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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.

Who's Behind the GOP's Anti-Sharia Law Crusade? A White Supremacist

Who’s Behind the GOP’s Anti-Sharia Law Crusade? A White Supremacist

by Jamilah King on March 3 2011, 1:32PM

David Yerushalmi doesn’t just hate Muslims. He hates everyone who’s not white.

Topics: Politics

For Girls Who Love Themselves Enough to Talk Back to Lil Wayne

For Girls Who Love Themselves Enough to Talk Back to Lil Wayne

by Jamilah King on March 2 2011, 6:21PM

Two little girls call Weezy out for his misogynistic music.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee 'Misspoke' About Obama and Kenya

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee ‘Misspoke’ About Obama and Kenya

by Jamilah King on March 2 2011, 1:39PM

But the drive to paint the president as a dangerous ‘other’ won’t stop any time soon.

Topics: Politics

Texas Group Offers Scholarships Exclusively for White Males

Texas Group Offers Scholarships Exclusively for White Males

by Jamilah King on March 2 2011, 12:11PM

Let the pity party begin.

Topics: Politics

Black Workers Central to National Union Battle

Black Workers Central to National Union Battle

by Jamilah King on March 1 2011, 4:35PM

Public service workers are still standing up to union push backs.

Topics: Economy, Wisconsin

Today's Love: Adorable and Talented B-boy Edition

Today’s Love: Adorable and Talented B-boy Edition

by Jamilah King on February 28 2011, 6:00PM

They’re probably the best dancers you’ve seen recently. And they’re still in elementary school.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Scenes from National Wisconsin Solidarity Rallies Photo

Scenes from National Wisconsin Solidarity Rallies

by Jamilah King on February 28 2011, 12:40PM

From Sacramento to Raleigh, Salem to Atlanta, ordinary workers stand up for their rights.

Topics: Wisconsin

Health Concerns Could Send Jamie and Gladys Scott Back to Prison

Health Concerns Could Send Jamie and Gladys Scott Back to Prison

by Jamilah King on February 25 2011, 2:24PM

The sisters must lose a combined 160 pounds in order to test for the kidney transplant that was a condition of their parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC Anti-Abortion Ad Is Coming Down--but the Real Battle's Just Begun

NYC Anti-Abortion Ad Is Coming Down—but the Real Battle’s Just Begun

by Jamilah King on February 24 2011, 5:00PM

The ad targeted black women and caused national outrage.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Standing Alongside Wisconsin, With Love

Standing Alongside Wisconsin, With Love

by Jamilah King on February 23 2011, 6:16PM

A new video shows the state’s striking workers in all their beauty.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Van Jones Calls for Massive Day of Action to Restore Worker's Rights

Van Jones Calls for Massive Day of Action to Restore Worker’s Rights

by Jamilah King on February 23 2011, 12:30PM

On Saturday, February 26, the ‘spirit of Madison’ may go national.

Topics: Wisconsin

Tavis Smiley Calls Out Bill Maher's Troubled Stance on Muslim Men

Tavis Smiley Calls Out Bill Maher’s Troubled Stance on Muslim Men

by Jamilah King on February 22 2011, 2:20PM

What? You didn’t hear that Bill Maher is now an expert on women’s rights?

Topics: Media

Today's Love Goes to Black Future Month

Today’s Love Goes to Black Future Month

by Jamilah King on February 21 2011, 5:36PM

Writer Chinaka Hodge celebrates black pasts, presents, and futures.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Malcolm X's Fearless Commitment to Freedom 46 Years Later

Malcolm X’s Fearless Commitment to Freedom 46 Years Later

by Jamilah King on February 21 2011, 1:42PM

It’s been 46 years since he was shot and killed.

Topics: Politics

To And From Audre Lorde, With Love

To And From Audre Lorde, With Love

by Jamilah King on February 18 2011, 5:17PM

The revered lesbian poet, theorist, and activist would have turned 77.

Topics: Celebrate Love

GOP Votes to Prevent FCC Funding for New Open Web Rules

GOP Votes to Prevent FCC Funding for New Open Web Rules

by Jamilah King on February 17 2011, 2:47PM

Republicans side with big telecom companies to decide the future of the Internet.

Topics: Media

Thousands Protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Anti-Union Attack

Thousands Protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Anti-Union Attack

by Jamilah King on February 17 2011, 1:19PM

The newly-elected governor that progressives feared is making good on his promises to do away with worker’s rights.

Topics: Politics

Gov. Haley Barbour Refuses to Denounce KKK License Plates

Gov. Haley Barbour Refuses to Denounce KKK License Plates

by Jamilah King on February 16 2011, 4:50PM

Now let’s all hope he doesn’t try his hand at a giving a so-called “race” speech.

Topics: Politics

Shirley Sherrod Finally Sues Andrew Breitbart Over Shady Video

Shirley Sherrod Finally Sues Andrew Breitbart Over Shady Video

by Jamilah King on February 15 2011, 11:35AM

Meanwhile, he attacks the former Agriculture Department employee for what he calls a “reparations” pay out.

Topics: Politics

Obama's Wireless Plan Turns Public Utilities Over to Corporate Profits

Obama’s Wireless Plan Turns Public Utilities Over to Corporate Profits

by Jamilah King on February 15 2011, 8:29AM

The president’s magic plan to expand broadband and fix the deficit isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s why.

Topics: Media