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.
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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
by Akiba Solomon on June 20 2012, 8:56AM
Given that one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetime, activists are asking that the federal Indian Health Service provide emergency contraception over-the-counter and on demand. They’re getting radio silence in return.
by Akiba Solomon on June 8 2012, 10:26AM
The young Minneapolis transwoman incarcerated for defending herself in a racist and transphobic attack isn’t alone in her experience. Experts say her placement in a men’s facility is just one part of a complex—and dehumanizing—process.
by Akiba Solomon on May 31 2012, 8:59AM
The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012 claims to protect Asian children. But it is a slight variation of a familiar formula: Race-bait, cry crocodile tears about sexism—then police the wombs of women of color.
by Akiba Solomon on May 23 2012, 10:07AM
Research shows that men in female-dominated fields make more money and advance more quickly—until you control for race.
by Akiba Solomon on May 9 2012, 9:48AM
These two women-centered series are full of flaws, yet I can’t turn them off.
by Akiba Solomon on May 2 2012, 9:13AM
While the Republican-dominated Lone Star state dukes it out with Planned Parenthood, poor patients who rely on the state’s Women’s Health Program are in limbo