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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.

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

Utah Gov: State Database Was Breached

Utah Gov: State Database Was Breached

by Jamilah King on July 15 2010, 7:28PM

Governor says a state database in the Department of Workforce Services was breached to create a list of 1,300 Latinos accused of being undocumented.

Topics: Utah Immigrant Hit List

Utah Immigrant Hit List Stirs Government Distrust

Utah Immigrant Hit List Stirs Government Distrust

by Jamilah King on July 15 2010, 11:46AM

Community leaders cite rising anxieties after names and personal info are released in a list many believe to be generated by someone inside state government.

Topics: Utah Immigrant Hit List

Broadband Regulation Lingers in Congress

Broadband Regulation Lingers in Congress

by Jamilah King on July 14 2010, 5:13PM

The long, wonky debate has real relevance for how low-income Web users get online.

Topics: Technology

Meg Whitman's Latino-Voter Tap Dance

Meg Whitman’s Latino-Voter Tap Dance

by Jamilah King on July 14 2010, 3:54PM

She was against California’s Latinos before she was for ‘em.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Utah Group Sends 1,300 Latino Names, Personal Info to Press

Utah Group Sends 1,300 Latino Names, Personal Info to Press

by Jamilah King on July 14 2010, 1:15PM

Update @ 3:00p ET: Scroll down to read the full text of the two letters sent to media, elected officials and law enforcement. The original letter’s signers, identified only as “Concerned Citizens of the United States,” vow to continue tracking…

Topics: Utah Immigrant Hit List

30 Protests in 30 Days for Arizona Activists

30 Protests in 30 Days for Arizona Activists

by Jamilah King on July 12 2010, 9:45AM

A month of daily opposition in the run up to the start of SB 1070 enforcement on July 29.

Topics: Immigration

A New Low for Coverage of Women in Sports

A New Low for Coverage of Women in Sports

by Jamilah King on July 10 2010, 11:36AM

News coverage of women’s sports has all but disappeared, a new study finds.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media

Blacks and Latinos Phoning Across the Digital Divide

Blacks and Latinos Phoning Across the Digital Divide

by Jamilah King on July 9 2010, 6:44PM

As web regulation heats up, study shows mobile users are growing, but the broadband gap remains.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

Mehserle's Letter of Regret for Killing Oscar Grant

Mehserle’s Letter of Regret for Killing Oscar Grant

by Jamilah King on July 9 2010, 5:38PM

Read Johannes Mehserle’s hand-written letter to the family.

Topics: Oscar Grant Trial

“The Wrong People Are in Control”

by Jamilah King on July 9 2010, 1:58AM

By now, you’ve seen the headlines recounting last night’s reaction to the involuntary manslaughter verdict in the Johannes Mehserle murder trial. The San Francisco Chronicle’s reporting that angry mobs smashed windows and looted from stores. CNN’s reporting that angry crowds…

Topics: Oscar Grant Trial

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Wells Fargo’s “Stage Coach From Hell” Loses Subprime Wheels

by Jamilah King on July 8 2010, 5:35PM

Late last night Wells Fargo announced its plans to cut 3,800 jobs, close 638 of its Wells Fargo financial stores nationwide and officially stop handing out subprime loan packages. The move is a long time coming for a bank that’s…

Topics: Economy