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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.

GOP Backs Away From Its Bright Young Stars of Color

GOP Backs Away From Its Bright Young Stars of Color

by Jamilah King on August 18 2010, 3:15PM

They’re just not conservative enough.

Topics: 2010 Elections

More Money, More Problems for Jerry Brown, Too

More Money, More Problems for Jerry Brown, Too

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 6:47PM

Controversy erupts over pension records, which could cost taxpayers millions.

Topics: Politics

Mom Sues After State Takes Baby in Hospital Translation Horror

Mom Sues After State Takes Baby in Hospital Translation Horror

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 6:36PM

Hospital officials deemed the mother unfit because she spoke an indigenous language.

Topics: Health, Immigration

Sherrod Shakes Her Fist at Breitbart--and Hugs the NAACP

Sherrod Shakes Her Fist at Breitbart—and Hugs the NAACP

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 4:07PM

She calls Brietbart “some Tea Party agitator,” but says let’s put the NAACP’s flub “behind us.”

Topics: Shirley Sherrod

House Dems Warn Google-Verizon Deal Will Widen Digital Divide

House Dems Warn Google-Verizon Deal Will Widen Digital Divide

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 12:59PM

FCC was reportedly “very close” to deal that included wireless protections for users.

Topics: Technology

Harry Reid's

Harry Reid’s “Ground Zero Mosque” Fail

by Jamilah King on August 16 2010, 6:29PM

Majority leader cowers under pressure from GOP rival.

Topics: Mosque Mania

Meg Whitman's Spending Spree Continues

Meg Whitman’s Spending Spree Continues

by Jamilah King on August 16 2010, 3:10PM

Former eBay boss adds another $13 million from personal fortune to campaign for CA governor.

Topics: Politics

Arpaio's Been Hazing Arizona for Years

Arpaio’s Been Hazing Arizona for Years

by Jamilah King on August 16 2010, 1:23PM

Arpaio’s tactics aren’t just humiliating. They’re deadly.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration

Letter Urges French to Repay Haiti's

Letter Urges French to Repay Haiti’s “Independence Debt”

by Jamilah King on August 16 2010, 10:46AM

Activists claim France “extorted” the money, now estimated to be worth $22 billion.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

Here's Why the Broadband Debate Matters For You

Here’s Why the Broadband Debate Matters For You

by Jamilah King on August 13 2010, 2:08PM

Yeah, it’s complicated. But here’s a primer on “net neutrality” and why communities of color should care about it.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Web Bangs on

Web Bangs on “EvilGoogle” HQ Door

by Jamilah King on August 12 2010, 6:46PM

As the debate fades in Washington, it’s picking up everywhere else.

Topics: Technology

Feds Probe Detroit Cops' Shooting of 7-Year-Old Girl

Feds Probe Detroit Cops’ Shooting of 7-Year-Old Girl

by Jamilah King on August 12 2010, 3:31PM

And it’s not the first time Detroit police have been eyed by the feds amid brutality claims.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Broadband

Broadband “Stamps” for the Web’s Poor

by Jamilah King on August 12 2010, 9:04AM

Because why bother with universal access?

Topics: Technology

It's Time for Everybody to Get Out of Queen Latifah's Bedroom

It’s Time for Everybody to Get Out of Queen Latifah’s Bedroom

by Jamilah King on August 11 2010, 4:05PM

We’re always asking and she’s all but telling, but queer black folks don’t need a reluctant heroine.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Charlie Rangel Says,

Charlie Rangel Says, “Fire Your Best Shot”

by Jamilah King on August 11 2010, 1:28PM

The embattled Harlem rep takes to the House floor for a full-throated self-defense.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Rep. Waters Faces Formal Charges, Ready to Square Off

Rep. Waters Faces Formal Charges, Ready to Square Off

by Jamilah King on August 9 2010, 3:51PM

Another black lawmaker’s in the hot seat.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Tea Party Searches For Dollars--and Sense

Tea Party Searches For Dollars—and Sense

by Jamilah King on August 9 2010, 1:57PM

Though, even when they’re broke, they keep chugging along.

Topics: 2010 Elections

45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Photo

45th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on August 7 2010, 3:13PM

A look back at the historic blow for racial justice.

Topics: History

The

The “Bed Intruder” Video, YouTube Fame and Modern Minstrelsy

by Jamilah King on August 6 2010, 8:05PM

Antoine Dodson is an overnight Web celebrity, but that doesn’t change much about our love affair with minstrelsy.

Topics: Antoine Dodson, Arts & Culture, Technology

Verizon, Google Plot an Internet With Traffic Ghettos

Verizon, Google Plot an Internet With Traffic Ghettos

by Jamilah King on August 5 2010, 5:30PM

Open Internet advocates worry Web sources who can’t pay for access will be drowned out—and ask you to tell Google as much.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology