03: Resisting White Supremacy Right Where You Are (Kenrya Rankin)

I've known Kenrya for over 10 years and we have worked on various projects together. When she said yes to chatting with me, despite having just written another book, I was over the moon. She is insightful, grounding, direct, kind and loving.

Kenrya Rankin 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. She is currently the editorial director of Colorlines and co-host of The Turn On podcast. Kenrya is the author of four books; the latest is How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance co-authored with Akiba Solomon. She previously worked at Reader's DigestLatinaUptown Magazine and ShopSmart magazines. As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of national publications, including Fast CompanyEbony 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, having Beyoncé dance parties with her brilliant 8-year-old daughter, and talking shit both indoors and out.

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