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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.

Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama the 'Biggest Terrorist'

Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama the ‘Biggest Terrorist’

by Jamilah King on June 9 2011, 2:18PM

The rapper’s criticism isn’t surprising. But it does show that not everyone in hip-hop’s mainstream can be easily swayed by the president.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Are Sports Champions Obligated to Score Political Points, Too?

Are Sports Champions Obligated to Score Political Points, Too?

by Jamilah King on June 6 2011, 9:55AM

As professional athletes have risen in media exposure and income over at least the past four decades, so too has the call for them to take center stage in some of the country’s fiercest political battles.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Critics Accuse Sesame Street of 'Anti-Conservative Bias'

Critics Accuse Sesame Street of ‘Anti-Conservative Bias’

by Jamilah King on June 3 2011, 1:42PM

Yes, people really are trying to ruin some of your fondest childhood memories.

Topics: Media

A Tribe Called Quest Hits the Big Screen With New Film

A Tribe Called Quest Hits the Big Screen With New Film

by Jamilah King on June 3 2011, 3:24AM

Actor Michael Rapaport directs a new film that traces the group’s past glory.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Native Filmmakers Show Love for Geronimo's True Legacy

Native Filmmakers Show Love for Geronimo’s True Legacy

by Jamilah King on June 2 2011, 4:58PM

The Native leader’s compassion and bravery still live on.

Topics: Celebrate Love

What Jim Tressel's Downfall Says About Unpaid College Athletes

What Jim Tressel’s Downfall Says About Unpaid College Athletes

by Jamilah King on June 1 2011, 1:42PM

A scandal involving one of America’s most popular college coaches begs the question of whether college athletes should be paid.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Lady Gaga Becomes Fifth Female Artist to Go Platinum in First Week

Lady Gaga Becomes Fifth Female Artist to Go Platinum in First Week

by Jamilah King on June 1 2011, 12:23PM

Despite allegations that she’s stealing styles from artists of color, Lady Gaga mania continues.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Adorable School Chorus Shows Love for The Smiths

Adorable School Chorus Shows Love for The Smiths

by Jamilah King on May 31 2011, 5:49PM

In case you haven’t already heard, PS22’s school chorus is phenomenal.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Remembering Gil Scott-Heron: Activist and Musical Legend

Remembering Gil Scott-Heron: Activist and Musical Legend

by Jamilah King on May 31 2011, 9:56AM

DJ Davey D recounts the pioneering artist’s musical, political and cultural legacy.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Labor Law, But It's No Model for SB 1070

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Labor Law, But It’s No Model for SB 1070

by Jamilah King on May 26 2011, 2:21PM

The Legal Arizona Workers Act punishes businesses for hiring undocumented workers. But the battle over SB 1070 is looming.

Topics: Immigration

67 Sueños Shows Love for an Undocumented Majority

67 Sueños Shows Love for an Undocumented Majority

by Jamilah King on May 25 2011, 4:55PM

This youth-led collective based in Oakland wants to tell the everyday stories of young people who are left out of the debate over immigration.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country's Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country’s Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

by Jamilah King on May 24 2011, 9:31AM

As more bills sweep across the country, concern is growing over the GOP’s push to fix a problem that, statistically, just doesn’t exist.

Topics: Politics

Teen Girl Filmmakers Stand Up to Comcast Exec's Bullying

Teen Girl Filmmakers Stand Up to Comcast Exec’s Bullying

by Jamilah King on May 23 2011, 9:35AM

Reel Grrls haven’t backed down after an exec threatened to pull sponsorship for their critique of Republican FCC members’ shady ties to Comcast.

Topics: Media, Technology

Birthday Love for Malcolm X

Birthday Love for Malcolm X

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 6:37PM

The charismatic leader would have turned 86 today.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Why Is Media Justice Such a Hard Fight? See: Meredith Atwell Baker

Why Is Media Justice Such a Hard Fight? See: Meredith Atwell Baker

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 11:45AM

The revolving door between policymakers and the companies they regulate has rarely swung so brazenly as it has for the outgoing FCC commissioner.

Topics: Media

Students Push to Get Satoshi Kanazawa Fired in London

Students Push to Get Satoshi Kanazawa Fired in London

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 10:27AM

Meanwhile, angry Psychology Today readers are moving to have the evolutionary psychologist dropped for his racist research.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones' Killing

Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones’ Killing

by Jamilah King on May 18 2011, 9:35AM

The Detroit police’s shooting of a 7-year-old girl has generated a lot of outrage, but a year later there’s been no demonstrable change.

Topics: Criminal Justice

One Health Service Offers Love, Free of Charge

One Health Service Offers Love, Free of Charge

by Jamilah King on May 16 2011, 6:30PM

The Native Health Initiative’s Loving Service spans four states, and has an ambitious goal.

Topics: Celebrate Love

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

by Jamilah King on May 16 2011, 9:02AM

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson talks about the incredible journey of some of the civil rights movement’s youngest and most fearless leaders.

Topics: History

Texas Rep. Luna Hernandez Shares Story of Growing Up Undocumented

Texas Rep. Luna Hernandez Shares Story of Growing Up Undocumented

by Jamilah King on May 13 2011, 12:08PM

For her, the debate over HB 12 is a matter of personal privilege.

Topics: Immigration