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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.

NYC Anti-Abortion Ad Is Coming Down--but the Real Battle's Just Begun

NYC Anti-Abortion Ad Is Coming Down—but the Real Battle’s Just Begun

by Jamilah King on February 24 2011, 5:00PM

The ad targeted black women and caused national outrage.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Standing Alongside Wisconsin, With Love

Standing Alongside Wisconsin, With Love

by Jamilah King on February 23 2011, 6:16PM

A new video shows the state’s striking workers in all their beauty.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Van Jones Calls for Massive Day of Action to Restore Worker's Rights

Van Jones Calls for Massive Day of Action to Restore Worker’s Rights

by Jamilah King on February 23 2011, 12:30PM

On Saturday, February 26, the ‘spirit of Madison’ may go national.

Topics: Wisconsin

Tavis Smiley Calls Out Bill Maher's Troubled Stance on Muslim Men

Tavis Smiley Calls Out Bill Maher’s Troubled Stance on Muslim Men

by Jamilah King on February 22 2011, 2:20PM

What? You didn’t hear that Bill Maher is now an expert on women’s rights?

Topics: Media

Today's Love Goes to Black Future Month

Today’s Love Goes to Black Future Month

by Jamilah King on February 21 2011, 5:36PM

Writer Chinaka Hodge celebrates black pasts, presents, and futures.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Malcolm X's Fearless Commitment to Freedom 46 Years Later

Malcolm X’s Fearless Commitment to Freedom 46 Years Later

by Jamilah King on February 21 2011, 1:42PM

It’s been 46 years since he was shot and killed.

Topics: Politics

To And From Audre Lorde, With Love

To And From Audre Lorde, With Love

by Jamilah King on February 18 2011, 5:17PM

The revered lesbian poet, theorist, and activist would have turned 77.

Topics: Celebrate Love

GOP Votes to Prevent FCC Funding for New Open Web Rules

GOP Votes to Prevent FCC Funding for New Open Web Rules

by Jamilah King on February 17 2011, 2:47PM

Republicans side with big telecom companies to decide the future of the Internet.

Topics: Media

Thousands Protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Anti-Union Attack

Thousands Protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Anti-Union Attack

by Jamilah King on February 17 2011, 1:19PM

The newly-elected governor that progressives feared is making good on his promises to do away with worker’s rights.

Topics: Politics

Gov. Haley Barbour Refuses to Denounce KKK License Plates

Gov. Haley Barbour Refuses to Denounce KKK License Plates

by Jamilah King on February 16 2011, 4:50PM

Now let’s all hope he doesn’t try his hand at a giving a so-called “race” speech.

Topics: Politics

Shirley Sherrod Finally Sues Andrew Breitbart Over Shady Video

Shirley Sherrod Finally Sues Andrew Breitbart Over Shady Video

by Jamilah King on February 15 2011, 11:35AM

Meanwhile, he attacks the former Agriculture Department employee for what he calls a “reparations” pay out.

Topics: Politics

Obama's Wireless Plan Turns Public Utilities Over to Corporate Profits

Obama’s Wireless Plan Turns Public Utilities Over to Corporate Profits

by Jamilah King on February 15 2011, 8:29AM

The president’s magic plan to expand broadband and fix the deficit isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s why.

Topics: Media

Amy Chua's Tiger Mom, Meet Yvonne Thornton's Lioness

Amy Chua’s Tiger Mom, Meet Yvonne Thornton’s Lioness

by Jamilah King on February 11 2011, 12:23PM

Because some black parents can make things seem impossible for their kids, too.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

Recy Taylor, Sexual Violence, and the Horrors of Jim Crow

by Jamilah King on February 11 2011, 9:55AM

The stories of countless black women who were raped by white men during the civil rights era have gone overlooked entirely.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

J Dilla's Love for Beats, Rhymes, and Life

J Dilla’s Love for Beats, Rhymes, and Life

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 5:05PM

Celebrating the life and passion of one of hip hop’s most pioneering souls.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

Mississippi Group Pushes for KKK Commemorative License Plates

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 1:17PM

Because Nathan Bedford Forrest wasn’t just a confederate hero and KKK leader. He was a genius, according to supporters.

Topics: History, Politics

Talking History and America's Racial Future

Talking History and America’s Racial Future

by Jamilah King on February 10 2011, 10:17AM

Channing Kennedy talks institutional racism with the folks at PostBourgie.

Topics: Immigration

Adults Say They're Born Gay, and Loving It

Adults Say They’re Born Gay, and Loving It

by Jamilah King on February 9 2011, 6:00PM

The popular blog features hilarious photos of little kids who had the nerve to be different.

Topics: Celebrate Love

13 States Introduce Useless Bills to Ban Sharia Law

13 States Introduce Useless Bills to Ban Sharia Law

by Jamilah King on February 9 2011, 12:01PM

Let the unchecked and unnecessary hysteria continue.

Topics: Politics

Doctor's Orders: Send Undocumented Patient to Mexico

Doctor’s Orders: Send Undocumented Patient to Mexico

by Jamilah King on February 9 2011, 10:57AM

Maria Sanchez has a banana-sized tumor in her back. But that didn’t stop a Texas hospital from giving her the boot because of her legal status.

Topics: Immigration