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Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon
Akiba Solomon Managing Editor
Brooklyn, NY

Akiba Solomon is the Managing Editor 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. 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.

Live Chat: High Stakes Activism

Live Chat: High Stakes Activism

by Akiba Solomon on September 10 2013, 10:39AM

Four activists who’ve risked their livelihoods, arrest or personal safety to achieve justice talk about what fuels them.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Politics

Today Also Marks the Anniversary of Emmett Till's Murder

Today Also Marks the Anniversary of Emmett Till’s Murder

by Akiba Solomon on August 28 2013, 1:03PM

The teenager was killed in Money, Miss., for allegedly flirting with a white store clerk

Topics: History, /NOW

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

Kiese Laymon On Race and Writing

Kiese Laymon On Race and Writing

by Akiba Solomon on August 14 2013, 1:09PM

Jackson, Miss., native Kiese Laymon is the first-time author of not one but two books: “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America,” an essay collection released this week, and a satirical time-travel novel, “Long Division,” which came out…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Watch This Brilliant Takedown of 'Asian Girlz'

Watch This Brilliant Takedown of ‘Asian Girlz’

by Akiba Solomon on August 5 2013, 11:11AM

Video blogger Kristina Wong strikes back at Day Above Ground’s racist song and video—and defender Levy Tran

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Celebrate James Baldwin's Birthday With Powerful Words

Celebrate James Baldwin’s Birthday With Powerful Words

by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2013, 1:16PM

The prolific writer and activist would have been 89 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

15 Shots at Unarmed Black Man Were OK, Says Fla. Sheriff

15 Shots at Unarmed Black Man Were OK, Says Fla. Sheriff

by Akiba Solomon on August 1 2013, 3:36PM

Pending an investigation, Escambia County, Fla., authorities are “comfortable” with deputies’ actions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Missionary Movement to 'Save' Black Babies

The Missionary Movement to ‘Save’ Black Babies

by Akiba Solomon on May 2 2013, 7:40AM

Akiba Solomon looks inside the anti-abortion movement’s evangelical drive to reach “urban” and “underserved” women and communities.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, War on Women

There's Scientific 'Proof' that Jamestown Settlers Practiced Cannibalism

There’s Scientific ‘Proof’ that Jamestown Settlers Practiced Cannibalism

by Akiba Solomon on May 1 2013, 1:23PM

For centuries European colonialists used accusations of cannibalism to vilify peoples of color and facilitate conquests. New evidence confirms that some in Jamestown, Va., practiced what they preached against.

Topics: /NOW

Decoding the Invisible Whiteness In Boston Bombing Coverage

Decoding the Invisible Whiteness In Boston Bombing Coverage

by Akiba Solomon on April 25 2013, 12:00PM

We live in an ahistorical culture that continually attempts to deny the white supremacy that determines who is and isn’t defined as a U.S. citizen, a criminal, a terrorist or a victim. A trip through our history is instructive.

Topics: Boston Bombing, Media, National Security

Fact-Checking the Right's Latest Lie About Kermit Gosnell and Abortion

Fact-Checking the Right’s Latest Lie About Kermit Gosnell and Abortion

by Akiba Solomon on April 12 2013, 5:15PM

Over at Salon, Irin Carmon reports on what appears to be a coordinated strategy by Brietbart.com, Michelle Malkin and FOX News to amplify and redistribute a false claim about “liberal media” and reproductive health activists concealing details of the ongoing…

Topics: /NOW

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

To Chinua Achebe, With Love

To Chinua Achebe, With Love

by Akiba Solomon, Roopika Risam, Adeline Koh on March 26 2013, 6:00AM

In honor of the Nigerian “Things Fall Apart” author who died last week, scholar-activists Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam capture the power—and joy—of Chinua Achebe in a new comic strip.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs

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

Stacey Dash Sounds Off on Race, Supporting Romney and 'Welfare'

Stacey Dash Sounds Off on Race, Supporting Romney and ‘Welfare’

by Akiba Solomon on November 8 2012, 1:24PM

The “Clueless” star fully explains her controversial celebrity Republicanism and takes a moment to caricature EBT users

Topics: /NOW

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