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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.

Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

by Jamilah King on April 27 2011, 11:41AM

A U.S. Appeals court has ruled that the prolific writer and activist must be granted a new sentencing hearing within six months.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Belated Birthday Love for Lee Bun Taek's Life Lessons

Belated Birthday Love for Lee Bun Taek’s Life Lessons

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 6:00PM

99-years-young, and still going strong.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Transgender Woman's Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

Transgender Woman’s Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 12:14PM

Activists say the laws reinforce violence against queer and transgender people and disproportionately fill U.S. prisons with people of color.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

AT&T Paints Itself As the Underdog in Proposed T-Mobile Merger

AT&T Paints Itself As the Underdog in Proposed T-Mobile Merger

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 10:05AM

The company’s resorted to scare tactics in a bid to win sympathy from federal regulators.

Topics: Media

A Loving Meditation on the Power of a Smile

A Loving Meditation on the Power of a Smile

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 6:00PM

Ryan Red Corn and filmmaker Sterlin Harjo set out on a mission to show that’s there’s plenty of love in Native communities.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Malcolm X's Daughter Disputes Claims About Father's Sexuality

Malcolm X’s Daughter Disputes Claims About Father’s Sexuality

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 4:12PM

The discussion with Ilyasah Shabazz went from tense to downright hostile after several questions about the allegations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Lil B' Says He's Gotten Death Threats Over 'I'm Gay' Album

Lil B’ Says He’s Gotten Death Threats Over ‘I’m Gay’ Album

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 9:38AM

The rapper says he’s losing fans, but still loves the gay community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Young Graffiti Artists Show Their Love for Mother Earth's Water

Young Graffiti Artists Show Their Love for Mother Earth’s Water

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 5:56PM

Graffiti writers create 10 murals in 10 different cities across the globe.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Gov. Deval Patrick Opens Up About Educating Kids of Color for The Root

Gov. Deval Patrick Opens Up About Educating Kids of Color for The Root

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 4:45PM

It’s good to see an elected official who, at least to some extent, is willing to own up to the harsh realities of his state’s flaws.

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns “Words Can Be Hurtful”

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 10:23AM

Bravo to GLAAD and Bryant for trying to make good out of a bad scene.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Kevin Olusola's Lovely Hip-Hop Cello Rendition

Kevin Olusola’s Lovely Hip-Hop Cello Rendition

by Jamilah King on April 21 2011, 6:15PM

It’s the perfect way to head into the end of the week.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Gov. Bobby Jindal's Potentially Self-Destructive Support of Birther Bill

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Potentially Self-Destructive Support of Birther Bill

by Jamilah King on April 20 2011, 12:02PM

But would he be keeping himself off of his own state ballot?

Topics: Politics

Residents Still Search for Answers in BP Oil Spill Disaster

Residents Still Search for Answers in BP Oil Spill Disaster

by Jamilah King on April 19 2011, 4:52PM

While the oil may appear to be gone, the nation’s worst environmental disaster is still being felt by residents.

Topics: Environment

Seth Freed Wessler Talks Georgia's SB 1070 Copycat on Democracy Now

Seth Freed Wessler Talks Georgia’s SB 1070 Copycat on Democracy Now

by Jamilah King on April 18 2011, 5:15PM

Stay tuned for more.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Immigration

America's Getting More Diverse, So Why Isn't Congress?

America’s Getting More Diverse, So Why Isn’t Congress?

by Jamilah King on April 18 2011, 5:05PM

GOOD shows that our current lawmakers aren’t representative of demographic changes.

Topics: Politics

Rapper Lil' B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

Rapper Lil’ B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

by Jamilah King on April 18 2011, 10:34AM

But the artist, who announced that his next album will be called “I’m Gay”, still has a long way to go.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Donald Trump Has a 'Great Relationship With the Blacks'

Donald Trump Has a ‘Great Relationship With the Blacks’

by Jamilah King on April 14 2011, 4:20PM

He just wants you to know that he really, really cares.

Topics: Politics

At 73, Ernestine Shepherd Shows That Love Can Do a Body Good

At 73, Ernestine Shepherd Shows That Love Can Do a Body Good

by Jamilah King on April 12 2011, 4:47PM

Well into her 70’s, the fitness champ runs 80 miles each week and teaches exercise classes at her church.

Topics: Celebrate Love

FCC's Mignon Clyburn Vows To Fight for Mobile Users

FCC’s Mignon Clyburn Vows To Fight for Mobile Users

by Jamilah King on April 11 2011, 3:22PM

But House Republicans and telecom companies are ready for a fight.

Topics: Media, NCMR 2011, Technology

4 Campaigns Holding Big Media Accountable for How It Treats Us

4 Campaigns Holding Big Media Accountable for How It Treats Us

by Jamilah King on April 11 2011, 12:00PM

Colorlines.com spent last weekend at the National Conference on Media Reform hearing about ways community is demanding corporate media do better.

Topics: Media, NCMR 2011