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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Will A Day of Anti-Bias Training Solve Starbucks' Anti-Blackness Problem?

Twitter says: “Nah.”

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READ: How America Criminalizes Impoverished People of Color

The New Republic breaks down how policy and practice punish the least resourced among us.

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Washington Is First State to Adopt Comprehensive Anti-Bias Rule for Jury Selection

“This groundbreaking rule for jury selection will reduce the damage done by racial and ethnic bias to the integrity of our judicial system and to communities of color.”

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Junot Díaz Opens Up About Sexual Abuse, Healing in New Essay

“More than being Dominican, more than being an immigrant, more, even, than being of African descent, my rape defined me.”

Stephon Clark. Young Black man in black, red and gray hooded sweatshirt

LISTEN: 'Deconstructed' Podcast Interview With Stephon Clark's Fiancée

Salena Manni lost Clark to a fatal police shooting in Sacramento.

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Supreme Court Says Officer Was Justified in Excessive Force Case

Justice Sotomayor, in her dissenting opinion: “It tells officers that they can shoot first and think later, and it tells the public that palpably unreason­ able conduct will go unpunished.”

Stephon Clark. Young Black man in black, red and gray hooded sweatshirt

Stephon Clark Update: Autopsy Inconsistent With Officers' Report, Deputy Hits Activist With Patrol Car

Family attorney Benjamin Crump: “This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances.”

John Oliver. White man sits at desk in dark suit with blue tie and red and blue checked shirt. Graphic beside him reads, "Immigration Courts."

WATCH: John Oliver Breaks Down How the U.S. Withholds Justice From Immigrants

One immigation court judge says they are essentially conducting “death penalty court cases in a traffic court setting.”

April Ryan. Black woman in black dress on stage behind a podium, smiles to camera.

That Time April D. Ryan Asked Why Trump Has No Comment on Police Killing Black People

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “That’s something that we feel should be left up to the local authorities.”

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No State Charges for Baton Rouge Cops Who Killed Alton Sterling

The Department of Justice previously declined to press charges against officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake.

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WATCH: Linda Brown on How She Remade the Nation's Education System

Celebrate the life of the civil rights icon at the center of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

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If You Only Watch One Speech From the #MarchForOurLives, Make It This One

Naomi Wadler reminds us all to #SayHerName.

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Twitter Users Clapback at Police, Media Characterization of Austin Bomber

Interim police chief ­Brian Manley called the terrorist a “very challenged young man.”

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Sacramento Officers Shoot Stephon Clark 8 Times in His Backyard

They said they thought he had a gun before they killed him. It was his cell phone. Newly released body camera footage shows what happened.

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Cozy Up With This Lively Podcast on Gerrymandering

No, really, it’s actually interesting.

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Advocacy Groups Push FBI, DHS to Release Full Info on Its Surveillance of Black Activists

“Black communities know all too well how poisonous this kind of surveillance and intimidation is for social justice movements.”

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5 Key Takeaways From That New Report on the Wealth of Black Men

“Black boys fare worse than White boys in 99 percent of America.”

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WATCH: Video Takes Viewers Inside Only Remaining Juvenile Detention Facility in Virginia

Even the director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice wants to close Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center.

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How Does It Feel to Take Refuge From Deportation in a Church?

A new photo essay from The Nation follows an immigrant of undocumented status as she fights to stay with her children.

75 Prosecutors, Judges and Law Enforcement Officers Petition Supreme Court to Dismiss 241-Year Sentence for Teenage Boy

Judge Evelyn Baker, who sentenced Black teenager Bobby Bostic back in 1997: “I deeply regret what I did.”