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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.

Antoine Dodson Not Happy About

Antoine Dodson Not Happy About “Bed Intruder” Costume

by Jamilah King, Jorge Rivas on September 27 2010, 1:23PM

For the Internet star and his family, the joke’s not so funny anymore.

Topics: Antoine Dodson

Eddie Long Scandal Forces Taboos to Surface in Black Church

Eddie Long Scandal Forces Taboos to Surface in Black Church

by Jamilah King on September 27 2010, 12:50PM

More charges come, CNN’s Don Lemon reveals his own history with sexual abuse, and Long vows to fight.

Topics: Eddie Long, Gender & Sexuality

Stephen Colbert Testifies On Capitol Hill

Stephen Colbert Testifies On Capitol Hill

by Jamilah King on September 24 2010, 1:20PM

In this political climate, we could all use a good laugh.

Topics: Immigration

Forbes Confirms Super Rich Are Getting Richer

Forbes Confirms Super Rich Are Getting Richer

by Jamilah King on September 24 2010, 12:13PM

Still, some wait for wealth to trickle down.

Topics: Politics

Black Lawmakers Anxious Over Ethics Trial Dates

Black Lawmakers Anxious Over Ethics Trial Dates

by Jamilah King on September 24 2010, 10:20AM

Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters can’t wait to clear their names.

Topics: Politics

ColorLines Livetweets NBC's Humorless

ColorLines Livetweets NBC’s Humorless “Outsourced”

by Jamilah King on September 23 2010, 3:17PM

What happens when a show is too self-conscious to talk about race?

Topics: Arts & Culture

Yet Another Attack on Obama's

Yet Another Attack on Obama’s “Aunt Zeituni”

by Jamilah King on September 23 2010, 2:02PM

For the GOP, it’s more proof that the president is, in fact, a Kenyan socialist.

Topics: Immigration

Hits Keep Coming for Eddie Long

Hits Keep Coming for Eddie Long

by Jamilah King on September 23 2010, 11:48AM

Third man comes forward with allegation of sexual coercion, while Long goes silent.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Oops! Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Makes Courses MORE Popular

Oops! Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Makes Courses MORE Popular

by Jamilah King on September 22 2010, 3:22PM

But a showdown looms when the law kicks in on Dec. 31 and districts face penalties for offering the courses.

Topics: Schools & Youth

“Detroit 1-8-7” Premieres as City Cops Still in Unwanted Spotlight

by Jamilah King on September 22 2010, 1:00PM

As the department courts primetime ratings, feds investigate police shooting of 7-year-old.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Anti-Gay Pastor Eddie Long Sued for Sexual Coercion of Men

Anti-Gay Pastor Eddie Long Sued for Sexual Coercion of Men

by Jamilah King on September 22 2010, 11:07AM

Two men wage sexual coercion charges.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Wyclef Ends Presidential Bid, Plans Next Album

Wyclef Ends Presidential Bid, Plans Next Album

by Jamilah King on September 22 2010, 10:15AM

The singer’s troubled campaign is finally over.

Topics: Global Affairs

Campus Progress Uses Justin Bieber to Court Voters

Campus Progress Uses Justin Bieber to Court Voters

by Jamilah King on September 22 2010, 12:19AM

Maybe Justin Bieber is good for America.

Topics: Politics

Florida Senate Race Might Not Be That Close, After All

Florida Senate Race Might Not Be That Close, After All

by Jamilah King on September 21 2010, 2:38PM

Marco Rubio’s surging in the polls, while Gov. Charlie Crist fights to remain relevant.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Mr. President, I'm Exhausted of Defending You

Mr. President, I’m Exhausted of Defending You

by Jamilah King on September 20 2010, 4:27PM

One black voter tells Obama she’s tired of waiting for the change.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Rick Santelli: Tea Party Rant Infographic

Rick Santelli: Tea Party Rant “Best Five Minutes of My Life”

by Jamilah King on September 20 2010, 1:29PM

The man credited with launching the Tea Party makes no apologies.

Topics: Politics

The Roots, John Legend Talk Politics and New Album

The Roots, John Legend Talk Politics and New Album

by Jamilah King on September 20 2010, 11:27AM

It’s about demographics, not just record sales.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Sen. Olympia Snowe Slams Tea Party Rise in GOP

Sen. Olympia Snowe Slams Tea Party Rise in GOP

by Jamilah King on September 17 2010, 1:00PM

The moderate Republican warns that there’s no such thing as ideological purity.

Topics: Politics

Jon Stewart Announces

Jon Stewart Announces “Restoring Sanity” Rally

by Jamilah King on September 17 2010, 12:00PM

As liberal media tries to counter Glenn Beck’s yelling, will race finally take center stage?

Topics: Media

Elle Responds to Sidibe Cover Controversy

Elle Responds to Sidibe Cover Controversy

by Jamilah King on September 16 2010, 2:32PM

For the fashion world, it’s just business as usual.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gabourey Sidibe