Jamilah King

Jamilah King
Jamilah King News Editor
New York, NY

Jamilah King is the news editor at, 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 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,, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Alternet, and Racialicious. She's an avid basketball fan and a recovering music junkie.

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Digital Freedoms: ‘A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue’

by Jamilah King on April 7 2010, 12:51PM

Those were the words from ColorofChange, a web-based black advocacy organization, in a newsletter sent out this morning to supporters announcing its appeal to the FCC to maintain an Open Internet. The message came on the heels of yesterday’s controversial…

Topics: Media, Technology

Banks Garnish Wages, Folks of Color Hit Hardest

by Jamilah King on April 2 2010, 3:01PM

The New York Times recently reported more shady swindling on the part of banks and creditors: they’re garnishing wages from delinquent borrowers. “One of the worst economic downturns of modern history has produced a big increase in the number…

Topics: Economy

How to Make Your Census Really Count

by Jamilah King on April 1 2010, 4:15PM

We all know that the census doesn’t exactly take the most nuanced approach when it comes to labeling identities. But given its importance in everything from how many hospitals are built to what communities get which resources, you’ve just got…


Activists Call for HIV/AIDS Relief for Haiti

by Jamilah King on April 1 2010, 12:37PM

While over 100 countries and international aid organizations pledged $10 billion to Haitian reconstruction yesterday, New York City religious and health groups teamed up with Haitian AIDS activists to call attention to what they’re calling the “failure” of AIDS…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

Stay Classy, Right Wingers

by Jamilah King on March 26 2010, 1:20PM

As the violent and racially-charged fallout from last week’s passage health care reform continues, so does the finger-pointing. Over the past week, the mainstream media’s been reporting that mostly Democratic Congressional members have been targeted with bricks, spit, racial…

Topics: Health, National Security

National Council of La Raza Opposes Healthcare Bill As Is

by Jamilah King on March 19 2010, 4:35PM

Update, 3/21/10: Late Friday night NCLR announced that they had officially changed their position and are now supporting the healthcare bill. The group cited “significant improvements.” Yesterday, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) took a bold step by…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Malcolm X Assassin Granted Parole After 40 Years

by Jamilah King on March 19 2010, 3:06PM

Thomas Hagan, the last of three man convicted of shooting and killing Malcolm X during a speech in 1965, was recently granted parole after his 17th try: Mr. Hagan, who turned 69 in jail on Tuesday, was a militant…


What the Broadband Debate Says About Race

by Jamilah King on March 17 2010, 4:42PM

The FCC officially released its long-awaited National Broadband Plan (PDF) today, and so far the 360-page report has gotten a lukewarm reception. “More of a national broadband to-do list,” wrote Nancy Scola on Tapped, referring to the plan’s general lack…


Conservatives: Immigration’s Bad for the Environment

by Jamilah King on March 11 2010, 10:01AM

As the immigration reform debate heats up on Capitol Hill, right wing opponents are uping the ante with sensationalist and factually inaccurate claims. The latest? Immigration increases the country’s ecological footprint. This latest claim came as part of a new…

Topics: Immigration

Anarchists Draw Heat After CA Student Walk-Outs

by Jamilah King on March 5 2010, 2:58PM

The fallout from yesterday’s massive student protests in California continues. After a day of mostly peaceful rallies and demonstrations, the scene took a violent turn in Oakland when a group of about over a hundred protestors marched onto the…

Topics: Schools & Youth

When the Shooter is White

by Jamilah King on March 5 2010, 11:35AM

Another white guy took out his fundamentalist rage in a government building last night. Thirty six year old John Patrick Bedell reportedly walked into the pentagon dressed in a suit and carrying semiautomatic weapons, opened fire, and wounded two…


The Open Internet Debate: Redlining 2.0

by Jamilah King on March 3 2010, 6:59AM

If you’re anything like me, the words “net neutrality” and “open Internet” don’t exactly get the party going on your computer screen at lunch. At a convening of ethnic journalists yesterday in San Francisco, media justice activist Malkia Cyril…


Cop Pleads Guilty in Katrina Shootings

by Jamilah King on February 25 2010, 3:22PM

New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley on Danziger Cover-Up Remember those brutal police shootings of unarmed civilians following Hurricane Katrina? A cop just pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cover-up: Lt. Michael Lohman’s guilty plea on Wednesday signals a huge break…

Topics: Katrina

Report: Young Voters Still Engaged, but Frustrated

by Jamilah King on February 25 2010, 12:55PM

There’s been a lot of talk about a newly released study by the Pew Center this week charting the political and social trends of young folks. According to the study, overall, folks in the 18-29 year old age bracket…


New Reality Show Features Trans Women

by Jamilah King on February 18 2010, 4:43PM

Word on the street is that there’s a new reality show coming to town. The show, Boss Ladies, will feature a cast of five trans women of color based in Atlanta, competing to open their own fashion boutique in…


Pro-Lifers: Black Children Are ‘Endangered Species’

by Jamilah King on February 15 2010, 7:20AM

Georgia Right to Life, an anti-abortion non-profit, has launched a series of billboards in an apparent effort to add Black children to the list of endangered North American mammals, which already includes the Mexican Bobcat, Brown Bear, and West…


The Black Rock: New Film Explores Racism on Alcatraz [VIDEO]

by Jamilah King on February 12 2010, 2:31PM

The San Francisco Chronicle has a great piece up today on San Francisco filmmaker Kevin Epps’s new documenrary The Black Rock, which chronicles the experiences of Black prisoners at Alcatraz in the ’40s and ’50s: The documentary filmmaker walks…


Gentrification: An (Austin) East Side Story

by Jamilah King on February 11 2010, 12:21PM

For outsiders, there are probably two popular characterizations of Austin, TX: the eccentric, liberal college town in the heart of a red state, or more recently, the home of SXSW, the wildly popular music conference held each year in…


Queer New Orleans Hip-Hop Gets Big Apple Shine

by Jamilah King on February 11 2010, 9:38AM

It’s been a busy couple weeks for New Orleans. A new white mayor, a Super Bowl victory, Mardi Gras. And now, thousands of miles away in an art gallery in New York City, the city’s much slept on queer…


NY Gov. Paterson: ‘I’m Black, Blind, and Still Alive’

by Jamilah King on February 10 2010, 8:03AM

Those were the words of embattled Governor David Paterson this morning as he fought back against claims that he’s about to be ousted from office amid corruption, drug, and sex charges. In the soap opera that’s become New York…

Topics: Politics