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.

A Community of Black Dads [VIDEO]

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.

The Real Poison Pill for Obamacare

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.

Eric Holder's Civil Rights Surge

Holder came into office with the explicit mission of restoring the Civil Rights Division. In Ferguson, he seems eager to show his progress.

'I Can't Be Boxed In' [Video]

Colorlines speaks with black men in Philadelphia who are weighing the balance between what they can achieve through hard work and ambition, and what obstacles they can’t hurdle on their own.

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

Employers are increasingly skirting the law with hiring bans on people with criminal records–a trend that has been devastating for black and Latino workers.