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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.

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Labor Law, But It's No Model for SB 1070

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Labor Law, But It’s No Model for SB 1070

by Jamilah King on May 26 2011, 2:21PM

The Legal Arizona Workers Act punishes businesses for hiring undocumented workers. But the battle over SB 1070 is looming.

Topics: Immigration

67 Sueños Shows Love for an Undocumented Majority

67 Sueños Shows Love for an Undocumented Majority

by Jamilah King on May 25 2011, 4:55PM

This youth-led collective based in Oakland wants to tell the everyday stories of young people who are left out of the debate over immigration.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country's Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

Wisconsin Set to Pass Country’s Most Restrictive Voter ID Law

by Jamilah King on May 24 2011, 9:31AM

As more bills sweep across the country, concern is growing over the GOP’s push to fix a problem that, statistically, just doesn’t exist.

Topics: Politics

Teen Girl Filmmakers Stand Up to Comcast Exec's Bullying

Teen Girl Filmmakers Stand Up to Comcast Exec’s Bullying

by Jamilah King on May 23 2011, 9:35AM

Reel Grrls haven’t backed down after an exec threatened to pull sponsorship for their critique of Republican FCC members’ shady ties to Comcast.

Topics: Media, Technology

Birthday Love for Malcolm X

Birthday Love for Malcolm X

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 6:37PM

The charismatic leader would have turned 86 today.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Why Is Media Justice Such a Hard Fight? See: Meredith Atwell Baker

Why Is Media Justice Such a Hard Fight? See: Meredith Atwell Baker

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 11:45AM

The revolving door between policymakers and the companies they regulate has rarely swung so brazenly as it has for the outgoing FCC commissioner.

Topics: Media

Students Push to Get Satoshi Kanazawa Fired in London

Students Push to Get Satoshi Kanazawa Fired in London

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 10:27AM

Meanwhile, angry Psychology Today readers are moving to have the evolutionary psychologist dropped for his racist research.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones' Killing

Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones’ Killing

by Jamilah King on May 18 2011, 9:35AM

The Detroit police’s shooting of a 7-year-old girl has generated a lot of outrage, but a year later there’s been no demonstrable change.

Topics: Criminal Justice

One Health Service Offers Love, Free of Charge

One Health Service Offers Love, Free of Charge

by Jamilah King on May 16 2011, 6:30PM

The Native Health Initiative’s Loving Service spans four states, and has an ambitious goal.

Topics: Celebrate Love

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

50 Years After Freedom Rides, a Stunning Film Revives the Heroism

by Jamilah King on May 16 2011, 9:02AM

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson talks about the incredible journey of some of the civil rights movement’s youngest and most fearless leaders.

Topics: History

Texas Rep. Luna Hernandez Shares Story of Growing Up Undocumented

Texas Rep. Luna Hernandez Shares Story of Growing Up Undocumented

by Jamilah King on May 13 2011, 12:08PM

For her, the debate over HB 12 is a matter of personal privilege.

Topics: Immigration

Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

by Jamilah King on May 11 2011, 9:26AM

From Mister Cee to Lil’ B, hip-hop’s struggles with homophobia have made headlines this spring. We figured it’s time to talk about some unambiguously LGBT artists.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee

FSU Trades Academic Freedom for Billionaire Charles Koch's Money

FSU Trades Academic Freedom for Billionaire Charles Koch’s Money

by Jamilah King on May 11 2011, 9:00AM

Professors at Florida State University object to the school’s new contract which allows Koch reps to green light new hires.

Topics: Politics

Filmmakers Count on Love to Finish Mosquita y Mari

Filmmakers Count on Love to Finish Mosquita y Mari

by Jamilah King on May 10 2011, 5:33PM

Reader Laurie Ignacio sent us this sneak peak of a film that needs your support.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Take a Moment This Weekend to Honor an Overlooked Mom's Love

Take a Moment This Weekend to Honor an Overlooked Mom’s Love

by Jamilah King on May 6 2011, 6:42PM

Do you have an inspiring story about a mother in your life? Share it with us.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Is the Ruben Mejia Navy SEAL Story a Hoax?

Is the Ruben Mejia Navy SEAL Story a Hoax?

by Jamilah King on May 6 2011, 9:15AM

At least one of the Mejia family’s neighbors say that the father’s story of his son’s role in killing Osama bin Laden doesn’t add up.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden

Belated Birthday Love for James Brown's Epic Moves

Belated Birthday Love for James Brown’s Epic Moves

by Jamilah King on May 4 2011, 5:48PM

Take a short dance lesson with the legendary Godfather of Soul.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Advocates Pick Apart Will.I.Am's Pathetic View on Women and Condoms

Advocates Pick Apart Will.I.Am’s Pathetic View on Women and Condoms

by Jamilah King on May 4 2011, 10:45AM

Kelle Terrell at The Body calls the rapper out for his terribly misguided approach to sexual health.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

by Jamilah King on May 3 2011, 1:16PM

It’s an important time to tackle the real threat of violence that many women, especially those of color, face while reporting abroad.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Was Osama Bin Laden's Military Code Name Anti-Native American?

Was Osama Bin Laden’s Military Code Name Anti-Native American?

by Jamilah King on May 3 2011, 12:53PM

American military forces called the Al Qaeda leader “Geronimo”, after the famed 19th Century Native American fighter.

Topics: Osama Bin Laden