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 12 2011, 12:22PM
New laws make it easier to get ID and clarify what should be a basic truth: You can’t discriminate against somebody because they’re transgender.
by Akiba Solomon on October 6 2011, 3:09PM
I was ambivalent about SlutWalk—until I saw this picture.
by Akiba Solomon on September 30 2011, 5:49PM
Sugarhill Records’ Sylvia Robinson was nice with the pen, easy on the ears and a visionary hitmaker.
Topics: Celebrate Love
by Akiba Solomon on September 29 2011, 10:05AM
It only took 80 years for the federal agency to acknowledge that “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will” excludes a whole lot of victims.
by Akiba Solomon on September 22 2011, 2:00PM
The historian and author spent seven hours outside of the prison where Troy Davis was executed last night. Here, he describes the mood of the crowd, the police reaction and he weighs in on why Obama didn’t step in.
by Akiba Solomon on September 21 2011, 11:40AM
The abortion-as-black-genocide lobby is conspicuously silent in the life-or-death case of an acutal person outside of the womb.
by Akiba Solomon on September 19 2011, 9:29AM
My 19-month-old nephew is better at apologizing than the former IMF chief and the former Psychology Today blogger.
by Akiba Solomon on September 14 2011, 10:16AM
Teonna Brown says she’s sorry. For Chrissy Polis, it’s too little, too late.
by Akiba Solomon on September 9 2011, 12:15PM
Personhood Mississippi, the group behind the anti-choice ballot initiative Amendment 26, is the latest group to hijack racial justice history for a profoundly unjust cause. This sleaze has got to stop.
by Akiba Solomon on August 29 2011, 11:50AM
Tiawanda Moore thought she was doing the right thing when she reported a Chicago police officer who allegedly groped her breast during an interview. Little did she know that she’d end up facing 15 years in prison.
by Akiba Solomon on August 25 2011, 2:52PM
As expected, Nafissatou Diallo’s inconsistencies have compelled prosecutors to abandon her sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. It’s a sad day in so-called justice.
by Akiba Solomon on August 22 2011, 9:06AM
Issa Rae, the creator and star of the hit Web comedy “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” proved that if you build it, we will come. Rae talks with Colorlines.com’s Akiba Solomon about the show and her future.
by Akiba Solomon on August 10 2011, 12:50PM
Despite the hype and the ensemble of fine black actresses, I’m opting out of “The Help.” The trailer alone features too many group hugs to be trusted as an accounting of the civil rights movement.
by Akiba Solomon on August 5 2011, 12:45PM
What started among college activists in Toronto has exploded into a global movement, with some fuzzy racial politics. But feminist filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons explains why she’s taking the stage at her hometown’s SlutWalk tomorrow.
by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2011, 10:23AM
The Obama administration said yes to full insurance coverage for women’s contraceptives, STD screenings and other preventive measure. Fine print aside, they’ve done the right thing.