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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.

5 Ways Our Changing Culture Will Show Up at the Super Bowl

5 Ways Our Changing Culture Will Show Up at the Super Bowl

by Jamilah King on January 31 2013, 9:00AM

This ain’t your grandfather’s big game.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Chicago Girl Who Performed at Obama Inauguration Events Killed in Shooting

Chicago Girl Who Performed at Obama Inauguration Events Killed in Shooting

by Jamilah King on January 30 2013, 2:11PM

The girl died when a gunman opened fire on her and other teenagers at a park in Chicago.

Topics: /NOW

A Plan to Serve Homeless Youth in a State With the Largest Need

A Plan to Serve Homeless Youth in a State With the Largest Need

by Jamilah King on January 17 2013, 8:40AM

California accounts for 30 percent of the nation’s homelessness each year. A new effort is underway to address the youth in that group by not lumping them all together.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display

Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display

by Jamilah King on January 11 2013, 9:24AM

A series of anonymous billboards have popped up on bus shelters in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They’re not selling anything but a delcaration: that racism still exists.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Yes, 'All My Babies' Mamas' Looks Awful -- But That's Not the Whole Point

Yes, ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ Looks Awful — But That’s Not the Whole Point

by Jamilah King on January 3 2013, 9:14AM

The problem isn’t just what’s on our TV, but who has the power to put it there in the first place.

Topics: /NOW

After 'Django', Tarantino Eyes Thriller About Black WWII Soldiers

After ‘Django’, Tarantino Eyes Thriller About Black WWII Soldiers

by Jamilah King on December 28 2012, 12:23PM

Trilogy? Maybe

Topics: /NOW

For Our 2013 New Year's Resolutions, the Personal Is Political

For Our 2013 New Year’s Resolutions, the Personal Is Political

by Jamilah King on December 28 2012, 9:09AM

Wrestling with systemic problems means also making personal changes, big and small. Here’s a few of our own efforts for 2013.

Topics: 2013, Arts & Culture

Racist 'Screaming Savage' Image Makes Its Return to Baseball in Atlanta

Racist ‘Screaming Savage’ Image Makes Its Return to Baseball in Atlanta

by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 2:46PM

Yikes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Researchers Worry That the Census May Still Falter on Questions of Race

Researchers Worry That the Census May Still Falter on Questions of Race

by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 1:57PM

The Census Bureau is considering possible revisions for its 2020 survey, and the proposed changes have raised concerns among some communities of color who fear that they’ll be undercounted. Corey Dade reports at NPR about just what’s at stake: “Race…

Topics: /NOW

The World Didn’t End, So Did All the Attention Help or Hurt The Maya?

by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 1:41PM

The truth is a lot less sensational than you might imagine.

Topics: /NOW

One of California's Biggest Colleges Takes Major Steps to Stay in Business

One of California’s Biggest Colleges Takes Major Steps to Stay in Business

by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 1:40PM

City College of San Francisco is fighting to keep its doors open.

Topics: /NOW

Samuel L. Jackson Says MLK Would Appreciate 'Django Unchained'

Samuel L. Jackson Says MLK Would Appreciate ‘Django Unchained’

by Jamilah King on December 21 2012, 3:14PM

Get ready.

Topics: /NOW

Prosecutor Drops Case Against Los Angeles Activist Alex Sanchez

Prosecutor Drops Case Against Los Angeles Activist Alex Sanchez

by Jamilah King on December 20 2012, 11:01AM

One of the most respected gang intervention workers in the country may finally be a free man.

Topics: /NOW

Does Your Social Media Use Put Your Community At Risk? Instagram in Context

Does Your Social Media Use Put Your Community At Risk? Instagram in Context

by Jamilah King on December 20 2012, 10:51AM

One advocate asks tough questions about community safety and political security online.

Topics: /NOW

Hip-Hop Artists Are Becoming Colleges' Most Sought After Lecturers

Hip-Hop Artists Are Becoming Colleges’ Most Sought After Lecturers

by Jamilah King on December 14 2012, 9:31AM

From Afrika Bambaataa to 9th Wonder, some of hip-hop’s biggest names are taking their art into the classroom.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Supporters Launch Online Petition for Fired Black Meteorologist

Supporters Launch Online Petition for Fired Black Meteorologist

by Jamilah King on December 13 2012, 10:49AM

Rhonda Lee was fired after responding to criticism about her Afro.

Topics: /NOW

That Subway Rider Who Didn't Recognize Jay-Z is Actually Artist Ellen Grossman

That Subway Rider Who Didn’t Recognize Jay-Z is Actually Artist Ellen Grossman

by Jamilah King on December 6 2012, 9:22AM

Earlier this week, the Internet’s were buzzing with an adorable clip from a new mini documentary of an anonymous subway rider who didn’t recognize Jay-Z. The rapper was on the train to help promote his last concert to inaugurate the…

Topics: /NOW

Frank Ocean to GQ: 'I'm Not Trying to Sell You Sex'

Frank Ocean to GQ: ‘I’m Not Trying to Sell You Sex’

by Jamilah King on November 20 2012, 1:55PM

Frank Ocean wants you to get up out of his bedroom.

Topics: /NOW

Campaign Focuses on Young, Gifted, Transgender and Black

Campaign Focuses on Young, Gifted, Transgender and Black

by Jamilah King on November 20 2012, 12:17PM

The National Black Justice Coalition launched #BlackTransProud to highlight the achievements of its communities on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Topics: /NOW

Family Becomes Focal Point in Fight to Lower Prison Phone Rates

Family Becomes Focal Point in Fight to Lower Prison Phone Rates

by Jamilah King on November 20 2012, 10:13AM

The criminal cost of talking to a loved one behind bars has taken center stage at the Federal Communications Commission. And that’s exactly what organizers had in mind.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media