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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.

Allen West Becomes First Republican to Join Black Caucus Since 1996

Allen West Becomes First Republican to Join Black Caucus Since 1996

by Jamilah King on January 6 2011, 3:30PM

And he still doesn’t think hiring a chief of staff who advocated hanging undocumented immigrants was all that bad.

Topics: Politics

San Francisco Cops Caught on Tape Shooting Man in Wheelchair

San Francisco Cops Caught on Tape Shooting Man in Wheelchair

by Jamilah King on January 6 2011, 11:21AM

After two police shootings in as many weeks, department brass hope Tasers can salvage city morale.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Allen West and Tim Scott Don't Bring GOP Closer to Black Caucus

Allen West and Tim Scott Don’t Bring GOP Closer to Black Caucus

by Jamilah King on January 5 2011, 12:48PM

As black Republicans, both lawmakers force both parties to ask new questions.

Topics: Politics

In South Carolina,

In South Carolina, “Coon Hunting” Is Real

by Jamilah King on January 4 2011, 12:45PM

And soon, residents may have the license plates to prove it.

Topics: Politics

Arnold Cuts Life Sentence For Abused Sex Worker

Arnold Cuts Life Sentence For Abused Sex Worker

by Jamilah King on January 4 2011, 12:19PM

On his last day in office, Gov. Schwarzenegger gave a ray of hope to Sara Kruzan.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

Sending Love With Selena and Celia Cruz Stamps

Sending Love With Selena and Celia Cruz Stamps

by Jamilah King on January 3 2011, 6:46PM

Artist Rafeal Lopez pays homage to Latino rock legends.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Scott Sisters Finally Set Free

Scott Sisters Finally Set Free

by Jamilah King on January 3 2011, 11:29AM

But don’t go patting Gov. Barbour on the back just yet.

Topics: Criminal Justice

DREAM Act Failure is Obama's 'Largest Disappointment'

DREAM Act Failure is Obama’s ‘Largest Disappointment’

by Jamilah King on December 22 2010, 5:52PM

President calls the bill’s defeat ‘heartbreaking.’

Topics: DREAM Act

Black Women Win in Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Black Women Win in Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

by Jamilah King on December 22 2010, 10:50AM

Studies show that soldiers of color were disproportionately impacted by the policy.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Make Nobody Happy

FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Make Nobody Happy

by Jamilah King on December 21 2010, 3:29PM

Here’s what they say, and what comes next.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Mapping America: One Block At A Time (Yours Included)

Mapping America: One Block At A Time (Yours Included)

by Jamilah King on December 16 2010, 11:44AM

The New York Times put together Census data for this exhaustive interactive map. We love it.

Topics: Media, Technology

Words of Love for Georgia Prison Strikers

Words of Love for Georgia Prison Strikers

by Jamilah King on December 15 2010, 6:55PM

Inmates with contraband cell phones have helped ignite new furor over inhumane prison conditions.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Criminal Justice

Colorado Welcomes First Latina, Lesbian Supreme Court Justice

Colorado Welcomes First Latina, Lesbian Supreme Court Justice

by Jamilah King on December 15 2010, 12:22PM

The move comes as the state considers Arizona-style immigration reforms.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

“Viva Tirado” Brings Together Decades of Black and Brown Love

by Jamilah King on December 14 2010, 6:52PM

From a Gerald Wilson original, to a Kid Frost sample, this song spans cultures and generations.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Lobbying Ends On Open Web Proposal

Lobbying Ends On Open Web Proposal

by Jamilah King on December 14 2010, 3:05PM

Now the FCC is set to rule on net neutrality regulations next week.

Topics: Media

Bob Marley's Love Lives on Through Music, Activism

Bob Marley’s Love Lives on Through Music, Activism

by Jamilah King on December 13 2010, 6:15PM

1Love offers you a sustainable way to give back.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Good Intentions Haven't Done Much For Haiti

Good Intentions Haven’t Done Much For Haiti

by Jamilah King on December 13 2010, 4:43PM

Joe Mozingo at the Los Angeles Times reports that foreign aid workers do more harm than good.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

UCLA Prof: DREAM Act Opposition Is Fueled by Racism

UCLA Prof: DREAM Act Opposition Is Fueled by Racism

by Jamilah King on December 13 2010, 2:47PM

And conservative lawmakers haven’t done much to dispel the notion.

Topics: DREAM Act

Chicago Demolition Sheds Light on Public Housing Debate

Chicago Demolition Sheds Light on Public Housing Debate

by Jamilah King on December 7 2010, 2:19PM

Just how useful is urban redevelopment to low-income residents?

Topics: Environment

Five Artists Who Are Keeping the Soul in American Music

Five Artists Who Are Keeping the Soul in American Music

by Jamilah King on December 7 2010, 10:27AM

Jamilah King celebrates the year’s renaissance of soul music—whatever that is.

Topics: Arts & Culture