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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.

New Film On First Openly Gay MLB Player Glenn Burke

New Film On First Openly Gay MLB Player Glenn Burke

by Jamilah King on November 10 2010, 12:33PM

Dave Zirin reviews a new documentary about the first openly gay player in major pro sports.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Tyler Perry's Not The Only One Still Writing

Tyler Perry’s Not The Only One Still Writing “For Colored Girls”

by Jamilah King on November 10 2010, 10:00AM

Ntozake Shange’s enduring legacy proves that there’s still much more left to say about the lives of black women.

Topics: Arts & Culture, For Colored Girls

Clutch Asks Black Women: What's Your Theme Song?

Clutch Asks Black Women: What’s Your Theme Song?

by Jamilah King on November 9 2010, 2:25PM

Got songs that celebrate womanhood? Let’s hear ‘em.

Topics: Arts & Culture, For Colored Girls

Five Things People Are Saying About

Five Things People Are Saying About “For Colored Girls”

by Jamilah King on November 9 2010, 9:37AM

We rounded up what the Web has to say about Tyler Perry’s most talked about film to date.

Topics: Arts & Culture, For Colored Girls

Jesse Jackson Doesn't Think Soledad O'Brien's

Jesse Jackson Doesn’t Think Soledad O’Brien’s “Black Enough”

by Jamilah King on November 8 2010, 12:48PM

The debate over racial purity rears its ugly head once again.

Topics: Media

Jeff Chang: It's Bigger Than Politics, the Real Shift is Cultural

Jeff Chang: It’s Bigger Than Politics, the Real Shift is Cultural

by Jamilah King on November 4 2010, 4:10PM

From the Tea Party to Obama, politics is playing catch-up.

Topics: Election: Now What?

“Baracka Flocka Flames” Creator Reacts to Jeers—and Laughs

by Jamilah King on November 4 2010, 9:00AM

The comedian behind one of this election season’s most talked about parodies insists Obama isn’t so holy we can’t laugh at him.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Fans Celebrate First Filipino World Series Pitcher

Fans Celebrate First Filipino World Series Pitcher

by Jamilah King on November 3 2010, 7:24PM

Tim Lincecum has become a source of pride for many Asian American baseball fans.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Bush Still Thinks Kanye West Was Out of Line

Bush Still Thinks Kanye West Was Out of Line

by Jamilah King on November 3 2010, 4:33PM

Never mind the war in Iraq. Bush gets sensitive around pop stars.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Dems Suffer Without Young Voters of Color Who Stole the '08 Show

Dems Suffer Without Young Voters of Color Who Stole the ‘08 Show

by Jamilah King on November 3 2010, 2:22PM

Exit polls from Tuesday’s election show that the electorate has shifted back toward angry, older white men.

Topics: Election: Now What?

NCAA's First Openly Transgender Player Set to Take the Court

NCAA’s First Openly Transgender Player Set to Take the Court

by Jamilah King on November 2 2010, 2:52PM

Kye Allums writes history of a different sort at George Washington University.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

MoJo Tracks the Coming Anti-Immigrant Governors

MoJo Tracks the Coming Anti-Immigrant Governors

by Jamilah King on November 2 2010, 11:36AM

Jan Brewer won’t likely be the only zealot in office after today.

Topics: 2010 Elections

What's Not to Love About Being Latino?

What’s Not to Love About Being Latino?

by Jamilah King on November 1 2010, 7:02PM

Founder Lance Rios shows that love is free, and user friendly.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Indian American Candidates' Influence Slowly Growing

Indian American Candidates’ Influence Slowly Growing

by Jamilah King on November 1 2010, 4:13PM

Sandip Roy at New America Media gets into the growing world of South Asian American politics.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Stewart, Colbert Draw 215,000 to Washington

Stewart, Colbert Draw 215,000 to Washington

by Jamilah King on November 1 2010, 12:47PM

Take that, Glenn Beck.

Topics: Media

Presente to People of Color: The Haters Will Vote. Will You?

Presente to People of Color: The Haters Will Vote. Will You?

by Jamilah King on November 1 2010, 11:03AM

Racist rhetoric might drive liberals to the polls, too.

Topics: 2010 Elections

San Francisco Loves Hoops Too

San Francisco Loves Hoops Too

by Jamilah King on October 29 2010, 5:52PM

A new midnight hoops league aims to unite a divided neighborhood.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Where Are the Obama Youth? Busy Building Their Own Futures Infographic

Where Are the Obama Youth? Busy Building Their Own Futures

by Jamilah King on October 29 2010, 10:58AM

Jamilah King asks Milwaukee’s crucial young voters what brings them to the polls. The answer isn’t a charismatic candidate.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Latino Web Users Challenge Verizon

Latino Web Users Challenge Verizon

by Jamilah King on October 29 2010, 10:50AM

Verizon’s not the only one who can make persuasive ads.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Kanye West Says His Nude Album Cover Art's

Kanye West Says His Nude Album Cover Art’s “Banned” in U.S.

by Jamilah King on October 19 2010, 1:42PM

It’s just another well-timed statement for the artist everybody loves to hate.

Topics: Arts & Culture