Kenrya Rankin

Editorial Director
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Kenrya Rankin is the editorial director 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. From news analysis to books to breastfeeding primers, she creates dynamic content that amplifies the lived experiences, advocacy and work of people of color and shifts the narrative around who deserves liberation, justice and dignity in America. She has published several books; her forthcoming project is titled "How We Fight White Supremacy" (Bold Type Books). As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of national publications—including Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Ebony and Redbook—and has been translated into 21 languages. A 20-year veteran in the editorial space, 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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UPDATE: Former Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced to 10 Years for Murdering Botham Jean

The charge could have carried a penalty of up to 99 years in prison.

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8 Twitter Accounts to Follow During the Impeachment Inquiry

From policy experts to a dictionary that always has the right definition at the right time, these accounts will keep you in the know.

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WATCH: Doc Explores How Criminal Justice System Fails People With Mental Illnesses

“Forty hours of mental health training in a police academy that’s seven-and-a-half months long isn’t long enough.”

Black person in dark top holds copy of Ebony high in their left hand. The cover features Barack Obama and reads "In our lifetime."

Foundations Unite to Purchase Ebony and Jet Archives

“This archive is a national treasure and one of tremendous importance to the telling of Black history in America.”

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WATCH: Advancing Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump [VIDEO]

Alabama-based organizer Shante Wolfe-Sisson talks to Colorlines about why it’s important to include Black women, transgender and nonbinary people in conversations about reproductive justice.

Sheila Jackson Lee. Black woman with goddess braid crown in yelow jacket with black and white details sits behind a microphone.

LIVESTREAM: House Hearing on Reparations

The House Committee on the Judiciary hears testimony on the path to restorative justice for Black people in America.

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VIDEO: Dominique Apollon Breaks Down Why It's #MoreThanABandage

Race Forward’s vice president of research talks to Colorlines about why it means so much to finally find a bandage that matches his skin tone.

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WATCH: Teaser Trailer for Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Miniseries

“When They See Us” tells the story of five Black and Latinx teens who were wrongfully convicted of rape.

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Cory Booker Announces Run for President

“I grew up knowing that the only way we can make change is when people come together.”

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Skip TODAY Show, Watch This Interview With Nathan Phillips Instead

While mainstream media rushes to center the MAGA teens who taunted the Omaha elder, watch the Indigenous leader describe what really happened after the Indigenous Peoples March.

Black man in yellow jacket with fist up, holding black and white sign that reads, "Black lives matter." Crowd surrounds him.

Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to 6 Years, 9 Months for Murdering Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago Police Department officer could be back on the street in just over three years.

Black women march in multicolored coats and clothes while holding tan banner with black text reading "WE RISE" and "The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman" and "#MuteRKelly" in front of grey building and sky.

Sony Music Finally Drops R. Kelly

The singer has been accused of sexually assaulting Black girls and women for decades.

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Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Asking About Citizenship on Census

“We must continue to stay vigilant and not let this administration use yet another mechanism to devalue and stifle the voices of people of color.”

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Sex Trafficking Survivor Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency

Brown: “With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people. My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.”

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Colorlines Favorites of 2018: 'Steven Universe,' Future Vision and the Value of Freedom Dreaming

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, deputy editor Kenrya Rankin reflects on the power of “Steven Universe.”

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Watch the U.S. Senate Finally Vote to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime

It’s 2018, y’all.

Five incarcerated people in orange jumpsuits are locked in a cell. There is an American flag hanging above the cell.

Civil Rights Orgs Cautiously Optimistic About Senate Vote on FIRST STEP Act

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: “This bipartisan bill offers some important improvements to the current federal system, but it falls short of providing the meaningful change that is required.”

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Civil Rights, Criminal Justice Orgs Call Out AG Nom William Barr's Racism

President Donald Trump will nominate Barr to run the Department of Justice. His track record proves he will be bad for people of color.

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Who Should Replace Kevin Hart as Oscars Host?

The comedian dropped out after people criticized him for homophobic tweets.

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Watch the UN Speech That Got Marc Lamont Hill Fired From CNN

The author, scholar and activist delivered the remarks at the United Nations as part of the annual programming for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.