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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.