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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.

Chicago Woman Groped By Cop Found Innocent of Eavesdropping

Chicago Woman Groped By Cop Found Innocent of Eavesdropping

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.

Topics: Gender

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number 8: So-Called Credibility Trumps Justice

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number 8: So-Called Credibility Trumps Justice

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.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case

'Awkward Black Girl' Creator Talks Hollywood, Race and Creative Control

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Talks Hollywood, Race and Creative Control

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.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Media

Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Job Search?

Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Job Search?

by Akiba Solomon on August 15 2011, 9:37AM

A growing number of employers are using credit checks to determine who they hire, promote and fire. Learn how race factors in—and what you can do about it.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Why I'm Just Saying No to 'The Help' and Its Historical Whitewash

Why I’m Just Saying No to ‘The Help’ and Its Historical Whitewash

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, The Help

Is the SlutWalk Movement Relevant For a Black Feminist?

Is the SlutWalk Movement Relevant For a Black Feminist?

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.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

An Obama Victory: Co-Pay Free Birth Control Becomes a Reality For Women

An Obama Victory: Co-Pay Free Birth Control Becomes a Reality For Women

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.

Topics: Gender, Health

A Few Thoughts About 'Paying' Rape Victims

A Few Thoughts About ‘Paying’ Rape Victims

by Akiba Solomon on July 29 2011, 12:47PM

The Beautiful Struggler asks why rape victims who seek compensation are less believable than those who don’t. Good question.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number 7: Alleged Victims Are People, Too

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number 7: Alleged Victims Are People, Too

by Akiba Solomon on July 26 2011, 1:48PM

With her credibility in question and the prosecution wavering, Nafissatou Diallo, the Sofitel maid at the center of the DSK rape case, has joined the media circus. Brace yourself for a rape culture extravaganza.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case

Birth Control Without Co-Pays and 4 Reasons to Care About Health Reform

Birth Control Without Co-Pays and 4 Reasons to Care About Health Reform

by Akiba Solomon on July 22 2011, 12:59PM

A new report recommends that the feds force insurance companies to fully cover birth control pills, STD screenings and other women’s health musts under health reform. It’s up to us to make them listen.

Topics: Gender, Health

Lady Wowza: 3 of the Worst Commercials in Advertising History

Lady Wowza: 3 of the Worst Commercials in Advertising History

by Akiba Solomon on July 20 2011, 10:03AM

In an attempt at rebranding, Summer’s Eve feminine hygiene products now have a racially coded identity. It really stinks.

Topics: Gender

In the Fight Against HIV, a Breakthrough for Women of Color

In the Fight Against HIV, a Breakthrough for Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on July 15 2011, 1:49PM

Two new studies involving heterosexual women and men reveal that taking a daily dose of HIV meds can decrease infection risk by well over 50 percent. That’s a “yay” for women of color who bear the brunt of the global pandemic.

Topics: Gender, HIV/AIDS, Health

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 6: Alleged Victims Can Change the Script

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 6: Alleged Victims Can Change the Script

by Akiba Solomon on July 11 2011, 10:30AM

The Guinean hotel housekeeper drew the line with the New York Post. I say good for her.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case

What Colorist Tweet Memes Miss: It's #TeamStructuralRacism

What Colorist Tweet Memes Miss: It’s #TeamStructuralRacism

by Akiba Solomon on July 7 2011, 9:28AM

Tweet memes like #TeamLightSkin are the latest example of our insistence that skin-tone obsession is just personal preference. It’s not. Research shows just how much it shapes our lives.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Technology

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 5: You Have to Be the Perfect Victim

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 5: You Have to Be the Perfect Victim

by Akiba Solomon on July 1 2011, 10:20AM

The prosecution that was once so sure of its case against former IMF chief Dominique Strass-Kahn is wavering. Score one for victim-blaming.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality

Labor Wars: Michigan is the New Wisconsin

Labor Wars: Michigan is the New Wisconsin

by Akiba Solomon on June 29 2011, 10:04AM

GOP-appointed emergency managers have unchecked power over Michigan’s public purse strings. We should all be very afraid.

Topics: Politics

Wal-Mart and the Supreme Court v. Women of Color

Wal-Mart and the Supreme Court v. Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on June 22 2011, 10:35AM

The ruling on Dukes vs. Wal-Mart is a big deal for black and brown women. Here’s how.

Topics: Gender

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers Infographic

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

by Akiba Solomon, Stokely Baksh on June 17 2011, 11:40AM

Forty years and $1 trillion in, the war on drugs hasn’t worked—unless locking up a massive number of black and brown people was the plan all along.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Drug War

White Male Bloggers Want Everything But the Burden of Oppression

White Male Bloggers Want Everything But the Burden of Oppression

by Akiba Solomon on June 16 2011, 10:00AM

There’s a historical precedent for Internet hoaxers Tom MacMaster and Bill Graber. And trust that there will be more to come.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs

Latinos Fall Prey to the Danger-Womb Epidemic!

Latinos Fall Prey to the Danger-Womb Epidemic!

by Akiba Solomon on June 10 2011, 10:04AM

Latinas star in the latest set of anti-abortion “most dangerous place” billboards. This is getting old.

Topics: Gender, Health, Planned Parenthood