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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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
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.
by Jamilah King on July 9 2010, 5:38PM
Read Johannes Mehserle’s hand-written letter to the family.
Topics: Oscar Grant Trial
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
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…
by Jamilah King on July 6 2010, 2:32PM
“Less talk, more action.” That can pretty much sum up reactions on all sides to President Obama’s speech last week on immigration reform. But as the Department of Justice gears up for its lawsuit against Arizona for the state’s imposition…
by Jamilah King on July 2 2010, 6:44PM
As the city of Oakland, and the country at large, sits on pins and needles waiting for a verdict in the murder trial of former police officer Johannes Mehserle, shop owners are holding their breath. Cops are ready to fight….
by Jamilah King on July 1 2010, 2:59PM
Newly released data from the Department of Labor shows that the country’s jobless claims are on the rise. Over the past two weeks, initial claims increased to over 470,000. The jump in claims isn’t exactly news to most analysts, who…
by Jamilah King on June 30 2010, 6:24PM
Rick Santelli’s once again raging on CNBC. Maybe the 1.2 million longterm unemployed that Congress is kicking off of jobless insurance should do the same.
by Jamilah King on June 30 2010, 3:39PM
In what drug policy reform advocates are calling a “landmark moment”, the California NAACP announced its support yesterday for Proposition 19, a controversial ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in the state. The group stood with leaders from the California…
Topics: Criminal Justice
by Jamilah King on June 18 2010, 3:45PM
Chances are if you caught last night’s Game 7 of the NBA finals, you also saw a couple of very questionable commercials. The game that had the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics was the highest rated NBA finals…
by Jamilah King on June 18 2010, 3:16PM
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer seem to be in a war of words this week after Clinton threatened to sue over SB 1070. In an interview with an Ecuadorean television station earlier this month, Clinton…