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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.

Locked Out NBA Players Show Love for Sesame Street

Locked Out NBA Players Show Love for Sesame Street

by Jamilah King on November 14 2011, 5:45PM

New York Knicks players Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire recently made an important visit to Sesame Street.

Topics: Celebrate Love

A Brief Uncensored Guide to Herman Cain's Memorable Campaign Talk Infographic

A Brief Uncensored Guide to Herman Cain’s Memorable Campaign Talk

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on November 14 2011, 9:48AM

We’ve rounded up some of the presidential hopeful’s most quotable moments.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Arizona Hero Daniel Hernandez Jr. Wins School Board Seat Near Tucson

Arizona Hero Daniel Hernandez Jr. Wins School Board Seat Near Tucson

by Jamilah King on November 11 2011, 5:18PM

The hometown hero is headed back to his old school district.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Net Neutrality Survives Senate, But Advocates Push for Stronger Reforms

Net Neutrality Survives Senate, But Advocates Push for Stronger Reforms

by Jamilah King on November 11 2011, 10:00AM

This week the Senate voted against a measure to strip the FCC of its rulemaking power. But the fight to decide who will control the Internet is far from over, and Web users of color have the most to gain.

Topics: Media

Parents Pull the Ultimate Halloween Prank on Their Unsuspecting Kids

Parents Pull the Ultimate Halloween Prank on Their Unsuspecting Kids

by Jamilah King on November 4 2011, 6:01PM

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel offered a YouTube challenge to parents this Halloween. And it’s hilarious.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Three Feminists Talk About The Media's Obsession With Unwed Black Women

Three Feminists Talk About The Media’s Obsession With Unwed Black Women

by Jamilah King, Noelle de la Paz on October 31 2011, 10:16AM

There’s a lucrative industry devoted to saying that something’s wrong with black women. Here’s what we should be talking about instead.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Chicana Writer Cherríe Moraga Needs Your Help

Chicana Writer Cherríe Moraga Needs Your Help

by Jamilah King on October 28 2011, 5:47PM

She’s got a new play in the works, but it needs your support to reach the stage.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Carlos Santana Still Has Love for His Old San Francisco High School

Carlos Santana Still Has Love for His Old San Francisco High School

by Jamilah King on October 25 2011, 5:44PM

The rocker paid his alma mater a visit to celebrate its extraordinary success.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Condoleezza Rice Regrets Watching Broadway Show During Katrina

Condoleezza Rice Regrets Watching Broadway Show During Katrina

by Jamilah King on October 25 2011, 10:00AM

The former Secretary of State dishes it all in her new memoir.

Topics: Politics

FBI Uses Maps to Track Muslims and Fight Fake Crime

FBI Uses Maps to Track Muslims and Fight Fake Crime

by Jamilah King on October 25 2011, 10:00AM

Back in 2004, FBI Special Agent Bill Shute set out to prove a point. A self-described “visual learner,” Shute thought that if you took arrest data from court records and local police and dumped it into Microsoft mapping software, you…

Topics: National Security

Meet Keenia Williams, Who Ran Across Fuel Spill To Save a Stranger

Meet Keenia Williams, Who Ran Across Fuel Spill To Save a Stranger

by Jamilah King on October 24 2011, 6:00PM

The 22-year-old mom risked her life to save a complete stranger in a fiery car crash. Yeah, she’s pretty awesome.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Urban Outfitters' 'Indian Chic' Prompts Sadly Familiar Outrage

Urban Outfitters’ ‘Indian Chic’ Prompts Sadly Familiar Outrage

by Jamilah King on October 21 2011, 10:03AM

“Navajo Hipster Panties” and a “Navajo Flask”? Really? The Navajo Nation says not so fast, and one writer tells Urban Outfitters’s CEO that enough is enough.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Today's Love: 100-Year-Old Indian Man Breaks Marathon Record

Today’s Love: 100-Year-Old Indian Man Breaks Marathon Record

by Jamilah King on October 20 2011, 6:00PM

Indian-born Rauja Singh will put you to shame.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Today's Love: Puerto Rican Writer Piri Thomas' Words for El Barrio

Today’s Love: Puerto Rican Writer Piri Thomas’ Words for El Barrio

by Jamilah King on October 19 2011, 5:49PM

The celebrated author passed away at his California home this week. He was 83.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Today's Love: L.A. Group Offers Unconventional Peace Prize

Today’s Love: L.A. Group Offers Unconventional Peace Prize

by Jamilah King on October 7 2011, 4:48PM

One community-led effort is working to turn instruments of tragedy into works of art.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Detroit Grieves As Aiyana Stanley Jones's Father Faces Murder Charge

Detroit Grieves As Aiyana Stanley Jones’s Father Faces Murder Charge

by Jamilah King on October 6 2011, 2:19PM

The indictment came one after Officer Joseph Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 7-year-old’s death. But what can change Detroit’s deeply flawed method of policing?

Topics: Criminal Justice

We Still Love Asian-American Hoops Star Jeremy Lin

We Still Love Asian-American Hoops Star Jeremy Lin

by Jamilah King on September 23 2011, 5:55PM

Jeremy Lin is one of only a handful of Asian American professional athletes and he’s starring in his own commercial.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Beyond Troy Davis: How Race Colors Death Row 'Justice' Infographic

Beyond Troy Davis: How Race Colors Death Row ‘Justice’

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on September 23 2011, 9:00AM

Troy Davis’s execution is an outrage, but it’s a bracingly typical one. Here’s a detailed look at how race shapes who ends up on death row and with life sentences in the U.S.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Media Justice Activists Launch New Effort to Target Black Web Users

Media Justice Activists Launch New Effort to Target Black Web Users

by Jamilah King on September 21 2011, 10:00AM

Netroots activists will launch Black Voices for Internet Freedom this Friday in Washington, D.C.

Topics: Media

Today's Love: Dave Liang and the Shanghai Restoration Project

Today’s Love: Dave Liang and the Shanghai Restoration Project

by Jamilah King on September 16 2011, 5:46PM

Dedicated to adding a new spin to traditional Chinese instrumentation

Topics: Celebrate Love