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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.

Mister Cee's Arrest Should Spark Talk of Sex Work, Not Hysteria

Mister Cee’s Arrest Should Spark Talk of Sex Work, Not Hysteria

by Jamilah King on April 6 2011, 2:14PM

Dream Hampton argues that instead of sexuality, we should be talking about decriminalizing sex work. Who’s listening?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Court Dismisses Verizon, Metro PCS Suits Against FCC's Web Rules

Court Dismisses Verizon, Metro PCS Suits Against FCC’s Web Rules

by Jamilah King on April 5 2011, 12:16PM

For mobile users of color, there’s good and bad news when it comes to recent efforts to squash net neutrality rules.

Topics: Media

Manning Marable: Scholar, Activist, Visionary

Manning Marable: Scholar, Activist, Visionary

by Jamilah King on April 4 2011, 12:11PM

Remembering the life’s work of a great mind dedicated to racial and economic justice.

Topics: Politics

Join National Rallies For Workers Rights Today

Join National Rallies For Workers Rights Today

by Jamilah King on April 4 2011, 11:14AM

Public sector workers draw on Martin Luther King’s legacy to fight back against right wing attacks.

Topics: Wisconsin

More Horrific Details Emerge in Cleveland, Texas Gang Rape

More Horrific Details Emerge in Cleveland, Texas Gang Rape

by Jamilah King on March 29 2011, 1:30PM

The attacks reportedly happened over the course of several months.

Topics: Texas Rape

Little Dragon Loves Staten Island's Fifth Grade Choir

Little Dragon Loves Staten Island’s Fifth Grade Choir

by Jamilah King on March 25 2011, 6:06PM

And they’re just the school’s latest celebrity fans.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Huffington Post Removes Andrew Brietbart From Front Page

Huffington Post Removes Andrew Brietbart From Front Page

by Jamilah King on March 24 2011, 1:01PM

Conservative writers are fine, critics say. But they’ve got to have credibility.

Topics: Media

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

by Jamilah King on March 23 2011, 5:07PM

Are child support lockups becoming debtors’ prisons?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Understanding the AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

Understanding the AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

by Jamilah King on March 22 2011, 4:41PM

The proposed merger could have far-reaching implications for blacks and Latinos, who primarily access the Web with mobile devices.

Topics: Media

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Recounts Sobering History in Defense of Unions

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Recounts Sobering History in Defense of Unions

by Jamilah King on March 22 2011, 10:46AM

The Labor Secretary doesn’t shy away from calling out the anti-immigrant fervor of today’s anti-labor landscape.

Topics: Wisconsin

Oakland's Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

Oakland’s Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

by Jamilah King on March 21 2011, 5:00PM

Two years after Lovelle Mixon shot and killed four cops amid a climate of deep hostility in Oakland, what’s changed?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Juan Williams Says It's Time to Defund NPR

Juan Williams Says It’s Time to Defund NPR

by Jamilah King on March 21 2011, 12:12PM

And forget journalism. His beef is deeply personal.

Topics: Politics

Wisconsin GOP Strips Union Collective Bargaining -- Stay Informed

Wisconsin GOP Strips Union Collective Bargaining — Stay Informed

by Jamilah King on March 10 2011, 2:35PM

We’ve got pointers on how you can stay plugged into what’s happening in Madison.

Topics: Wisconsin

NAACP Faces Boycott Over Kid Rock Honor

NAACP Faces Boycott Over Kid Rock Honor

by Jamilah King on March 9 2011, 4:46PM

The rocker still sports a confederate flag because ‘it looks cool.’

Topics: Arts & Culture

NPR's Vivian Schiller Resigns After James O'Keefe's Tea Party Prank

NPR’s Vivian Schiller Resigns After James O’Keefe’s Tea Party Prank

by Jamilah King on March 9 2011, 10:26AM

The conservative activist’s latest “sting” nets another progressive victim.

Topics: Media

Women Fight Back Against Street Harassment

Women Fight Back Against Street Harassment

by Jamilah King on March 8 2011, 2:45PM

In this video sent to us by a reader, women reclaim their rights to walk safely and undisturbed by strange men.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Cairo's Million Woman March Crashed by Anti-Feminist Activists

Cairo’s Million Woman March Crashed by Anti-Feminist Activists

by Jamilah King on March 8 2011, 1:35PM

On International Women’s Day, women surge forward globally, despite conservative obstacles.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Loretta Ross's Love for Women of Color Histories

Loretta Ross’s Love for Women of Color Histories

by Jamilah King on March 4 2011, 6:33PM

The longtime activist gives a brief rundown on the origins of the term “women of color.”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Our Fantasy Picks for the NAACP Image Awards

Our Fantasy Picks for the NAACP Image Awards

by Jamilah King on March 4 2011, 6:28PM

We’ve rounded up our favorites. Now we wanna hear about yours.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Who's Behind the GOP's Anti-Sharia Law Crusade? A White Supremacist

Who’s Behind the GOP’s Anti-Sharia Law Crusade? A White Supremacist

by Jamilah King on March 3 2011, 1:32PM

David Yerushalmi doesn’t just hate Muslims. He hates everyone who’s not white.

Topics: Politics