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 May 27 2011, 8:17AM
What do you do when a group discussion about a touchy-but-ubiquitous subject gets dangerously personal?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!