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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.

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela's Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela’s Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

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

Today’s his birthday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Beautiful Inmate Art From Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Striker

Beautiful Inmate Art From Pelican Bay State Prison Hunger Striker

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 10:44AM

An inmate speaks out.

Topics: /NOW

Harvard University Establishes a Nas Fellowship

Harvard University Establishes a Nas Fellowship

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 2:49PM

Yes, you read that correctly.

Topics: /NOW

Colleagues Remember Eric Ohene Lembembe, Murdered LGBT Activist

Colleagues Remember Eric Ohene Lembembe, Murdered LGBT Activist

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 1:42PM

Lembembe was found tortured and killed in his home in the Cameroonian capitol of Yaounde.

Topics: /NOW

Los Angeles Is Becoming Majority Latino -- Again

Los Angeles Is Becoming Majority Latino — Again

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 11:19AM

Here’s a brief history of the Mexicans who founded the city of Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW

Black Mothers Speak Out After Trayvon: 'My Son Is Not a Suspect'

Black Mothers Speak Out After Trayvon: ‘My Son Is Not a Suspect’

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 10:50AM

It’s time to end the racial profiling of young black men.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

1 Million People Sign NAACP's Petition for Zimmerman Justice Dept. Charges

1 Million People Sign NAACP’s Petition for Zimmerman Justice Dept. Charges

by Jamilah King on July 17 2013, 10:26AM

Zimmerman’s not out of the woods yet.

Topics: /NOW

Questlove's Lesson From Zimmerman Verdict: 'You Ain't Shit'

Questlove’s Lesson From Zimmerman Verdict: ‘You Ain’t Shit’

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 3:56PM

The drummer took to Facebook to air his thoughts.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Tom Joyner Offers Rachel Jeantel a Full College Scholarship

Tom Joyner Offers Rachel Jeantel a Full College Scholarship

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 2:20PM

Finally, some good news.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Toni Morrison Pays Tribute to Ida B. Wells

Toni Morrison Pays Tribute to Ida B. Wells

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 2:11PM

Decades after her death, Wells’ passion for justice lives on.

Topics: /NOW

The Craziest Moments from Zimmerman Juror B37's CNN Interview

The Craziest Moments from Zimmerman Juror B37’s CNN Interview

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 2:05PM

An absolute mess.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Families Protest the Solitary Confinement of Loved Ones in Calif.

Families Protest the Solitary Confinement of Loved Ones in Calif.

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 1:46PM

They’re the invisible victims.

Topics: /NOW

Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida -- And Every Other Stand Your Ground State

Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida — And Every Other Stand Your Ground State

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 11:32AM

The legendary singer is taking a stand.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

It's Assata Shakur's Birthday -- And She's Still America's Most Wanted

It’s Assata Shakur’s Birthday — And She’s Still America’s Most Wanted

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 10:31AM

Here’s rare interview footage from 1998 that was re-broadcast on Democracy Now last spring.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Here's Comedian Aziz Ansari On the Cover of Your Favorite Rap Albums

Here’s Comedian Aziz Ansari On the Cover of Your Favorite Rap Albums

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 10:16AM

Because we need something to smile about.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Rachel Jeantel's First Public Interview Since Zimmerman Verdict

Watch Rachel Jeantel’s First Public Interview Since Zimmerman Verdict

by Jamilah King on July 16 2013, 10:00AM

Before Trayvon Martin was a martyr, he was a friend.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

'We Are Not Trayvon Martin' Tumblr Explores White Privilege

‘We Are Not Trayvon Martin’ Tumblr Explores White Privilege

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 3:33PM

Because not everyone faces the same danger.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman Trial Juror Signs a Book Deal

Zimmerman Trial Juror Signs a Book Deal

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 2:04PM

That didn’t take long.

Topics: /NOW, Trayvon Martin

73-Year-Old Lester Chambers Attacked by White Woman for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin

73-Year-Old Lester Chambers Attacked by White Woman for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 1:16PM

In case this weekend’s George Zimmerman acquittal didn’t do enough to to illustrate how dangerous it is to be a black man in America, this also happened in Hayward, California — from The Nation: Disturbing news emerged early Sunday that…

Topics: /NOW

Asiana Airlines to Sue Bay Area TV News Over Racist Name Prank

Asiana Airlines to Sue Bay Area TV News Over Racist Name Prank

by Jamilah King on July 15 2013, 1:03PM

Carelessness is expensive.

Topics: /NOW