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 October 15 2013, 2:56PM
Artist Endia Beal produces transgressive series of photographs
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.
by Akiba Solomon on October 7 2013, 2:18PM
A new anthology of personal essays seeks to expand dialogue about African-American fatherhood
by Akiba Solomon on October 1 2013, 1:28PM
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month activists enlist men to write 31 letters to the mother who was jailed for firing a warning shot during an altercation with her abusive husband
by Akiba Solomon on September 20 2013, 7:00AM
In the aftermath of Mister Cee’s coming out, activists, thinkers and industry insiders talk about its effect on the notoriously homophobic industry.
by Akiba Solomon on September 12 2013, 12:37PM
At times tearful, Mister Cee says that he’s tired of hiding his desires.
by Akiba Solomon on August 28 2013, 1:03PM
The teenager was killed in Money, Miss., for allegedly flirting with a white store clerk
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
by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2013, 1:16PM
The prolific writer and activist would have been 89 today.
by Akiba Solomon on August 1 2013, 3:36PM
Pending an investigation, Escambia County, Fla., authorities are “comfortable” with deputies’ actions.
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.
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.