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 January 31 2013, 9:00AM
This ain’t your grandfather’s big game.
Topics: Arts & Culture
by Jamilah King on January 30 2013, 2:11PM
The girl died when a gunman opened fire on her and other teenagers at a park in Chicago.
by Jamilah King on January 17 2013, 8:40AM
California accounts for 30 percent of the nation’s homelessness each year. A new effort is underway to address the youth in that group by not lumping them all together.
Topics: Schools & Youth
by Jamilah King on January 11 2013, 9:24AM
A series of anonymous billboards have popped up on bus shelters in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They’re not selling anything but a delcaration: that racism still exists.
Topics: Arts & Culture
by Jamilah King on January 3 2013, 9:14AM
The problem isn’t just what’s on our TV, but who has the power to put it there in the first place.
by Jamilah King on December 28 2012, 12:23PM
by Jamilah King on December 28 2012, 9:09AM
Wrestling with systemic problems means also making personal changes, big and small. Here’s a few of our own efforts for 2013.
by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 2:46PM
by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 1:57PM
The Census Bureau is considering possible revisions for its 2020 survey, and the proposed changes have raised concerns among some communities of color who fear that they’ll be undercounted. Corey Dade reports at NPR about just what’s at stake: “Race…
by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 1:41PM
The truth is a lot less sensational than you might imagine.
by Jamilah King on December 27 2012, 1:40PM
City College of San Francisco is fighting to keep its doors open.
by Jamilah King on December 21 2012, 3:14PM
by Jamilah King on December 20 2012, 11:01AM
One of the most respected gang intervention workers in the country may finally be a free man.
by Jamilah King on December 20 2012, 10:51AM
One advocate asks tough questions about community safety and political security online.
by Jamilah King on December 14 2012, 9:31AM
From Afrika Bambaataa to 9th Wonder, some of hip-hop’s biggest names are taking their art into the classroom.
Topics: Arts & Culture
by Jamilah King on December 13 2012, 10:49AM
Rhonda Lee was fired after responding to criticism about her Afro.
by Jamilah King on December 6 2012, 9:22AM
Earlier this week, the Internet’s were buzzing with an adorable clip from a new mini documentary of an anonymous subway rider who didn’t recognize Jay-Z. The rapper was on the train to help promote his last concert to inaugurate the…
by Jamilah King on November 20 2012, 1:55PM
Frank Ocean wants you to get up out of his bedroom.
by Jamilah King on November 20 2012, 12:17PM
The National Black Justice Coalition launched #BlackTransProud to highlight the achievements of its communities on Transgender Day of Remembrance.