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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.

The Best Black Comedy You're Not Watching

The Best Black Comedy You’re Not Watching

by Akiba Solomon on May 9 2011, 9:18AM

“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Friends” is must-see (Web) TV. Here’s why.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

Rep. Chris Smith: Fetuses Are the 'Most Persecuted Minority In the World'

Rep. Chris Smith: Fetuses Are the ‘Most Persecuted Minority In the World’

by Akiba Solomon on May 4 2011, 4:55PM

The latest race-baiting from the anti-abortion movement. This one’s a doozy.

Topics: Gender

The Radical Anti-Choice Bill We Can't Afford to Ignore

The Radical Anti-Choice Bill We Can’t Afford to Ignore

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.

Topics: Gender

I Didn't Watch the Royal Wedding, But It Still Won't Go Away

I Didn’t Watch the Royal Wedding, But It Still Won’t Go Away

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.

Topics: Gender, Media

It's Time to Talk to Employers About Domestic Workers' Rights

It’s Time to Talk to Employers About Domestic Workers’ Rights

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.

Topics: Gender

Crystal Gail Mangum Isn't Innocent, But She's a Victim Just the Same

Crystal Gail Mangum Isn’t Innocent, But She’s a Victim Just the Same

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.

Topics: Gender

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

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.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

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.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

On DJ Mister Cee, Malcolm X and Online Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 11 2011, 10:31AM

How should we deal with the kinds of comments littering Mister Cee and Malcolm X threads?

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, History, Mister Cee

Update: Resistance to Race-Baiting Chicago Billboard

Update: Resistance to Race-Baiting Chicago Billboard

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

Topics: Gender

Does Anti-Abortion Option Line Withhold Vital Health Information?

Does Anti-Abortion Option Line Withhold Vital Health Information?

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!

Topics: Gender

Another Day, Another Race-Baiting Abortion Billboard

Another Day, Another Race-Baiting Abortion Billboard

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.

Topics: Gender

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: One More Weapon Against Women of Color

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: One More Weapon Against Women of Color

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.

Topics: Gender, Health

Chris Brown Needs More Therapy and Less F.A.M.E.

Chris Brown Needs More Therapy and Less F.A.M.E.

by Akiba Solomon on March 23 2011, 12:05PM

The singing and dancing machine uses art to escape the domestic violence he’s seen and committed. That’s just not enough.

Topics: Gender, Chris Brown

White, Rich Gay Couples More Acceptable than Single Moms

White, Rich Gay Couples More Acceptable than Single Moms

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.

Topics: Gender

After Cleveland, Texas: Eight Ways Black Men Can Fight Rape

After Cleveland, Texas: Eight Ways Black Men Can Fight Rape

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.

Topics: Gender, Texas Rape

The Gang Rape of a Latina 6th Grader, and a Horrific Community Response

The Gang Rape of a Latina 6th Grader, and a Horrific Community Response

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?

Topics: Gender, Texas Rape

Rep. Chris Smith and a Little International Women's Day Irony

Rep. Chris Smith and a Little International Women’s Day Irony

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.

Topics: Gender

Ivory Coast Aftermath: The People, Not the President(s) Come First

Ivory Coast Aftermath: The People, Not the President(s) Come First

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.

Topics: Gender

“I Had to Accept That I Could Be Sexually Assaulted on the Job”

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

Topics: Gender