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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.

Haitian Deportee Dies After Cholera Symptoms

Haitian Deportee Dies After Cholera Symptoms

by Jamilah King on February 7 2011, 12:37PM

Wildrick Guerrier, 34, was reportedly healthy until he was stuck with 17 other men in a Haitian jail cell.

Topics: Global Affairs

Hines Ward Loves His Korean Birthplace, In All Its Colors

Hines Ward Loves His Korean Birthplace, In All Its Colors

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 6:30PM

Pittsburgh’s star receiver pushes discussions of race across borders.

Topics: Celebrate Love

SF Supervisor Jane Kim Makes Silent Protest

SF Supervisor Jane Kim Makes Silent Protest

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 1:42PM

Newly-minted politician refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Topics: Politics

Is the Internet Really Free? See For Yourself

Is the Internet Really Free? See For Yourself

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 12:56PM

Designer Yuxi You’s stunning visuals show who’s censoring the Internet — and how they’re doing it.

Topics: Egypt

Viewers Cheer Openly Gay Character on Black Sitcom

Viewers Cheer Openly Gay Character on Black Sitcom

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 12:47PM

“Are We There Yet?” producers did something radical by keeping it simple.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Mass Murders Still Unsolved in New Mexico

Mass Murders Still Unsolved in New Mexico

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 11:27AM

The bodies of at least 11 women of color have been found buried in the desert.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Great Female Rappers Not Named Nicki Minaj

Great Female Rappers Not Named Nicki Minaj

by Jamilah King on February 3 2011, 10:31AM

The Well Versed pays tribute to hip hop’s other leading ladies.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Anti-Abortion Activists Confirm Hit On Planned Parenthood

Anti-Abortion Activists Confirm Hit On Planned Parenthood

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 3:38PM

New video accuses the agency of covering up a child sex ring. Seriously?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Vanity Fair's White Hollywood Issue

Vanity Fair’s White Hollywood Issue

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 1:05PM

One of this year’s biggest issues includes only two black actors.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Record Year for Black Films at Sundance Festival

Record Year for Black Films at Sundance Festival

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 11:12AM

This year’s festival featured no less than 30 black filmmakers and films.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Birthday Love For Langston Hughes's Fire

Birthday Love For Langston Hughes’s Fire

by Jamilah King on February 1 2011, 6:10PM

The celebrated poet blazed a path for younger rebels.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Theft Charge Dismissed Against Ohio Mom Kelley Williams-Bolar

Theft Charge Dismissed Against Ohio Mom Kelley Williams-Bolar

by Jamilah King on February 1 2011, 9:33AM

But the legal battle isn’t over just yet.

Topics: Schools & Youth

The Real Cost of the GOP's Push for Voter ID Laws

The Real Cost of the GOP’s Push for Voter ID Laws

by Jamilah King on January 31 2011, 3:53PM

Studies show that up to 11 percent of citizens don’t have a photo identification. But why bother with details?

Topics: Politics

Focus Features Buys Black Lesbian Drama 'Pariah'

Focus Features Buys Black Lesbian Drama ‘Pariah’

by Jamilah King on January 31 2011, 12:21PM

After its premiere at Sundance, the coming-of-age story of a butch black lesbian may be on its way to a theater near you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Linking Citizens United to Octavia Butler's Science Fiction

Linking Citizens United to Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction

by Jamilah King on January 31 2011, 12:07PM

Activists find inspiration in debate over corporate lobbying.

Topics: Politics

Today's Love is for 'We Are the Youth'

Today’s Love is for ‘We Are the Youth’

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 6:33PM

Stories and photos of tomorrow’s queer leaders.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Asian Americans Still Largely Missing From Hollywood

Asian Americans Still Largely Missing From Hollywood

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 5:07PM

Despite progress, advocates say more needs to be done to ensure fair representation on both sides of the camera.

Topics: Media

Antoine Dodson's Got Jokes With 'Epic Fail Mutual'

Antoine Dodson’s Got Jokes With ‘Epic Fail Mutual’

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 10:24AM

Someone’s got to look out for accidental celebrities, right?

Topics: Media

Reports: Anti-Immigrant Laws Cost Millions

Reports: Anti-Immigrant Laws Cost Millions

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 10:24AM

Is Nativist hate even worth it?

Topics: Immigration

Judge Upholds Hate Crime Charges in NYC Muslim Cab Attack

Judge Upholds Hate Crime Charges in NYC Muslim Cab Attack

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 10:24AM

Accused slasher Michael Enright plead not guilty on Wednesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice