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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 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

Obama Calls Katrina a

Obama Calls Katrina a “Manmade Catastrophe;” Many Still Await Repair

by Jamilah King on August 30 2010, 12:59PM

Read the president’s remarks on the storm’s fifth anniversary.

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Ground Zero's Slave Graves

Ground Zero’s Slave Graves

by Jamilah King on August 27 2010, 3:38PM

The bones of some 20,000 African slaves are buried 25 feet below Lower Manhattan.

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Anti-Muslim Pols Channel Willie Horton Ad Experts For New Smears

Anti-Muslim Pols Channel Willie Horton Ad Experts For New Smears

by Jamilah King on August 27 2010, 2:24PM

The reverberations from the Park 51 debate are still being felt far away from lower Manhattan.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Marco Rubio's Tea Party Ride, and Crash, Into National Politics

Marco Rubio’s Tea Party Ride, and Crash, Into National Politics

by Jamilah King on August 27 2010, 2:08PM

The first generation son of Cuban exiles is rising to become a rare, outspoken conservative Latino on the national stage.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Verizon Uses

Verizon Uses “Bed Intruder” to Make Its Case Against Regulation

by Jamilah King on August 27 2010, 9:51AM

Both sides of the broadband debate are lobbying heavily in Congress and in the court of public opinion.

Topics: Technology

Advocates: Stabbing Victim's Blood on Hands of Demagogue Pols

Advocates: Stabbing Victim’s Blood on Hands of Demagogue Pols

by Jamilah King on August 26 2010, 4:00PM

Enright’s drinking problem doesn’t overshadow sweeping national anti-Muslim sentiments.

Topics: Mosque Mania