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.
by Jamilah King on January 20 2012, 9:44AM
One of the buzz-making features at Sundance this weekend is “Mosquita y Mari,” an indy film about Chicana teens in L.A. It’s the latest film shepherded by Sundance’s NativeLabs, which has supported 70 indigenous filmmakers in telling their own stories.
by Jamilah King on January 13 2012, 9:41AM
The FCC is launching a new pilot program this year to make broadband more affordable. Quiet as it’s kept, this isn’t the commission’s first effort, but civil rights groups say it can’t be anywhere near the last.
by Jamilah King on January 12 2012, 9:00AM
The wildly popular Denver quarterback proudly touts his evangelical Christian political principles. But athletes who take up progressive causes risk widespread criticism—and often their livelihoods.
by Jamilah King on January 11 2012, 5:19PM
An investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that the company’s former criminal background check policy violated the civil rights of hundreds of black workers.
by Jamilah King on January 6 2012, 5:49PM
You probably don’t wanna mess with his family, either.
by Jamilah King on January 6 2012, 9:35AM
Franchesca Ramsey has turned the year’s first online meme into social commentary. But are efforts like hers enough to create meaningful discussions about racial justice? She thinks so.
by Jamilah King on January 3 2012, 9:48AM
Dee Rees’s critically acclaimed film about a young, black lesbian wrestling with multiple identities turns on the radical assertion that there’s no one way to be young, or black, or queer.
by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 11:51AM
Creative Loafing Atlanta catches up with one of today’s most outspoken mainstream journalists.
by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 9:56AM
Operatives from both parties will be courting young voters in 2012, but it’s crucial to understand what drives young people to political action in the first place.
by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 1:00PM
53 percent of black women and 77 percent of Latina women earn less than $10 per hour.
by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 10:29AM
Since 2010, over 1,200 national guard troops have been patrolling the U.S.’s southwestern border. This week, the Obama administration announced that many of those troops are leaving. More from CNN: The drawdown, which the department characterized as a “transition,” will…
by Jamilah King on December 21 2011, 10:01AM
The singer calls the Dutch magazine a “poor representation of the evolution of human rights.”
by Jamilah King on December 20 2011, 4:19PM
But not before offering up an awful apology.
by Jamilah King on December 20 2011, 11:27AM
But they still went from wannabe cool to “slave auction.”
by Jamilah King on December 19 2011, 5:25PM
The implications are huge for mobile users of color, many of whom are stuck on the wrong side of a new digital divide.
by Jamilah King on December 19 2011, 12:00PM
Worried about last minute holiday shopping? Supporters of Marcus Books have developed a new tool to help folks get off their computers and shop in person.
by Jamilah King on December 15 2011, 9:17AM
The company loves to tout its commitment to diversity. But it’s sheepishly running away from any meaningful discussion of race—and getting bullied by the rightwing fringe that has made Islamophobia a new priority.
by Jamilah King on December 6 2011, 10:19AM
The information age’s defining question is no longer who’s online, but how they got there. Consumers of color are closing the digital divide with smart phones. But they’ve surfed into a space where telecom has the right to do as it pleases with both users and content.
by Jamilah King on November 29 2011, 9:51AM
Conservatives have long promised to repeal the historic law. Now, they’re closer than ever.
Topics: Criminal Justice