Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist, editorial consultant, speaker and on-air talent.
Her insight has been tapped by leading outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and ThinkProgress. From books to news analysis 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.
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Kenrya learned early how White supremacy and its attendant -isms impact the lives of those pushed to the margins, including people of color, women and femmes, folks living with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
She is most drawn to work that centers POC and doesn’t require begging for their humanity, which was the driving force during her tenure as senior editorial director at Colorlines.
As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of national publications—including Fast Company, Ebony and Glamour — and has been translated into 21 languages.
She writes about everything from literature to technology, but her heart lies with racial justice, identity and parenting. So it’s fitting that she is the founder and editorial director of parenting blog BlackAndGreenMama.com and is a birth and postpartum doula.
Kenrya’s advocacy and projects have been covered by several outlets, including Essence, Good Morning Washington, The Tavis Smiley Show, Ebony, The Root, Clutch, Red Tricycle, NewsOne Now and BET.com.
She has provided speeches and lectures, run workshops, and sat on and moderated panels for several organizations at venues including Howard University, American University, Barnard College, George Washington University and the National Press Club.
A 20-year veteran in the editorial space, she has run a successful consultancy—Luminous Prose—for a decade. She is also principal at Perfectly Said Studio, senior advisor at Megaphone Strategies, editor and producer at Gyrate Media, and editor at Bella Books. Kenrya previously served on staff at Reader’s Digest, Latina and Uptown Magazine, and as a contributing editor at ShopSmart.
She has published five books, including How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance and Anti-Racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas. Her next project, to be published by Bold Type Books, explores the role of racism in Black women’s health.
Kenrya earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Howard University and her master’s degree in publishing from New York University. She currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her brilliant artist daughter.
SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE
July 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us | Ms. Magazine | July 2020
Sasquatch Books Launches New YA Imprint with “Anti-Racism” Title | Publishers Weekly | June 2020
Episode 11: Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin | The Current | June 2020
Books about Race, Power and the Black Experience, Chosen by Four Black Boston Authors | Boston Magazine | June 2020
A Message for This Moment on How We Fight White Supremacy | My American Melting Pot | June 2020
Episode 05: Kenrya Rankin, Fighting White Supremacy, and Black Romance Literature | Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast | March 2020
TueNight 10: Kenrya Rankin | TueNight | December 2019
Akiba and Kenrya—How We Fight White Supremacy | Touré Show | August 2019
19 Books About White Supremacy and How to Combat It | Bustle | August 2019
03: Resisting White Supremacy Right Where You Are (Kenrya Rankin) | Conscious + Aligned | August 2019
52: Shifting Mindsets: Entrepreneurial Education and the Battle Against White Supremacy w/ Kenrya Rankin | Human Restoration Project | July 2019
15 Summer Reads By Black Authors | Black Enterprise | July 2019
The Short Stacks 15: Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin//How We Fight White Supremacy | The Stacks | June 2019
How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance | More Talk Radio | July 2019
How We Fight White Supremacy | C-Span’s Book TV | April 2019
Redefining Black Protest | KERA/NPR’s Think | April 2019
Fighting White Supremacy With a Celebration of Blackness | WNYC | April 2019
How do YOU fight white supremacy? | Colorlines | April 2019
10 Books by Writers of Color That Embrace Self-Love, Resilience and Authenticity | Colorlines | April 2019
How We Fight White Supremacy Honors the Many Ways Black Folks Resist | Black Youth Project | March 2019
How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance | Publishers Weekly | March 2019
A Word: How We Fight White Supremacy Reminds Us That ‘We’ Have the Power | The Root | March 2019
EXCERPT: Kenrya Rankin and Akiba Solomon Tackle White Supremacy in New Book | Colorlines | March 2019
March 2019 Reads for the Rest of Us | Ms. Magazine | March 2019
On the Promise of Black Resistance, All Day, Every Day | This is Hell! | March 2019
How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance | Library Journal | March 2019
How We Fight White Supremacy | Kirkus Reviews | January 2019
Book Deals: Week of November 6, 2017 | Publishers Weekly | November 2017
Pre-2017 Media Coverage: Access past press clips and appearances here.