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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.

Ava DuVernay Presents Prison's New Math in 'Middle of Nowhere'

Ava DuVernay Presents Prison’s New Math in ‘Middle of Nowhere’

by Jamilah King on October 5 2012, 10:09AM

The award-winning director talks about her latest film and her proudest moments.

Topics: 'Middle of Nowhere', Arts & Culture

Lakers Sign the NBA's First Salvadoran-Honduran Player Ronnie Aguilar

Lakers Sign the NBA’s First Salvadoran-Honduran Player Ronnie Aguilar

by Jamilah King on October 4 2012, 1:13PM

The 7’1’ center was signed to a training camp contract with his hometown team.

Topics: /NOW

Orlando Cruz Becomes First Openly Gay Man in Boxing

Orlando Cruz Becomes First Openly Gay Man in Boxing

by Jamilah King on October 4 2012, 10:07AM

The Puerto Rican athlete says he’s a “proud gay man.”

Topics: /NOW

Watch Tonight’s Presidential Campaign Debates With Us!

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 3:57PM

Colorlines.com’s economic justice reporter Imara Jones will be livetweeting tonight’s debate.

Topics: /NOW

Harlem Woman Becomes Episcopal Church's First Female Korean-American Priest

Harlem Woman Becomes Episcopal Church’s First Female Korean-American Priest

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 11:49AM

Christine Lee is breaking down barriers for Asian Americans in Harlem.

Topics: /NOW

Shonda Rhimes Teams Up With 'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae for New ABC Comedy

Shonda Rhimes Teams Up With ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae for New ABC Comedy

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 11:47AM

Get ready for a lot more of Awkward Black Girl.

Topics: /NOW

Why Consumers of Color Should Care About T-Mobile's MetroPCS Merger

Why Consumers of Color Should Care About T-Mobile’s MetroPCS Merger

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 11:31AM

Get ready for another wild ride in the telecom industry.

Topics: /NOW

A Tech Innovation in Detroit: Connect People, Not Computers

A Tech Innovation in Detroit: Connect People, Not Computers

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 10:05AM

A technology project in Detroit is making in-roads based on an old school philosophy that the Internet can’t solve every problem by itself.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy, Media

Oscar Grant's Mother Turns to New Theater Project to Explore Grief

Oscar Grant’s Mother Turns to New Theater Project to Explore Grief

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 9:38AM

Love Balm for My SpiritChild is a 4-part performance featuring mothers who’ve lost children to violence.

Topics: /NOW

Junot Díaz Thanks 'Teachers and Librarians' for Genius Grant

Junot Díaz Thanks ‘Teachers and Librarians’ for Genius Grant

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 9:37AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author shows some love to the folks who helped him develop his passion for books.

Topics: /NOW

Voting While Trans: Watch the Public Service Announcements

Voting While Trans: Watch the Public Service Announcements

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 9:36AM

Check out these resources for transgender voters.

Topics: /NOW

How Can You Be a Conscious Sports Fan?

How Can You Be a Conscious Sports Fan?

by Jamilah King on September 28 2012, 9:46AM

Yes, sports and justice can work together. Here are three ways to make it happen.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Why Do Progressive Activists Become FBI Informants? It's Complicated

Why Do Progressive Activists Become FBI Informants? It’s Complicated

by Jamilah King on September 13 2012, 9:47AM

Richard Aoki’s saga shows that cases like these can seldom be boiled down to simple and binary ideas of so-called “dirty snitches” and “loyal comrades.”

Topics: Richard Aoki

'Say You Heard My Echo' Follows Lives in the Shadows of 9/11

‘Say You Heard My Echo’ Follows Lives in the Shadows of 9/11

by Jamilah King on September 11 2012, 10:00AM

Spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai talks about her latest spoken word theater ensemble.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Aoki Supporters, Including Kathleen Cleaver, Call FBI Claims 'a Distortion'

Aoki Supporters, Including Kathleen Cleaver, Call FBI Claims ‘a Distortion’

by Jamilah King on September 10 2012, 10:57AM

Aoki’s prominent supporters aren’t letting go quite yet.

Topics: /NOW

Over 200 Pages of FBI Files Detail Richard Aoki's Path to Informant

Over 200 Pages of FBI Files Detail Richard Aoki’s Path to Informant

by Jamilah King on September 7 2012, 9:33AM

The files present more damning evidence that the celebrated activist worked as an FBI informant for 16 years.

Topics: /NOW

Gay Teen in Stun Gun Case Sues Indy School District

by Jamilah King on September 4 2012, 12:40PM

Darnell “Dynasty” Young alleges that Indianapolis Public Schools “engaged in discriminatory treatment and fail[ed] to protect Young.

Topics: /NOW

New York City's Global Love For Pick-Up Basketball Comes Home

New York City’s Global Love For Pick-Up Basketball Comes Home

by Jamilah King on August 31 2012, 10:03AM

A new documentary showcases the magic of the game and the people who play it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Texas' Voter ID Law Officially Blocked By Federal Court

Texas’ Voter ID Law Officially Blocked By Federal Court

by Jamilah King on August 30 2012, 12:57PM

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes barriers for low-income and voters of color.

Topics: /NOW

Brooklyn's Afro-Punk Festival Reveals Black Culture's Dirty Little Secret Photo

Brooklyn’s Afro-Punk Festival Reveals Black Culture’s Dirty Little Secret

by Jamilah King on August 28 2012, 9:27AM

Hint: It’s totally okay to stand out.

Topics: Arts & Culture