Kai Wright

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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]

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.

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

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

The Ugly Idea That Killed Eric Garner

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

The Obama Years, in Two Budget Charts

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

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.

Obamacare's Racial Justice Wins, by the Numbers

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

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS]

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

How News Media Fuels the Myth of Black Crime

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

NYPD Accused of Coverup in Death of Japanese Student

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

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.

Out of Prison, but Not Free [Video]

Men leaving Louisiana’s infamous Angola penitentiary describe the emotional and psychological hurdles they face after years of incarceration.

'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.

Why Young, Black Men Can't Work

It’s not just criminal records. The job market for recent high school graduates is shaped profoundly by race and gender.

Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men

A monthly series exploring the ways in which injustice impacts every stage of black male life.

Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men

A monthly series exploring the ways in which injustice impacts every stage of black male life.

The Known Unknowns of Obamacare's Racial Justice Impact

There are at least three crucial, unanswered questions as the first enrollment period ends.

What We've Learned From Obamacare

The grand experiment of making a market-driven system accessible to the working poor is off to a bad start.

Help Colorlines Stay on the Beat in 2014!

We’ve got huge plans for 2014–and they ain’t cheap. Will you help our reporters and writers make racial justice big news?

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.