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.
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by Akiba Solomon on May 4 2011, 4:55PM
The latest race-baiting from the anti-abortion movement. This one’s a doozy.
by Akiba Solomon on May 3 2011, 3:42PM
H.R. 3 is set to hit the House floor tomorrow. Tell your Congress member to vote no.
by Akiba Solomon on April 29 2011, 12:32PM
If we’re talking royal fantasies, I’d choose Prince Akeem over Prince William any day.
by Akiba Solomon on April 27 2011, 9:00AM
As the movement for domestic workers’ rights spreads across the country, progressive employers will need a heads up that speaks to their consciences—and their pockets.
by Akiba Solomon on April 20 2011, 1:17PM
The woman who wrongly accused Duke lacrosse team members of rape was just indicted for murdering her boyfriend. I’m not surprised.
by Akiba Solomon on April 19 2011, 10:35AM
DJ Davey D., William Jelani Cobb and Anyabwile Love use their history classes to tackle one of the most explosive issues in hip-hop culture.
by Akiba Solomon on April 13 2011, 11:07AM
Brooke-Lynn Pinklady—the young man (yes, man) arrested with DJ Mister Cee—speaks out. Watch and listen.
by Akiba Solomon on April 4 2011, 8:57AM
More on the folks behind the racist danger womb billboards and a little something about Chicago’s reaction
by Akiba Solomon on April 1 2011, 11:08AM
Under the handle “afraid,” Gender Matters chatted with volunteers from anti-abortion Option Line and sexual health care provider Planned Parenthood. The results are in!
by Akiba Solomon on March 29 2011, 10:36AM
Life Always, the anti-abortion group that set off a firestorm in New York City with their black danger-womb billboard, are putting up a new one Chicago’s South Side—featuring President Obama.
by Akiba Solomon on March 28 2011, 9:34AM
Six big players to mind as the right’s effort to target women of color in the anti-abortion movement builds.
by Akiba Solomon on March 21 2011, 12:49PM
A strange little MSNBC story shows how race and class blindness can complicate good news about changing attitudes.
by Akiba Solomon on March 17 2011, 3:17PM
Anti-rape activist Dr. R’Leureux Lewis gives black men simple (and not-so-simple) ways to interrupt rape culture—and break down the negative stereotypes that help fuel it.
by Akiba Solomon on March 14 2011, 2:48PM
Eighteen black boys and men are accused of gang-raping an 11-year-old Latina in this small East Texas town. What now?
by Akiba Solomon on March 8 2011, 4:20PM
Rep. Chris Smith, the New Jersey Republican who tried to narrow federal funding for abortions in the case of rape, is all for women’s rights—in China.
by Akiba Solomon on March 7 2011, 1:36PM
In the Ivory Coast’s post-election turmoil, seven women at an all-women’s rally are shot down. Unacceptable.
by Akiba Solomon on March 3 2011, 3:58PM
Five lessons in self-protection from an independent female journalist who covered rape in Haiti’s post-quake tent camps