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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.

This Midterm Election Season is a Tale of Two Charlies

This Midterm Election Season is a Tale of Two Charlies

by Jamilah King on September 14 2010, 3:39PM

From Harlem to Florida, voters are either fed up or fired up headed into November.

Topics: Politics

Protestor to Texas Pastor:

Protestor to Texas Pastor: “Dude, You Have No Quran!”

by Jamilah King on September 14 2010, 2:04PM

Skateboarding in the face of hate.

Topics: Technology

When

When “Colorblindness” Invades Your TV

by Jamilah King on September 14 2010, 9:34AM

Tim Wise breaks down how the myth that we’re post racial plays out in pop culture.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Rangel, Waters Ethics Trials Not Expected Till After Elections

Rangel, Waters Ethics Trials Not Expected Till After Elections

by Jamilah King on September 13 2010, 5:07PM

Either way, it’s more bad news for Democrats headed into November’s elections.

Topics: Politics

Tea Partiers Hijack Malcolm X Speech

Tea Partiers Hijack Malcolm X Speech

by Jamilah King on September 13 2010, 2:27PM

It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

Topics: Politics

Scholarship Scandal Hits Rep. Sanford Bishop

Scholarship Scandal Hits Rep. Sanford Bishop

by Jamilah King on September 10 2010, 1:44PM

Yet another black lawmaker’s in the hot seat.

Topics: Politics

The World's Dizzying Dance With Pastor Terry Jones

The World’s Dizzying Dance With Pastor Terry Jones

by Jamilah King on September 10 2010, 10:21AM

Now even Donald Trump is involved.

Topics: Mosque Mania

Kevin Powell's Open Letter:

Kevin Powell’s Open Letter: “I Am Hip Hop”

by Jamilah King on September 9 2010, 5:00PM

The aspiring politician tries to paint himself as the new alternative for black New Yorkers.

Topics: 2010 Elections

OkCupid Shows

OkCupid Shows “Real” Stuff White People Like (And Other Races, Too)

by Jamilah King on September 9 2010, 12:28PM

Is another company using race data to drive marketing?

Topics: Technology

Floyd Mayweather Apologizes for Racist Rant, But Not the Gay Part

Floyd Mayweather Apologizes for Racist Rant, But Not the Gay Part

by Jamilah King on September 8 2010, 4:06PM

And it’s not the first time the boxer’s been obsessed with bashing gays.

Topics:

Unions Take Immigration Debate to the Car Wash

Unions Take Immigration Debate to the Car Wash

by Jamilah King on September 7 2010, 3:17PM

It could be an important chance to speak up — and stay relevant.

Topics: Economy, Immigration

The Latest Casualty of Midterm Elections: Black Farmers

The Latest Casualty of Midterm Elections: Black Farmers

by Jamilah King on September 7 2010, 12:46PM

They’re still waiting for a $1.25 billion bias settlement while politicians play favorites with wealthier landowners.

Topics: Economy

Obama Finally Calls Out GOP's

Obama Finally Calls Out GOP’s “Powerful Interests”

by Jamilah King on September 7 2010, 12:38PM

For the President, it’s no more mister nice guy.

Topics: Politics

Readers Wish Congress Labored For Them, Too

Readers Wish Congress Labored For Them, Too

by Jamilah King on September 3 2010, 1:40PM

A roundup of the week’s best ColorLines conversations.

Topics: Media

Former Florida Candidate Jeff Greene Sues the Media for Doing Its Job

Former Florida Candidate Jeff Greene Sues the Media for Doing Its Job

by Jamilah King on September 2 2010, 12:32PM

Jeff Greene contends that he’s not a sore loser.

Topics: Politics

CBC Foundation Chair Orders Audit in Johnson Scholarship Scandal

CBC Foundation Chair Orders Audit in Johnson Scholarship Scandal

by Jamilah King on September 1 2010, 3:16PM

Are Pelosi’s efforts to drain the ethical swamp in Washington working?

Topics: Politics

Undocumented Workers Exploited in Michigan Oil Clean Up

Undocumented Workers Exploited in Michigan Oil Clean Up

by Jamilah King on August 31 2010, 6:18PM

The Michigan Messenger reports a Texas company had been busing in undocumented workers to work 14 hour days for $800 a week.

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GOP Sen. Hatch: Religious Freedom

GOP Sen. Hatch: Religious Freedom “Made This Country Great”

by Jamilah King on August 31 2010, 5:21PM

The Utah lawmaker notes that Muslims were killed on 9/11, too.

Topics: Mosque Mania

Former CBC Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's In Trouble

Former CBC Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s In Trouble

by Jamilah King on August 31 2010, 12:58PM

Another black lawmaker faces allegations of ethics violations.

Topics: Politics

One Thing Beck Can't Claim: Black Supporters

One Thing Beck Can’t Claim: Black Supporters

by Jamilah King on August 30 2010, 7:19PM

There may have been a lot of red, white, and blue — but there wasn’t a ton of black in attendance.

Topics: Politics