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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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.

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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.

Stage with brown wood laminate podium, red, white and blue sign on it reads "Cindy Hyde-Smith for United States Senate." Three American flags on poles behind it.

Mississippi Sends Cindy Hyde-Smith Back to Senate

She did little to conceal her racism while running against her Black opponent, former Representative Mike Espy.

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Feds Use Tear Gas On Migrants, Activists Push Back

Thousands of migrants have been traveling on foot for weeks to seek refuge from violence and poverty in their homelands.

Eric Garner's Mother Responds as Officer Who Killed Her Son Finally Faces Disciplinary Hearing

“If this disciplinary hearing does not lead to a trial and Pantaleo losing his job, it will be a sham and a miscarriage of justice, plain and simple.”

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What You Need to Know About the Voter ID Law SCOTUS Refused to End

Native Americans say the North Dakota law was designed to keep them from the polls and violates the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Constitution and the state Constitution. The Supreme Court just declined to get involved.

A demonstrator holds up a red, black and white poster that reads "Nope."

Senate Votes to Place Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court

Activists disrupted the proceedings as Vice President Mike Pence called for the vote.

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Jury Finds Jason Van Dyke Guilty of Murdering Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago Police Department officer shot the Black teenager 16 times as he was retreating.

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How You Can Support Black Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other women in the United States.

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Advocacy Groups Vow to Continue Fight as Brett Kavanaugh Advances

Republicans in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary ignored sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh to push their party’s nominee a step closer to the Supreme Court. Now the nation’s fate lies in the hands of the full Senate.