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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.

Regular Working People Might Be Able to Afford to Live in San Francisco Again

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 11:00AM

But probably not.

Topics: /NOW

Kevin Clash Won a Bunch of Emmys Last Week, Everything is Awkward

Kevin Clash Won a Bunch of Emmys Last Week, Everything is Awkward

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 10:49AM

Everybody still loves Elmo.

Topics: /NOW

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

by Jamilah King on June 14 2013, 11:50AM

Yikes.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

by Jamilah King on June 13 2013, 11:06AM

It’s never easy to talk about an incarcerated loved one in public, and it’s an especially difficult task for children.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Nike Launches New LGBT Line for Gay Pride

Nike Launches New LGBT Line for Gay Pride

by Jamilah King on June 13 2013, 10:08AM

Nike loves its gay athletes.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

11-Year-old Sebastian de la Cruz Is the Best San Antonio Spurs Fan Ever

11-Year-old Sebastian de la Cruz Is the Best San Antonio Spurs Fan Ever

by Jamilah King on June 12 2013, 2:15PM

And don’t you dare tell him that he doesn’t belong.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration, /NOW

LGBT Rights and Communities of Color in the South [VIDEO] Play

LGBT Rights and Communities of Color in the South [VIDEO]

by Jamilah King on June 11 2013, 12:40PM

Send in your own questions to organizers working at the intersection of racial justice and sexual freedom. Chime in at #CLchat on Twitter.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2013

Big Freedia's 'Queen of Bounce' Reality TV Show to Launch This Fall

Big Freedia’s ‘Queen of Bounce’ Reality TV Show to Launch This Fall

by Jamilah King on June 10 2013, 3:53PM

Bring it on, honey.

Topics: /NOW

Fight Begins to Save Country's Oldest Black Bookstore

Fight Begins to Save Country’s Oldest Black Bookstore

by Jamilah King on June 10 2013, 1:08PM

Marcus Books is facing eviction. You can help save it. Here’s how.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cicely Tyson Made History at Last Night's Tony Awards

Cicely Tyson Made History at Last Night’s Tony Awards

by Jamilah King on June 10 2013, 9:54AM

Tyson got the longest standing ovation of the night. But that’s not all.

Topics: /NOW

Ryan Coogler and Octavia Spencer Talk About Spending Time With Oscar Grant's Family

Ryan Coogler and Octavia Spencer Talk About Spending Time With Oscar Grant’s Family

by Jamilah King on June 7 2013, 3:50PM

It’s about more than just the box office.

Topics: /NOW

Whole Foods Suspends Workers For Speaking Spanish

Whole Foods Suspends Workers For Speaking Spanish

by Jamilah King on June 6 2013, 12:27PM

Apparently, speaking Spanish isn’t conducive to having a “safe working environment.”

Topics: /NOW

Hundreds of Teens Behind Bars Report Sexual Assaults by Staffers

Hundreds of Teens Behind Bars Report Sexual Assaults by Staffers

by Jamilah King on June 6 2013, 12:06PM

Rape and sexual assault are frighteningly prevalent in the juvenile justice system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Got a Question About LGBT Organizing in the South? Let's Hear It

Got a Question About LGBT Organizing in the South? Let’s Hear It

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 12:36PM

We’re hosting our first live chat with LGBT organizers from the South and we want to hear from you.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Parents Speak Ahead of Next Week's Trial

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Speak Ahead of Next Week’s Trial

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 11:15AM

They’re still searching for justice for their son.

Topics: /NOW

Civil Rights Activist Chokwe Lumumba Elected Mayor of Jackson, Miss.

Civil Rights Activist Chokwe Lumumba Elected Mayor of Jackson, Miss.

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 10:52AM

Mississippi’s capital city has a new mayor.

Topics: /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae to Play Role as Nina Simone

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae to Play Role as Nina Simone

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 10:41AM

Move over, Zoe Saldana.

Topics: /NOW

Hate Violence Against LGBT Community Is On a Dangerous Rise

Hate Violence Against LGBT Community Is On a Dangerous Rise

by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 1:19PM

And transgender people of color are getting the worst of it.

Topics: /NOW

Grant Program May Incentivize More Weed Arrests Among Blacks

Grant Program May Incentivize More Weed Arrests Among Blacks

by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 10:40AM

Black Americans were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana posession in 2010, even though the two groups smoke weed at similar rates

Topics: /NOW

NPR Study Finds That Black Men Want Love, Too

NPR Study Finds That Black Men Want Love, Too

by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 10:11AM

All the single fellas.

Topics: /NOW