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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.

Got a Question About LGBT Organizing in the South? Let's Hear It

Got a Question About LGBT Organizing in the South? Let’s Hear It

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 12:36PM

We’re hosting our first live chat with LGBT organizers from the South and we want to hear from you.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Parents Speak Ahead of Next Week's Trial

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Speak Ahead of Next Week’s Trial

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 11:15AM

They’re still searching for justice for their son.

Topics: /NOW

Civil Rights Activist Chokwe Lumumba Elected Mayor of Jackson, Miss.

Civil Rights Activist Chokwe Lumumba Elected Mayor of Jackson, Miss.

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 10:52AM

Mississippi’s capital city has a new mayor.

Topics: /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae to Play Role as Nina Simone

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae to Play Role as Nina Simone

by Jamilah King on June 5 2013, 10:41AM

Move over, Zoe Saldana.

Topics: /NOW

Hate Violence Against LGBT Community Is On a Dangerous Rise

Hate Violence Against LGBT Community Is On a Dangerous Rise

by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 1:19PM

And transgender people of color are getting the worst of it.

Topics: /NOW

Grant Program May Incentivize More Weed Arrests Among Blacks

Grant Program May Incentivize More Weed Arrests Among Blacks

by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 10:40AM

Black Americans were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana posession in 2010, even though the two groups smoke weed at similar rates

Topics: /NOW

NPR Study Finds That Black Men Want Love, Too

NPR Study Finds That Black Men Want Love, Too

by Jamilah King on June 4 2013, 10:11AM

All the single fellas.

Topics: /NOW

Mobb Deep Rapper Launches New Book Imprint in Brooklyn

Mobb Deep Rapper Launches New Book Imprint in Brooklyn

by Jamilah King on June 3 2013, 2:57PM

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson is known widely as part of Mobb Deep, one of hip-hop’s most important groups of late-’90s. But now he’s got a new hustle: writing fiction. And even that’s understating it a bit. On Monday, Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic…

Topics: /NOW

Watch: HBO's 'Gideon's Army' Follows Public Defenders in the Deep South

Watch: HBO’s ‘Gideon’s Army’ Follows Public Defenders in the Deep South

by Jamilah King on June 3 2013, 1:54PM

Despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling over 50 years ago, racial inequality colors the fight for justice in America. A new documentary provides a few first-hand accounts.

Topics: /NOW

Ava DuVernay: Black Film's Big Year Fueled by Indie Movement

Ava DuVernay: Black Film’s Big Year Fueled by Indie Movement

by Jamilah King on June 3 2013, 11:21AM

Years of carefully cultivating black talent is leading to a big year at the box office.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', /NOW

Kendrick Lamar Thinks 'Molly' Is Bad for Hip-Hop

Kendrick Lamar Thinks ‘Molly’ Is Bad for Hip-Hop

by Jamilah King on May 30 2013, 12:43PM

Not everyone’s a fan of rap’s latest drug craze.

Topics: /NOW

Alice Walker Absolutely Does Not Want Alicia Keys to Perform in Israel

Alice Walker Absolutely Does Not Want Alicia Keys to Perform in Israel

by Jamilah King on May 30 2013, 12:41PM

Walker to Keys: Google me. And then visit Gaza instead.

Topics: /NOW

Here's a Cheesy Slow-Motion Video of Brittney Griner's Debut Dunks

Here’s a Cheesy Slow-Motion Video of Brittney Griner’s Debut Dunks

by Jamilah King on May 28 2013, 2:11PM

Because she’s really good.

Topics: /NOW

Prince Is At the Center a Copyright Battle With Video-Sharing Site Vine

Prince Is At the Center a Copyright Battle With Video-Sharing Site Vine

by Jamilah King on May 28 2013, 2:09PM

If you love the video-sharing app Vine, or those random cat videos on the Internet, pay attention.

Topics: /NOW

Oklahoma's Latinos Join Recovery Effort Amid State's Cultural Change

Oklahoma’s Latinos Join Recovery Effort Amid State’s Cultural Change

by Jamilah King on May 28 2013, 1:52PM

Citizenship has become a key factor in people’s decisions about whether or not to seek help in recovery.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Yassin Bey's (aka Mos Def) New Video on Stop-and-Frisk

Watch Yassin Bey’s (aka Mos Def) New Video on Stop-and-Frisk

by Jamilah King on May 28 2013, 12:58PM

The outspoken rapper takes his hometown police department to task for its controversial policies in the city’s communities of color.

Topics: /NOW

Once Again, Poor People With Cell Phones Become Scapegoats for the Right

by Jamilah King on May 24 2013, 3:50PM

Louisiana Senator David Vitter wants to

Topics: /NOW

Jennifer Lopez Calls New Verizon Deal to Court Latinos 'No Brainer'

Jennifer Lopez Calls New Verizon Deal to Court Latinos ‘No Brainer’

by Jamilah King on May 23 2013, 11:45AM

Viva Movil will be ready in a city near you.

Topics: /NOW

Mixed Martial Artist Fallon Fox Is Paving the Way for Transgender Athletes

Mixed Martial Artist Fallon Fox Is Paving the Way for Transgender Athletes

by Jamilah King on May 21 2013, 1:13PM

Let’s get ready to rumble.

Topics: /NOW

1,500 Rally for Mark Carson in New York City's Gay Mecca

1,500 Rally for Mark Carson in New York City’s Gay Mecca

by Jamilah King on May 21 2013, 10:41AM

It was the city’s largest LGBT rights rally in years.

Topics: /NOW