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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.

Friends Remember Mark Carson as a ‘Beautiful, Fabulous Gay Man’

by Jamilah King on May 20 2013, 9:43AM

The murder of a black gay man in New York City’s iconic gay neighborhood has rattled the city’s LGBT community.

Topics: /NOW

Ryan Coogler's 'Fruitvale Station' Gets Standing Ovation at Cannes

Ryan Coogler’s ‘Fruitvale Station’ Gets Standing Ovation at Cannes

by Jamilah King on May 17 2013, 11:40AM

The “little movie with a big, big heart” is grabbing the world’s attention.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', /NOW

Mourners Gather for Final Farewell to Malcolm Shabazz

Mourners Gather for Final Farewell to Malcolm Shabazz

by Jamilah King on May 17 2013, 10:37AM

The 28-year-old will be remembered today in Oakland, Calif.

Topics: /NOW

2 Arrested in Slaying of Malcolm X's Grandson

2 Arrested in Slaying of Malcolm X’s Grandson

by Jamilah King on May 14 2013, 11:29AM

The younger Malcolm inherited, and then left behind, a complicated legacy.

Topics: /NOW

Watch the Trailer for Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale Station'

Watch the Trailer for Oscar Grant Film ‘Fruitvale Station’

by Jamilah King on May 13 2013, 11:11AM

The film adaptation of Oscar Grant’s death is heading to theaters this July.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', /NOW

Finally, Beautiful Mother's Day Cards for Every Type of Mama

Finally, Beautiful Mother’s Day Cards for Every Type of Mama

by Jamilah King on May 10 2013, 3:42PM

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? This may be it.

Topics: /NOW

Malcolm X's Grandson Killed in Mexico During Robbery

Malcolm X’s Grandson Killed in Mexico During Robbery

by Jamilah King on May 10 2013, 9:30AM

The 28-year-old grandson of Malcolm X, has reportedly been found dead in Mexico City.

Topics: /NOW

Shonda Rhimes on TV's Lack of Diversity: 'I Think It's Sad and Weird'

Shonda Rhimes on TV’s Lack of Diversity: ‘I Think It’s Sad and Weird’

by Jamilah King on May 9 2013, 4:14PM

The most powerful woman in television has a lot to say. And she’s so on point.

Topics: /NOW

Jay Smooth on Charles Ramsey, Humor and the Trouble With Memes

Jay Smooth on Charles Ramsey, Humor and the Trouble With Memes

by Jamilah King on May 9 2013, 12:51PM

Yes, Charles Ramsey is funny. And sure, it’s okay to laugh. But here’s something to keep in mind.

Topics: /NOW

The Sad Lesson of Charles Ramsey: We Still Love to Laugh at Black People

The Sad Lesson of Charles Ramsey: We Still Love to Laugh at Black People

by Jamilah King on May 8 2013, 10:07AM

Antoine Dodson. Sweet Brown. Now the Cleveland kidnapping story’s hero. Enough already.

Topics: /NOW

Assata Shakur and a Brief History of the FBI's Most Wanted Lists

Assata Shakur and a Brief History of the FBI’s Most Wanted Lists

by Jamilah King on May 8 2013, 8:07AM

What’s the purpose of the FBI’s lists? Basically, publicity and fear mongering.

Topics: History, National Security

FOX Broadcasting Cancels 'Cops' After 25 Years

FOX Broadcasting Cancels ‘Cops’ After 25 Years

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 5:11PM

The show is moving to SpikeTV.

Topics: /NOW

WNBA's Brittney Griner Is Really Happy for Jason Collins, Wants to Inspire Others

WNBA’s Brittney Griner Is Really Happy for Jason Collins, Wants to Inspire Others

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 2:01PM

And she’s a fantastic person, too.

Topics: /NOW

Jason Collins Talks Race, Coming Out, and Religion With Oprah

Jason Collins Talks Race, Coming Out, and Religion With Oprah

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 1:48PM

He knew the significance of his declaration.

Topics: /NOW

The Racial Wealth Divide: Why Housing Matters [Infographic]

The Racial Wealth Divide: Why Housing Matters [Infographic]

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 11:05AM

We hear a lot about the racial wealth divide. Now we can see it.

Topics: /NOW

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: 'I Am Only One Woman'

An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: ‘I Am Only One Woman’

by Jamilah King on May 6 2013, 10:39AM

The longtime political activist is once again defending herself amid renewed FBI attempts to extradite and imprison her in the United States.

Topics: History, National Security, /NOW

Angela Davis, Attorney Defend Assata Shakur Amid New FBI Efforts

Angela Davis, Attorney Defend Assata Shakur Amid New FBI Efforts

by Jamilah King on May 3 2013, 2:43PM

But why is the renewed effort coming now?

Topics: /NOW

Sherman Alexie, and the 'Homoerotic Extravaganza' of Sports

Sherman Alexie, and the ‘Homoerotic Extravaganza’ of Sports

by Jamilah King on May 3 2013, 11:20AM

The Indian American author and basketball enthusiast names what’s really scary for straight men.

Topics: /NOW

Assata Shakur Becomes First Woman to be on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

by Jamilah King on May 2 2013, 12:03PM

Shakur is wanted in New Jersey for the 1973 murder of a New Jersey State Trooper.

Topics: /NOW

Los Angeles Times Drops 'Illegal Immigrant'

Los Angeles Times Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’

by Jamilah King on May 2 2013, 9:50AM

The announcement comes after weeks of discussion at the paper.

Topics: Immigration, Media, /NOW