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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.

The Onion: White Girl Sentenced To Trial As Black Adult

The Onion: White Girl Sentenced To Trial As Black Adult

by Jamilah King on January 24 2011, 11:05AM

Because sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Lauryn Hill's Words of Love and Wisdom

Lauryn Hill’s Words of Love and Wisdom

by Jamilah King on January 21 2011, 6:26PM

Need some inspiration? Watch this.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Citizens United, One Year Later

Citizens United, One Year Later

by Jamilah King on January 21 2011, 2:05PM

Get ready. 2012 elections, here we come.

Topics: Politics

Verizon Takes FCC to Court Over New Web Rules

Verizon Takes FCC to Court Over New Web Rules

by Jamilah King on January 21 2011, 1:25PM

Get ready. It’s gonna be a long year in the battle to keep the Internet free from corporate takeovers.

Topics: Media

Open Web Activists Applaud Rep. Eshoo's Victory on Capitol Hill

Open Web Activists Applaud Rep. Eshoo’s Victory on Capitol Hill

by Jamilah King on January 21 2011, 10:07AM

The pro-regulatory lawmaker beat out Rep. Bobby Rush for key tech position.

Topics: Media

The GOP's Biggest Health Care Victory? No Race in the Debate

The GOP’s Biggest Health Care Victory? No Race in the Debate

by Jamilah King on January 20 2011, 2:28PM

Even after last night’s vote to repeal health care reform, both sides are ignoring health care’s most salient issue.

Topics:

Comcast Merger Worries Indie Artists, Web Advocates

Comcast Merger Worries Indie Artists, Web Advocates

by Jamilah King on January 19 2011, 2:39PM

Welcome to the latest part in the saga over equal media access.

Topics: Media

Cherokee Nation Court Rules in Favor of Descendents of Slaves

Cherokee Nation Court Rules in Favor of Descendents of Slaves

by Jamilah King on January 18 2011, 12:47PM

Court says that descendants of freedman are members, too.

Topics: Politics

Black AIDS Activist: 'Our House is On Fire'

Black AIDS Activist: ‘Our House is On Fire’

by Jamilah King on January 18 2011, 11:54AM

Three decades into the AIDS epidemic, CNN’s Anderson Cooper spotlights its crippling effects to the black community.

Topics: Health

Today's Love is for John Lewis' Approach to Non-Violence

Today’s Love is for John Lewis’ Approach to Non-Violence

by Jamilah King on January 14 2011, 6:30PM

The civil rights hero talks about non-violence as a way of life.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Poet Susana Chavez's Death Sparks Outrage in Juarez

Poet Susana Chavez’s Death Sparks Outrage in Juarez

by Jamilah King on January 14 2011, 2:56PM

Her death has reignited suspicions about why the deaths of over 500 women in the region have gone unsolved.

Topics: Global Affairs

Ex-Firefighter Sues to Block Park51 Construction

Ex-Firefighter Sues to Block Park51 Construction

by Jamilah King on January 14 2011, 12:29PM

Lawyers accuse New York City officials of an all-out conspiracy.

Topics: Politics

More Love for the Modest Heros of Tucson

More Love for the Modest Heros of Tucson

by Jamilah King on January 13 2011, 6:23PM

After days of modest brilliance, Daniel Hernandez is stunned into silence at memorial service.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Rep. Giffords' Shooting Prompts GOP Resignations in Arizona

Rep. Giffords’ Shooting Prompts GOP Resignations in Arizona

by Jamilah King on January 13 2011, 3:50PM

Heated rhetoric is proving toxic for Republicans even without Democrats to blame.

Topics: Politics

Singer Marsha Ambrosius Opens Up About Homophobia

Singer Marsha Ambrosius Opens Up About Homophobia

by Jamilah King on January 13 2011, 2:33PM

With a new album on the way, songstress says she just wanted to be a good friend.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Today's Love is for Stud Magazine Rewriting Gender Norms

Today’s Love is for Stud Magazine Rewriting Gender Norms

by Jamilah King on January 12 2011, 6:30PM

Showing love for the world’s gender non-conforming females.

Topics: Celebrate Love

New State Officials Come Out Swinging on Immigration Policy

New State Officials Come Out Swinging on Immigration Policy

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 4:20PM

Felipe Matos is just one activist dealing with the immigration debate’s shift toward states.

Topics: Immigration

How SB 1070 Could Have Gotten Rep. Giffords' Hero in Trouble

How SB 1070 Could Have Gotten Rep. Giffords’ Hero in Trouble

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 2:05PM

Under the original provisions of SB 1070, Daniel Hernandez could have had to prove his immigration status.

Topics: Immigration

Arizona's History of Hate: A Timeline Interactive

Arizona’s History of Hate: A Timeline

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 11:37AM

Activists at Alto Arizona map out over two decades of political violence in the state.

Topics: History, Immigration, Joe Arpaio

Today's Love is for Daniel Hernandez's Quick Thinking

Today’s Love is for Daniel Hernandez’s Quick Thinking

by Jamilah King on January 10 2011, 6:17PM

The heroic young activist helped save Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life.

Topics: Celebrate Love