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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 to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

How to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

by Jamilah King on July 8 2011, 11:32AM

Recent news shows bias is still getting in the way of work for young people of color.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

Jose Antonio Vargas: 'No Person is Illegal'

Jose Antonio Vargas: ‘No Person is Illegal’

by Jamilah King on July 5 2011, 1:27PM

The journalist maintains that the immigrant struggle is “about us, not them.”

Topics: Immigration

LAUSD Names Echo Park School After Chicana Writer Sandra Cisneros

LAUSD Names Echo Park School After Chicana Writer Sandra Cisneros

by Jamilah King on July 5 2011, 10:08AM

The Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy will open to K-8 students in September.

Topics: Schools & Youth

5 Reasons Why People Love to Hate Kreayshawn

5 Reasons Why People Love to Hate Kreayshawn

by Jamilah King on June 24 2011, 2:20PM

The self-proclaimed leader of the White Girl Mob has gotten plenty of hits, and rankled lots of feathers. Here’s what’s got the Internet buzzing.

Topics: Arts & Culture

You Sure Do Love Those Summer Jams, So Let's Hear More

You Sure Do Love Those Summer Jams, So Let’s Hear More

by Jamilah King on June 23 2011, 5:50PM

We asked for song suggestions, and you had plenty. See some more of your favorites.

Topics: Celebrate Love

The Debate Over Civil Rights Groups, Labor Support For AT&T Heats Up

The Debate Over Civil Rights Groups, Labor Support For AT&T Heats Up

by Jamilah King on June 23 2011, 12:33PM

Netroots advocates say Beltway groups have become Big Telecom’s “astroturf.” Civil rights groups say they’re all about jobs—and charge critics with simplistic name-calling.

Topics: Media, Media

Samuel L. Jackson Gives Sleepy Parents Everywhere a Good Laugh

Samuel L. Jackson Gives Sleepy Parents Everywhere a Good Laugh

by Jamilah King on June 17 2011, 1:44PM

The actor took to the David Letterman Show to read portions of Adam Mansbach’s hilarious new children’s book for parents.

Topics: Media

Civil Rights Groups and Telecom Watchdogs Split On Mobile Merger

Civil Rights Groups and Telecom Watchdogs Split On Mobile Merger

by Jamilah King on June 17 2011, 9:27AM

The NAACP and Urban League have said the deal is good for people of color. But media justice advocates insist it’ll threaten equal access and drive up costs—and they charge civil rights groups are selling out.

Topics: Media, Technology

Birthday Love for 2pac's Message of Strength and Resilience

Birthday Love for 2pac’s Message of Strength and Resilience

by Jamilah King on June 16 2011, 5:50PM

The rapper, who was killed in 1996, would have turned 40 today. His legacy lives on.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

by Jamilah King on June 16 2011, 1:15PM

The Miami Herald reports that since 2008, at least 11 people claim that they’ve been arrested and/or had their phones confiscated by police officers.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jay Smooth Has a Message for LeBron James, And Sports Fans

Jay Smooth Has a Message for LeBron James, And Sports Fans

by Jamilah King on June 14 2011, 2:21PM

Is the basketball superstar trying to talk himself out of a job?

Topics: Arts & Culture

18 Killed in Wave of Homophobic Violence in Puerto Rico

18 Killed in Wave of Homophobic Violence in Puerto Rico

by Jamilah King on June 10 2011, 1:41PM

After three more murders in one week, activists charge hateful rhetoric from the governor and religious leaders is spurring violence.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Queer Women of Color Filmmakers Love You

Queer Women of Color Filmmakers Love You

by Jamilah King on June 9 2011, 6:00PM

So why not check out the 7th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival this weekend in San Francisco?

Topics: Celebrate Love

Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama the 'Biggest Terrorist'

Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama the ‘Biggest Terrorist’

by Jamilah King on June 9 2011, 2:18PM

The rapper’s criticism isn’t surprising. But it does show that not everyone in hip-hop’s mainstream can be easily swayed by the president.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Are Sports Champions Obligated to Score Political Points, Too?

Are Sports Champions Obligated to Score Political Points, Too?

by Jamilah King on June 6 2011, 9:55AM

As professional athletes have risen in media exposure and income over at least the past four decades, so too has the call for them to take center stage in some of the country’s fiercest political battles.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Critics Accuse Sesame Street of 'Anti-Conservative Bias'

Critics Accuse Sesame Street of ‘Anti-Conservative Bias’

by Jamilah King on June 3 2011, 1:42PM

Yes, people really are trying to ruin some of your fondest childhood memories.

Topics: Media

A Tribe Called Quest Hits the Big Screen With New Film

A Tribe Called Quest Hits the Big Screen With New Film

by Jamilah King on June 3 2011, 3:24AM

Actor Michael Rapaport directs a new film that traces the group’s past glory.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Native Filmmakers Show Love for Geronimo's True Legacy

Native Filmmakers Show Love for Geronimo’s True Legacy

by Jamilah King on June 2 2011, 4:58PM

The Native leader’s compassion and bravery still live on.

Topics: Celebrate Love

What Jim Tressel's Downfall Says About Unpaid College Athletes

What Jim Tressel’s Downfall Says About Unpaid College Athletes

by Jamilah King on June 1 2011, 1:42PM

A scandal involving one of America’s most popular college coaches begs the question of whether college athletes should be paid.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Lady Gaga Becomes Fifth Female Artist to Go Platinum in First Week

Lady Gaga Becomes Fifth Female Artist to Go Platinum in First Week

by Jamilah King on June 1 2011, 12:23PM

Despite allegations that she’s stealing styles from artists of color, Lady Gaga mania continues.

Topics: Arts & Culture