Kenrya Rankin

Deputy Editor
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Kenrya Rankin is the deputy 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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Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Atlanta Falcons on December 18, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. He announced his December donations for his $1 million pledge Friday, January 6.

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They do not care about the lives of Black people.

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Ijeoma Oluo, pushing up her glasses using her middle finger

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Empty swings

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Black woman speaks into microphone

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“We pray with you today because we have greatly sinned and because we are profoundly sorry.”

Handcuffs carved out of jade

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Gurney and electric chair

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Broken computer

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Black man looks at camera, hands up

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Kinsey, a Black man, was lying in the street with his arms in the air when he was shot.

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Red, white and blue handmade sign says, "Vote."

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The legislators who created SB 14 wanted to keep Black and Latinx voters away from the polls.

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An elderly Vietnamese-American man was forcibly removed from a plane to make space for United Airlines employees.

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Sign reads "Employment Services"

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It’s still nearly double the national rate.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, President Donald Trump, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

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Kamala Harris talking

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Black man looks at camera, hands up

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