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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.

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

Push to Fix Drug Laws Before Congress' Summer Break

Push to Fix Drug Laws Before Congress’ Summer Break

by Jamilah King on July 27 2010, 9:45AM

A compromise bill awaiting House attention would reduce, but not get rid of the crack-powder cocaine disparity.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jim Webb's Anti-Immigrant Rant

Jim Webb’s Anti-Immigrant Rant

by Jamilah King on July 26 2010, 6:50PM

More dumb talk about race. What a month we’re having!

Topics: Politics

Will Harlem Legend Rangel Take One for the Team? Not Likely

Will Harlem Legend Rangel Take One for the Team? Not Likely

by Jamilah King on July 26 2010, 4:28PM

Dem leaders want him to cut a deal before things get really ugly, but some say it’s time to exit stage left.

Topics: Politics

Army Discharges Lt. Dan Choi

Army Discharges Lt. Dan Choi

by Jamilah King on July 23 2010, 6:55PM

He joins more than 13,500 gay Army personnel who’ve been discharged since the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy took effect in 1994.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Utah's Not An Anomaly

Utah’s Not An Anomaly

by Jamilah King on July 23 2010, 3:03PM

At least 70 percent of identity theft starts with employees stealing personal data.

Topics: Immigration, Utah Immigrant Hit List

IMF Cancels Haiti's $268 Million Debt

IMF Cancels Haiti’s $268 Million Debt

by Jamilah King on July 23 2010, 10:41AM

The move may allow the country to start the arduous process of long-term structural readjustment.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

Utah State Employee Identified in Immigration Hit List

Utah State Employee Identified in Immigration Hit List

by Jamilah King on July 22 2010, 4:58PM

There’s finally a name in the case of Utah’s immigration hit list: Teresa Bassett. A person familiar with the case identified Bassett as a computer specialist in the Utah Department of Workforce Services and said she’s responsible for releasing a…

Topics: Immigration, Utah Immigrant Hit List

Reality TV Gig Prompts Detroit Police Chief's Ouster

Reality TV Gig Prompts Detroit Police Chief’s Ouster

by Jamilah King on July 22 2010, 4:23PM

Aiyana Stanley-Jones’s killing prompted some to argue that city cops have grown more violent as they’ve preened for the cameras.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Two State Workers Busted For Utah Immigrant Hit List

Two State Workers Busted For Utah Immigrant Hit List

by Jamilah King on July 16 2010, 4:29PM

Officials say they cracked a state database to cull names and personal information of Latinos they sent to media and ICE.

Topics: Immigration, Utah Immigrant Hit List

We're Not Racist, Say Tea Partiers---While Being Racist

We’re Not Racist, Say Tea Partiers—-While Being Racist

by Jamilah King on July 16 2010, 2:50PM

We didn’t need more confirmation of this but here it is.

Topics: Politics