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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.

Anita Hill Talks Civil Rights

Anita Hill Talks Civil Rights

by Akiba Solomon on June 18 2014, 7:00AM

“We have to keep fighting.”

Topics: History

L.A. N.A.A.C.P. Chief Resigns Over Sterling Flap

L.A. N.A.A.C.P. Chief Resigns Over Sterling Flap

by Akiba Solomon on May 2 2014, 11:24AM

The N.A.A.C.P. chief who was set to give Sterling a second lifetime achievement award leaves in disgrace.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Letter to W.E.B. DuBois Sheds Light on Dalit Leader's Global Vision

Letter to W.E.B. DuBois Sheds Light on Dalit Leader’s Global Vision

by Akiba Solomon on April 22 2014, 4:12PM

B.R. Ambedkar, the preiminent leader of India’s Dalits, saw similarities between the treatment of his people and African-Americans.

Topics: History, /NOW

Two Major Birth Control Cases Hit the Supreme Court

Two Major Birth Control Cases Hit the Supreme Court

by Akiba Solomon on March 24 2014, 2:37PM

Experts say they could open up a Pandora’s box of Obamacare denials.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

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

Grand Jury Fails to Indict Cop Who Shot Jonathan Ferrell

by Akiba Solomon on January 22 2014, 4:17PM

The former FAMU football player was shot 10 times while seeking help after a serious car accident

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sorry Haters. A Black Nun Does Belong in Broadway's 'Sound of Music'

Sorry Haters. A Black Nun Does Belong in Broadway’s ‘Sound of Music’

by Akiba Solomon on December 19 2013, 1:53PM

Haters have been claiming that Audra McDonald’s role in “The Sound of Music” is ahistorical. Religion Dispatches proves them wrong.

Topics: History, /NOW

Watch: The Biggest Stories of 2013 Play

Watch: The Biggest Stories of 2013

by Akiba Solomon on December 12 2013, 12:21PM

Our editors and guests wax reflexive about the most important stories of 2013

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration, Media, /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Central Park Five Settlement is Still in Limbo

Central Park Five Settlement is Still in Limbo

by Akiba Solomon on December 6 2013, 7:00AM

During his campaign New York Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio said he’d settle the decade-old lawsuit. The question is when.

Topics: Criminal Justice

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

Former NYC Police Commissioner Slams Mandatory Minimums

Former NYC Police Commissioner Slams Mandatory Minimums

by Akiba Solomon on November 1 2013, 1:41PM

After serving federal time, former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik has a revelation about mandatory minimums and the prison system

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Federal Judge Blocks Portion of Texas Abortion Law

Federal Judge Blocks Portion of Texas Abortion Law

by Akiba Solomon on October 28 2013, 4:37PM

Provision that would required abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges is found unconstitutional

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

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

Study: Planning Pregnancies Saves Public Money

Study: Planning Pregnancies Saves Public Money

by Akiba Solomon on October 22 2013, 1:07PM

New research shows that intended pregnancies are less likely to be covered by public insurance programs

Topics: Economy, Gender & Sexuality

Colorlines Exclusive: Jay Smooth's Autumn Mixtape!

Colorlines Exclusive: Jay Smooth’s Autumn Mixtape!

by Akiba Solomon, Jay Smooth on October 21 2013, 7:00AM

A special, exclusive mix by Jay Smooth

Topics: Arts & Culture, Colorlines Mixtapes

Black Artist Photographs White Women Wearing 'Black' Hair Styles

Black Artist Photographs White Women Wearing ‘Black’ Hair Styles

by Akiba Solomon on October 15 2013, 2:56PM

Artist Endia Beal produces transgressive series of photographs

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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

'Bet on Black' Challenges Stereotypes of Black Fatherhood

‘Bet on Black’ Challenges Stereotypes of Black Fatherhood

by Akiba Solomon on October 7 2013, 2:18PM

A new anthology of personal essays seeks to expand dialogue about African-American fatherhood

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Amid Shutdown, WIC Program Finds Funding

Amid Shutdown, WIC Program Finds Funding

by Akiba Solomon on October 2 2013, 12:15PM

The food program for pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, infants and young children is safe—for now.

Topics: /NOW