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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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.
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.
by Akiba Solomon on April 4 2013, 6:00AM
R&B meets colorism meets online marketing again. It’s annoying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.