K.A. Dilday

K.A. Dilday

K.A. Dilday is a senior editor at CityLab. She has lived and worked as a journalist in the United States, North Africa, and Europe, and held staff positions at media organizations including The New York Times and Essence Magazine.

photo: Children in Halloween costumes in Sierra Madre, California.

America Has a Halloween Costume Equity Gap

Not all parents can—or want to—invest time and resources into ever-more-elaborate observances of this holiday. Should it matter?

Black men in orange jumpsuits playing chess.

Formerly Incarcerated Blacks May Have an Edge in Oakland’s Job Market

A new study looks at how race, a criminal record, and an employer’s proximity to recent violent events affect a person’s job prospects—with surprising results.

Felipe Rose.

A Gay Icon Remembers Life in the Village, and in the Village People

Fifty years after Stonewall, Felipe Rose—“The Indian” from the Village People—remembers New York City’s Greenwich Village as the gay rights movement took hold.

kids in a a pool, 1938

Gender-Segregated Swim Hours Create Hot Water in Some City Pools

A long legacy of separate swim times for women and men persists in pool rules across several major U.S. cities—despite some recent challenges.

Graffiti in a neighborhood of central Los Angeles.

How Does Toxic Stress Affect Low-Income and Black Children?

Traumatic childhood experiences can harm children’s ability to learn reading, writing, and math, according to a new report.

Demonstrators outside of the U.S. Capitol during a Poor People's Campaign rally.

Progressive Populism Roared Back In 2018

Populism was reclaimed by American progressives, as citizen-initiated ballot measures and a Poor People’s Campaign took aim at poverty and voter suppression.

A map of states with laws that make voting more difficult.

Voting Rights Aren’t Just a Black Issue: They Affect Poor People of All Races

The Poor People's Campaign is building a multi-ethnic national force to “save the democracy,” and end the cross-racial poverty it sees as born of racialized voter suppression.

The Fight to Integrate New York City’s Specialized Schools Is Misguided

It affirms a supremacist mentality. I thought we were done propping that up.