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Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon
Akiba Solomon Managing Editor
Brooklyn, NY

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.

Follow Akiba at @akibasolomon.

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

The Real Value of Rihanna's 'Man Down' Video

The Real Value of Rihanna’s ‘Man Down’ Video

by Akiba Solomon on June 7 2011, 8:01AM

Generic tsk, tsking by media watchdogs makes me wonder if they actually watched the controversial video.

Topics: Gender, Chris Brown, Rihanna's "Man Down"

Indiana's Anti-Choice Zealots See Poor Black Women As Collateral Damage

Indiana’s Anti-Choice Zealots See Poor Black Women As Collateral Damage

by Akiba Solomon on June 3 2011, 10:37AM

Even after federal intervention, Hoosier State Republicans stand by their vendetta against Planned Parenthood. Now, guess who’s really paying the price.

Topics: Gender, Health

Psychology Today (Sort of) Apologizes for Publishing Kanazawa's Pseudoscience

Psychology Today (Sort of) Apologizes for Publishing Kanazawa’s Pseudoscience

by Akiba Solomon on June 1 2011, 9:24AM

The tardy-for-the-party publication is sorry for hurting black women’s feelings.

Topics: Gender

Smart People Talk Beyonce So I Don't Have To

Smart People Talk Beyonce So I Don’t Have To

by Akiba Solomon on May 31 2011, 12:05PM

Some of my favorite feminist thinkers weigh in on the Beyonce backlash, while I dance around artlessly to “Who Run the World (Girls)” in the mirror.

Topics: Arts & Culture

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 4: Discuss at Your Own Risk

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 4: Discuss at Your Own Risk

by Akiba Solomon on May 27 2011, 8:17AM

What do you do when a group discussion about a touchy-but-ubiquitous subject gets dangerously personal?

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case

'Uncle Luke' Campbell Gets a Surprising Number of Votes in Miami

‘Uncle Luke’ Campbell Gets a Surprising Number of Votes in Miami

by Akiba Solomon on May 25 2011, 2:21PM

Although he lost the election, the former 2 Live Crew frontman argues that his ‘grassroots’ run marks the beginning of his peoples-centered political career, not the end.

Topics: Gender

Takeaways from the DSK Rape Case

Takeaways from the DSK Rape Case

by Akiba Solomon on May 24 2011, 12:55PM

Hotel housekeepers are catching hell, plus two other lessons we’ve learned from the coverage of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case

The NY Post Makes DSK's Alleged Rape Victim an AIDS Predator

The NY Post Makes DSK’s Alleged Rape Victim an AIDS Predator

by Akiba Solomon on May 20 2011, 12:20PM

In its lust for a salacious scoop, Rupert Murdoch’s chronically race-baiting tabloid has made both the alleged victim and her community into the villains.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case, Health, Media

The Pseudoscience of

The Pseudoscience of “Black Women Are Less Attractive”

by Akiba Solomon on May 17 2011, 12:33PM

A London School of Economics psychology professor creates bar graphs to show how black women are uglier than women of other races. Psychology Today publishes it. Sigh.

Topics: Gender, Media

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

by Akiba Solomon on May 16 2011, 11:30AM

He told the Times that he couldn’t write a feel-good black memoir without being honest and challenging what he says is one of the community’s biggest taboos.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Wesley Yang Confuses Asian Masculinity With White Male Supremacy

Wesley Yang Confuses Asian Masculinity With White Male Supremacy

by Akiba Solomon on May 16 2011, 9:58AM

A Korean-American writer argues that to truly succeed in the real world, Asian men must unlearn traditional values that foster meekness. But is the real world all it’s cracked up to be?

Topics: Gender

Luther Campbell's Serious Blind Spot

Luther Campbell’s Serious Blind Spot

by Akiba Solomon on May 12 2011, 9:15AM

In his bid for mayor of Miami-Dade County, the entrepreneur, father, husband and philanthropist claims he’s post-“Uncle Luke.” Not so much.

Topics: Gender