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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.

Paul Ryan Sullies Black History, Has Woman Problems

Paul Ryan Sullies Black History, Has Woman Problems

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.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Paul Ryan, Politics

A Lesson from Philadelphia's Little Film Festival that Could

A Lesson from Philadelphia’s Little Film Festival that Could

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.

Topics: Gender

'Red Bone Girls,' 'Chocolate Legs,' and Eric Benet's Color-Complex Payday

‘Red Bone Girls,’ ‘Chocolate Legs,’ and Eric Benet’s Color-Complex Payday

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.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

An AIDS 2012 Takeaway: More Poor, Criminalized and Marginalized Folks Belong at the Table

An AIDS 2012 Takeaway: More Poor, Criminalized and Marginalized Folks Belong at the Table

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.

Topics: Gender, HIV/AIDS, Health

Food Stamps, Poor-Shaming and the Very Scary 2012 Farm Bill

Food Stamps, Poor-Shaming and the Very Scary 2012 Farm Bill

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.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Food Stamps

The Supreme Court's Obamacare Ruling Fails Black Women With HIV

The Supreme Court’s Obamacare Ruling Fails Black Women With HIV

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.

Topics: Gender, Health, Obamacare

'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta' Shouldn't Embarrass Black and Brown Women

‘Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta’ Shouldn’t Embarrass Black and Brown Women

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

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Insane Bureaucracy Blocks Native American Women's Access to Plan B

Insane Bureaucracy Blocks Native American Women’s Access to Plan B

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.

Topics: Gender

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details

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.

Topics: Gender, CeCe McDonald, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Yet Another Effort to Racialize the Attack on Women's Health

Yet Another Effort to Racialize the Attack on Women’s Health

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.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Sure, More Men Are Doing Pink-Collar Work, but Race Still Matters

Sure, More Men Are Doing Pink-Collar Work, but Race Still Matters

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.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Gender & Sexuality

Three Ways 'Girls' and 'Basketball Wives' Are Scarily Similar

Three Ways ‘Girls’ and ‘Basketball Wives’ Are Scarily Similar

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.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

In Planned Parenthood vs. Texas, Judicial Whiplash Ensues

In Planned Parenthood vs. Texas, Judicial Whiplash Ensues

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

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Hip-Hop Activist and DJ Fights Her Fiercest Battle--with Heart Disease and Fat-Phobia

Hip-Hop Activist and DJ Fights Her Fiercest Battle—with Heart Disease and Fat-Phobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 26 2012, 9:45AM

At just 36, DJ Kuttin Kandi has a pacemaker, mounting medical bills and the courage to tell her story. Here, she explains what size, race and bias have to do with her heart.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Government-Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers Won’t Hire Non-Christians

by Akiba Solomon on April 25 2012, 4:10PM

Some crisis pregnancy centers funded by the government require prospective employees, volunteers and board members to “know Christ as their Savior and Lord.”

Topics: /NOW

Yes, Travyon's Death Is an LGBT Issue. No, LGBT Politics Aren't Limited by White Privilege

Yes, Travyon’s Death Is an LGBT Issue. No, LGBT Politics Aren’t Limited by White Privilege

by Akiba Solomon on April 12 2012, 10:21AM

Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff accuses LGBT organizations of race-baiting by supporting Trayvon Martin—revealing that, for Naff, the struggle for LGBT human rights is mere window dressing.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

How the Right's Using Women of Color to Shame Abuse Survivors

How the Right’s Using Women of Color to Shame Abuse Survivors

by Akiba Solomon on April 9 2012, 8:48AM

In our efforts to secure the Violence Against Women Act, we can’t overlook some of the less publicized ways it can criminalize people of color.

Topics: Gender

Black Masculinity, Personal Loss and the Tragedy of Trayvon Martin

Black Masculinity, Personal Loss and the Tragedy of Trayvon Martin

by Akiba Solomon on March 29 2012, 9:36AM

It is sad how this country continues to sweat black men. And in the past month, the one thing I can’t shake is a deep fear and dread for the black men in my own life.

Topics: Gender, Trayvon Martin

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

Why Native American Women Are Battling for Plan B

by Akiba Solomon on March 22 2012, 9:34AM

Native American women are three and a half times more likely to be raped in their lifetimes than those of other ethnicities. While some progress has been made since the groundbreaking Tribal Law and Order Act passed in 2010, a new report finds that they’re still fighting. This time it’s for the basic post-assault healthcare.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

A Texas-Style War on Women Guts Basic Care to Jab Planned Parenthood

by Akiba Solomon on March 15 2012, 9:34AM

Black, single, childless and back in college, Delia Henry represents a population rarely visible in the so-called war on women. And she’s about to lose her health care because Rick Perry is gutting a Women’s Health Program just to hurt Planned Parenthood.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood