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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.

Stop-and-Frisk Chief Ray Kelly Thinks Ferguson Cops Went Too Far

Stop-and-Frisk Chief Ray Kelly Thinks Ferguson Cops Went Too Far

by Jamilah King on August 19 2014, 10:49AM

Yeah, it’s that bad.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Sybrina Fulton Writes Moving Letter to Michael Brown's Family

Sybrina Fulton Writes Moving Letter to Michael Brown’s Family

by Jamilah King on August 19 2014, 10:29AM

She knows what it feels like to bury a son while the world is watching.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Michael Brown and the Danger of the Perfect Victim Frame

Michael Brown and the Danger of the Perfect Victim Frame

by Jamilah King on August 19 2014, 9:30AM

His humanity weighed much more than his so-called indiscretions. His life still matters. And so does his death.

Topics: Ferguson

Jesse Williams on Ferguson: 'We Are Not Treated Like Human Beings'

Jesse Williams on Ferguson: ‘We Are Not Treated Like Human Beings’

by Jamilah King on August 18 2014, 4:12PM

He’s outraged and he thinks you should be, too.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Olivia Pope's Daddy Just Had a Very Good Weekend

Olivia Pope’s Daddy Just Had a Very Good Weekend

by Jamilah King on August 18 2014, 2:21PM

And he will still monologue the worst out of you.

Topics: Culture

Uzo Aduba Wins First Creative Arts Emmy for 'Orange is the New Black'

Uzo Aduba Wins First Creative Arts Emmy for ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on August 18 2014, 12:50PM

She won the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Topics: Culture

One Year Later, Justice Remains Illusive for Islan Nettles

One Year Later, Justice Remains Illusive for Islan Nettles

by Jamilah King on August 18 2014, 11:13AM

The Manhattan DA has been mysteriously silent about the case.

Topics: Culture

'Support Darren Wilson' T-Shirts Have Sold Out Near St. Louis

‘Support Darren Wilson’ T-Shirts Have Sold Out Near St. Louis

by Jamilah King on August 18 2014, 11:01AM

Wilson supporters are forming Facebook groups, selling T-shirts and holding demonstrations of their own.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Mystic's 13-Year Journey Toward 'Beautiful Resistance'

Mystic’s 13-Year Journey Toward ‘Beautiful Resistance’

by Jamilah King on August 18 2014, 11:00AM

The Oakland-based rapper explains what drove her away from the music industry, and what ultimately brought her back.

Topics: Culture

Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson: Trans Pioneers, BFFs, Film Stars

Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson: Trans Pioneers, BFFs, Film Stars

by Jamilah King on August 15 2014, 11:40AM

They made history. But first, they cried and partied.

Topics: /NOW

J. Cole Honors Mike Brown, Releases New Song 'Be Free'

J. Cole Honors Mike Brown, Releases New Song ‘Be Free’

by Jamilah King on August 15 2014, 10:05AM

Within the first 6 hours after it was uploaded to Soundcloud, the track has been played more than 62,000 times.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Vigils Sweep the Country to Remember Victims of Police Violence

Vigils Sweep the Country to Remember Victims of Police Violence

by Jamilah King on August 15 2014, 9:57AM

Protestors took to the streets to mourn Mike Brown and wonder aloud about who’s next.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Watch Rebel Diaz Talk to Ana Tijoux About Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' Play

Watch Rebel Diaz Talk to Ana Tijoux About Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’

by Jamilah King on August 14 2014, 12:44PM

It blew her mind when she was 12.

Topics: Culture

'Black America's CNN': 10 Rappers Who Are Tweeting About Ferguson

‘Black America’s CNN’: 10 Rappers Who Are Tweeting About Ferguson

by Jamilah King on August 14 2014, 10:45AM

No matter the message, thousands of fans are tuned in.

Topics: Culture, Ferguson

Chef Roy Choi is Getting His Own Food Show on CNN

Chef Roy Choi is Getting His Own Food Show on CNN

by Jamilah King on August 13 2014, 10:19AM

L.A.’s son is going national.

Topics: Culture

Barneys Hopes Consultant Will Make Racial Profiling Problems Go Away

Barneys Hopes Consultant Will Make Racial Profiling Problems Go Away

by Jamilah King on August 12 2014, 12:51PM

The settlement comes nine months after the New York State Attorney General’s office began its investigation.

Topics: Culture

Little League Pitcher 'Throws Like a Girl,' Heads to World Series

Little League Pitcher ‘Throws Like a Girl,’ Heads to World Series

by Jamilah King on August 12 2014, 10:26AM

Mo’Ne Davis is only 13-years old, but the Little League pitcher is already throwing 70 mph pitches.

Topics: Culture

Questlove on Robin Williams: 'The Smallest Gesture Can Mean the World'

Questlove on Robin Williams: ‘The Smallest Gesture Can Mean the World’

by Jamilah King on August 12 2014, 10:02AM

The hip-hop world is grieving, too.

Topics: Culture

Star of Oscar-Winning Short Doc Shares Immigration News Play

Star of Oscar-Winning Short Doc Shares Immigration News

by Jamilah King on August 11 2014, 2:12PM

She’ll now be able to travel to Mexico to see family she hasn’t seen in more than 15 years. Here’s how.

Topics: Culture

'Aunt Jemima' Heir Sues Quaker Oats for $2 Billion in Royalties

‘Aunt Jemima’ Heir Sues Quaker Oats for $2 Billion in Royalties

by Jamilah King on August 11 2014, 1:03PM

It’s about time.

Topics: Culture