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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.

Mississippi Votes No on Initiative 26, but Zygote-Rights Zealots Press On

Mississippi Votes No on Initiative 26, but Zygote-Rights Zealots Press On

by Akiba Solomon on November 9 2011, 3:18PM

Like the Energizer Bunny, the eggs-as-people movement plans to keep going and going and going. Thankfully, so do the folks who continually defeat them.

Topics: Gender, Health, Personhood

Mississippi Ballot Initiative Fights for the Rights of Fertilized Eggs

Mississippi Ballot Initiative Fights for the Rights of Fertilized Eggs

by Akiba Solomon on November 4 2011, 2:32PM

If the state votes yes on Amendment 26, fertilized eggs will be deemed people. Abortion will be illegal, even in cases of rape, incest and pregnancies that could kill the mother.

Topics: Gender, Personhood

SlutWalk Toronto Releases An Anti-Racism Statement--And It's Good!

SlutWalk Toronto Releases An Anti-Racism Statement—And It’s Good!

by Akiba Solomon on November 3 2011, 9:30AM

The founding SlutWalk crew offers thoughtful words on the decentralized movement’s race fails and shares next steps.

Topics: Gender

ABC to Turn Tracy McMillan's Single Ladies-Hating Manifesto Into Sitcom

ABC to Turn Tracy McMillan’s Single Ladies-Hating Manifesto Into Sitcom

by Akiba Solomon on October 27 2011, 9:01AM

The biracial TV writer’s HuffPo editorial “Why You’re Not Married” will also become a book. Both should be a big hit for folks who believe that a wedding band is more important than a woman’s self-worth.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

FBI Gets Closer to Calling Rape What It Is

FBI Gets Closer to Calling Rape What It Is

by Akiba Solomon on October 21 2011, 9:53AM

The new working definition of rape may become official in December. Thankfully, it doesn’t include the words “carnal” or “forcible,” and it doesn’t exclude victims who aren’t female.

Topics: Gender

What I Learned from Anita Hill at 20

What I Learned from Anita Hill at 20

by Akiba Solomon on October 18 2011, 11:15AM

At a major conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Anita Hill’s groundbreaking testimony, the intersection between race and gender came through loud and clear.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Score! A Transgender People's Victory in the State of California

Score! A Transgender People’s Victory in the State of California

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.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention

More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention

by Akiba Solomon on October 6 2011, 3:09PM

I was ambivalent about SlutWalk—until I saw this picture.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

Show Some Love for the Hip-Hop Mama Who Birthed 'Rappers Delight'

Show Some Love for the Hip-Hop Mama Who Birthed ‘Rappers Delight’

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

FBI to Revise Hopelessly Narrow Definition of Rape

FBI to Revise Hopelessly Narrow Definition of Rape

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.

Topics: Gender

William Jelani Cobb Reports from the Prison Gates

William Jelani Cobb Reports from the Prison Gates

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.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Where Does the Racialized Pro-Life Movement Stand on Troy Davis?

Where Does the Racialized Pro-Life Movement Stand on Troy Davis?

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.

Topics: Gender

DSK and Satoshi Kanazawa Are Sorry They Hurt Our Feelings

DSK and Satoshi Kanazawa Are Sorry They Hurt Our Feelings

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.

Topics: Gender

Baltimore Woman Caught Beating a Transwoman at McDonald's Learns Fate

Baltimore Woman Caught Beating a Transwoman at McDonald’s Learns Fate

by Akiba Solomon on September 14 2011, 10:16AM

Teonna Brown says she’s sorry. For Chrissy Polis, it’s too little, too late.

Topics: Gender

How Personhood Mississippi Perverts Black History to Fight Abortion

How Personhood Mississippi Perverts Black History to Fight Abortion

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.

Topics: Gender, Personhood

My Dark, Twisted Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne Fantasy

My Dark, Twisted Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne Fantasy

by Akiba Solomon on September 2 2011, 11:00AM

On the heels of the so-called beef over who’s richer, I dream of a world where these two monster MCs use their ample powers for the good of everybody—including women.

Topics: Gender

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