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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.

40k Sign Petition Urging FCC Lower Prison Phone Rates

40k Sign Petition Urging FCC Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on November 15 2012, 12:21PM

On Wednesday, the FCC announced that they are at least willing to look into the issue.

Topics: /NOW

Art and Activism in Charm City: Five Baltimore Collectives That Are Facing Race

Art and Activism in Charm City: Five Baltimore Collectives That Are Facing Race

by Jamilah King on November 15 2012, 9:20AM

There’s more to Baltimore’s arts scene than John Waters. Colorlines hung out with five collectives trying to reshape the city’s culture.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012

Women and People of Color Will Be a Majority of Democrats in the House

Women and People of Color Will Be a Majority of Democrats in the House

by Jamilah King on November 8 2012, 10:36AM

Ch-ch-ch-changes.

Topics: /NOW

So, What Now? Five Racial Justice Thinkers Make Sense of the Election

So, What Now? Five Racial Justice Thinkers Make Sense of the Election

by Jamilah King on November 8 2012, 10:00AM

Essays from William Jelani Cobb, Joan Morgan, Luis Rodriguez, Zahra Billoo and Rob “Biko” Baker on the Obama victory and the coming second term.

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics, Second Term

Election Night Sadness: White People Mourning Mitt Romney [Photos]

Election Night Sadness: White People Mourning Mitt Romney [Photos]

by Jamilah King on November 8 2012, 9:41AM

Sad face.

Topics: 2012 Election, Election Returns, /NOW, Politics

What's the Scope of Voter Suppression in this Election?

What’s the Scope of Voter Suppression in this Election?

by Jamilah King on November 6 2012, 7:31PM

After months of trying, are voter suppression tactics really working at the polls?

Topics: /NOW

Pennsylvania's  Spanish-Speaking Voters Face Barriers at the Polls

Pennsylvania’s Spanish-Speaking Voters Face Barriers at the Polls

by Jamilah King on November 6 2012, 6:45PM

Trouble.

Topics: /NOW

A New Play Explores the Beauty of Being Black in the Green Movement

A New Play Explores the Beauty of Being Black in the Green Movement

by Jamilah King on November 5 2012, 9:53AM

Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “red, black, and GREEN: a blues” is an interactive and intimate look at how communities are redefining sustainability.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Environment

New Jobs Report Shows Stubbornly High Unemployment Rates for Blacks, Youth

by Jamilah King on November 2 2012, 3:04PM

In the final jobs report before next week’s election, black unemployment rises as the national jobless rate falls.

Topics: /NOW

Who's Going to Fix NYC Subways After Hurricane Sandy? Public Workers

Who’s Going to Fix NYC Subways After Hurricane Sandy? Public Workers

by Jamilah King on October 30 2012, 12:48PM

It’s time to thank your transit workers. Here’s why.

Topics: /NOW

A Few Apps, Tips, and Websites to Get You Through Hurricane Sandy

A Few Apps, Tips, and Websites to Get You Through Hurricane Sandy

by Jamilah King, Phoenix Soleil on October 29 2012, 3:30PM

Need a few last minute tips to help ride out Hurricane Sandy? We got you.

Topics: /NOW

Jeff Chang on Hope, Change and How Culture Can Shape Politics

Jeff Chang on Hope, Change and How Culture Can Shape Politics

by Jamilah King on October 17 2012, 10:06AM

The author of one of the hip-hop generation’s seminal texts talks about shifting cultural images of Barack Obama, storytelling and what’s been inspiring him lately.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics

Happy National Coming Out Day! Tell Us What Makes You So Fabulous

Happy National Coming Out Day! Tell Us What Makes You So Fabulous

by Jamilah King on October 11 2012, 12:38PM

UndocuQueer activists have given a new meaning to the phrase “coming out.” We’re sharing some of their work in hopes that it’ll inspire you to share your stories.

Topics: /NOW

Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward Against NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk

Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward Against NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk

by Jamilah King on October 11 2012, 11:38AM

Get ready for a legal showdown.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Stacey Dash Defends Mitt Romney Endorsement on CNN

Stacey Dash Defends Mitt Romney Endorsement on CNN

by Jamilah King on October 10 2012, 2:28PM

“I want the next four years to be different,” the actress told Piers Morgan.

Topics: /NOW

Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich Among National Book Award Nominees

Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich Among National Book Award Nominees

by Jamilah King on October 10 2012, 1:42PM

Get your library cards ready.

Topics: /NOW

What Lupe Fiasco's Brand Of Hip-Hop Says About Our Political Culture

What Lupe Fiasco’s Brand Of Hip-Hop Says About Our Political Culture

by Jamilah King on October 10 2012, 9:57AM

His outspoken politics aren’t all that surprising. But they’re unique at a time when hip-hop’s afraid to be too confrontational.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Michigan Students Fight Florida Pastor's Anti-Muslim Attacks

Michigan Students Fight Florida Pastor’s Anti-Muslim Attacks

by Jamilah King on October 10 2012, 9:53AM

They’re fighting hate with love. And winning.

Topics: /NOW

Watch the Only Known Recording of NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk in Action

Watch the Only Known Recording of NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk in Action

by Jamilah King on October 9 2012, 2:39PM

A Harlem teenager secretly recorded his encounter with NYPD officers in his neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Today's the Last Day to Register to Vote in Over a Dozen States

Today’s the Last Day to Register to Vote in Over a Dozen States

by Jamilah King on October 9 2012, 11:35AM

Have you registered to vote yet?

Topics: /NOW