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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.

Supporters Stand in Solidarity for CeCe McDonald Murder Trial

Supporters Stand in Solidarity for CeCe McDonald Murder Trial

by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 10:50AM

McDonald, who’s black and transgender, stands accused of second degree murder. But supporters are adamant that she acted in self-defense.

Topics: /NOW

An Interactive Look at the Heavy Price of American Freedom

An Interactive Look at the Heavy Price of American Freedom

by Jamilah King on April 25 2012, 8:55AM

An ambitious new timeline traces the brutal relationship between freedom and confinement in the United States.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History, July 4th

Shocking Video Shows Border Agents Brutally Beating Immigrant Man

Shocking Video Shows Border Agents Brutally Beating Immigrant Man

by Jamilah King on April 20 2012, 9:27AM

Tonight, PBS will air horrifying video of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas’s deadly 2010 encounter with U.S. border agents. Rojas’s family wants a Justice Department investigation.

Topics: /NOW

LGBT Students Tell Their Future Selves How Much Better It Will Get

by Jamilah King on April 19 2012, 3:24PM

‘Dear 40-Year-Old Me’ is a project put together by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Topics: /NOW

The Racial Reality That Makes Online 'Security' Bills So Scary

The Racial Reality That Makes Online ‘Security’ Bills So Scary

by Jamilah King on April 19 2012, 10:10AM

Two experts weigh in on why new cybersecurity bill CISPA puts so many people, especially those of color, on edge.

Topics: Media

Sepia Mutiny's Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain't Easy

Sepia Mutiny’s Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain’t Easy

by Jamilah King on April 12 2012, 10:00AM

The blogespehre was once a place where people of color could go to escape the racism of mainstream media. But the same forces that created online opportunities for bloggers of color are now devouring them.

Topics: Media

Jeremy Lin Talks About the Good Things in Life in Post-Surgery Fan Q&A

Jeremy Lin Talks About the Good Things in Life in Post-Surgery Fan Q&A

by Jamilah King on April 3 2012, 3:38PM

It’s really adorable.

Topics: /NOW

Why We Should Thank Linsanity for Making Pro Basketball Fun Again

Why We Should Thank Linsanity for Making Pro Basketball Fun Again

by Jamilah King on April 3 2012, 9:57AM

This season’s NBA phenom Jeremy Lin is out for the season with a knee injury. But it was a good ride, and not just for those of us who think it’s important to talk about race.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin

Kai Wright Talks About Trayvon Martin on Latino USA

by Jamilah King on March 30 2012, 4:05PM

For centuries, young black men have been portrayed as dangerous threats to society. Now the same thing is happening to young Latino men. Tune in to hear more.

Topics: /NOW

How Scholarships Leave Student-Athletes Powerless in the NCAA Game

How Scholarships Leave Student-Athletes Powerless in the NCAA Game

by Jamilah King on March 23 2012, 10:08AM

While March Madness kicks into full swing, it highlights college athletes who are simultaneously the most visible and most vulnerable students in the country.

Topics: March Madness, Schools & Youth

Trayvon Martin and the Deadly Legacy of Vigilantism

Trayvon Martin and the Deadly Legacy of Vigilantism

by Jamilah King on March 20 2012, 10:33AM

A historian’s new look at the legacy of lynching, and its enduring relevance today.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History, Trayvon Martin

Today's Love: Students in Florida Rally to Demand Justice for Trayvon Martin

Today’s Love: Students in Florida Rally to Demand Justice for Trayvon Martin

by Jamilah King on March 19 2012, 6:03PM

At least 30 students gathered Monday outside of the Seminole County Court House.

Topics: /NOW

Actress Sonja Sohn Talks About Her Love for Baltimore After 'The Wire'

Actress Sonja Sohn Talks About Her Love for Baltimore After ‘The Wire’

by Jamilah King on March 15 2012, 5:15PM

The actress talked about the professional and personal motivations that kept her in Baltimore after ending HBO’s hit show.

Topics: /NOW

Kony 2012's Success Shows There's Big Money Attached to White Saviors

Kony 2012’s Success Shows There’s Big Money Attached to White Saviors

by Jamilah King on March 14 2012, 9:40AM

Despite its attempt to respond directly to criticism, Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign puts the focus on all that’s right—and wrong—with online advocacy.

Topics: Global Affairs, Kony 2012, Media

Today's Love: George Takei's Happy Dance for Broadway-Bound Musical

Today’s Love: George Takei’s Happy Dance for Broadway-Bound Musical

by Jamilah King on March 12 2012, 6:06PM

He’s still silly, and brilliant. And we love it.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

National Coming Out of the Shadows Week is Almost Here

National Coming Out of the Shadows Week is Almost Here

by Jamilah King on March 9 2012, 5:54PM

And undocumented youth want you to know that they’re not afraid.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

March for Justice in Selma Takes on Alabama's Immigration Law

March for Justice in Selma Takes on Alabama’s Immigration Law

by Jamilah King on March 9 2012, 1:26PM

Nearly 50 years after Bloody Sunday, there’s still plenty of injustice to go around in the state, according to activists.

Topics: /NOW

At SXSW, An Honest Look at a Latina Transgender Bar in Transition

At SXSW, An Honest Look at a Latina Transgender Bar in Transition

by Jamilah King, Jorge Rivas on March 9 2012, 8:49AM

Wu Tsang’s “Wildness” tells the story of one of Los Angeles’s most iconic bars and how its longtime transgender Latina patrons navigate loss, pride, and gentrification.

Topics: Arts & Culture, SXSW

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

by Jamilah King on March 8 2012, 6:17PM

While conservatives try to discredit his legacy, we remember why Derrick Bell was such a pioneering scholar and activist.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: 'You Shouldn't Be Telling My Story'

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: ‘You Shouldn’t Be Telling My Story’

by Jamilah King on March 8 2012, 5:15PM

People of northern Uganda aren’t helpless, Rosebell Kagumire says.

Topics: /NOW