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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.

5 (Fun) Things You Should Know About March Madness Right Now

5 (Fun) Things You Should Know About March Madness Right Now

by Jamilah King on March 19 2013, 11:15AM

Sure, there are plenty of things to critique about the institution and politics of college basketball. But that doesn’t mean March Madness isn’t exciting to watch. Here, some fun, slightly random facts about this year’s tournament, which starts today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, March Madness

Meet (and Mourn) Wan Joon Kim, an Unlikely Godfather of Gangsta Rap

Meet (and Mourn) Wan Joon Kim, an Unlikely Godfather of Gangsta Rap

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 4:38PM

You can thank him for all those underground bootlegs you got in the ’90s.

Topics: /NOW

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD's Protection

Dispatch From Brooklyn: Fraying Patience With NYPD’s Protection

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 11:03AM

As the department’s stop-and-frisk program heads to court this week, the scene in Flatbush reveals just how tired many communities have become of the city’s policing style.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Stop and Frisk

Brooklyn Artist Reveals Strategy Behind Anti-Street Harassment Posters

Brooklyn Artist Reveals Strategy Behind Anti-Street Harassment Posters

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 10:28AM

Because, duh. They belong where harassment happens.

Topics: /NOW

This Is Why It Sucks to Be Stopped and Frisked in New York City

This Is Why It Sucks to Be Stopped and Frisked in New York City

by Jamilah King on March 18 2013, 10:21AM

Long before the NYPD’s signature program went to trial, men of color have documented their experiences. Here’s what they have to say.

Topics: /NOW

Chicago Bulls Star Derrick Rose to Pay For Funeral of Slain 6 Month Old

Chicago Bulls Star Derrick Rose to Pay For Funeral of Slain 6 Month Old

by Jamilah King on March 14 2013, 10:18AM

Jonylah Watkins was shot multiple times.

Topics: /NOW

NYPD Violence Looms in Third Day of Protests for Kimani Gray [PHOTOS]

NYPD Violence Looms in Third Day of Protests for Kimani Gray [PHOTOS]

by Jamilah King on March 14 2013, 10:18AM

The teen was shot and killed by NYPD officers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Activists Launch Campaign Against NYC's Teen Pregnancy Ads

Activists Launch Campaign Against NYC’s Teen Pregnancy Ads

by Jamilah King on March 12 2013, 2:27PM

Shame doesn’t work, but services do.

Topics: /NOW

You'll Love This Inspiring Video From New Orleans School Kids

You’ll Love This Inspiring Video From New Orleans School Kids

by Jamilah King on March 12 2013, 1:30PM

Students can be leaders, too.

Topics: /NOW

Actress Michelle Williams Compares Native Americans to Munchkins

Actress Michelle Williams Compares Native Americans to Munchkins

by Jamilah King on March 12 2013, 12:49PM

Because, you know, they’re fighting for their land, too.

Topics: /NOW

Mississippi Won't Ever Let Anyone Tell You How Much Soda to Drink

Mississippi Won’t Ever Let Anyone Tell You How Much Soda to Drink

by Jamilah King on March 12 2013, 12:06PM

It’s your soda and you can drink as much as you want.

Topics: /NOW

Yes, Racism is a Public Health Risk

Yes, Racism is a Public Health Risk

by Jamilah King on March 12 2013, 11:43AM

Racism ain’t just about hurting people’s feelings.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Zerlina Maxwell Offers 5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape

Zerlina Maxwell Offers 5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape

by Jamilah King on March 11 2013, 11:10AM

Victim blaming doesn’t work, people.

Topics: /NOW

Indiana Man Apologizes for Viral 'Why I'd Hate to Be Asian' Video

Indiana Man Apologizes for Viral ‘Why I’d Hate to Be Asian’ Video

by Jamilah King on March 8 2013, 9:20AM

Samuel Hendrickson is sorry. The Indiana student sparked widespread outrage this week when he posted a video listing all the reasons he wouldn’t want to be Asian. “Most Asians look alike,” Hendrickson says in the video. “I don’t want to…

Topics: /NOW

5 Really Bad Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ads

5 Really Bad Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ads

by Jamilah King on March 6 2013, 1:46PM

A brief history in public shaming.

Topics: /NOW

Justice Department Urged to Investigate Marco McMillian's Murder

Justice Department Urged to Investigate Marco McMillian’s Murder

by Jamilah King on March 6 2013, 9:23AM

Mississippi, goddam.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

New York City Tries to Shame Its Teens Into Not Having Babies

New York City Tries to Shame Its Teens Into Not Having Babies

by Jamilah King on March 6 2013, 9:22AM

Featuring heart-tugging images of toddlers, a new multiracial ad campaign links teen pregnancy to financial strain, heartbreak, fatherlessness and undereducated children. Reproductive justice activists call the tough-love message counterproductive.

Topics: Health, Politics, Youth and Race

George Zimmerman Skips 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing

George Zimmerman Skips ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing

by Jamilah King on March 6 2013, 9:22AM

Now the stage is almost set for him to be tried for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Topics: /NOW

Oberlin President Says ‘Significant Progress’ Has Followed Campus Hate Speech

by Jamilah King on March 5 2013, 11:44AM

The Oberlin community was rocked by a series of hate speech during Black History Month.

Topics: /NOW

Marco McMillian Had Big Plans for the Small City of Clarksdale, Mississippi

Marco McMillian Had Big Plans for the Small City of Clarksdale, Mississippi

by Jamilah King on March 1 2013, 9:49AM

The promising politician was found dead this week in Mississippi.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW