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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STUDY: Police Killings of Unarmed Black People Traumatize Black Communities

Co-author Atheendar S. Venkataramani: “It’s really about all the kinds of insidious ways that structural racism can make people sick.”

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Trump on Stopping Border Separations: 'I'll Be Signing Something In a Little While'

President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to sign an executive action that reverses his own directive to separate immigrant children from their families.

Brown protesters—including several children—hold signs and banners, including one that says "Families belong together."

The Trauma of Separating Children From Their Parents

“The harm our government is now causing will take a lifetime to undo.”

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Separate, Unequal: 700+ Public Charter Schools Are Whiter Than Their Districts

From priority attendance zones to expensive uniforms to no-busing policies, a new report says that many charter schools are creating highly segregated, richly resourced schools.

Domee Shi. Asian woman in tan shirt with black tank top and long, black bob hair smiles at camera, while sitting in front of a white backdrop that says "Bao" and features drawings of an animated dumpling

'Bao' is Brainchild of Domee Shi, First Woman to Direct A Pixar Short

The much discussed animated film short screens immediately before “Incredibles 2.”

Jeff Sessions. White man with white hair, wire-rimmed glasses and suit smirks at the camera

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions Cites Bible to Justify Cruel Border Policy

Professor John Fea: “I mean, this is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made.”

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Read James Blake's Response to Punishment of NYPD Cop Who Assaulted Him

“It is this continued failure of the NYPD’s disciplinary system that perpetuates police abuses, brutality and misconduct, and leads to the unjust killings of civilians.”

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How You Can Make the Most of the 2018 Midterm Elections

From registering to voting to advocating for the rights of others, these tools have you covered.

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Podcast Series Details Life and Death of Black Teen Killed by Baltimore Police

“The Daily” tells the story of Lavar “Nook” Montray Douglas—and the family that mourns him—in five-parts.

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Linda Sarsour: 'I'm Every Islamophobe's Worst Nightmare'

The Muslim Palestinian-American organizer talks to Quartz about what inspires her and what she hopes to give the next generation.

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NFL Banishes Protesting Players to the Locker Room During Anthem

Commissioner Roger Goodell: “This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.”

Stacey Abrams. Smiling Black woman in blue top stands at podium

WATCH: Stacey Abrams Accepts Party's Nomination for Georgia Governor

“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s future, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired,” said Abrams, the Democratic candidate who is on track to become the nation’s first Black female governor.

Donald Trump. White man sits at a table.

White House Doubles Down on Trump's 'Animal' Remarks

“Too many innocent Americans have fallen victim to the unthinkable violence of MS-13’s animals.”

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STUDY: Black Unemployment Rate is Double White Rate in 14 States, D.C.

A new study from the Economic Policy Institute makes it clear that while unemployment rates may be trending downward, they are still indicative of a wide gulf between the unemployment rates for Black and White workers.

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Do YOU Know When 'Insecure' is Coming Back?

Series creator and star Issa Rae answers the question fans ask her most often.

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WATCH: The Trailer for 'Whitney' Will Make You Feel All The Things

The feature-length documentary illuminates the woman behind the amazing voice. It also includes a startling allegation of sexual abuse.

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READ: Writer Hanif Abdurraqib On His Enduring Connection to Ramadan

Abdurraqib for BuzzFeed News: “I do this in the name of a faith that I am uncertain of, and haven’t always felt at home in, and that makes the act both more complicated and more fulfilling.”

People outside, standing in grass, holding white, black and red sign that reads, "Somebody's hurting our people, we won't be silent anymore."

Poor People's Campaign Launches With March on Capitol Hill

The campaign’s list of demands directly address the issues of systemic racism and economic inequality.

Ben Carson. Black man in black suit and red tie sits with microphone.

Civil Rights Groups Sue Ben Carson, HUD for Suspending Anti-Discrimination Fair Housing Rule

“With the rule suspended, our tax dollars will continue to be used, in effect, to underwrite continuing segregation, lack of housing choice, and unequal opportunity throughout our country.”

National Black Mama's Bail Out Seeks to Reunite Families for Mother's Day

“We are committed to building a community-based movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.”