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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.

Obama Signs Drug Sentencing Reform Into Law

Obama Signs Drug Sentencing Reform Into Law

by Jamilah King on August 3 2010, 4:18PM

Reform advocates say the compromise bill is a first step to closing massive racial disparities in incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Rangel, Waters and the Perils of Entrenched Power

Rangel, Waters and the Perils of Entrenched Power

by Jamilah King on August 3 2010, 3:13PM

Corruption may not be the point. Maybe they’ve just been in charge way too long.

Topics: Politics

WNBA Draws Hiring Praise--and the President

WNBA Draws Hiring Praise—and the President

by Jamilah King on August 3 2010, 1:09PM

The league consistently gets top ratings for hiring people of color and women in leadership jobs.

Topics:

Palin: Obama Lacks Jan Brewer's

Palin: Obama Lacks Jan Brewer’s “Cojones”

by Jamilah King on August 2 2010, 6:00PM

Now both Palin and Jesse have discussed the president’s balls on cable television.

Topics: Politics

More Than Black/White Questions in

More Than Black/White Questions in “Essence” Drama

by Jamilah King on August 2 2010, 5:43PM

Is there a place for black women in fashion overall?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Tea Party's Diversity Rally?

Tea Party’s Diversity Rally? “Epic Fail”

by Jamilah King on August 2 2010, 3:10PM

Talking Points Memo went to the event and found none, unless you count David Webb.

Topics: Politics

Lady Gaga Denounces SB 1070 at Phoenix Concert

Lady Gaga Denounces SB 1070 at Phoenix Concert

by Jamilah King on August 2 2010, 1:04PM

She won’t join the boycott, but Gaga at least spoke her mind while playing the state.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Utah Reviews Legal Status of Immigrants on Hit List

Utah Reviews Legal Status of Immigrants on Hit List

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

Looks like the state’s letting xenophobes prevail.

Topics: Immigration, Utah Immigrant Hit List

Senate Pulls Money From Black Farmers

Senate Pulls Money From Black Farmers

by Jamilah King on July 30 2010, 2:42PM

The funds would have settled lawsuits against the USDA for racial discrimination.

Topics: Economy

Arpaio Arrests Dozens in SB 1070 Protests

Arpaio Arrests Dozens in SB 1070 Protests

by Jamilah King on July 30 2010, 1:33PM

Hundreds take to the streets in Arizona, and beyond.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration

Rangel Charged, Says He's Finally Had a

Rangel Charged, Says He’s Finally Had a “Bad Day”

by Jamilah King on July 29 2010, 6:08PM

The famously confident Harlem legend faces 13 ethics violations.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Student Activists Find Winning Strategy in Nike Dunk

Student Activists Find Winning Strategy in Nike Dunk

by Jamilah King on July 29 2010, 2:56PM

In These Times profiles the student-led movement to support garment workers.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Sherrod Plans to Sue Breitbart

Sherrod Plans to Sue Breitbart

by Jamilah King on July 29 2010, 12:54PM

She tells NABJ that she’s ready for a fight.

Topics: Shirley Sherrod

House Votes to Fix Drug Laws

House Votes to Fix Drug Laws

by Jamilah King on July 28 2010, 8:05PM

The legislation would reduce disparities in crack and powder cocaine sentencing, which has swelled the black prison population over the past two decades.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Is Essence Leaving Black Women Behind?

Is Essence Leaving Black Women Behind?

by Jamilah King on July 28 2010, 3:28PM

The magazine is set to announce its new fashion editor: a white woman.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Why the

Why the “Conversation on Race” is Just Babble

by Jamilah King on July 28 2010, 12:38PM

Two essays well worth reading.

Topics: Shirley Sherrod

A Digital Divide Between U.S. and Foreign-Born Latinos, Too

A Digital Divide Between U.S. and Foreign-Born Latinos, Too

by Jamilah King on July 28 2010, 11:49AM

Cost and service remain the key factors in who gets online and how.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Charlie Rangel's Face Off With Accountability

Charlie Rangel’s Face Off With Accountability

by Jamilah King on July 28 2010, 10:21AM

Rangel stands his ground, with Congressional Black Caucus support, as his ethics trial looms.

Topics: 2010 Elections

President Wyclef? Singer Considers New Haiti Campaign

President Wyclef? Singer Considers New Haiti Campaign

by Jamilah King on July 27 2010, 4:00PM

One of Haiti’s most beloved native sons is considering a run for the country’s often contentious top office. Representatives for Wyclef Jean, the former Fugees frontman who was born in the country but infamously grew up in Brooklyn, said in…

Topics: Global Affairs

Federal Housing Protections for Transgender Tenants

Federal Housing Protections for Transgender Tenants

by Jamilah King on July 27 2010, 12:48PM

HUD expands its interpretation of the Fair Housing Act to cover gender identity.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality