Kenrya Rankin

Senior Editorial Director
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Kenrya Rankin is senior editorial director at Colorlines. She is an award-winning author, journalist and editorial consultant whose insight has been tapped by leading outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and ThinkProgress. 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. A 20-year veteran in the editorial space, she is also Principal at Perfectly Said Studio and Co-host of The Turn On podcast and the author of four books; the latest is “How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance.” As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of national publications, including Reader’s Digest, Ebony, Fast Company and Redbook, and has been translated into 21 languages. Kenrya earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Howard University, and her master’s degree in publishing from New York University. When she’s not working, she enjoys baking and having Beyoncé dance parties with her brilliant 8-year-old daughter.

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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.

Black and gold marker on ground reads "Mex" and "USA."

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.

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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.

Red, white and black sign reads "Kava Nope" and "I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford." Black and white sign reads "Believe Survivors." Signs pasted to gray electrical box.

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.

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Watch as Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford Testify Before Senate

Three women have now come forward with allegations against President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

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Time's Up on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Christine Blasey Ford says the Trump nominee sexually assaulted her. The Time’s Up movement says the judge should not be appointed to the highest court in the land.

Watch as Jason Van Dyke Stands Trial for Killing Laquan McDonald

The White officer faces six counts of first-degree murder for shooting the retreating Black teen 16 times.

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Join #Time4BlackTransWomen For a Moment of Remembrance

Of the 20 known transgender women killed in the United States in 2018 so far, 14 of them were Black.

Harriet Tubman, Cynthia Erivo. Two Black women. One in black in white, wearing a dark-colored dress with a white collar. The other in color wearing a gauzy peach shirt over a multicolored dress

Cynthia Erivo to Play Harriet Tubman in New Biopic

Kasi Lemmons will direct the film, which follows the life and work of the legendary abolitionist.

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People Of Color Are Still Being Locked Out of the Democratic Process

A new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reinforces what many already know: the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act made it easier for states to discriminate at the voting booth.

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Cory Booker Risks It All During Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Nom Hearing

The New Jersey senator released confidential files, saying his act of “civil disobedience” is necessary so that Americans can know Kavanaugh’s views on race and what is at stake during the hearing.

Ayanna Pressley. Black woman in green dress stands behind wooden podium with sign that says, "Ayanna Pressley Democrat for Congress."

Ayanna Pressley Earns Stunning Victory in Race to Rep Massachusetts

She will be the first woman of color to serve for her state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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WATCH: Brett Kavanaugh's Live Senate Hearing

NAACP President Derrick Johnson: “His views on voting rights, affirmative action, equal employment, fair housing and criminal justice could shut the courthouse door on justice for a generation.”

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READ: Notes From Inside the Prison Strike

Kevin Rashid Johnson writes from solitary confinement about the importance of fighting to reform the criminal justice system.

Trevor Noah, Hasan Minhaj. Two brown men sit in gray suits sit at large black-topped desk. One man points at the other, whose arms are above his head

Get Into Hasan Minhaj's Final 'The Daily Show' Appearance

The Desi comedian is moving on to star in his own show, Netflix’s “Patriot Act.”

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WATCH: Yo-Yo Ma Revisits His Very First Cello Piece for Tiny Desk Concert

The Grammy Award-winning cellist turns to the music of Bach for his “ability to speak to our common humanity at a time when our civic conversation is so often focused on division.”