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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Blue background, black fists, text reads: "What did Trump do? The first 100 days, #StayWoke list"

Congressional Black Caucus Encourages Americans to #StayWoke

The body created a list of 100 “troubling” actions carried out by the Trump Administration in its first 100 days.

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Alexander Acosta is Officially the First Latinx Member of Trump's Cabinet

He was just sworn in as the secretary of labor.

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We're Just Gonna Leave This Trump Quote Right Here

As he approaches 100 days in the White House, President Donald Trump has an interesting outlook on his position.

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READ: Inside The NFL's Racial Politics

As football fans look forward to the start of the draft, The Undefeated examines the league’s long history of building rosters based on race.

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WATCH: VICE Video Follows Pastor Who Told Trump He Could Get Chicago Gangs to Put Down Guns

Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott to President Donald Trump in February: “I was contacted by some of the top gang thugs in Chicago for a sit down. They respect you, they believe in what you’re doing.”

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These Lawsuits Explain Exactly Why Employees of Color Are Over Fox News

The class-action suit alleges that: “On at least two occasions, Slater actually kicked Ms. Douglas in the buttocks as she walked down the hall at Fox’s offices.”

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WATCH: Trevor Noah Breaks Down Trump's First 100 Days

President Donald Trump recently said that the 100-day mark is an “artificial barrier” that doesn’t apply to him because his is a “different kind of presidency.” The host of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” isn’t so sure.

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Cornel West to Activists, Immigrants: Let's Dump The Democratic Party

“If a class-conscious multi-racial party attuned to anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-militaristic issues and grounded in ecological commitments can reconfigure our citizenship, maybe our decaying democracy has a chance.”

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New Orleans Removes First of Four Confederate Statues

Mayor Mitch Landrieu: “We can remember these divisive chapters in our history in a museum or other facility where they can be put in context—and that’s where these statues belong.”

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.

SURVEY: Racist White People More Likely to Oppose Athlete Protests

They do not care about the lives of Black people.

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These Folks Tweeting About Bill O'Reilly's Ouster Are All of Us

Maxine Waters: “A day will come when rich men won’t be able to buy their way out of criminal conduct and they will go to jail.”

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The Most Important Thread on Black Women in Media That You'll Read Today

Ijeoma Oluo on her Rachel Dolezal profile: “Maybe next time pubs want a great piece on Black female identity that gets so much traffic it breaks the damn site, they’ll hire Black women.”

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New Study Exposes Barriers That Block Girls of Color From Opportunity

The National Women’s Law Center’s latest report explores how trauma impacts the trajectories of Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx and Native American girls.

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Georgetown University Apologizes For Legacy of Enslavement, Renames Buildings

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

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LIVESTREAM: Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall

Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like will talk to five formerly incarcerated people who are working to improve the reentry experiences of the 70 million people living in the United States with a past criminal conviction.

Jeff Sessions: Stop 'Handcuffing the Police Instead of the Criminals'

The United States attorney general wrote an op-ed for USA Today that lays out his plan for making neighborhoods “safe and peaceful.”

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Death Penalty Abolitionists Rally to Stop Arkansas Executions

Seven people are scheduled to be executed by month’s end.

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STUDY: Machines Are Just as Racist as Humans

But researchers say artificially intelligent machines can be fixed.

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North Miami Cop Who Shot Charles Kinsey Charged With Manslaughter

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

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WATCH: Public Housing Residents Confront Ben Carson in Miami

Everyone is talking about Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson getting stuck in an elevator. But this is the real public housing story of the day.