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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.

Marco McMillian Had Big Plans for the Small City of Clarksdale, Mississippi

Marco McMillian Had Big Plans for the Small City of Clarksdale, Mississippi

by Jamilah King on March 1 2013, 9:49AM

The promising politician was found dead this week in Mississippi.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Man Arrested in Slaying of Black Gay Mississippi Politician Marco McMillian

Man Arrested in Slaying of Black Gay Mississippi Politician Marco McMillian

by Jamilah King on March 1 2013, 9:42AM

A tragic end to a promising life.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Bloomberg Apologizes for Its Name-That-Racial-Stereotype Cover

Bloomberg Apologizes for Its Name-That-Racial-Stereotype Cover

by Jamilah King on February 28 2013, 1:35PM

Whoopsies.

Topics: /NOW

NFL Teams Are Breaking Their Own Rules by Asking if Manti Te'o Is Gay

NFL Teams Are Breaking Their Own Rules by Asking if Manti Te’o Is Gay

by Jamilah King on February 28 2013, 10:30AM

Scandal surrounding the former Norte Dame star is stirring all sorts of challenges for the NFL, too, from employment bias to the definition of masculinity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Chinese Farmers Battle for Wages Amid Glamour of Silicon Valley

Chinese Farmers Battle for Wages Amid Glamour of Silicon Valley

by Jamilah King on February 28 2013, 9:15AM

When most people think about Silicon Valley, they don’t think about farmers. Agricultural work seems almost like the antithesis of the Googles and Apples of the world. But a new piece published by Hyphen Magazine exposes the hardships faced by…

Topics: /NOW

Let These Adorable Kids Inspire You to Celebrate Black History Every Month

Let These Adorable Kids Inspire You to Celebrate Black History Every Month

by Jamilah King on February 28 2013, 9:10AM

Eunique Jones’s Black History Month photo series will make you smile.

Topics: /NOW

NFL Teams Are Asking if Manti Te'o Is Gay, Homophobia in Football Alive and Well

NFL Teams Are Asking if Manti Te’o Is Gay, Homophobia in Football Alive and Well

by Jamilah King on February 27 2013, 2:24PM

Yet another reason why we shouldn’t expect homophobia in sports to go away any time soon.

Topics: /NOW

Student Protest Forces School to Talk Stadium Deal With Prison Giant

Student Protest Forces School to Talk Stadium Deal With Prison Giant

by Jamilah King on February 27 2013, 11:57AM

Florida Atlantic University students are up in arms over its schools stadium deal with a private prison operator.

Topics: /NOW

Florida Task Force on 'Stand Your Ground' Gives the Controversial Law a Vote of Confidence

Florida Task Force on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Gives the Controversial Law a Vote of Confidence

by Jamilah King on February 27 2013, 8:57AM

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed a task force to examine the state’s ‘kill at will’ law. Their conclusion? It works just fine.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman Cites Massive Weight Gain in Reason to Postpone Trial

George Zimmerman Cites Massive Weight Gain in Reason to Postpone Trial

by Jamilah King on February 26 2013, 11:36AM

His lawyers are citing his weight gain as a sign of his emotional distress and mental state in their effort to postpone his criminal trial, which is set to start in June.

Topics: /NOW

The Fight for Accountability Continues for Trayvon Martin's Family

The Fight for Accountability Continues for Trayvon Martin’s Family

by Jamilah King on February 26 2013, 10:21AM

Zimmerman will get his day(s) in court.

Topics: /NOW

Obama's Fatherhood Meme Ruffles Otherwise Ardent Supporters

Obama’s Fatherhood Meme Ruffles Otherwise Ardent Supporters

by Jamilah King on February 20 2013, 10:43AM

Critics are asking why the president sees family structure as the gun problem in Chicago, but not in Newton.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Guns

'This American Life' Takes Uncanny Look Into Chicago High School

‘This American Life’ Takes Uncanny Look Into Chicago High School

by Jamilah King on February 18 2013, 2:00PM

This American Life reporters from spent months inside of one Chicago high school as the trauma of the city’s gun violence unfolded.

Topics: /NOW

Obama Pushes for Slow, Steady Progress to Combat Chicago's Gun Violence

Obama Pushes for Slow, Steady Progress to Combat Chicago’s Gun Violence

by Jamilah King on February 15 2013, 4:55PM

The president made an important stop in Chicago today.

Topics: /NOW

Obama's Chicago Guns Speech and the Value of Black and Latino Lives

Obama’s Chicago Guns Speech and the Value of Black and Latino Lives

by Jamilah King on February 15 2013, 8:57AM

President Obama has answered Chicago’s call to come home and address the city’s epidemic of gun violence. But will he lay out a plan for substantive reform?

Topics: Schools & Youth

5 Must-Know Facts About Chicago's Gun Violence

5 Must-Know Facts About Chicago’s Gun Violence

by Jamilah King on February 15 2013, 8:55AM

The city’s carnage disproportionately impacts black and Latino youth.

Topics: /NOW

Obama Plans Chicago Speech to Address Gun Violence

Obama Plans Chicago Speech to Address Gun Violence

by Jamilah King on February 11 2013, 10:51AM

The president is finally going home to address one of the country’s most pressing issues.

Topics: /NOW

It's Still Not Enough for Michelle Obama to Attend Hadiya Pendleton's Funeral

It’s Still Not Enough for Michelle Obama to Attend Hadiya Pendleton’s Funeral

by Jamilah King on February 8 2013, 11:46AM

The community wants more.

Topics: /NOW

Storytelling Across the Fluid Cultural Borders of the Americas

Storytelling Across the Fluid Cultural Borders of the Americas

by Jamilah King on February 8 2013, 10:05AM

Novelist Daniel Alarcón says his Spanish-language show, Radio Ambulante, aims to “quesiton how stories get told, and who tells them.”

Topics: Media

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence...But How?

Dispatch from Chicago: Stop the Violence…But How?

by Jamilah King on February 7 2013, 8:42AM

As the city becomes the face of urban gun violence, those working directly with the youth being killed struggle for satisfying answers.

Topics: Chicago, Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns, Schools & Youth