Kai Wright

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New York, NY

Kai Wright is features editor of The Nation magazine. He was editorial director of Colorlines from 2010 to 2014 and, after that, editor-at-large. His investigative reporting on economic inequity has closely followed by the housing and jobs crises. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and in other broadcast media.

Kai is author, most recently, of "Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York." He is also the author of two books of African-American history: "The African American Experience: Black History and Culture Through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories," and "Soldiers of Freedom: An Illustrated History of African Americans in the Armed Forces," which explores America's struggle with race as it has been dramatized by the need to staff a viable military.

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Staying Alive, as a Black Man [VIDEO]

by Kai Wright on Jan 9, 2015 12:33PM

Two men living with HIV share their personal stories of keeping well in a world in which the average black man dies far younger than the nation overall.

Topics: Health

9 Charts That Force the Question, Does Black Life Matter?

by Kai Wright, Erin Zipper on Jan 7, 2015 07:00am

When measured by the blunt calculus of mortality, being black in the U.S. is a killer.

The Ugly Idea That Killed Eric Garner

by Kai Wright on Dec 4, 2014 7:00AM

Whatever happens to Office Pantaleo, justice will come only when broken windows policing is finally indicted and convicted.

Topics: /NOW, Criminal Justice

The Obama Years, in Two Budget Charts

by Kai Wright on Nov 20, 2014 2:32PM

States have relied largely on the feds to serve their residents and avoid fiscal collapse.

Topics: /NOW, Economy

A Community of Black Dads [VIDEO]

by Kai Wright on Nov 19, 2014 8:47AM

Father Mathis' life story highlights the centuries-long tradition of communal parenting in black families. It's one of many cultural tools that are ignored in the handwringing over a crisis of black fatherhood.

Topics: Society

The Real Poison Pill for Obamacare

by Kai Wright on Nov 17, 2014 8:26AM

Congressional Republicans vow to undo it. The Supreme Court may gut it. But biggest threat to the law's success is more quiet attack that unfolded long before it was even written.

Topics: Health

Obamacare's Racial Justice Wins, by the Numbers

by Kai Wright on Nov 14, 2014 1:43PM

Whatever else is true, the law has already reduced dramatically the number of blacks and Latinos who lack health coverage.

Topics: /NOW, Health

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS]

by Kai Wright Gerard Gaskin on Sep 11, 2014 7:00AM

Mainstream pop culture has spent decades mining the house ballroom scene of black LGBTQ communities for inspiration--without recognition, or pay.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Arts & Culture

How News Media Fuels the Myth of Black Crime

by Kai Wright on Aug 27, 2014 11:45AM

In TV land, all the violent crime suspects are black. Not so much in real life.

Topics: /NOW, Media

NYPD Accused of Coverup in Death of Japanese Student

by Kai Wright on Aug 21, 2014 10:43AM

The student's family has obtained video that contradicts police reports of the night an NYPD cruiser struck and killed the young man.

Topics: /NOW, Criminal Justice