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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.

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

Oakland Turf Dancing Gets More National Exposure

Oakland Turf Dancing Gets More National Exposure

by Jamilah King on December 6 2010, 12:34PM

In just a matter of months, a video’s gone from viral sensation to national call for action.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

Superior Court Judge Denies Mehserle Bail

Superior Court Judge Denies Mehserle Bail

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 5:45PM

Meanwhile, Mehserle’s still appealing his charge on involuntary manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Still No Excuses for Tyler Perry's

Still No Excuses for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 5:18PM

Sofia Quintero takes Perry’s apologists to town, and still waits for more black female directors.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Nicki Minaj's Sexist Run-In With Regis Philbin

Nicki Minaj’s Sexist Run-In With Regis Philbin

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 3:15PM

Monica Potts at The American Prospect explains that it doesn’t stop, or start, with Regis.

Topics: Arts & Culture

What You Need to Know About the FCC's Open Web Plan

What You Need to Know About the FCC’s Open Web Plan

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 12:01PM

Chairman Julius Genachowski finally spoke this week. Few are pleased with what he said.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Rosa Parks and the Love For Justice Photo

Rosa Parks and the Love For Justice

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on December 1 2010, 6:04PM

Today’s love is dedicated to freedom fighters, past and present.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Media

Haitian Election Drama Could Spill Into Next Year

Haitian Election Drama Could Spill Into Next Year

by Jamilah King on December 1 2010, 12:55PM

How much have international aid efforts hurt the country’s slow recovery?

Topics: Global Affairs

Hindu Group Fights to

Hindu Group Fights to “Take Back Yoga”

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 3:07PM

Leaders say the religion has “lost control of the brand.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Gets Old With New Marines

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 1:05PM

The military ban overwhelmingly impacts black women.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Kamala Harris Win Rounds Out Dem Sweep of Cali

Kamala Harris Win Rounds Out Dem Sweep of Cali

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 12:25AM

Looks like there’s still hope for democrats.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

Woman Who Confronted Obama Now Out of a Job

Woman Who Confronted Obama Now Out of a Job

by Jamilah King on November 28 2010, 11:16PM

Velma Hart infamously told the president that she’s tired of defending him.

Topics: Politics

Don't Let Kanye West's Antics Fool You

Don’t Let Kanye West’s Antics Fool You

by Jamilah King on November 24 2010, 2:40PM

Review: The new album is brilliant, according to PostBourgie.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Today's Love: Queer Youth Speak Out, Reteach Gender

Today’s Love: Queer Youth Speak Out, Reteach Gender

by Jamilah King on November 23 2010, 6:00PM

Shifting the narrative around bullying from the person to the political.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Who Else Hates Fox News? The Simpsons

Who Else Hates Fox News? The Simpsons

by Jamilah King on November 23 2010, 3:01PM

The long running show takes aim at Fox. Again.

Topics: Media

Meet Joe Arpaio's Celebrity Posse

Meet Joe Arpaio’s Celebrity Posse

by Jamilah King on November 23 2010, 9:07AM

The controversial sheriff has enlisted the help of big name, but mostly washed up, celebs to help fight his cause.

Topics: Immigration

Senate Finally Votes to Pay Black and Native Farmers

Senate Finally Votes to Pay Black and Native Farmers

by Jamilah King on November 23 2010, 9:02AM

It took nearly three decades, but the payout is among the largest civil rights settlements in history.

Topics: Politics

Latino Majority Creates Questions for Cali School Reformers

Latino Majority Creates Questions for Cali School Reformers

by Jamilah King on November 23 2010, 8:47AM

Reformers grapple with bilingual and culturally sensitive education.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Kanye West Debuts New Record, With Five Album Covers

Kanye West Debuts New Record, With Five Album Covers

by Jamilah King on November 22 2010, 4:34PM

The artist find a clever way around his cover controversy.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Politicians, Artists Draw Broadband Battle Lines

Politicians, Artists Draw Broadband Battle Lines

by Jamilah King on November 22 2010, 2:24PM

The FCC could cut a net neutrality deal before Christmas.

Topics: Media