghetto' App Is Really American

Why Microsoft’s So-Called ‘Avoid Ghetto’ App Is Really American

by Jamilah King on January 31 2012, 9:20AM

Microsoft’s controversial new mapping technology would direct users away from supposedly violent neighborhoods. But it is based on faulty assumptions about violent crime that are a rooted in a long history of racist ideas about black communities.

Topics: Media

2012's Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

2012’s Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

by Jamilah King on January 25 2012, 9:39AM

We shouldn’t be surprised that this year’s crop of Oscar nominees largely ignored people of color. But it’s still disappointing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oscars 2012

Quietly Radical Mission at Sundance: Supporting Native Filmmakers

Quietly Radical Mission at Sundance: Supporting Native Filmmakers

by Jamilah King on January 20 2012, 9:44AM

One of the buzz-making features at Sundance this weekend is “Mosquita y Mari,” an indy film about Chicana teens in L.A. It’s the latest film shepherded by Sundance’s NativeLabs, which has supported 70 indigenous filmmakers in telling their own stories.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Sundance

The FCC Is Trying to Close the Digital Divide--Sort Of

The FCC Is Trying to Close the Digital Divide—Sort Of

by Jamilah King on January 13 2012, 9:41AM

The FCC is launching a new pilot program this year to make broadband more affordable. Quiet as it’s kept, this isn’t the commission’s first effort, but civil rights groups say it can’t be anywhere near the last.

Topics: Media

What's Not to Love About Tim Tebow? Start With His Anti-Abortion Ad

What’s Not to Love About Tim Tebow? Start With His Anti-Abortion Ad

by Jamilah King on January 12 2012, 9:00AM

The wildly popular Denver quarterback proudly touts his evangelical Christian political principles. But athletes who take up progressive causes risk widespread criticism—and often their livelihoods.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Pepsi to Pay $3.13 Million for Hiring Discrimination Against Black Workers

by Jamilah King on January 11 2012, 5:19PM

An investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that the company’s former criminal background check policy violated the civil rights of hundreds of black workers.

Topics: /NOW

Today's Love: Felix Chang, 6-Year-Old Wrestling Champ

Today’s Love: Felix Chang, 6-Year-Old Wrestling Champ

by Jamilah King on January 6 2012, 5:49PM

You probably don’t wanna mess with his family, either.

Topics: /NOW

How 'Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls' Blew Up the Internet

How ‘Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls’ Blew Up the Internet

by Jamilah King on January 6 2012, 9:35AM

Franchesca Ramsey has turned the year’s first online meme into social commentary. But are efforts like hers enough to create meaningful discussions about racial justice? She thinks so.

Topics: Media

'Pariah' Proves There's an Audience--and a Hunger--for Real Stories

‘Pariah’ Proves There’s an Audience—and a Hunger—for Real Stories

by Jamilah King on January 3 2012, 9:48AM

Dee Rees’s critically acclaimed film about a young, black lesbian wrestling with multiple identities turns on the radical assertion that there’s no one way to be young, or black, or queer.

Topics: 'Pariah', Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘I Don’t Want to Be Perfect, I Want to Be Real’

by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 11:51AM

Creative Loafing Atlanta catches up with one of today’s most outspoken mainstream journalists.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 9:56AM

Operatives from both parties will be courting young voters in 2012, but it’s crucial to understand what drives young people to political action in the first place.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Politics

Study: 77 Percent of Latina Retail Workers Earn Less Than $10/hr

by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 1:00PM

53 percent of black women and 77 percent of Latina women earn less than $10 per hour.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Hundreds of National Guard Troops to Leave U.S.-Mexico Border

Hundreds of National Guard Troops to Leave U.S.-Mexico Border

by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 10:29AM

Since 2010, over 1,200 national guard troops have been patrolling the U.S.’s southwestern border. This week, the Obama administration announced that many of those troops are leaving. More from CNN: The drawdown, which the department characterized as a “transition,” will…

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Rihanna Fires Back at Former Editor of Dutch Magazine

Rihanna Fires Back at Former Editor of Dutch Magazine

by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 10:01AM

The singer calls the Dutch magazine a “poor representation of the evolution of human rights.”

Topics: /NOW

Dutch Editor Eva Hoeke Resigns Over Rihanna 'Niggabitch' Saga

Dutch Editor Eva Hoeke Resigns Over Rihanna ‘Niggabitch’ Saga

by Jamilah King on December 20 2011, 4:19PM

But not before offering up an awful apology.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Dutch Magazine Apologizes for Calling Rihanna a ‘Niggabitch’

by Jamilah King on December 20 2011, 11:27AM

But they still went from wannabe cool to “slave auction.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

AT&T Drops Bid to Buy T-Mobile: Here's Why You Should Be Happy

AT&T Drops Bid to Buy T-Mobile: Here’s Why You Should Be Happy

by Jamilah King on December 19 2011, 5:25PM

The implications are huge for mobile users of color, many of whom are stuck on the wrong side of a new digital divide.

Topics: Media, /NOW