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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.

Anti-Latino Hate Crime is Spreading, Says Report

Anti-Latino Hate Crime is Spreading, Says Report

by Jamilah King on August 25 2010, 6:35PM

All that political showmanship is literally costing lives.

Topics: Immigration

Before SB 1070, Arizona Sold Prisons to Highest Bidders

Before SB 1070, Arizona Sold Prisons to Highest Bidders

by Jamilah King on August 25 2010, 11:18AM

Before SB 1070, lawmakers had all but turned the state’s prisons over to private companies. Now they’re getting cheated.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Meek and Rubio Move Ahead in Florida; McCain Wins in Arizona

Meek and Rubio Move Ahead in Florida; McCain Wins in Arizona

by Jamilah King on August 25 2010, 9:25AM

Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial races are sure to be bellwethers for the national political mood.

Topics: Politics

Following Florida's Political Winds

Following Florida’s Political Winds

by Jamilah King on August 24 2010, 5:52PM

Big money, high drama and, of course, the Tea Party. Why we’re watching the Sunshine State.

Topics: Politics

Health Care and the

Health Care and the “Model Minority Myth”

by Jamilah King on August 24 2010, 3:12PM

There’s a physical risk in believing the hype.

Topics: Economy, Health

Wanted: Ebonics Translators for DEA

Wanted: Ebonics Translators for DEA

by Jamilah King on August 23 2010, 6:40PM

And the language debate flares up again.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Air Has No Prejudice, But Verizon Does

Air Has No Prejudice, But Verizon Does

by Jamilah King on August 23 2010, 4:12PM

Five lies the company’s using to convince people it’s not fighting net neutrality.

Topics: Net Neutrality, Technology

How the

How the “Boondocks” Fell Off

by Jamilah King on August 23 2010, 11:18AM

When the criticism becomes the problem.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The 90th Anniversary of a Women's Right to Vote Photo

The 90th Anniversary of a Women’s Right to Vote

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on August 21 2010, 11:45AM

The movements for women’s rights and racial justice have a long, intertwined history.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History

Readers Love Cuddling, and Social Security

Readers Love Cuddling, and Social Security

by Jamilah King on August 21 2010, 10:00AM

A round-up of some of this week’s best reader-lead conversations.

Topics: Technology

Al Franken: Net Neutrality is the Free Speech Issue of Our Time

Al Franken: Net Neutrality is the Free Speech Issue of Our Time

by Jamilah King on August 20 2010, 3:11PM

Hundreds gather in the Twin Cities and online to put real faces to the debate over broadband access and regulation.

Topics: Technology

“Bed Intruder” Rant Earns Dodson Family a New Home

by Jamilah King on August 20 2010, 1:27PM

Antoine Dodon’s still cashing in on his newfound fame.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Technology

Wyclef Says His Troubled Haiti Campaign Isn't Done Yet

Wyclef Says His Troubled Haiti Campaign Isn’t Done Yet

by Jamilah King on August 20 2010, 10:09AM

Shady money dealings, and Haitian residency, become the candidate’s biggest roadblocks.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

Black Men Cuddle on Subway, Web Hits Panic Button

Black Men Cuddle on Subway, Web Hits Panic Button

by Jamilah King on August 19 2010, 2:19PM

Happy, healthy queer people just seem like too much to handle.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Palin Defends Dr. Laura:

Palin Defends Dr. Laura: “Don’t Retreat…Reload”

by Jamilah King on August 19 2010, 1:52PM

They’re both still confused.

Topics: Media

GOP Backs Away From Its Bright Young Stars of Color

GOP Backs Away From Its Bright Young Stars of Color

by Jamilah King on August 18 2010, 3:15PM

They’re just not conservative enough.

Topics: 2010 Elections

More Money, More Problems for Jerry Brown, Too

More Money, More Problems for Jerry Brown, Too

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 6:47PM

Controversy erupts over pension records, which could cost taxpayers millions.

Topics: Politics

Mom Sues After State Takes Baby in Hospital Translation Horror

Mom Sues After State Takes Baby in Hospital Translation Horror

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 6:36PM

Hospital officials deemed the mother unfit because she spoke an indigenous language.

Topics: Health, Immigration

Sherrod Shakes Her Fist at Breitbart--and Hugs the NAACP

Sherrod Shakes Her Fist at Breitbart—and Hugs the NAACP

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 4:07PM

She calls Brietbart “some Tea Party agitator,” but says let’s put the NAACP’s flub “behind us.”

Topics: Shirley Sherrod

House Dems Warn Google-Verizon Deal Will Widen Digital Divide

House Dems Warn Google-Verizon Deal Will Widen Digital Divide

by Jamilah King on August 17 2010, 12:59PM

FCC was reportedly “very close” to deal that included wireless protections for users.

Topics: Technology