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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.

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

Glenn Beck Ends Show, But Fox's Race Baiting Still Lives

Glenn Beck Ends Show, But Fox’s Race Baiting Still Lives

by Jamilah King on April 6 2011, 3:42PM

At least for now, the talk show host’s hate has been muted.

Topics: Glenn Beck, Media

Mister Cee's Arrest Should Spark Talk of Sex Work, Not Hysteria

Mister Cee’s Arrest Should Spark Talk of Sex Work, Not Hysteria

by Jamilah King on April 6 2011, 2:14PM

Dream Hampton argues that instead of sexuality, we should be talking about decriminalizing sex work. Who’s listening?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Court Dismisses Verizon, Metro PCS Suits Against FCC's Web Rules

Court Dismisses Verizon, Metro PCS Suits Against FCC’s Web Rules

by Jamilah King on April 5 2011, 12:16PM

For mobile users of color, there’s good and bad news when it comes to recent efforts to squash net neutrality rules.

Topics: Media

Manning Marable: Scholar, Activist, Visionary

Manning Marable: Scholar, Activist, Visionary

by Jamilah King on April 4 2011, 12:11PM

Remembering the life’s work of a great mind dedicated to racial and economic justice.

Topics: Politics

Join National Rallies For Workers Rights Today

Join National Rallies For Workers Rights Today

by Jamilah King on April 4 2011, 11:14AM

Public sector workers draw on Martin Luther King’s legacy to fight back against right wing attacks.

Topics: Wisconsin

More Horrific Details Emerge in Cleveland, Texas Gang Rape

More Horrific Details Emerge in Cleveland, Texas Gang Rape

by Jamilah King on March 29 2011, 1:30PM

The attacks reportedly happened over the course of several months.

Topics: Texas Rape

Little Dragon Loves Staten Island's Fifth Grade Choir

Little Dragon Loves Staten Island’s Fifth Grade Choir

by Jamilah King on March 25 2011, 6:06PM

And they’re just the school’s latest celebrity fans.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Huffington Post Removes Andrew Brietbart From Front Page

Huffington Post Removes Andrew Brietbart From Front Page

by Jamilah King on March 24 2011, 1:01PM

Conservative writers are fine, critics say. But they’ve got to have credibility.

Topics: Media

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

by Jamilah King on March 23 2011, 5:07PM

Are child support lockups becoming debtors’ prisons?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Understanding the AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

Understanding the AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

by Jamilah King on March 22 2011, 4:41PM

The proposed merger could have far-reaching implications for blacks and Latinos, who primarily access the Web with mobile devices.

Topics: Media

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Recounts Sobering History in Defense of Unions

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Recounts Sobering History in Defense of Unions

by Jamilah King on March 22 2011, 10:46AM

The Labor Secretary doesn’t shy away from calling out the anti-immigrant fervor of today’s anti-labor landscape.

Topics: Wisconsin

Oakland's Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

Oakland’s Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

by Jamilah King on March 21 2011, 5:00PM

Two years after Lovelle Mixon shot and killed four cops amid a climate of deep hostility in Oakland, what’s changed?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Juan Williams Says It's Time to Defund NPR

Juan Williams Says It’s Time to Defund NPR

by Jamilah King on March 21 2011, 12:12PM

And forget journalism. His beef is deeply personal.

Topics: Politics

Wisconsin GOP Strips Union Collective Bargaining -- Stay Informed

Wisconsin GOP Strips Union Collective Bargaining — Stay Informed

by Jamilah King on March 10 2011, 2:35PM

We’ve got pointers on how you can stay plugged into what’s happening in Madison.

Topics: Wisconsin