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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.

Jobless Claims Rise As Congress Goes On Recess

Jobless Claims Rise As Congress Goes On Recess

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…

Topics: Economy

Santelli Rants While Jobless Face Congressional Abyss

Santelli Rants While Jobless Face Congressional Abyss

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.

Topics: Economy

Weed Arrests A 'Civil Rights Issue,' Says NAACP Infographic

Weed Arrests A ‘Civil Rights Issue,’ Says NAACP

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

NBA Finals Highlights Rodents, Education Reform

NBA Finals Highlights Rodents, Education Reform

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…

Topics: Media

Brewer Lambasts Possible Federal Suit Over SB 1070

Brewer Lambasts Possible Federal Suit Over SB 1070

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…

Topics: Immigration

Mint.com Apologizes for Anti-Immigrant Infographic

Mint.com Apologizes for Anti-Immigrant Infographic

by Jamilah King on June 18 2010, 2:19PM

Looks like popular personal finance website Mint.com is second-guessing its newfound political stance against immigration. The company’s been under fire since posting a blatantly anti-immigrant infographic on its website Wednesday called “The Economic Impact of Immigration.” This morning, it removed…

Topics: Immigration

Meg Whitman Debuts Spanish Language Ad

Meg Whitman Debuts Spanish Language Ad

by Jamilah King on June 17 2010, 1:17PM

Meg Whitman wants you to know that she loves brown people. In her first spanish language ad set to run today during the World Cup match between Mexico and France, Whitman’s described as ” the Republican who opposed the Arizona…

Topics: Politics

The Reluctant Allure of Rapper Drake

The Reluctant Allure of Rapper Drake

by Jamilah King on June 17 2010, 12:00PM

Hip-hop’s new golden boy shows how little the music industry’s changed - and how little we want it to.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Seattle Cop Punches Black Teen For Jaywalking

Seattle Cop Punches Black Teen For Jaywalking

by Jamilah King on June 16 2010, 3:12PM

In the latest episode of shameless police violence, Seattle cop Ian Walsh was seen on tape punching a 19-year-old girl in the face after she and a friend were caught jaywalking on Monday. The National Urban league and Seattle’s local…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Census Confirms Tea Party's Worst Nightmare

Census Confirms Tea Party’s Worst Nightmare

by Jamilah King on June 11 2010, 7:28PM

The latest Census figures show that the country’s white population could become a minority as soon as…next year. No big news, right? We’ve been that hearing for years. But these latest numbers show that massive geographic shifts are taking place…

Topics: Politics

South Carolina Dems May Be GOP Plants, After All

South Carolina Dems May Be GOP Plants, After All

by Jamilah King on June 11 2010, 5:25PM

The political soap opera of South Carolina politics continues to get uglier. On Tuesday a virtually unknown, unemployed army vet named Alvin Greene won the state’s Democratic nod for Senate without bothering to run a campaign or throw up a…

Topics: Politics

Indian Republicans and the Model Minority Myth

Indian Republicans and the Model Minority Myth

by Jamilah King on June 10 2010, 4:23PM

Do Indian American politicians represent a new “third way” in the South’s often murky political landscape? That’s the question that’s on some people’s minds this week after conservative Nikki Haley inched toward the Republican nomination for governor of South Carolina…

Topics: Politics

World Cup Kicks Off, African Coaches Don't Make Cut

World Cup Kicks Off, African Coaches Don’t Make Cut

by Jamilah King on June 10 2010, 1:43PM

Here’s what you won’t see when this year’s World Cup kicks off this weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa: Black coaches leading African national teams. Of the six African national teams to make the tournament — more than ever before —…

Topics: Global Affairs

Whitman’s Spotty Voting Spells Confusion for California

by Jamilah King on June 9 2010, 7:13PM

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is rich. Really rich. And even though California voters haven’t exactly been kind to candidates who use their millions (or, in Whitman’s case, billions) to run for office, the former ebay CEO hasn’t been…

Topics: Politics

Latinos Leave Arizona in Droves

Latinos Leave Arizona in Droves

by Jamilah King on June 9 2010, 2:33PM

If the understated intention of Arizona’s new immigration law was to maintain the state’s white majority, it appears to be working.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Will Janelle Monáe Survive Our Obsession?

Will Janelle Monáe Survive Our Obsession?

by Jamilah King on June 7 2010, 12:00PM

The success of her new album puts her a step closer to the scrutiny we reserve for heroes.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Aiyana Jones: Autopsy Released, Police Under Fire

by Jamilah King on June 3 2010, 2:13PM

Less than three weeks after the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones by Detroit police, attorneys for the girl’s family are alleging an attempted cover-up while the department faces increased scrutiny over what residents call its overly aggressive tactics. Geoffrey…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Report: Prosecutors Trained To Keep Juries White

by Jamilah King on June 3 2010, 12:12PM

A new report by the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based civil rights organization, revealed that 135 years after race-based jury selection was barred by federal courts, people of color are still illegally kept from serving on them. The report examined…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Groups Push FCC to Regulate Hate Speech

by Jamilah King on June 2 2010, 10:08AM

A coalition of more than 30 groups requested this week that the FCC monitor hate speech on cable news and talk radio programs, The Hill reported this week. The request comes as the FCC prepares to tackle net neutrality,…

Topics: Technology

Repeal of DADT Passes Could Impact Folks of Color Most

by Jamilah King on May 28 2010, 1:24PM

As expected the House voted yesterday 234-194 to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the news could be a positive first step for many gay and lesbian servicemembers of color who often bare the brunt of the ban. Recent…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality