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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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'Uncle Luke' Campbell Gets a Surprising Number of Votes in Miami

‘Uncle Luke’ Campbell Gets a Surprising Number of Votes in Miami

by Akiba Solomon on May 25 2011, 2:21PM

Although he lost the election, the former 2 Live Crew frontman argues that his ‘grassroots’ run marks the beginning of his peoples-centered political career, not the end.

Topics: Gender

Takeaways from the DSK Rape Case

Takeaways from the DSK Rape Case

by Akiba Solomon on May 24 2011, 12:55PM

Hotel housekeepers are catching hell, plus two other lessons we’ve learned from the coverage of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case

The NY Post Makes DSK's Alleged Rape Victim an AIDS Predator

The NY Post Makes DSK’s Alleged Rape Victim an AIDS Predator

by Akiba Solomon on May 20 2011, 12:20PM

In its lust for a salacious scoop, Rupert Murdoch’s chronically race-baiting tabloid has made both the alleged victim and her community into the villains.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case, Health, Media

The Pseudoscience of

The Pseudoscience of “Black Women Are Less Attractive”

by Akiba Solomon on May 17 2011, 12:33PM

A London School of Economics psychology professor creates bar graphs to show how black women are uglier than women of other races. Psychology Today publishes it. Sigh.

Topics: Gender, Media

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

by Akiba Solomon on May 16 2011, 11:30AM

He told the Times that he couldn’t write a feel-good black memoir without being honest and challenging what he says is one of the community’s biggest taboos.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Wesley Yang Confuses Asian Masculinity With White Male Supremacy

Wesley Yang Confuses Asian Masculinity With White Male Supremacy

by Akiba Solomon on May 16 2011, 9:58AM

A Korean-American writer argues that to truly succeed in the real world, Asian men must unlearn traditional values that foster meekness. But is the real world all it’s cracked up to be?

Topics: Gender

Luther Campbell's Serious Blind Spot

Luther Campbell’s Serious Blind Spot

by Akiba Solomon on May 12 2011, 9:15AM

In his bid for mayor of Miami-Dade County, the entrepreneur, father, husband and philanthropist claims he’s post-“Uncle Luke.” Not so much.

Topics: Gender

The Best Black Comedy You're Not Watching

The Best Black Comedy You’re Not Watching

by Akiba Solomon on May 9 2011, 9:18AM

“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Friends” is must-see (Web) TV. Here’s why.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

Rep. Chris Smith: Fetuses Are the 'Most Persecuted Minority In the World'

Rep. Chris Smith: Fetuses Are the ‘Most Persecuted Minority In the World’

by Akiba Solomon on May 4 2011, 4:55PM

The latest race-baiting from the anti-abortion movement. This one’s a doozy.

Topics: Gender

The Radical Anti-Choice Bill We Can't Afford to Ignore

The Radical Anti-Choice Bill We Can’t Afford to Ignore

by Akiba Solomon on May 3 2011, 3:42PM

H.R. 3 is set to hit the House floor tomorrow. Tell your Congress member to vote no.

Topics: Gender

I Didn't Watch the Royal Wedding, But It Still Won't Go Away

I Didn’t Watch the Royal Wedding, But It Still Won’t Go Away

by Akiba Solomon on April 29 2011, 12:32PM

If we’re talking royal fantasies, I’d choose Prince Akeem over Prince William any day.

Topics: Gender, Media

It's Time to Talk to Employers About Domestic Workers' Rights

It’s Time to Talk to Employers About Domestic Workers’ Rights

by Akiba Solomon on April 27 2011, 9:00AM

As the movement for domestic workers’ rights spreads across the country, progressive employers will need a heads up that speaks to their consciences—and their pockets.

Topics: Gender

Crystal Gail Mangum Isn't Innocent, But She's a Victim Just the Same

Crystal Gail Mangum Isn’t Innocent, But She’s a Victim Just the Same

by Akiba Solomon on April 20 2011, 1:17PM

The woman who wrongly accused Duke lacrosse team members of rape was just indicted for murdering her boyfriend. I’m not surprised.

Topics: Gender

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 19 2011, 10:35AM

DJ Davey D., William Jelani Cobb and Anyabwile Love use their history classes to tackle one of the most explosive issues in hip-hop culture.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

by Akiba Solomon on April 13 2011, 11:07AM

Brooke-Lynn Pinklady—the young man (yes, man) arrested with DJ Mister Cee—speaks out. Watch and listen.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 11 2011, 10:31AM

How should we deal with the kinds of comments littering Mister Cee and Malcolm X threads?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, History, Mister Cee

Update: Resistance to Race-Baiting Chicago Billboard

Update: Resistance to Race-Baiting Chicago Billboard

by Akiba Solomon on April 4 2011, 8:57AM

More on the folks behind the racist danger womb billboards and a little something about Chicago’s reaction

Topics: Gender

Does Anti-Abortion Option Line Withhold Vital Health Information?

Does Anti-Abortion Option Line Withhold Vital Health Information?

by Akiba Solomon on April 1 2011, 11:08AM

Under the handle “afraid,” Gender Matters chatted with volunteers from anti-abortion Option Line and sexual health care provider Planned Parenthood. The results are in!

Topics: Gender

Another Day, Another Race-Baiting Abortion Billboard

Another Day, Another Race-Baiting Abortion Billboard

by Akiba Solomon on March 29 2011, 10:36AM

Life Always, the anti-abortion group that set off a firestorm in New York City with their black danger-womb billboard, are putting up a new one Chicago’s South Side—featuring President Obama.

Topics: Gender

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: One More Weapon Against Women of Color

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: One More Weapon Against Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on March 28 2011, 9:34AM

Six big players to mind as the right’s effort to target women of color in the anti-abortion movement builds.

Topics: Gender, Health