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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.

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

by Jamilah King on May 3 2011, 1:16PM

It’s an important time to tackle the real threat of violence that many women, especially those of color, face while reporting abroad.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Was Osama Bin Laden's Military Code Name Anti-Native American?

Was Osama Bin Laden’s Military Code Name Anti-Native American?

by Jamilah King on May 3 2011, 12:53PM

American military forces called the Al Qaeda leader “Geronimo”, after the famed 19th Century Native American fighter.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden

Squadron That Killed Bin Laden Included Son of Mexican Immigrants

Squadron That Killed Bin Laden Included Son of Mexican Immigrants

by Jamilah King on May 3 2011, 10:24AM

While the military actively courts Latino youth and immigrants with one hand, it’s aggressively deporting them and their families with the other.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden

Nearly 20 Years After L.A.'s Rebellion, Black and Brown Artists Show Love

Nearly 20 Years After L.A.’s Rebellion, Black and Brown Artists Show Love

by Jamilah King on May 2 2011, 2:25PM

Reader Mari Beltran pointed us to this moving video that shows unity through art.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Dead Prez Shows Love for Natural Beauties

Dead Prez Shows Love for Natural Beauties

by Jamilah King on April 29 2011, 4:21PM

Here’s a love song for women of color who aren’t often found in the pages of magazines.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Slow Job Recovery for Journalists of Color

Slow Job Recovery for Journalists of Color

by Jamilah King on April 29 2011, 11:56AM

Newsrooms don’t reflect the country’s growing racial diversity.

Topics: Media

Weighing Solutions to Hate Crime After Brutal Baltimore Attack

Weighing Solutions to Hate Crime After Brutal Baltimore Attack

by Jamilah King on April 27 2011, 2:09PM

Reina Gossett of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project argues hate crime prosecution is part of the problem, rather than the solution for queer communities of color.

Topics: Bullying, Gender & Sexuality

Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

by Jamilah King on April 27 2011, 11:41AM

A U.S. Appeals court has ruled that the prolific writer and activist must be granted a new sentencing hearing within six months.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Belated Birthday Love for Lee Bun Taek's Life Lessons

Belated Birthday Love for Lee Bun Taek’s Life Lessons

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 6:00PM

99-years-young, and still going strong.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Transgender Woman's Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

Transgender Woman’s Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 12:14PM

Activists say the laws reinforce violence against queer and transgender people and disproportionately fill U.S. prisons with people of color.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

AT&T Paints Itself As the Underdog in Proposed T-Mobile Merger

AT&T Paints Itself As the Underdog in Proposed T-Mobile Merger

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 10:05AM

The company’s resorted to scare tactics in a bid to win sympathy from federal regulators.

Topics: Media

A Loving Meditation on the Power of a Smile

A Loving Meditation on the Power of a Smile

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 6:00PM

Ryan Red Corn and filmmaker Sterlin Harjo set out on a mission to show that’s there’s plenty of love in Native communities.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Malcolm X's Daughter Disputes Claims About Father's Sexuality

Malcolm X’s Daughter Disputes Claims About Father’s Sexuality

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 4:12PM

The discussion with Ilyasah Shabazz went from tense to downright hostile after several questions about the allegations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Lil B' Says He's Gotten Death Threats Over 'I'm Gay' Album

Lil B’ Says He’s Gotten Death Threats Over ‘I’m Gay’ Album

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 9:38AM

The rapper says he’s losing fans, but still loves the gay community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Young Graffiti Artists Show Their Love for Mother Earth's Water

Young Graffiti Artists Show Their Love for Mother Earth’s Water

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 5:56PM

Graffiti writers create 10 murals in 10 different cities across the globe.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Gov. Deval Patrick Opens Up About Educating Kids of Color for The Root

Gov. Deval Patrick Opens Up About Educating Kids of Color for The Root

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 4:45PM

It’s good to see an elected official who, at least to some extent, is willing to own up to the harsh realities of his state’s flaws.

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns “Words Can Be Hurtful”

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 10:23AM

Bravo to GLAAD and Bryant for trying to make good out of a bad scene.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Kevin Olusola's Lovely Hip-Hop Cello Rendition

Kevin Olusola’s Lovely Hip-Hop Cello Rendition

by Jamilah King on April 21 2011, 6:15PM

It’s the perfect way to head into the end of the week.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Gov. Bobby Jindal's Potentially Self-Destructive Support of Birther Bill

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Potentially Self-Destructive Support of Birther Bill

by Jamilah King on April 20 2011, 12:02PM

But would he be keeping himself off of his own state ballot?

Topics: Politics

Residents Still Search for Answers in BP Oil Spill Disaster

Residents Still Search for Answers in BP Oil Spill Disaster

by Jamilah King on April 19 2011, 4:52PM

While the oil may appear to be gone, the nation’s worst environmental disaster is still being felt by residents.

Topics: Environment