Kenrya Rankin

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Kenrya Rankin is the news editor for Colorlines. An award-winning author and editorial consultant, her insight has been tapped by leading outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and ThinkProgress. She has published three books, most recently, Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama. As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in more than a dozen national publications, including Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Ebony and Redbook. She writes about everything from race to technology, and her work has been translated into 21 languages. She is also the founder and editorial director of parenting site BlackAndGreenMama.com and is a practicing doula. Kenrya earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Howard University, and her master’s degree in publishing from New York University. She is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, and currently lives in the Washington, DC area with her brilliant daughter.

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#IMarchWithLinda Trends as Conservatives Come for Linda Sarsour

The Muslim activist drew attacks after successfully co-organizing the Women’s March on Washington, but her supporters are not having it.

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[VIDEO] Muslim Women on What Comes Next in Trump's America

“It’s so important to me that I translate my emotions into action.”

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The Inauguration Protests in 11 Tweets

From Black Lives Matter to #NoDAPL, activists are out in full force in Washington, D.C.

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Janelle Monáe, Janet Mock Join Women's March on Washington Lineup

The march is positioned as an act of solidarity for women who value human rights as the nation changes leadership.

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Chicago Cop Indicted For Killing Jose Nieves

Prosecutors charged Lowell Houser with first-degree murder.

U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the White House before boarding Marine One and departing to Louisiana August 23, 2016, in Washington, DC. Obama will survey historic flooding that has damaged more almost 70,000 homes and killed at least 13 people.

President Obama Commutes More Sentences, Twitter Says #FreeEmAll

Will the president use his last days in office to free all political prisoners?

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Activists Deliver 510,000+ Signatures Ahead of Health and Human Services Nominee Hearing

Congressman Tom Price wants to defund Planned Parenthood.

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QUOTABLE: 3 Blistering Excerpts From Michael Eric Dyson's New Book on Race

Dyson does not mince words in “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.”

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NYPD Disciplinary Hearing Begins for Cop Who Killed Ramarley Graham

Officer Richard Haste shot the unarmed teenager in his home in February 2012.

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DOJ: Chicago PD Uses Excessive Force in Communities of Color

The Department of Justice’s investigation was sparked by the death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of former officer Jason Van Dyke.

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U.S. Mint Reveals First Black Lady Liberty Coin

And she is stunning.

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#SaveACA Trends as Senate Republicans Dismantle Affordable Care Act

A late night vote set the stage to gut Obamacare.

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Workers Nationwide to Protest Trump's Labor Secretary Pick

One of Andrew Puzder’s employees: “If Puzder is confirmed as labor secretary, it will mean the Trump years will be about low pay, wage theft, sexual harassment and racial discrimination instead of making lives better for working Americans like me.”

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If You Only Watch One Moment From President Obama's Farewell Speech, Make It This One

“When minority groups voice discontent, they’re not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness. When they wage peaceful protest, they’re not demanding special treatment but the equal treatment that our founders promised.”

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Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death for Charleston Massacre

Reactions to the decision are...complicated: “Killing Dylann Roof won’t do anything to rid our country of White supremacy. It’s in our bones, it’s in our soil, it’s in the White House.”

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Beyoncé Just Interviewed Solange: 3 Must-Read Excerpts From Their Convo

“The biggest reward that I could ever get is seeing women, especially Black women, talk about what this album has done, the solace it has given them.”

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WATCH: Senator Cory Booker to Testify Against Jeff Sessions

It’s the first time a U.S. senator has gone on the record against a colleague during a confirmation hearing.

ICYMI: Army Says Turbans, Hijabs and Dreadlocks OK

After facing challenges from soldiers, the Army just revised its religious accommodation policy.

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The Movement for Black Lives Issues 'Call to Action'

“Some have cautioned us to wait and see, to give the new Administration a chance, but we know that’s a mistake. We won’t sit idly by as people threaten the safety and quality of life of Black people across the country.”

UPDATE: Chicago Youth Charged With Hate Crime for Allegedly Assaulting Teen With Intellectual Disability

Someone shouted, “F*ck Donald Trump” and “F*ck White people” during a live broadcast of the interaction. Prosecutors are considering hate crime charges.