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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.

Lone Juror of Color: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

Lone Juror of Color: Zimmerman ‘Got Away With Murder’

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 3:02PM

Here we go.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Grad Student Refuses to Perform Racist American Lit, Risks Diploma

Grad Student Refuses to Perform Racist American Lit, Risks Diploma

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 12:52PM

Walt Whitman? No thanks.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

There's a Morning-After HIV Pill That Many People Don't Know About

There’s a Morning-After HIV Pill That Many People Don’t Know About

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 11:30AM

And that’s largely because there hasn’t been much publicity around it.

Topics: /NOW

Colin Kaepernick Is Arguably the NFL's Biggest Sneakerhead

Colin Kaepernick Is Arguably the NFL’s Biggest Sneakerhead

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 11:04AM

The San Francisco quarterback has a serious shoe fetish.

Topics: /NOW

Here's a Photo of Andre 3000 in the New Jimi Hendrix Biopic

Here’s a Photo of Andre 3000 in the New Jimi Hendrix Biopic

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 10:57AM

Get excited.

Topics: /NOW

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan in Talks for 'Rocky' Spin-Off

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan in Talks for ‘Rocky’ Spin-Off

by Jamilah King on July 24 2013, 1:36PM

Now there’s a new project to get excited about.

Topics: /NOW

This Infographic Shows One Reason Why California's Community Colleges Are in Trouble

This Infographic Shows One Reason Why California’s Community Colleges Are in Trouble

by Jamilah King on July 24 2013, 12:43PM

People attend a career fair at City College of San Francisco.

Topics: /NOW

Watch the Trailer for the Film Adaptation of 'Half of a Yellow Sun'

Watch the Trailer for the Film Adaptation of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’

by Jamilah King on July 24 2013, 11:09AM

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel headed to the big screen.

Topics: /NOW

New York City's Anti-Ice Cream Truck Exists For A Very Good Reason

New York City’s Anti-Ice Cream Truck Exists For A Very Good Reason

by Jamilah King on July 24 2013, 10:07AM

A new outreach campaign explains why.

Topics: /NOW

76-Year-Old White Man Gets Life Term for Murder of 13-Year-Old Black Boy

76-Year-Old White Man Gets Life Term for Murder of 13-Year-Old Black Boy

by Jamilah King on July 23 2013, 2:59PM

Justice in Milwaukee.

Topics: /NOW

Spike Lee Wants to Raise $1.25 Million on Kickstarter For a New Film

Spike Lee Wants to Raise $1.25 Million on Kickstarter For a New Film

by Jamilah King on July 23 2013, 12:20PM

You can help bring the next Spike Lee Joint to the big screen.

Topics: /NOW

A Seattle 'Boylesque' Troup Did Their Version of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

A Seattle ‘Boylesque’ Troup Did Their Version of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

by Jamilah King on July 23 2013, 11:58AM

And it’s awesome.

Topics: /NOW

From Federal Prison, Lauryn Hill Thanks Supporters

From Federal Prison, Lauryn Hill Thanks Supporters

by Jamilah King on July 23 2013, 9:42AM

Ms. Hill is grateful for fans’ encouragement.

Topics: /NOW

A Justice for Trayvon Toolkit for White Allies

A Justice for Trayvon Toolkit for White Allies

by Jamilah King on July 23 2013, 9:39AM

Get involved in the fight for justice. It’s easy.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Melissa Harris-Perry Wears Tampon Earrings on MSNBC

Melissa Harris-Perry Wears Tampon Earrings on MSNBC

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 12:26PM

The Texas Legislature better watch out.

Topics: /NOW

People Wanna Buy Kanye West's $120 Plain White 'Hip-Hop' T-Shirts

People Wanna Buy Kanye West’s $120 Plain White ‘Hip-Hop’ T-Shirts

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 11:36AM

Don’t hate. It’s art.

Topics: /NOW

Transgender Actress Laverne Cox: 'Orange is the New Black' is a Big Deal

Transgender Actress Laverne Cox: ‘Orange is the New Black’ is a Big Deal

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 11:34AM

Cox is one bright spot in a show that’s trying really hard to be funny.

Topics: /NOW

Jay Z and Beyoncé: The Latest Artists to Speak Out for Trayvon

Jay Z and Beyoncé: The Latest Artists to Speak Out for Trayvon

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 11:15AM

Entertainers speak out for Trayvon Martin.

Topics: /NOW

Tavis Smiley Slams Obama's Trayvon Remarks: 'You Can't Lead From Behind' On Race

Tavis Smiley Slams Obama’s Trayvon Remarks: ‘You Can’t Lead From Behind’ On Race

by Jamilah King on July 22 2013, 10:52AM

Not all of Black America was wowed by the president’s remarks last week.

Topics: /NOW

Asiana Airlines Won't Sue Bay Area News TV, After All

Asiana Airlines Won’t Sue Bay Area News TV, After All

by Jamilah King on July 19 2013, 2:08PM

The airline is backing away from its lawsuit.

Topics: /NOW