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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.

Today's Love Goes Out to the 'Creole Beethoven'

Today’s Love Goes Out to the ‘Creole Beethoven’

by Jamilah King on September 12 2011, 5:26PM

Wardell Quezergue Sr. was a lifelong fixture of the New Orleans music scene.

Topics: Celebrate Love

D.C. Muslims Break Bread to End Ramadan, And Share the Love

D.C. Muslims Break Bread to End Ramadan, And Share the Love

by Jamilah King on September 1 2011, 5:20PM

Two local groups team up to help feed people who’ve fallen on hard times.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Welcome to the Wild, Wild (Mobile) Web: U.S. v. AT&T, 2.0

Welcome to the Wild, Wild (Mobile) Web: U.S. v. AT&T, 2.0

by Jamilah King on September 1 2011, 10:10AM

The Justice Department announced that it’s suing the company to prevent its acquisition of T-Mobile. And users of color have a lot riding on the lawsuit’s outcome.

Topics: Media

Today's Love Goes to Thurgood Marhsall's Brave Fight for Justice

Today’s Love Goes to Thurgood Marhsall’s Brave Fight for Justice

by Jamilah King on August 30 2011, 5:39PM

Today marks the anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Infinite Love in '10 Things I Want to Say to a Black Woman'

Infinite Love in ‘10 Things I Want to Say to a Black Woman’

by Jamilah King on August 29 2011, 4:24PM

Joshua Bennett offers up an extraordinarily moving love poem.

Topics: Celebrate Love

10 Years Later, Aaliyah's Still Charting Paths for Babygirls Everywhere

10 Years Later, Aaliyah’s Still Charting Paths for Babygirls Everywhere

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

It’s been 10 years since hip-hop’s princess died tragically in a plane crash. But her songs, style and love live on.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Street Etiquette's Got Love for the Diversity of Black Fashion

Street Etiquette’s Got Love for the Diversity of Black Fashion

by Jamilah King on August 18 2011, 5:42PM

A celebration of all things fly.

Topics: Celebrate Love

The U.S. Is Still Recovering from 'Supercop' Bill Bratton's Policing

The U.S. Is Still Recovering from ‘Supercop’ Bill Bratton’s Policing

by Jamilah King on August 17 2011, 10:00AM

Activists say that the man who led New York and Los Angeles’s police departments into the days of zero tolerance on crime is a bad choice to lead London’s recovery.

Topics: Criminal Justice, London Riots

Love: Sensei Keiko Fukuda Becomes First Woman to Earn Judo's Highest Honor

Love: Sensei Keiko Fukuda Becomes First Woman to Earn Judo’s Highest Honor

by Jamilah King on August 10 2011, 6:13PM

The 98-year-old has finally earned her 10th degree black belt.

Topics: Celebrate Love

30 Mosques in 30 Days Captures Love and Sacrifice of Ramadan

30 Mosques in 30 Days Captures Love and Sacrifice of Ramadan

by Jamilah King on August 9 2011, 5:53PM

Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq are traveling from Alaska to their homes in New York City to visit and showcase the country’s mosques.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Natural Hair Remedies for Your Barbie Love Blues

Natural Hair Remedies for Your Barbie Love Blues

by Jamilah King on August 8 2011, 5:22PM

In many communities, playing with dolls is a tricky game of self perception and beauty. Here’s a cute and fun new way to alter the rules.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Death Row Reform: 'We Can No Longer Pretend Courts Are Colorblind'

Death Row Reform: ‘We Can No Longer Pretend Courts Are Colorblind’

by Jamilah King on August 1 2011, 9:45AM

A North Carolina inmate will this summer be the first to invoke a state law that allows appeals based on racial bias in capital punishment sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Remnants of an African-American Past Found Beneath Central Park

Remnants of an African-American Past Found Beneath Central Park

by Jamilah King on July 29 2011, 11:12AM

Researchers are working to reconstruct the lives of black residents who were pushed out by developers in the mid-19th century.

Topics: History

Herman Cain Apologizes for Islamophobic Comments

Herman Cain Apologizes for Islamophobic Comments

by Jamilah King on July 28 2011, 1:32PM

But the problem is much larger than one long-shot presidential candidate.

Topics: Politics

T-Pain Sues Inventors of Auto-tune

T-Pain Sues Inventors of Auto-tune

by Jamilah King on July 28 2011, 12:42PM

But autotune isn’t quite dead yet. The R&B singer wants to promote his own, autotune-like product.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Wisconsin Special Elections Preview 2012's Voting Rights Showdown

Wisconsin Special Elections Preview 2012’s Voting Rights Showdown

by Jamilah King on July 28 2011, 10:19AM

Millions of black and Latino voters may be turned away from polls in states that have passed or are weighing strict new photo ID rules. Watchdogs say its the culmination of Republican’s decade-long effort to manufacture a voter fraud problem.

Topics: Politics

Rep. Keith Ellison Calls Out Herman Cain's Religious Bigotry

Rep. Keith Ellison Calls Out Herman Cain’s Religious Bigotry

by Jamilah King on July 22 2011, 12:18PM

The Muslim American lawmaker warns that Cain’s rhetoric may be a political strategy with awful consequences.

Topics: Politics

Jose Antonio Vargas Has Driver's License Revoked

Jose Antonio Vargas Has Driver’s License Revoked

by Jamilah King on July 22 2011, 11:33AM

The writer calls it another reminder of the collective struggle facing immigrants like him.

Topics: Immigration

Has California's Prison Hunger Strike Really Ended?

Has California’s Prison Hunger Strike Really Ended?

by Jamilah King on July 21 2011, 4:27PM

Advocates say that nothing’s been confirmed, and it’s unclear whether inmate demands have been met.

Topics: Criminal Justice

James Murdoch's Hip-Hop Head Days With Rawkus Records

James Murdoch’s Hip-Hop Head Days With Rawkus Records

by Jamilah King on July 21 2011, 3:29PM

Ta-Nehisi Coates reminds us that the man in the middle of Britain’s phone hacking scandal bankrolled an influential hip-hop label in the ’90s.

Topics: Arts & Culture