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Kai Wright

Kai Wright
Kai Wright Editorial Director
New York, NY

Kai Wright is editorial director of Colorlines.com and a reporting fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. His investigative reporting and news analysis appears regularly in The Nation, The Root and The American Prospect, among other publications, and he is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and in other broadcast media. His work explores the politics of sex, race and health. He has closely covered the foreclosure crisis and the ensuing economic collapse.

Kai is author, most recently, of Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York. He is also the author of two books of African-American history: The African American Experience: Black History and Culture Through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories, and Soldiers of Freedom: An Illustrated History of African Americans in the Armed Forces, which explores America's struggle with race as it has been dramatized by the need to staff a viable military.

You can follow Kai on Twitter at @kai_wright, or look for him in his Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn neighborhood. Check out Kai's media appearances here. For more information, check out KaiWright.com.

Spike Lee on Katrina Anniversary and the Oil Spill

Spike Lee on Katrina Anniversary and the Oil Spill

by Kai Wright on August 23 2010, 10:54AM

The filmmaker talks to the Root about his new HBO documentary.

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McConnell on Obama's Christianity:

McConnell on Obama’s Christianity: “I Take Him at His Word”

by Kai Wright on August 23 2010, 10:07AM

GOP leadership continues to show just how irresponsible it’s willing to be.

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Is Antoine Dodson a Legit Hero or Not?

Is Antoine Dodson a Legit Hero or Not?

by Kai Wright on August 20 2010, 3:46PM

ColorLines contributor Juell Stewart chimes in with a yes vote. Yours?

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Rinku Sen on Fox News: Mosque Mania's Really About National Identity

Rinku Sen on Fox News: Mosque Mania’s Really About National Identity

by Kai Wright on August 20 2010, 11:53AM

Colorlines’ publisher spars with the Fox News folks on the Cordoba House.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Kai Wright, Mosque Mania

Al Franken Shows Dems How to Stand Up for Values

Al Franken Shows Dems How to Stand Up for Values

by Kai Wright on August 19 2010, 5:30PM

Calls Cordoba House backlash “disgraceful” and a GOP “wedge issue.”

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Less Than Half of Black Male Students Are Graduating

Less Than Half of Black Male Students Are Graduating

by Kai Wright on August 19 2010, 4:47PM

Schott Foundation breaks down data state by state and points to solutions.

Topics: Kai Wright, Schools & Youth

For the Record: Obama is Christian

For the Record: Obama is Christian

by Kai Wright on August 19 2010, 1:20PM

Since the majority of people who think he’s not learned it from media.

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It's More Than Obama: 25 Percent Say U.S. Muslims Not

It’s More Than Obama: 25 Percent Say U.S. Muslims Not “Patriots”

by Kai Wright on August 19 2010, 12:07PM

The anti-Mulsim attitudes in Time’s new poll should scare us all.

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Mosque Mania's Political Lesson: It's Our Values, Stupid

Mosque Mania’s Political Lesson: It’s Our Values, Stupid

by Kai Wright on August 18 2010, 4:01PM

The GOP’s demagoguery will continue to dominate as long as Democrats avoid articulating progressive values.

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Keeping the News Human With Our Dispatches Feature

Keeping the News Human With Our Dispatches Feature

by Kai Wright on August 17 2010, 2:19PM

We’re trying to reinsert people and places into the news cycle we’re engaging.

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GRITtv on Atlanta's Public Housing Crisis

GRITtv on Atlanta’s Public Housing Crisis

by Kai Wright on August 17 2010, 12:03PM

Tens of thousands showed up for 62 openings on the housing waiting list.

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Cali's Gay Couples Must Continue Waiting to Wed

Cali’s Gay Couples Must Continue Waiting to Wed

by Kai Wright on August 17 2010, 10:28AM

But panel asks why Prop 8 proponents have the right to appeal in the first place.

Topics: Kai Wright, Prop 8

Andrew Says the FCC Should Skip the

Andrew Says the FCC Should Skip the “Scramble” and Just Act

by Kai Wright on August 16 2010, 9:45AM

How the net neutrality holdup is more of a political barrier than a policy one.

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Another Way Neighborhoods Are Creating Real Food Options

Another Way Neighborhoods Are Creating Real Food Options

by Kai Wright on August 15 2010, 11:50AM

Commenter Gordo chimes in with a smart idea from Minneapolis: Mini-markets

Topics: Health, Kai Wright

ColorLines' Daisy Hernandez Takes the (Cyber)World by Storm

ColorLines’ Daisy Hernandez Takes the (Cyber)World by Storm

by Kai Wright on August 13 2010, 1:30PM

We bid a fond farewell to a ColorLines legend.

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Calif. Gay Couples Must Wait Six More Days

Calif. Gay Couples Must Wait Six More Days

by Kai Wright on August 12 2010, 5:10PM

Judge lifts the stay on his ruling, but gives Prop 8ers time to petition Ninth Circuit.

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Is GOP Nodding to Birthers With Birthright Citizenship?

Is GOP Nodding to Birthers With Birthright Citizenship?

by Kai Wright on August 12 2010, 1:20PM

ColorLines commenters add politics, economics to Victor Goode’s constitutional analysis.

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The White House's Leftwing Punching Bag

The White House’s Leftwing Punching Bag

by Kai Wright on August 10 2010, 5:00PM

Gibbs’ attack was cynical, arrogant or both.

Topics: 2010 Elections, Politics

In Defense of Identity Politics

In Defense of Identity Politics

by Kai Wright on August 10 2010, 2:04PM

Ann Friedman’s full throated rejoinder to the common-good meme.

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14th Amendment Chatter's Too Much for Even Bush-Era GOP

14th Amendment Chatter’s Too Much for Even Bush-Era GOP

by Kai Wright on August 10 2010, 9:46AM

What’s that tell us about today’s “conservative” leaders?

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