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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.

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

The Kony 2012 Campaign May Inspire, But It’s Got Problems

by Jamilah King on March 8 2012, 2:34PM

As a video about Ugandan leader Joseph Kony gains the world’s attention, but it’s got a shady past of its own. Jezebel has the scoop.

Topics: /NOW

Robert Glasper Talks About Making Jazz for a New Generation

Robert Glasper Talks About Making Jazz for a New Generation

by Jamilah King on March 7 2012, 9:12AM

Following the release of his fourth studio album “Black Radio”, the pianist and producer sat down with Colorlines.com to talk how he’s successfully blended jazz with hip-hop — and why everyone seems to love it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Activist Group Yes Men Confirm NYPD Stop and Frisk Happy Meal Hoax

by Jamilah King on March 6 2012, 2:35PM

But plenty of media took the bait, and now the NYPD’s shady policing practices are up for more debate.

Topics: /NOW

Activists Worry That Mobile Phones Could Do More Harm Than Good

Activists Worry That Mobile Phones Could Do More Harm Than Good

by Jamilah King on March 6 2012, 9:45AM

As telecom companies maneuver to get the spectrum necessary to deliver faster service, activists worry that their privacy is being jeopardized.

Topics: Media

Virginia Students Go On Hunger Strike to Win Living Wage for Employees

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 2:12PM

“It’s ridiculous for people in dining halls to not be able to afford food,” says Seth Kaye, a student at the University of Virginia.

Topics: /NOW

T-Mobile’s Back in the News — This Time Trying to Stop a Merger

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 12:13PM

Consider this the latest in what will likely be a series of back-and-forth battles as mobile companies duke it out to build the infrastructure mobile data users need.

Topics: /NOW

An Artist's Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

An Artist’s Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 10:06AM

A new video installation paints an intimate and engaging portrait of black masculinity by doing something a little revolutionary: asking questions. Artist Chris Johnson talks about the project’s past and present, and what it hopes to build for the future.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

The Asian American Basketball Leagues That Helped Create Linsanity

The Asian American Basketball Leagues That Helped Create Linsanity

by Jamilah King on February 21 2012, 9:57AM

It’s estimated that in Southern California alone, there are 14,000 Japanese Americans who play in regular club tournaments. Some teams have been around for more than 50 years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, Jeremy Lin

The Old School Organizing Approach That Took Down Pat Buchanan

The Old School Organizing Approach That Took Down Pat Buchanan

by Jamilah King on February 20 2012, 9:30AM

Buchanan’s sacking was the latest in a string of wins for online organizers working to hold corporate media accountable for the hate speech of its pundits.

Topics: Media