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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.

Juan Williams Says It's Time to Defund NPR

Juan Williams Says It’s Time to Defund NPR

by Jamilah King on March 21 2011, 12:12PM

And forget journalism. His beef is deeply personal.

Topics: Politics

Wisconsin GOP Strips Union Collective Bargaining -- Stay Informed

Wisconsin GOP Strips Union Collective Bargaining — Stay Informed

by Jamilah King on March 10 2011, 2:35PM

We’ve got pointers on how you can stay plugged into what’s happening in Madison.

Topics: Wisconsin

NAACP Faces Boycott Over Kid Rock Honor

NAACP Faces Boycott Over Kid Rock Honor

by Jamilah King on March 9 2011, 4:46PM

The rocker still sports a confederate flag because ‘it looks cool.’

Topics: Arts & Culture

NPR's Vivian Schiller Resigns After James O'Keefe's Tea Party Prank

NPR’s Vivian Schiller Resigns After James O’Keefe’s Tea Party Prank

by Jamilah King on March 9 2011, 10:26AM

The conservative activist’s latest “sting” nets another progressive victim.

Topics: Media

Women Fight Back Against Street Harassment

Women Fight Back Against Street Harassment

by Jamilah King on March 8 2011, 2:45PM

In this video sent to us by a reader, women reclaim their rights to walk safely and undisturbed by strange men.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Cairo's Million Woman March Crashed by Anti-Feminist Activists

Cairo’s Million Woman March Crashed by Anti-Feminist Activists

by Jamilah King on March 8 2011, 1:35PM

On International Women’s Day, women surge forward globally, despite conservative obstacles.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Loretta Ross's Love for Women of Color Histories

Loretta Ross’s Love for Women of Color Histories

by Jamilah King on March 4 2011, 6:33PM

The longtime activist gives a brief rundown on the origins of the term “women of color.”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Our Fantasy Picks for the NAACP Image Awards

Our Fantasy Picks for the NAACP Image Awards

by Jamilah King on March 4 2011, 6:28PM

We’ve rounded up our favorites. Now we wanna hear about yours.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Who's Behind the GOP's Anti-Sharia Law Crusade? A White Supremacist

Who’s Behind the GOP’s Anti-Sharia Law Crusade? A White Supremacist

by Jamilah King on March 3 2011, 1:32PM

David Yerushalmi doesn’t just hate Muslims. He hates everyone who’s not white.

Topics: Politics

For Girls Who Love Themselves Enough to Talk Back to Lil Wayne

For Girls Who Love Themselves Enough to Talk Back to Lil Wayne

by Jamilah King on March 2 2011, 6:21PM

Two little girls call Weezy out for his misogynistic music.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee 'Misspoke' About Obama and Kenya

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee ‘Misspoke’ About Obama and Kenya

by Jamilah King on March 2 2011, 1:39PM

But the drive to paint the president as a dangerous ‘other’ won’t stop any time soon.

Topics: Politics

Texas Group Offers Scholarships Exclusively for White Males

Texas Group Offers Scholarships Exclusively for White Males

by Jamilah King on March 2 2011, 12:11PM

Let the pity party begin.

Topics: Politics

Black Workers Central to National Union Battle

Black Workers Central to National Union Battle

by Jamilah King on March 1 2011, 4:35PM

Public service workers are still standing up to union push backs.

Topics: Economy, Wisconsin

Today's Love: Adorable and Talented B-boy Edition

Today’s Love: Adorable and Talented B-boy Edition

by Jamilah King on February 28 2011, 6:00PM

They’re probably the best dancers you’ve seen recently. And they’re still in elementary school.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Scenes from National Wisconsin Solidarity Rallies Photo

Scenes from National Wisconsin Solidarity Rallies

by Jamilah King on February 28 2011, 12:40PM

From Sacramento to Raleigh, Salem to Atlanta, ordinary workers stand up for their rights.

Topics: Wisconsin

Health Concerns Could Send Jamie and Gladys Scott Back to Prison

Health Concerns Could Send Jamie and Gladys Scott Back to Prison

by Jamilah King on February 25 2011, 2:24PM

The sisters must lose a combined 160 pounds in order to test for the kidney transplant that was a condition of their parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC Anti-Abortion Ad Is Coming Down--but the Real Battle's Just Begun

NYC Anti-Abortion Ad Is Coming Down—but the Real Battle’s Just Begun

by Jamilah King on February 24 2011, 5:00PM

The ad targeted black women and caused national outrage.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Standing Alongside Wisconsin, With Love

Standing Alongside Wisconsin, With Love

by Jamilah King on February 23 2011, 6:16PM

A new video shows the state’s striking workers in all their beauty.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Van Jones Calls for Massive Day of Action to Restore Worker's Rights

Van Jones Calls for Massive Day of Action to Restore Worker’s Rights

by Jamilah King on February 23 2011, 12:30PM

On Saturday, February 26, the ‘spirit of Madison’ may go national.

Topics: Wisconsin

Tavis Smiley Calls Out Bill Maher's Troubled Stance on Muslim Men

Tavis Smiley Calls Out Bill Maher’s Troubled Stance on Muslim Men

by Jamilah King on February 22 2011, 2:20PM

What? You didn’t hear that Bill Maher is now an expert on women’s rights?

Topics: Media