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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.

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

An Interactive Look at the Heavy Price of American Freedom

An Interactive Look at the Heavy Price of American Freedom

by Jamilah King on April 25 2012, 8:55AM

An ambitious new timeline traces the brutal relationship between freedom and confinement in the United States.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History, July 4th

Shocking Video Shows Border Agents Brutally Beating Immigrant Man

Shocking Video Shows Border Agents Brutally Beating Immigrant Man

by Jamilah King on April 20 2012, 9:27AM

Tonight, PBS will air horrifying video of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas’s deadly 2010 encounter with U.S. border agents. Rojas’s family wants a Justice Department investigation.

Topics: /NOW

LGBT Students Tell Their Future Selves How Much Better It Will Get

by Jamilah King on April 19 2012, 3:24PM

‘Dear 40-Year-Old Me’ is a project put together by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Topics: /NOW

The Racial Reality That Makes Online 'Security' Bills So Scary

The Racial Reality That Makes Online ‘Security’ Bills So Scary

by Jamilah King on April 19 2012, 10:10AM

Two experts weigh in on why new cybersecurity bill CISPA puts so many people, especially those of color, on edge.

Topics: Media

Sepia Mutiny's Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain't Easy

Sepia Mutiny’s Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain’t Easy

by Jamilah King on April 12 2012, 10:00AM

The blogespehre was once a place where people of color could go to escape the racism of mainstream media. But the same forces that created online opportunities for bloggers of color are now devouring them.

Topics: Media

Jeremy Lin Talks About the Good Things in Life in Post-Surgery Fan Q&A

Jeremy Lin Talks About the Good Things in Life in Post-Surgery Fan Q&A

by Jamilah King on April 3 2012, 3:38PM

It’s really adorable.

Topics: /NOW

Why We Should Thank Linsanity for Making Pro Basketball Fun Again

Why We Should Thank Linsanity for Making Pro Basketball Fun Again

by Jamilah King on April 3 2012, 9:57AM

This season’s NBA phenom Jeremy Lin is out for the season with a knee injury. But it was a good ride, and not just for those of us who think it’s important to talk about race.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin

Kai Wright Talks About Trayvon Martin on Latino USA

by Jamilah King on March 30 2012, 4:05PM

For centuries, young black men have been portrayed as dangerous threats to society. Now the same thing is happening to young Latino men. Tune in to hear more.

Topics: /NOW

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