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After graduation, King was a high school civics teacher for about a year and then worked in Atlanta's juvenile justice system. King left teaching and worked as a pastor at Total Grace Christian Center in DeKalb County, Georgia. He had been inspired to become a pastor when he was in high school; while King was recovering from injuries after an assault, King was regularly visited by his best friend's father, who was a pastor. He recalled growing up without a father figure and said, "I just found myself so impacted by this man coming to visit me that I wanted to be like him.” In 2008, King founded a church in Atlanta called "Courageous Church". He made use of social media to recruit new members and was known as the "Facebook Pastor". In 2012, King resigned from the Courageous Church, citing personal stress and disillusionment.
King has written extensively about his experiences as a biracial person, and has also written about the Black Lives Matter movement, gaining prominence during the events following the shooting of Michael Brown. King wrote an article analyzing the Brown crime scene, and argued that the evidence suggested that officer Darren Wilson's life was not in danger during the shooting.
King became a contributing blogger for the politically liberal website, the Daily Kos, in September 2014. His contributions to the website have focused on civil rights, violence in Ferguson, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as allegations of police brutality, especially toward the black community. On October 2, 2015, King joined New York Daily News as a senior justice writer, where focused on reporting and commentary on social justice, police brutality and race relations. On December 28, 2016, Cenk Uygur announced that King had been hired as a political commentator for The Young Turks. King left the Daily News in August 2017.
In 2019, King launched the crowdfunded website The North Star, calling it an online revival of the anti-slavery newspaper of the same name, and saying that he had the support of relatives of Frederick Douglass, the original paper's editor. The site has articles, podcast episodes, and videos for a subscription fee, with a focus on social justice issues such as police brutality and mass incarceration. The Daily Beast reported that the site did not deliver all the features that were promised to fundraisers, such as a daily video broadcast and an app. King said he had been overzealous with the project and that he should have listened to advisors who told him that his plans for the site were too ambitious. After leaving The North Star, historian and former editor-in-chief Keisha Blain accused King of being "a liar & a fraud" but said that she was prevented from saying much because of a non-disclosure agreement. Another former employee claimed that employees had to fight for months to receive health care benefits they were promised, while King claimed that all employees received full health care coverage.
- Black Entertainment Television's Humanitarian Hero Award (2018)
- TIME Magazine's The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet (2018)
- Black Entertainment Television's Social Movement Award (2019)