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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by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 2:05PM
Morrison will be one of 13 recipients who are honored this year by President Obama.
by Jamilah King on May 1 2012, 10:50AM
McDonald, who’s black and transgender, stands accused of second degree murder. But supporters are adamant that she acted in self-defense.
by Jamilah King on April 25 2012, 8:55AM
An ambitious new timeline traces the brutal relationship between freedom and confinement in the United States.
by Jamilah King on April 20 2012, 9:27AM
Tonight, PBS will air horrifying video of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas’s deadly 2010 encounter with U.S. border agents. Rojas’s family wants a Justice Department investigation.
by Jamilah King on April 19 2012, 3:24PM
‘Dear 40-Year-Old Me’ is a project put together by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.
by Jamilah King on April 19 2012, 10:10AM
Two experts weigh in on why new cybersecurity bill CISPA puts so many people, especially those of color, on edge.
by Jamilah King on April 12 2012, 10:00AM
The blogespehre was once a place where people of color could go to escape the racism of mainstream media. But the same forces that created online opportunities for bloggers of color are now devouring them.
by Jamilah King on April 3 2012, 3:38PM
It’s really adorable.
by Jamilah King on April 3 2012, 9:57AM
This season’s NBA phenom Jeremy Lin is out for the season with a knee injury. But it was a good ride, and not just for those of us who think it’s important to talk about race.
by Jamilah King on March 30 2012, 4:05PM
For centuries, young black men have been portrayed as dangerous threats to society. Now the same thing is happening to young Latino men. Tune in to hear more.
by Jamilah King on March 23 2012, 10:08AM
While March Madness kicks into full swing, it highlights college athletes who are simultaneously the most visible and most vulnerable students in the country.
by Jamilah King on March 20 2012, 10:33AM
A historian’s new look at the legacy of lynching, and its enduring relevance today.
by Jamilah King on March 19 2012, 6:03PM
At least 30 students gathered Monday outside of the Seminole County Court House.
by Jamilah King on March 15 2012, 5:15PM
The actress talked about the professional and personal motivations that kept her in Baltimore after ending HBO’s hit show.
by Jamilah King on March 14 2012, 9:40AM
Despite its attempt to respond directly to criticism, Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign puts the focus on all that’s right—and wrong—with online advocacy.
by Jamilah King on March 12 2012, 6:06PM
He’s still silly, and brilliant. And we love it.
by Jamilah King on March 9 2012, 5:54PM
And undocumented youth want you to know that they’re not afraid.
by Jamilah King on March 9 2012, 1:26PM
Nearly 50 years after Bloody Sunday, there’s still plenty of injustice to go around in the state, according to activists.
Wu Tsang’s “Wildness” tells the story of one of Los Angeles’s most iconic bars and how its longtime transgender Latina patrons navigate loss, pride, and gentrification.