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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by Jamilah King on August 21 2012, 1:00PM
I spoke with one academic who cited the need to use the allegations that Richard Aoki may have been an FBI informant as a “teachable moment.”
by Jamilah King on August 21 2012, 9:24AM
A damning new report alleges that the late Black Panther Richard Aoki may have worked as an FBI informant. But is state intervention in progressive movements inevitable?
by Jamilah King on August 13 2012, 2:12PM
Turns out that it’s not so easy to be “race-neutral” in an already flawed program.
by Jamilah King on August 9 2012, 5:21PM
The Jackson family may be in the news for all the wrong reasons these days, but a synchronized swim tribute to the late singer calls for celebration.
by Jamilah King on August 9 2012, 3:58PM
Yes, he went there.
by Jamilah King on August 9 2012, 3:19PM
For 18 months, activists from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition have fought to get José Luis Sin Censura off of television. The show, which is basically the Spanish-language equivalent to the…
by Jamilah King on August 9 2012, 1:12PM
The city’s Sikh community took a stand against hate.
by Jamilah King on August 1 2012, 9:15AM
Who were those “independent” Olympic athletes at the opening ceremonies? They’re stateless, and they reveal just how capricious borders can be.
by Jamilah King on July 31 2012, 11:27AM
President Obama is serious in his efforts to go after Latino voters in crucial swing states.
by Jamilah King on July 30 2012, 12:58PM
The USA’s men’s basketball team is favored at the Olympics and Michelle Obama loves it.
by Jamilah King on July 30 2012, 10:30AM
Louisiana’s is the world’s prison capital — and also a dumping ground for shady doctors.
by Jamilah King on July 26 2012, 10:00AM
Jamilah King went searching for answers to why we all take such risks in pursuit of connection. She didn’t find them, but she kept bumping up against love.
by Jamilah King on July 17 2012, 1:23PM
Yeah, it’s pretty bad.
by Jamilah King on July 5 2012, 12:05PM
A Florida judge issued the ruling Thursday morning.
by Jamilah King on June 28 2012, 9:57AM
Brother Ali hasn’t always seen his work as political commentary. But ahead of his third studio album and a new political consciousness, all of that has changed when he got arrested while occupying a foreclosed home.
by Jamilah King on June 19 2012, 10:16AM
Building LGBT communities and protecting their rights outside of the old political capitols has meant trying new things. Here are 10 leaders with missions that aren’t limited to fighting for equal rights.
by Jamilah King on June 19 2012, 10:14AM
Decades into the debate over sexuality, equal rights have become the dominant theme. But in cities across the South and Midwest, necessity has forced leaders to think more broadly about their communities, their politics and their tactics.
by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 11:36AM
The sheriff shows no mercy.
by Jamilah King on June 18 2012, 11:07AM
Workers say they were forced to work up to 24 hours without overtime pay and faced threats of violence from a Walmart supplier.