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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“I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.”

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The proposed policies could help lift 23.3 million people of color out of poverty.

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Officer Barry had a Taser, but opted to use his gun on the 66-year-old woman, who had a known history of mental illness.

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No, it was not satire.

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Go ahead and put on your headphones.

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