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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.

Anti-Abortion Activists Confirm Hit On Planned Parenthood

Anti-Abortion Activists Confirm Hit On Planned Parenthood

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 3:38PM

New video accuses the agency of covering up a child sex ring. Seriously?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Vanity Fair's White Hollywood Issue

Vanity Fair’s White Hollywood Issue

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 1:05PM

One of this year’s biggest issues includes only two black actors.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Record Year for Black Films at Sundance Festival

Record Year for Black Films at Sundance Festival

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 11:12AM

This year’s festival featured no less than 30 black filmmakers and films.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Birthday Love For Langston Hughes's Fire

Birthday Love For Langston Hughes’s Fire

by Jamilah King on February 1 2011, 6:10PM

The celebrated poet blazed a path for younger rebels.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Theft Charge Dismissed Against Ohio Mom Kelley Williams-Bolar

Theft Charge Dismissed Against Ohio Mom Kelley Williams-Bolar

by Jamilah King on February 1 2011, 9:33AM

But the legal battle isn’t over just yet.

Topics: Schools & Youth

The Real Cost of the GOP's Push for Voter ID Laws

The Real Cost of the GOP’s Push for Voter ID Laws

by Jamilah King on January 31 2011, 3:53PM

Studies show that up to 11 percent of citizens don’t have a photo identification. But why bother with details?

Topics: Politics

Focus Features Buys Black Lesbian Drama 'Pariah'

Focus Features Buys Black Lesbian Drama ‘Pariah’

by Jamilah King on January 31 2011, 12:21PM

After its premiere at Sundance, the coming-of-age story of a butch black lesbian may be on its way to a theater near you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Linking Citizens United to Octavia Butler's Science Fiction

Linking Citizens United to Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction

by Jamilah King on January 31 2011, 12:07PM

Activists find inspiration in debate over corporate lobbying.

Topics: Politics

Today's Love is for 'We Are the Youth'

Today’s Love is for ‘We Are the Youth’

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 6:33PM

Stories and photos of tomorrow’s queer leaders.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Asian Americans Still Largely Missing From Hollywood

Asian Americans Still Largely Missing From Hollywood

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 5:07PM

Despite progress, advocates say more needs to be done to ensure fair representation on both sides of the camera.

Topics: Media

Antoine Dodson's Got Jokes With 'Epic Fail Mutual'

Antoine Dodson’s Got Jokes With ‘Epic Fail Mutual’

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 10:24AM

Someone’s got to look out for accidental celebrities, right?

Topics: Media

Reports: Anti-Immigrant Laws Cost Millions

Reports: Anti-Immigrant Laws Cost Millions

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 10:24AM

Is Nativist hate even worth it?

Topics: Immigration

Judge Upholds Hate Crime Charges in NYC Muslim Cab Attack

Judge Upholds Hate Crime Charges in NYC Muslim Cab Attack

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 10:24AM

Accused slasher Michael Enright plead not guilty on Wednesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Ohio Mom Gets Jail Time For Sending Kids to Suburban School

Ohio Mom Gets Jail Time For Sending Kids to Suburban School

by Jamilah King on January 26 2011, 5:01PM

Kelley Williams-Bolar gets ten days in jail for good parenting.

Topics: Schools & Youth

FBI Probes ACORN-Style

FBI Probes ACORN-Style “Sting” on Planned Parenthood

by Jamilah King on January 26 2011, 1:43PM

Poor women of color stand to lose the most in anti-abortion attacks.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Courts May Decide Who Has Obama's Tech 'Sputnik Moment'

Courts May Decide Who Has Obama’s Tech ‘Sputnik Moment’

by Jamilah King on January 26 2011, 12:45PM

Actions, not ideas, are really what’s driving today’s fight over broadband access.

Topics: State of the Union, Technology

Today's Love Is For New Orleans' Rethinkers

Today’s Love Is For New Orleans’ Rethinkers

by Jamilah King on January 25 2011, 7:15PM

Students tackle education reform on their own.

Topics: Celebrate Love

FBI File of NAACP's Benjamin Hooks Reveals Death Threats

FBI File of NAACP’s Benjamin Hooks Reveals Death Threats

by Jamilah King on January 25 2011, 11:50AM

Hooks was both spied on and protected by the FBI.

Topics: Politics

Danny Glover Talks About His Black Power Mixtape Film

Danny Glover Talks About His Black Power Mixtape Film

by Jamilah King on January 25 2011, 11:30AM

The actor breaks down the history of activism that got him to this point.

Topics: Politics

U.S. Resumes Deportations to Troubled Haiti

U.S. Resumes Deportations to Troubled Haiti

by Jamilah King on January 24 2011, 4:12PM

Still no word on whether the U.S. will extend the deadline for Temporary Protective Status.

Topics: Global Affairs