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gender_icon_rev_030612.jpg Gender Reporter and Columnist Akiba Solomon writes about race, gender, the assaults on women's reproductive healthcare and rights, and how women of color and poor women stand to lose the most.

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Eat the Cake, Anna-Mae

Eat the Cake, Anna-Mae

by Akiba Solomon on January 27 2014, 4:21PM

Beyoncé was decidely anti-feminist at The Grammys.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

What Jezebel Gets Wrong About R. Kelly

What Jezebel Gets Wrong About R. Kelly

by Akiba Solomon on December 3 2013, 4:18PM

When an allegedly feminist blog bigs up “Black Panties,” the new album by the alleged pedophile, it makes you wonder what a feminist is.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

About Islan Nettles

About Islan Nettles

by Akiba Solomon on November 22 2013, 12:28PM

As the clock tick tocks on the Islan Nettles case a message is being sent: Transwomen of color’s lives don’t matter.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

How '12 Years a Slave' Exposes Early Rape Culture

How ‘12 Years a Slave’ Exposes Early Rape Culture

by Akiba Solomon on October 28 2013, 2:51PM

The sexual violence against the enslaved woman Patsy reminds us that slavery lays in the DNA of rape culture

Topics: '12 Years a Slave', Gender, Gender & Sexuality

A Note About Chris Brown, Rape Culture and Our Ethics

A Note About Chris Brown, Rape Culture and Our Ethics

by Akiba Solomon on October 8 2013, 10:32AM

Chris Brown recently told the Guardian that he ‘lost his virginity’ at age eight. What actually happened was a rape—a fact that deserves more than a passing mention.

Topics: Gender

What Does DJ Mister Cee's Coming Out Mean to Hip-Hop?

What Does DJ Mister Cee’s Coming Out Mean to Hip-Hop?

by Akiba Solomon on September 20 2013, 7:00AM

In the aftermath of Mister Cee’s coming out, activists, thinkers and industry insiders talk about its effect on the notoriously homophobic industry.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Mister Cee

On Saying No to Miley Cyrus, the Habitual Twerk-Crosser

On Saying No to Miley Cyrus, the Habitual Twerk-Crosser

by Akiba Solomon on August 27 2013, 7:00AM

I dream of a world where black women dancers have enough options, wherewithal and dignity to just say no.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Twerking

Cocoa Butter, India.Arie and Colorism Trolling in the Music Industry

Cocoa Butter, India.Arie and Colorism Trolling in the Music Industry

by Akiba Solomon on April 4 2013, 6:00AM

R&B meets colorism meets online marketing again. It’s annoying.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

On Steubenville, Guns, and Healthy Echo Chambers

On Steubenville, Guns, and Healthy Echo Chambers

by Akiba Solomon on March 20 2013, 1:30PM

Sexual violence is horrible. It’s also an extremely complicated issue to handle online. That’s why we need to help each other sort it out, take a break if needed—and allow room for the complexity of human compassion.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Media

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the 'One Drop' Rule

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the ‘One Drop’ Rule

by Akiba Solomon on December 7 2012, 9:43AM

CNN’s upcoming “Black in America 5” wades into the deep of black identity and skin color politics. Here, Dr. Yaba Blay, a Ghanain-American scholar whose independent work sparked the special, talks about the nuances of a topic often considered too hot TV.

Topics: Gender, History, Media

Fighting HIV/AIDS Stigma the Red Shoe Way

Fighting HIV/AIDS Stigma the Red Shoe Way

by Akiba Solomon on November 29 2012, 1:22PM

Humor blogger and Red Pump Project co-founder Luvvie Ajayi blends fun and fashion with the serious topic of HIV/AIDS and stigma.

Topics: Gender, HIV/AIDS, Health

The Big Military Story No One Wants to Talk About Right Now: Rape

The Big Military Story No One Wants to Talk About Right Now: Rape

by Akiba Solomon on November 16 2012, 7:24AM

The General Petraeus sex scandal is all the rage. But we need to focus our attention on how the military is handling routine rape and retaliation against survivors in service.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Five Race and Gender Justice Lessons Learned from This Marathon Election Cycle

Five Race and Gender Justice Lessons Learned from This Marathon Election Cycle

by Akiba Solomon on November 7 2012, 9:49AM

It’s a cliche to say that the work doesn’t end after Election Day. But people keep saying it because it’s true! Herewith, some takeaways from the past four years and next steps.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Second Term, War on Women

A Personal Take on the Nina Simone Biopic's Casting Troubles

A Personal Take on the Nina Simone Biopic’s Casting Troubles

by Akiba Solomon on October 30 2012, 9:05AM

The unauthorized biopic of Nina Simone has been riddled with criticism for casting Mary J. Blige and, most recently, Zoe Saldana in the starring role. Here, an (admittedly sentimental) argument for why it’s a fail.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Nina Simone

The Cleveland Uppercut, Lil Reese and Camera Phone Savagery

The Cleveland Uppercut, Lil Reese and Camera Phone Savagery

by Akiba Solomon on October 29 2012, 10:00AM

Camera phone videos of black men beating up black women are all the rage. What does that say about us, the viewers?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Media

'Binders Full of Women,' Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

‘Binders Full of Women,’ Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

by Akiba Solomon on October 17 2012, 8:52AM

At least nobody can call the second debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama boring.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Why is Abortion a Sidenote in the Big Show?

Why is Abortion a Sidenote in the Big Show?

by Akiba Solomon on October 12 2012, 11:26AM

Staunchly anti-choice Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got off easy on reproductive health rights at last night’s debate. Which makes sense, since the issue was cast as a personal matter.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

by Akiba Solomon on October 11 2012, 9:54AM

Poor and uninsured women of color are starting to feel the results after two years of relentless attacks on family planning infrastructure. Akiba Solomon reports from Texas.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, War on Women

We Can't Afford to Participate in a 'Justice for Some' Culture

We Can’t Afford to Participate in a ‘Justice for Some’ Culture

by Akiba Solomon on September 24 2012, 10:00AM

Coverage of the case of Michelle Kosilek, the Massachusetts prisoner who will receive state-funded gender reassignment surgery, has sparked lots of vicious, vengeful, anti-trans comments. Here’s why that’s dangerous for everyone.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

What's the Best Way for Hip-Hop to Criticize Itself? [Reader Forum]

What’s the Best Way for Hip-Hop to Criticize Itself? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 4 2012, 9:16AM

Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad,” and Akiba Solomon’s take on it, kicks off a conversation at Colorlines.com about how hiphop can take a stand while still being listenable.

Topics: Gender

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