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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.

Mapping America: One Block At A Time (Yours Included)

Mapping America: One Block At A Time (Yours Included)

by Jamilah King on December 16 2010, 11:44AM

The New York Times put together Census data for this exhaustive interactive map. We love it.

Topics: Media, Technology

Words of Love for Georgia Prison Strikers

Words of Love for Georgia Prison Strikers

by Jamilah King on December 15 2010, 6:55PM

Inmates with contraband cell phones have helped ignite new furor over inhumane prison conditions.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Criminal Justice

Colorado Welcomes First Latina, Lesbian Supreme Court Justice

Colorado Welcomes First Latina, Lesbian Supreme Court Justice

by Jamilah King on December 15 2010, 12:22PM

The move comes as the state considers Arizona-style immigration reforms.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

“Viva Tirado” Brings Together Decades of Black and Brown Love

by Jamilah King on December 14 2010, 6:52PM

From a Gerald Wilson original, to a Kid Frost sample, this song spans cultures and generations.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Lobbying Ends On Open Web Proposal

Lobbying Ends On Open Web Proposal

by Jamilah King on December 14 2010, 3:05PM

Now the FCC is set to rule on net neutrality regulations next week.

Topics: Media

Bob Marley's Love Lives on Through Music, Activism

Bob Marley’s Love Lives on Through Music, Activism

by Jamilah King on December 13 2010, 6:15PM

1Love offers you a sustainable way to give back.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Good Intentions Haven't Done Much For Haiti

Good Intentions Haven’t Done Much For Haiti

by Jamilah King on December 13 2010, 4:43PM

Joe Mozingo at the Los Angeles Times reports that foreign aid workers do more harm than good.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

UCLA Prof: DREAM Act Opposition Is Fueled by Racism

UCLA Prof: DREAM Act Opposition Is Fueled by Racism

by Jamilah King on December 13 2010, 2:47PM

And conservative lawmakers haven’t done much to dispel the notion.

Topics: DREAM Act

Chicago Demolition Sheds Light on Public Housing Debate

Chicago Demolition Sheds Light on Public Housing Debate

by Jamilah King on December 7 2010, 2:19PM

Just how useful is urban redevelopment to low-income residents?

Topics: Environment

Five Artists Who Are Keeping the Soul in American Music

Five Artists Who Are Keeping the Soul in American Music

by Jamilah King on December 7 2010, 10:27AM

Jamilah King celebrates the year’s renaissance of soul music—whatever that is.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Oakland Turf Dancing Gets More National Exposure

Oakland Turf Dancing Gets More National Exposure

by Jamilah King on December 6 2010, 12:34PM

In just a matter of months, a video’s gone from viral sensation to national call for action.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

Superior Court Judge Denies Mehserle Bail

Superior Court Judge Denies Mehserle Bail

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 5:45PM

Meanwhile, Mehserle’s still appealing his charge on involuntary manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Still No Excuses for Tyler Perry's

Still No Excuses for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 5:18PM

Sofia Quintero takes Perry’s apologists to town, and still waits for more black female directors.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Nicki Minaj's Sexist Run-In With Regis Philbin

Nicki Minaj’s Sexist Run-In With Regis Philbin

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 3:15PM

Monica Potts at The American Prospect explains that it doesn’t stop, or start, with Regis.

Topics: Arts & Culture

What You Need to Know About the FCC's Open Web Plan

What You Need to Know About the FCC’s Open Web Plan

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 12:01PM

Chairman Julius Genachowski finally spoke this week. Few are pleased with what he said.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Rosa Parks and the Love For Justice Photo

Rosa Parks and the Love For Justice

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on December 1 2010, 6:04PM

Today’s love is dedicated to freedom fighters, past and present.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Media

Haitian Election Drama Could Spill Into Next Year

Haitian Election Drama Could Spill Into Next Year

by Jamilah King on December 1 2010, 12:55PM

How much have international aid efforts hurt the country’s slow recovery?

Topics: Global Affairs

Hindu Group Fights to

Hindu Group Fights to “Take Back Yoga”

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 3:07PM

Leaders say the religion has “lost control of the brand.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Gets Old With New Marines

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 1:05PM

The military ban overwhelmingly impacts black women.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Kamala Harris Win Rounds Out Dem Sweep of Cali

Kamala Harris Win Rounds Out Dem Sweep of Cali

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 12:25AM

Looks like there’s still hope for democrats.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics