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Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon
Akiba Solomon Editorial Director
Brooklyn, NY

Akiba Solomon is the Editorial Director of Colorlines.com and an NABJ-Award winning journalist, editor and essayist from West Philadelphia. Online, she has written about the intersection between gender and race for Colorlines.com and culture for Ebony.com. As Colorlines.com’s inaugural reporting fellow, Solomon reported on reproductive health access for women of color during and immediately after President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. A graduate of Howard University, the Brooklyn resident co-edited Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts (Perigee, 2005), an anthology of original essays and oral memoirs about Black women and body image. Solomon has also been a researcher for Glamour, a health editor for Essence and a senior editor for the print versions of Vibe Vixen and The Source.

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She has also written for a range of publications on a freelance basis, including Redbook, Vibe and Heart & Soul. As a panelist, she has spoken about women’s and social justice issues through the lens of hip-hop culture at a range of institutions including The Schomburg Center for the Research in Black Culture, Stanford University, Yale University, Harvard University and The University of Chicago.

Check out Akiba's media appearances here.

Follow Akiba at @akibasolomon.

Introducing FergusonNext

Introducing FergusonNext

by Akiba Solomon on November 26 2014, 5:57PM

Post-Ferguson, Colorlines and partners want your solutions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

'Ferguson Goddamn'

‘Ferguson Goddamn’

by Akiba Solomon on November 25 2014, 10:30AM

Leading activists and thinkers weigh in on the Wilson decision.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Michael Brown's Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

Michael Brown’s Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

by Akiba Solomon on November 24 2014, 8:52PM

Family of Michael Brown, the unarmed, 18-year-old, black man killed by Ferguson, Mo., Officer Darren Wilson, is asking for a 4.5-minute period of reflection immediately following the announcement of the explosive decision by the Wilson grand jury.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Ferguson's 'Lost Voices' Speak [VIDEO] Play

Ferguson’s ‘Lost Voices’ Speak [VIDEO]

by Akiba Solomon on November 21 2014, 9:01AM

As the world awaits a grand jury decision in Ferguson, the accidental activists who have camped in the streets since August describe their feelings and preparations to Colorlines.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Dave Chappelle and Michael Sam Do GQ

Dave Chappelle and Michael Sam Do GQ

by Akiba Solomon on November 19 2014, 1:53PM

Dave Chappelle and Michael Sam grace two of the six covers of GQ’s December 2014 “Men (and Women) of the Year” issue.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture

Facing Race 2014 Plenary Livestream: 'The Next Fifty'

Facing Race 2014 Plenary Livestream: ‘The Next Fifty’

by Akiba Solomon on November 15 2014, 3:00PM

This year and next we will celebrate the anniversaries of major racial justice victories like the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. In this plenary, big thinkers will reflect on trends and strategies for the next half century.

Topics: Facing Race 2014, Politics

Facing Race 2014 Livestream: 'Roots and Wings: Southern Histories, Legacies and Innovations for the Future'

Facing Race 2014 Livestream: ‘Roots and Wings: Southern Histories, Legacies and Innovations for the Future’

by Akiba Solomon on November 15 2014, 9:15AM

Leaders from the South will offer their insight on some of the challenges and opportunities facing the region and our movements to achieve racial justice and equity.

Topics: Facing Race 2014, Politics

Facing Race 2014 Keynote Livestream: Dr. Bernice Johnson, Toshi and Tashawn Reagon

Facing Race 2014 Keynote Livestream: Dr. Bernice Johnson, Toshi and Tashawn Reagon

by Akiba Solomon on November 14 2014, 3:00PM

Three generations from the Reagon family will inspire.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2014

Facing Race 2014 Youth Panel Livestream: 'This is How We Do It'

Facing Race 2014 Youth Panel Livestream: ‘This is How We Do It’

by Akiba Solomon on November 14 2014, 8:10AM

A new generation of racial justice leaders are interrupting and innovating in the ways racial justice work is made relevant in our times. Tune in for leading activists and advocates at 9 - 10:45 CT!

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2014

Ferguson's Tef Poe Drops a Powerful 'War Cry' [AUDIO]

Ferguson’s Tef Poe Drops a Powerful ‘War Cry’ [AUDIO]

by Akiba Solomon on November 12 2014, 1:33PM

In a NSFW new song, the St. Louis native blasts Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ferguson Movement Transforms Civilians Into Activists

Ferguson Movement Transforms Civilians Into Activists

by Akiba Solomon on November 12 2014, 11:45AM

These aren’t your grandma’s organizers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

On That Street Harassment Video and Race Play

On That Street Harassment Video and Race

by Akiba Solomon on October 30 2014, 5:04PM

The viral video of a New York City woman suffering endless street harassment is effective. If only it wasn’t complicated by race.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Society

Does Bill Maher Think I Might Kill Him?

Does Bill Maher Think I Might Kill Him?

by Akiba Solomon on October 6 2014, 4:38AM

Writer Waleed Shahid, who was 10 years old on September 11, 2001, says the Islamophobia of Bill Maher and other broadcasters

Topics: Society

Eric Holder to Resign From Attorney General Post

Eric Holder to Resign From Attorney General Post

by Akiba Solomon on September 25 2014, 11:45AM

After serving six years as U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder is planning to resign. From NPR: Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed,…

Topics: /NOW

Watch 'Fox & Friends' Anchors Poke Fun at Ray Rice Beating

Watch ‘Fox & Friends’ Anchors Poke Fun at Ray Rice Beating

by Akiba Solomon on September 8 2014, 5:54PM

The message is, “Take the stairs” quips anchor Brian Kilmeade.

Topics: /NOW

Get on the Bus: Inside the Black Life Matters 'Freedom Ride' to Ferguson

Get on the Bus: Inside the Black Life Matters ‘Freedom Ride’ to Ferguson

by Akiba Solomon on September 5 2014, 11:00AM

Over Labor Day weekend, Akiba Solomon took a 21-hour bus ride to Michael Brown’s town with a group of black activists traveling under the name Black Life Matters. Here’s some of what happened during the jam-packed days.

Topics: Dispatches, Ferguson

5 Reasons Why Black Lives Matter

5 Reasons Why Black Lives Matter

by Akiba Solomon on August 27 2014, 7:00AM

Writer Stacia A. Brown has been crafting a series of essays about the Michael Brown killing. Here, excerpts from her series of poignant pieces.

Topics: Ferguson

[Video] Michael Brown's Parents Looking to Feds for Justice

[Video] Michael Brown’s Parents Looking to Feds for Justice

by Akiba Solomon on August 22 2014, 4:43PM

Family says Attorney General Eric Holder told them that the Justice Department’s investigation will be thorough and impartial.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW

Dream Defenders Release National Demands for Their #Handsup Don't Shoot Movement

Dream Defenders Release National Demands for Their #Handsup Don’t Shoot Movement

by Akiba Solomon on August 22 2014, 11:45AM

The youth group demands an end to “the epidemic” of police brutality.

Topics: /NOW

No. Michael Brown Couldn't Have Been Obama's Son

No. Michael Brown Couldn’t Have Been Obama’s Son

by Akiba Solomon on August 14 2014, 1:21PM

The president sidesteps the role of race in the Michael Brown killing and aftermath.

Topics: Ferguson

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