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..
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.
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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 8 2012, 1:24PM
The “Clueless” star fully explains her controversial celebrity Republicanism and takes a moment to caricature EBT users
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, 12:30PM
Yéle Haiti, the charity founded by former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean, is no more. The organization, which raised millions of dollars after the January 12, 2010 Haitian earthquake, faced accusations of financial mismanagement prior to the quake and is is…
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 Akiba Solomon on August 30 2012, 12:17PM
Lupe Fiasco’s sonic and visual exploration of the bad b@#ch phenomenon has sparked lots of critique. I’m too busy celebrating it to split ideological hairs.
by Akiba Solomon on August 24 2012, 11:18AM
Rep. Akin, I and a few women of color activists have some information for you about the nature of rape and legitimacy. Since you draft laws that affect our bodies, we ask that you read every word.
by Akiba Solomon on August 17 2012, 9:10AM
The VP candidate is good with online aesthetics but falls short when it comes to women’s reproductive health. Oh, and he’s not below trotting out Dred Scott to get his way.
by Akiba Solomon on August 10 2012, 9:44AM
At the inaugural BlackStar Film Festival, self determination, communion and cultural movement-building got top billing.
by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2012, 10:06AM
Halle Berry’s ex husband has figured out a novel way to sell his new album: Exploit divisions between dark and light skinned women. For $19.95, you too can buy some white supremacy.
by Akiba Solomon on July 27 2012, 9:49AM
This week’s International AIDS Conference brought more than 20,000 top experts, activists, politicians and celebrities to the nation’s capitol to exchange ideas about how to end HIV. Here’s hoping that the next one will include more everyday people.
by Akiba Solomon on July 26 2012, 9:58AM
Why we can’t afford to have moralistic debates about the choices desperate parents make as they try to feed their families.
by Akiba Solomon on July 3 2012, 10:45AM
By allowing states to choose whether or not they will expand Medicaid, the Supreme Court may have set back the fight against HIV/AIDS among poor women of color who desperately need treatment.
by Akiba Solomon on June 27 2012, 10:20AM
Instead of focusing on the misdeeds of individual cast members, we need to take a look at the exploitative industry that shapes their fate