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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.

A Fast Food Worker Strike Is Likely Coming to a City Near You

A Fast Food Worker Strike Is Likely Coming to a City Near You

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 9:00AM

Check out Monday’s scene in New York City.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Study: Stop-and-Frisk Doesn’t Deter Youth Crime, It Accelerates It

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 8:30AM

Researchers found that when you label someone a criminal, they start to act like one.

Topics: /NOW

Bay Area TV News Anchors Fired Over Racist Name Prank

Bay Area TV News Anchors Fired Over Racist Name Prank

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 8:00AM

Three veteran news producers at Bay Area news station KTVU were fired last week after an investigation into a racist name prank that aired on and humiliated the station. From the San Francisco Chronicle: Station sources confirmed late Wednesday that…

Topics: /NOW

The Best Take Downs (So Far) of Don Lemon's Tirade on Black America

The Best Take Downs (So Far) of Don Lemon’s Tirade on Black America

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 3:51PM

Folks are fed up with the politics of black respectability.

Topics: /NOW

Jay Z's Fight With Harry Belafonte

Jay Z’s Fight With Harry Belafonte

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 2:48PM

Hova’s confusion on the difference between capitalism and activism.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

A Look at Black Chicago in the 1970's

A Look at Black Chicago in the 1970’s

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 10:26AM

The Atlantic’s In Focus blog is doing a great photo series on America in the early 1970’s. Last week they took a look at documentary photographer John H. White, who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in…

Topics: /NOW

'Fruitvale Station' Cracks the Top Ten in Weekend Box Office Numbers

‘Fruitvale Station’ Cracks the Top Ten in Weekend Box Office Numbers

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 10:08AM

The film opened in theaters nationwide over the weekend.

Topics: /NOW

New Orleans Pre-Schooler Joins World's Oldest High IQ Society

New Orleans Pre-Schooler Joins World’s Oldest High IQ Society

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 10:01AM

Yeah, she’s smarter than you.

Topics: /NOW

Dream Hampton to Direct Film About Slain Detroit Transgender Teen

Dream Hampton to Direct Film About Slain Detroit Transgender Teen

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 9:50AM

The world will soon see Shelly Hilliard’s story from her family’s perspective.

Topics: /NOW

Pete Rock and CL Smooth Reunite for Rock Steady's Anniversary

Pete Rock and CL Smooth Reunite for Rock Steady’s Anniversary

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 9:29AM

It’s summertime in the city and good music is in rotation.

Topics: /NOW

Raphael Saadiq to Produce Music for the New Spike Lee Joint

Raphael Saadiq to Produce Music for the New Spike Lee Joint

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 9:28AM

The plot thickens.

Topics: /NOW

Jay Z to Harry Belafonte: 'My Presence is Charity'

Jay Z to Harry Belafonte: ‘My Presence is Charity’

by Jamilah King on July 26 2013, 2:03PM

Is that enough?

Topics: /NOW

'American Idol' Hit With $250 Million Racial Discrimination Suit

‘American Idol’ Hit With $250 Million Racial Discrimination Suit

by Jamilah King on July 26 2013, 9:37AM

Ten black former contestants are suing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Family Devastated by Juror B29's Comments

Trayvon Martin’s Family Devastated by Juror B29’s Comments

by Jamilah King on July 26 2013, 9:17AM

George Zimmerman got away with murder. Now what?

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Lone Juror of Color: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

Lone Juror of Color: Zimmerman ‘Got Away With Murder’

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 3:02PM

Here we go.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Grad Student Refuses to Perform Racist American Lit, Risks Diploma

Grad Student Refuses to Perform Racist American Lit, Risks Diploma

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 12:52PM

Walt Whitman? No thanks.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

There's a Morning-After HIV Pill That Many People Don't Know About

There’s a Morning-After HIV Pill That Many People Don’t Know About

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 11:30AM

And that’s largely because there hasn’t been much publicity around it.

Topics: /NOW

Colin Kaepernick Is Arguably the NFL's Biggest Sneakerhead

Colin Kaepernick Is Arguably the NFL’s Biggest Sneakerhead

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 11:04AM

The San Francisco quarterback has a serious shoe fetish.

Topics: /NOW

Here's a Photo of Andre 3000 in the New Jimi Hendrix Biopic

Here’s a Photo of Andre 3000 in the New Jimi Hendrix Biopic

by Jamilah King on July 25 2013, 10:57AM

Get excited.

Topics: /NOW

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan in Talks for 'Rocky' Spin-Off

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan in Talks for ‘Rocky’ Spin-Off

by Jamilah King on July 24 2013, 1:36PM

Now there’s a new project to get excited about.

Topics: /NOW