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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.

Rep. Keith Ellison Calls Out Herman Cain's Religious Bigotry

Rep. Keith Ellison Calls Out Herman Cain’s Religious Bigotry

by Jamilah King on July 22 2011, 12:18PM

The Muslim American lawmaker warns that Cain’s rhetoric may be a political strategy with awful consequences.

Topics: Politics

Jose Antonio Vargas Has Driver's License Revoked

Jose Antonio Vargas Has Driver’s License Revoked

by Jamilah King on July 22 2011, 11:33AM

The writer calls it another reminder of the collective struggle facing immigrants like him.

Topics: Immigration

Has California's Prison Hunger Strike Really Ended?

Has California’s Prison Hunger Strike Really Ended?

by Jamilah King on July 21 2011, 4:27PM

Advocates say that nothing’s been confirmed, and it’s unclear whether inmate demands have been met.

Topics: Criminal Justice

James Murdoch's Hip-Hop Head Days With Rawkus Records

James Murdoch’s Hip-Hop Head Days With Rawkus Records

by Jamilah King on July 21 2011, 3:29PM

Ta-Nehisi Coates reminds us that the man in the middle of Britain’s phone hacking scandal bankrolled an influential hip-hop label in the ’90s.

Topics: Arts & Culture

James O'Keefe's Latest Target: Medicaid, and Your Social Safety Net

James O’Keefe’s Latest Target: Medicaid, and Your Social Safety Net

by Jamilah King on July 20 2011, 2:21PM

Estimates show that one in every six people in America receive some form of government assistance. Conservatives like O’Keefe still want to shame them.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain: Communities Should Be Able to Ban Mosques

Herman Cain: Communities Should Be Able to Ban Mosques

by Jamilah King on July 18 2011, 10:48AM

The presidential hopeful once again takes aim at Islam.

Topics: Politics

Do You Love the Awkward Black Girl Show? Then Donate

Do You Love the Awkward Black Girl Show? Then Donate

by Jamilah King on July 15 2011, 5:14PM

The hilarious YouTube series needs your help to finish up its first season.

Topics: Celebrate Love

ColorofChange.org Leads Protest Outside Murdoch Home

ColorofChange.org Leads Protest Outside Murdoch Home

by Jamilah King on July 14 2011, 11:25AM

The group is calling for a Congressional investigation into unethical practices by Murdoch-owned FOX news.

Topics: Media

How to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

How to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

by Jamilah King on July 8 2011, 11:32AM

Recent news shows bias is still getting in the way of work for young people of color.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

Jose Antonio Vargas: 'No Person is Illegal'

Jose Antonio Vargas: ‘No Person is Illegal’

by Jamilah King on July 5 2011, 1:27PM

The journalist maintains that the immigrant struggle is “about us, not them.”

Topics: Immigration

LAUSD Names Echo Park School After Chicana Writer Sandra Cisneros

LAUSD Names Echo Park School After Chicana Writer Sandra Cisneros

by Jamilah King on July 5 2011, 10:08AM

The Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy will open to K-8 students in September.

Topics: Schools & Youth

5 Reasons Why People Love to Hate Kreayshawn

5 Reasons Why People Love to Hate Kreayshawn

by Jamilah King on June 24 2011, 2:20PM

The self-proclaimed leader of the White Girl Mob has gotten plenty of hits, and rankled lots of feathers. Here’s what’s got the Internet buzzing.

Topics: Arts & Culture

You Sure Do Love Those Summer Jams, So Let's Hear More

You Sure Do Love Those Summer Jams, So Let’s Hear More

by Jamilah King on June 23 2011, 5:50PM

We asked for song suggestions, and you had plenty. See some more of your favorites.

Topics: Celebrate Love

The Debate Over Civil Rights Groups, Labor Support For AT&T Heats Up

The Debate Over Civil Rights Groups, Labor Support For AT&T Heats Up

by Jamilah King on June 23 2011, 12:33PM

Netroots advocates say Beltway groups have become Big Telecom’s “astroturf.” Civil rights groups say they’re all about jobs—and charge critics with simplistic name-calling.

Topics: Media, Media

Samuel L. Jackson Gives Sleepy Parents Everywhere a Good Laugh

Samuel L. Jackson Gives Sleepy Parents Everywhere a Good Laugh

by Jamilah King on June 17 2011, 1:44PM

The actor took to the David Letterman Show to read portions of Adam Mansbach’s hilarious new children’s book for parents.

Topics: Media

Civil Rights Groups and Telecom Watchdogs Split On Mobile Merger

Civil Rights Groups and Telecom Watchdogs Split On Mobile Merger

by Jamilah King on June 17 2011, 9:27AM

The NAACP and Urban League have said the deal is good for people of color. But media justice advocates insist it’ll threaten equal access and drive up costs—and they charge civil rights groups are selling out.

Topics: Media, Technology

Birthday Love for 2pac's Message of Strength and Resilience

Birthday Love for 2pac’s Message of Strength and Resilience

by Jamilah King on June 16 2011, 5:50PM

The rapper, who was killed in 1996, would have turned 40 today. His legacy lives on.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

by Jamilah King on June 16 2011, 1:15PM

The Miami Herald reports that since 2008, at least 11 people claim that they’ve been arrested and/or had their phones confiscated by police officers.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jay Smooth Has a Message for LeBron James, And Sports Fans

Jay Smooth Has a Message for LeBron James, And Sports Fans

by Jamilah King on June 14 2011, 2:21PM

Is the basketball superstar trying to talk himself out of a job?

Topics: Arts & Culture

18 Killed in Wave of Homophobic Violence in Puerto Rico

18 Killed in Wave of Homophobic Violence in Puerto Rico

by Jamilah King on June 10 2011, 1:41PM

After three more murders in one week, activists charge hateful rhetoric from the governor and religious leaders is spurring violence.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality