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 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.
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…
by Akiba Solomon on April 4 2013, 6:00AM
R&B meets colorism meets online marketing again. It’s annoying.
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.
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.
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.
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.