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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.

5th Grader to Give Previously Banned Speech on Marriage Equality

5th Grader to Give Previously Banned Speech on Marriage Equality

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 9:47AM

Kameron Slade spoke out for equality, but his school principal wasn’t too thrilled.

Topics: /NOW

Rodney King's Autopsy Planned for Today

Rodney King’s Autopsy Planned for Today

by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 9:17AM

The man who became the face of police abuse of black men in Los Angeles was found dead at his home on Sunday.

Topics: 1992 L.A. Riots, /NOW

Watch the Season 2 Premiere of 'Awkward Black Girl'

Watch the Season 2 Premiere of ‘Awkward Black Girl’

by Jamilah King on June 15 2012, 10:37AM

Jay and crew are back as the popular Web series showcases a second season.

Topics: /NOW

Occupy Atlanta Activist Fights Eviction From Family's Longtime Home

Occupy Atlanta Activist Fights Eviction From Family’s Longtime Home

by Jamilah King on June 15 2012, 10:34AM

Carmen Pittman, 22, is fighting to save the home that’s been in her family for generations.

Topics: /NOW

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong

Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong

by Jamilah King on May 29 2012, 9:25AM

From the classroom to the clinician’s office, there’s a long and troubling relationship between racism and the mental health field.

Topics: Health

Competition Keeps August Wilson's Work Alive for Young Actors

Competition Keeps August Wilson’s Work Alive for Young Actors

by Jamilah King on May 23 2012, 9:54AM

The fourth annual competition kicked off in New York City earlier this month, and we caught up with this year’s winner.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Can a New Film Reawaken Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee's Life Lessons?

Can a New Film Reawaken Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee’s Life Lessons?

by Jamilah King on May 21 2012, 8:53AM

Their grandson certainly thinks so.

Topics: Arts & Culture

It's a Big Day for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook -- and Hoodies Across America

It’s a Big Day for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook — and Hoodies Across America

by Jamilah King on May 18 2012, 12:39PM

If you’re white.

Topics: /NOW

Finally, Mother's Day Cards That Actually Make Sense

Finally, Mother’s Day Cards That Actually Make Sense

by Jamilah King on May 10 2012, 9:07AM

Activists in Oakland were fed up with the same run-of-the-mill Mother’s Day celebrations. So they designed their own for “mamas on the margins.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Trouble the With the NBA's Metta World Peace

The Trouble the With the NBA’s Metta World Peace

by Jamilah King on May 8 2012, 10:17AM

A new book traces how one of the NBA’s most reviled players is actually a litmus test for its failings on race.

Topics: Media

‘Every Game I Used Drugs’: The Story of Baseball Great Willie Mays Aikens

by Jamilah King on May 3 2012, 4:45PM

SB Nation has an incredible story from former Kansas City Royals slugger Willie Mays Aikens, who battled years of drug addiction and spent over a decade in prison.

Topics: /NOW

What's Next for CeCe McDonald? Support, Maybe Justice Reform

What’s Next for CeCe McDonald? Support, Maybe Justice Reform

by Jamilah King on May 3 2012, 9:18AM

Billy Navarro of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition talks about the fight to end transphobia on the streets, and in the criminal justice system.

Topics: CeCe McDonald, Gender & Sexuality

Report: CeCe McDonald Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Manslaughter

Report: CeCe McDonald Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Manslaughter

by Jamilah King on May 2 2012, 1:23PM

Sad news out of Minnesota.

Topics: /NOW

Someone Dug Up George Zimmerman's Dormant Myspace Page

Someone Dug Up George Zimmerman’s Dormant Myspace Page

by Jamilah King on May 2 2012, 1:18PM

On it, he rails against “Mexicans” and his “ex hoe.”

Topics: /NOW

UC San Diego Student Forgotten After 4/20 Raid, Forced to Drink Urine

UC San Diego Student Forgotten After 4/20 Raid, Forced to Drink Urine

by Jamilah King on May 2 2012, 11:29AM

Daniel Chong is a 24-year-old engineering student at the University of San Diego. He was arrested during a 4/20 campus raid, in which DEA agents confiscated marijuana, mushrooms, and thousands of ecstasy pills along with weapons and ammo. Chong admitted…

Topics: /NOW

Johnny Depp's Make-Up for New Tonto Movie is Awful

Johnny Depp’s Make-Up for New Tonto Movie is Awful

by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 3:18PM

Get ready.

Topics: /NOW

Police Investigate Murder of Transgender Woman in Oakland

Police Investigate Murder of Transgender Woman in Oakland

by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 2:36PM

An emergency candlelight vigil was held last night in downtown Oakland for Brandy, a black transgender woman who was shot and killed over the weekend.

Topics: /NOW

NAACP Sues Philly For Rejecting Prison Reform Ad

by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 2:25PM

Looks like the city doesn’t want all of its dirty laundry on display to travelers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Author Toni Morrison Wins Highest U.S. Civilian Honor

Author Toni Morrison Wins Highest U.S. Civilian Honor

by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 2:05PM

Morrison will be one of 13 recipients who are honored this year by President Obama.

Topics: /NOW

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