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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Valerie Castile and familiy. Black family at a microphone stand.

Philando Castile's Family Settles With City of St. Anthony for Nearly $3 Million

From a statement issued by the family and the Minnesota city: “No amount of money could ever replace Philando.”

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SCOTUS Approves Trump's 'Muslim Ban'

The highest court in the land makes an exception for people with “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Ray Tensing. White man in black and white striped jail outfit, flanked by police officers.

Judge Declares Second Mistrial in Trial for Police Killing of Samuel DuBose

Now prosecutors have to decide if they will try former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing again for killing the unarmed Black man.

Senate Health Care Plan Panned by Critics

From former President Barack Obama to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the people are not pleased with the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

People in a room at the White House

CBC Response to Trump Administration's Meeting Invite: Nah

The Congressional Black Caucus says Trump’s policies will “devastate Black communities.”

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Former Milwaukee Cop Acquitted for Killing Sylville Smith

Dominique Heaggan-Brown was fired for still-pending sexual assault charges.

Protestors hold sheet with Philando Castile's face on it, "Long live the king."

Police Release Dashcam Video of Philando Castile Shooting

The footage comes days after former St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted for killing Castile.

Red button, says "emergency"

7 Things You Need to Know About The Senate GOP's Health Care Bill

Republican Senators are being extremely secretive about a law that will impact millions. Here’s what we do know.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Memorial Will Honor People Killed at Mother Emanuel AME

“This memorial on the grounds of the church will help keep the memory of the Emanuel 9 alive and honor the resilience of the families, survivors and church members.”

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SCOTUS Rules That Government Can't Censor Offensive Trademarks

Even if they disparage an ethnicity or race.

Mahershala Ali. Black man on a boat.

Our Feelings About Mahershala Ali's GQ Cover Summed Up in One Tweet

Shine bright like a diamond.

Signs and candles mark a vigil

Seattle Police Kill Pregnant Mother Charleena Lyles

The 30-year-old Black woman struggled with mental illness. Say her name.

A cardboard sign with a raised fist reads "Justice for Philando."

Jury: Jeronimo Yanez, the Former Cop Who Fatally Shot Philando Castile, is Not Guilty of Manslaughter

Jeronimo Yanez, the former St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer who fatally shot Castile in front of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter during a July 2016 traffic stop was also acquitted of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

Text reads: "40 acres. 40 cities. 1 day."

The Movement For Black Lives to Reclaim Black Spaces This Juneteenth

“From vacant lots to empty school buildings, Black people across the country will take back land that should be used for the good of the people.”

Advocates File Lawsuit to Force Court Monitoring of Chicago Police Department Reform

“This is the community stepping up when the government refuses to act and when it has long been clear that the city is incapable of acting on its own.”

Little Black girl, words: "National Bail Out."

#EndMoneyBail Movement Continues With Three June National Days of Action

Two dozen advocacy groups hope to bail out people who are stuck in jail awaiting trials.

Black woman and man hold hands in church.

Read the Resolution on White Supremacy That Caused Drama at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

“We reject the retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases and racial bigotries of the so-called ‘alt-right’ that seek to subvert our government, destabilize society and infect our political system.”

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3 Things to Watch on C-Span

No, really. Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sean Spicer just might be full of...information.

Another Appeals Court Rules 'Muslim Ban' Discriminatory

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: “Immigration, even for the president, is not a one-person show.”

Puerto Ricans Vote Overwhelmingly for Statehood

But some local critics say it would be “devastating” for residents.