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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.

White Mormon Editor to Women of Color: 'Can We Be Part of Your Group?'

White Mormon Editor to Women of Color: ‘Can We Be Part of Your Group?’

by Jamilah King on July 17 2012, 1:23PM

Yeah, it’s pretty bad.

Topics: /NOW

George Zimmerman's Second Bond Set at $1 Million, Could Walk Free

George Zimmerman’s Second Bond Set at $1 Million, Could Walk Free

by Jamilah King on July 5 2012, 12:05PM

A Florida judge issued the ruling Thursday morning.

Topics: /NOW

Indy Rapper Brother Ali's #Occupation in Black Minneapolis

Indy Rapper Brother Ali’s #Occupation in Black Minneapolis

by Jamilah King on June 28 2012, 9:57AM

Brother Ali hasn’t always seen his work as political commentary. But ahead of his third studio album and a new political consciousness, all of that has changed when he got arrested while occupying a foreclosed home.

Topics: #Occupy, Arts & Culture

Ten Leaders Building a New LGBT Politics in the South and Midwest

Ten Leaders Building a New LGBT Politics in the South and Midwest

by Jamilah King on June 19 2012, 10:16AM

Building LGBT communities and protecting their rights outside of the old political capitols has meant trying new things. Here are 10 leaders with missions that aren’t limited to fighting for equal rights.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2012

A New LGBT Politics Seeks To Marry Issues, Not Just People

A New LGBT Politics Seeks To Marry Issues, Not Just People

by Jamilah King on June 19 2012, 10:14AM

Decades into the debate over sexuality, equal rights have become the dominant theme. But in cities across the South and Midwest, necessity has forced leaders to think more broadly about their communities, their politics and their tactics.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2012

Joe Arpaio's Office Arrests 6-Year-Old Undocumented Girl

Joe Arpaio’s Office Arrests 6-Year-Old Undocumented Girl

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 11:36AM

The sheriff shows no mercy.

Topics: /NOW

Workers Allege Forced Labor at Walmart, Plan March in NYC

Workers Allege Forced Labor at Walmart, Plan March in NYC

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 11:07AM

Workers say they were forced to work up to 24 hours without overtime pay and faced threats of violence from a Walmart supplier.

Topics: /NOW

Gov. Jan Brewer Issues Executive Order Ahead of SB 1070 Decision

Gov. Jan Brewer Issues Executive Order Ahead of SB 1070 Decision

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 10:45AM

While the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on SB 1070, Gov. Jan Brewer is getting officers in her state ready to enforce controversial aspects of the law.

Topics: /NOW

Oprah Defends Kardashian Interview on Struggling OWN Network

Oprah Defends Kardashian Interview on Struggling OWN Network

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 10:18AM

Oprah admits that everyone in TV is worried about ratings.

Topics: /NOW

5th Grader to Give Previously Banned Speech on Marriage Equality

5th Grader to Give Previously Banned Speech on Marriage Equality

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 9:47AM

Kameron Slade spoke out for equality, but his school principal wasn’t too thrilled.

Topics: /NOW

Rodney King's Autopsy Planned for Today

Rodney King’s Autopsy Planned for Today

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 9:17AM

The man who became the face of police abuse of black men in Los Angeles was found dead at his home on Sunday.

Topics: 1992 L.A. Riots, /NOW

Watch the Season 2 Premiere of 'Awkward Black Girl'

Watch the Season 2 Premiere of ‘Awkward Black Girl’

by Jamilah King on June 15 2012, 10:37AM

Jay and crew are back as the popular Web series showcases a second season.

Topics: /NOW

Occupy Atlanta Activist Fights Eviction From Family's Longtime Home

Occupy Atlanta Activist Fights Eviction From Family’s Longtime Home

by Jamilah King on June 15 2012, 10:34AM

Carmen Pittman, 22, is fighting to save the home that’s been in her family for generations.

Topics: /NOW

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong

by Jamilah King on May 29 2012, 9:25AM

From the classroom to the clinician’s office, there’s a long and troubling relationship between racism and the mental health field.

Topics: Health

Competition Keeps August Wilson's Work Alive for Young Actors

Competition Keeps August Wilson’s Work Alive for Young Actors

by Jamilah King on May 23 2012, 9:54AM

The fourth annual competition kicked off in New York City earlier this month, and we caught up with this year’s winner.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Can a New Film Reawaken Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee's Life Lessons?

Can a New Film Reawaken Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee’s Life Lessons?

by Jamilah King on May 21 2012, 8:53AM

Their grandson certainly thinks so.

Topics: Arts & Culture

It's a Big Day for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook -- and Hoodies Across America

It’s a Big Day for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook — and Hoodies Across America

by Jamilah King on May 18 2012, 12:39PM

If you’re white.

Topics: /NOW

Finally, Mother's Day Cards That Actually Make Sense

Finally, Mother’s Day Cards That Actually Make Sense

by Jamilah King on May 10 2012, 9:07AM

Activists in Oakland were fed up with the same run-of-the-mill Mother’s Day celebrations. So they designed their own for “mamas on the margins.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Trouble the With the NBA's Metta World Peace

The Trouble the With the NBA’s Metta World Peace

by Jamilah King on May 8 2012, 10:17AM

A new book traces how one of the NBA’s most reviled players is actually a litmus test for its failings on race.

Topics: Media

‘Every Game I Used Drugs’: The Story of Baseball Great Willie Mays Aikens

by Jamilah King on May 3 2012, 4:45PM

SB Nation has an incredible story from former Kansas City Royals slugger Willie Mays Aikens, who battled years of drug addiction and spent over a decade in prison.

Topics: /NOW