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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.

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

Amy Chua's Tiger Mom, Meet Yvonne Thornton's Lioness

Amy Chua’s Tiger Mom, Meet Yvonne Thornton’s Lioness

by Jamilah King on February 11 2011, 12:23PM

Because some black parents can make things seem impossible for their kids, too.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

by Jamilah King on February 11 2011, 9:55AM

The stories of countless black women who were raped by white men during the civil rights era have gone overlooked entirely.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

J Dilla's Love for Beats, Rhymes, and Life

J Dilla’s Love for Beats, Rhymes, and Life

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 5:05PM

Celebrating the life and passion of one of hip hop’s most pioneering souls.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 1:17PM

Because Nathan Bedford Forrest wasn’t just a confederate hero and KKK leader. He was a genius, according to supporters.

Topics: History, Politics

Talking History and America's Racial Future

Talking History and America’s Racial Future

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 10:17AM

Channing Kennedy talks institutional racism with the folks at PostBourgie.

Topics: Immigration

Adults Say They're Born Gay, and Loving It

Adults Say They’re Born Gay, and Loving It

by Jamilah King on February 9 2011, 6:00PM

The popular blog features hilarious photos of little kids who had the nerve to be different.

Topics: Celebrate Love

13 States Introduce Useless Bills to Ban Sharia Law

13 States Introduce Useless Bills to Ban Sharia Law

by Jamilah King on February 9 2011, 12:01PM

Let the unchecked and unnecessary hysteria continue.

Topics: Politics

Doctor's Orders: Send Undocumented Patient to Mexico

Doctor’s Orders: Send Undocumented Patient to Mexico

by Jamilah King on February 9 2011, 10:57AM

Maria Sanchez has a banana-sized tumor in her back. But that didn’t stop a Texas hospital from giving her the boot because of her legal status.

Topics: Immigration

Rep. John Lewis Set to Write Civil Rights Graphic Novel

Rep. John Lewis Set to Write Civil Rights Graphic Novel

by Jamilah King on February 8 2011, 12:50PM

The civil rights hero calls the project “a story of involvement.”

Topics: Politics

Birthright Citizenship Bills Stalled in Arizona Senate

Birthright Citizenship Bills Stalled in Arizona Senate

by Jamilah King on February 8 2011, 12:28PM

Even some stalwart GOP members seemed skeptical of challenging the Constitution.

Topics: 14th Amendment

Will Users or Telecoms Profit From FCC Broadband Expansion Plan?

Will Users or Telecoms Profit From FCC Broadband Expansion Plan?

by Jamilah King on February 8 2011, 11:12AM

Consumer advocates listen with skepticism and cautious hope to FCC plan for closing digital divide.

Topics: Media

Cult Actress Tura Satana Dies at 72

Cult Actress Tura Satana Dies at 72

by Jamilah King on February 7 2011, 3:23PM

The legendary actress survived abuse, internment and later inspired “Kill Bill.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

New Orleans Council Votes to Shrink City's Jail Size

New Orleans Council Votes to Shrink City’s Jail Size

by Jamilah King on February 7 2011, 3:17PM

Activists claim victory in the city’s move to approve a third fewer beds in new facility.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Haitian Deportee Dies After Cholera Symptoms

Haitian Deportee Dies After Cholera Symptoms

by Jamilah King on February 7 2011, 12:37PM

Wildrick Guerrier, 34, was reportedly healthy until he was stuck with 17 other men in a Haitian jail cell.

Topics: Global Affairs

Hines Ward Loves His Korean Birthplace, In All Its Colors

Hines Ward Loves His Korean Birthplace, In All Its Colors

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 6:30PM

Pittsburgh’s star receiver pushes discussions of race across borders.

Topics: Celebrate Love

SF Supervisor Jane Kim Makes Silent Protest

SF Supervisor Jane Kim Makes Silent Protest

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 1:42PM

Newly-minted politician refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Topics: Politics

Is the Internet Really Free? See For Yourself

Is the Internet Really Free? See For Yourself

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 12:56PM

Designer Yuxi You’s stunning visuals show who’s censoring the Internet — and how they’re doing it.

Topics: Egypt