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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.

Cherokee Nation Court Rules in Favor of Descendents of Slaves

Cherokee Nation Court Rules in Favor of Descendents of Slaves

by Jamilah King on January 18 2011, 12:47PM

Court says that descendants of freedman are members, too.

Topics: Politics

Black AIDS Activist: 'Our House is On Fire'

Black AIDS Activist: ‘Our House is On Fire’

by Jamilah King on January 18 2011, 11:54AM

Three decades into the AIDS epidemic, CNN’s Anderson Cooper spotlights its crippling effects to the black community.

Topics: Health

Today's Love is for John Lewis' Approach to Non-Violence

Today’s Love is for John Lewis’ Approach to Non-Violence

by Jamilah King on January 14 2011, 6:30PM

The civil rights hero talks about non-violence as a way of life.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Poet Susana Chavez's Death Sparks Outrage in Juarez

Poet Susana Chavez’s Death Sparks Outrage in Juarez

by Jamilah King on January 14 2011, 2:56PM

Her death has reignited suspicions about why the deaths of over 500 women in the region have gone unsolved.

Topics: Global Affairs

Ex-Firefighter Sues to Block Park51 Construction

Ex-Firefighter Sues to Block Park51 Construction

by Jamilah King on January 14 2011, 12:29PM

Lawyers accuse New York City officials of an all-out conspiracy.

Topics: Politics

More Love for the Modest Heros of Tucson

More Love for the Modest Heros of Tucson

by Jamilah King on January 13 2011, 6:23PM

After days of modest brilliance, Daniel Hernandez is stunned into silence at memorial service.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Rep. Giffords' Shooting Prompts GOP Resignations in Arizona

Rep. Giffords’ Shooting Prompts GOP Resignations in Arizona

by Jamilah King on January 13 2011, 3:50PM

Heated rhetoric is proving toxic for Republicans even without Democrats to blame.

Topics: Politics

Singer Marsha Ambrosius Opens Up About Homophobia

Singer Marsha Ambrosius Opens Up About Homophobia

by Jamilah King on January 13 2011, 2:33PM

With a new album on the way, songstress says she just wanted to be a good friend.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Today's Love is for Stud Magazine Rewriting Gender Norms

Today’s Love is for Stud Magazine Rewriting Gender Norms

by Jamilah King on January 12 2011, 6:30PM

Showing love for the world’s gender non-conforming females.

Topics: Celebrate Love

New State Officials Come Out Swinging on Immigration Policy

New State Officials Come Out Swinging on Immigration Policy

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 4:20PM

Felipe Matos is just one activist dealing with the immigration debate’s shift toward states.

Topics: Immigration

How SB 1070 Could Have Gotten Rep. Giffords' Hero in Trouble

How SB 1070 Could Have Gotten Rep. Giffords’ Hero in Trouble

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 2:05PM

Under the original provisions of SB 1070, Daniel Hernandez could have had to prove his immigration status.

Topics: Immigration

Arizona's History of Hate: A Timeline Interactive

Arizona’s History of Hate: A Timeline

by Jamilah King on January 11 2011, 11:37AM

Activists at Alto Arizona map out over two decades of political violence in the state.

Topics: History, Immigration, Joe Arpaio

Today's Love is for Daniel Hernandez's Quick Thinking

Today’s Love is for Daniel Hernandez’s Quick Thinking

by Jamilah King on January 10 2011, 6:17PM

The heroic young activist helped save Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Is Jared Lee Loughner Tied to Hate Groups?

Is Jared Lee Loughner Tied to Hate Groups?

by Jamilah King on January 10 2011, 11:38AM

The short answer is: maybe. But that’s just one part of the story.

Topics: National Security

GOP Attack on Health Care Reform Is a Fight Against Racial Justice

GOP Attack on Health Care Reform Is a Fight Against Racial Justice

by Jamilah King on January 7 2011, 4:35PM

Republicans are attacking a bill that could take us one step closer to health equity.

Topics: Health, Politics

Singer Marsha Ambrosius' New Video Celebrates Queer Love

Singer Marsha Ambrosius’ New Video Celebrates Queer Love

by Jamilah King on January 6 2011, 6:26PM

The British songstress takes a bold stand against homophobia in the black community.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Allen West Becomes First Republican to Join Black Caucus Since 1996

Allen West Becomes First Republican to Join Black Caucus Since 1996

by Jamilah King on January 6 2011, 3:30PM

And he still doesn’t think hiring a chief of staff who advocated hanging undocumented immigrants was all that bad.

Topics: Politics

San Francisco Cops Caught on Tape Shooting Man in Wheelchair

San Francisco Cops Caught on Tape Shooting Man in Wheelchair

by Jamilah King on January 6 2011, 11:21AM

After two police shootings in as many weeks, department brass hope Tasers can salvage city morale.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Allen West and Tim Scott Don't Bring GOP Closer to Black Caucus

Allen West and Tim Scott Don’t Bring GOP Closer to Black Caucus

by Jamilah King on January 5 2011, 12:48PM

As black Republicans, both lawmakers force both parties to ask new questions.

Topics: Politics

In South Carolina,

In South Carolina, “Coon Hunting” Is Real

by Jamilah King on January 4 2011, 12:45PM

And soon, residents may have the license plates to prove it.

Topics: Politics