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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.

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

Derrick Bell Showed Love and Sacrifice For His Black Female Colleagues

by Jamilah King on March 8 2012, 6:17PM

While conservatives try to discredit his legacy, we remember why Derrick Bell was such a pioneering scholar and activist.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: 'You Shouldn't Be Telling My Story'

Ugandan Responds to Kony Campaign: ‘You Shouldn’t Be Telling My Story’

by Jamilah King on March 8 2012, 5:15PM

People of northern Uganda aren’t helpless, Rosebell Kagumire says.

Topics: /NOW

The Kony 2012 Campaign May Inspire, But It’s Got Problems

by Jamilah King on March 8 2012, 2:34PM

As a video about Ugandan leader Joseph Kony gains the world’s attention, but it’s got a shady past of its own. Jezebel has the scoop.

Topics: /NOW

Robert Glasper Talks About Making Jazz for a New Generation

Robert Glasper Talks About Making Jazz for a New Generation

by Jamilah King on March 7 2012, 9:12AM

Following the release of his fourth studio album “Black Radio”, the pianist and producer sat down with Colorlines.com to talk how he’s successfully blended jazz with hip-hop — and why everyone seems to love it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Activist Group Yes Men Confirm NYPD Stop and Frisk Happy Meal Hoax

by Jamilah King on March 6 2012, 2:35PM

But plenty of media took the bait, and now the NYPD’s shady policing practices are up for more debate.

Topics: /NOW

Activists Worry That Mobile Phones Could Do More Harm Than Good

Activists Worry That Mobile Phones Could Do More Harm Than Good

by Jamilah King on March 6 2012, 9:45AM

As telecom companies maneuver to get the spectrum necessary to deliver faster service, activists worry that their privacy is being jeopardized.

Topics: Media

Virginia Students Go On Hunger Strike to Win Living Wage for Employees

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 2:12PM

“It’s ridiculous for people in dining halls to not be able to afford food,” says Seth Kaye, a student at the University of Virginia.

Topics: /NOW

T-Mobile’s Back in the News — This Time Trying to Stop a Merger

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 12:13PM

Consider this the latest in what will likely be a series of back-and-forth battles as mobile companies duke it out to build the infrastructure mobile data users need.

Topics: /NOW

An Artist's Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

An Artist’s Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 10:06AM

A new video installation paints an intimate and engaging portrait of black masculinity by doing something a little revolutionary: asking questions. Artist Chris Johnson talks about the project’s past and present, and what it hopes to build for the future.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

The Asian American Basketball Leagues That Helped Create Linsanity

The Asian American Basketball Leagues That Helped Create Linsanity

by Jamilah King on February 21 2012, 9:57AM

It’s estimated that in Southern California alone, there are 14,000 Japanese Americans who play in regular club tournaments. Some teams have been around for more than 50 years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, Jeremy Lin

The Old School Organizing Approach That Took Down Pat Buchanan

The Old School Organizing Approach That Took Down Pat Buchanan

by Jamilah King on February 20 2012, 9:30AM

Buchanan’s sacking was the latest in a string of wins for online organizers working to hold corporate media accountable for the hate speech of its pundits.

Topics: Media

Whitney Houston's Twin Legacies: Beauty and Pain

Whitney Houston’s Twin Legacies: Beauty and Pain

by Jamilah King on February 13 2012, 10:00AM

Houston famously told Diane Sawyer that she’s her own biggest devil. The same can probably be said for most of us, which is why we rely on entertainers to sing both our pain and our glory.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Whitney Houston

The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA's Most Surprising Star

The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA’s Most Surprising Star

by Jamilah King on February 8 2012, 9:27AM

The Knicks point guard has dazzled the league and his teammates this season. But the reason for that surprise has everything to do with longheld assumptions about Asian American athletes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year's Super Bowl Showdown

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year’s Super Bowl Showdown

by Jamilah King on February 2 2012, 9:51AM

Indiana’s unionized workers have found an unexpectedly loud ally in the NFL’s players association.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy

Why Microsoft's So-Called 'Avoid Ghetto' App Is Really American

Why Microsoft’s So-Called ‘Avoid Ghetto’ App Is Really American

by Jamilah King on January 31 2012, 9:20AM

Microsoft’s controversial new mapping technology would direct users away from supposedly violent neighborhoods. But it is based on faulty assumptions about violent crime that are a rooted in a long history of racist ideas about black communities.

Topics: Media

2012's Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

2012’s Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

by Jamilah King on January 25 2012, 9:39AM

We shouldn’t be surprised that this year’s crop of Oscar nominees largely ignored people of color. But it’s still disappointing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oscars 2012

Quietly Radical Mission at Sundance: Supporting Native Filmmakers

Quietly Radical Mission at Sundance: Supporting Native Filmmakers

by Jamilah King on January 20 2012, 9:44AM

One of the buzz-making features at Sundance this weekend is “Mosquita y Mari,” an indy film about Chicana teens in L.A. It’s the latest film shepherded by Sundance’s NativeLabs, which has supported 70 indigenous filmmakers in telling their own stories.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Sundance

The FCC Is Trying to Close the Digital Divide--Sort Of

The FCC Is Trying to Close the Digital Divide—Sort Of

by Jamilah King on January 13 2012, 9:41AM

The FCC is launching a new pilot program this year to make broadband more affordable. Quiet as it’s kept, this isn’t the commission’s first effort, but civil rights groups say it can’t be anywhere near the last.

Topics: Media

What's Not to Love About Tim Tebow? Start With His Anti-Abortion Ad

What’s Not to Love About Tim Tebow? Start With His Anti-Abortion Ad

by Jamilah King on January 12 2012, 9:00AM

The wildly popular Denver quarterback proudly touts his evangelical Christian political principles. But athletes who take up progressive causes risk widespread criticism—and often their livelihoods.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Pepsi to Pay $3.13 Million for Hiring Discrimination Against Black Workers

by Jamilah King on January 11 2012, 5:19PM

An investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that the company’s former criminal background check policy violated the civil rights of hundreds of black workers.

Topics: /NOW