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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.

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

Bishop Eddie Long Hasn't Learned

Bishop Eddie Long Hasn’t Learned

by Akiba Solomon on March 1 2011, 12:58PM

Bishop Eddie Long’s latest spate of all-men’s prayer vigils undermine the do-right masculinity he so desperately covets.

Topics: Gender

9 Reasons To Hate Anti-Abortion Billboards That Target Black Women

9 Reasons To Hate Anti-Abortion Billboards That Target Black Women

by Akiba Solomon on February 25 2011, 1:10PM

When you target black women and call our wombs dangerous, you can’t call yourself pro-life.

Topics: Gender, Planned Parenthood

How Arizona's New Anti-Immigrant Bills Target Women

How Arizona’s New Anti-Immigrant Bills Target Women

by Akiba Solomon on February 25 2011, 10:03AM

Elizabeth Barajas-Román explains how the state’s nastiest legislators have turned their animus toward Latinas and families.

Topics: Immigration

The New Adventures of Old Cosmetic Surgery

The New Adventures of Old Cosmetic Surgery

by Akiba Solomon on February 22 2011, 1:57PM

Why the plastic surgery industry’s new take on ‘ethnic’ features is the same old thing.

Topics: Gender

'Sex Crimes Against Black Girls' Exhibit Uses Art to Confront Incest

‘Sex Crimes Against Black Girls’ Exhibit Uses Art to Confront Incest

by Akiba Solomon on February 21 2011, 4:45PM

Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis braves controversy and pain to expose sexual violence against girls in the African Diaspora

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

Rep. Moore Tells Anti-Choice GOP Where to Shove Black Genocide Lie

Rep. Moore Tells Anti-Choice GOP Where to Shove Black Genocide Lie

by Akiba Solomon on February 18 2011, 6:45PM

“I know a lot about having black babies. I’ve had three of them,” she explains during Pence Amendment debate.

Topics: Gender, Health, Planned Parenthood

Breast Feeding is a Black Thing

Breast Feeding is a Black Thing

by Akiba Solomon on February 17 2011, 12:57PM

How the First Lady was right about black women and breast-feeding—and why critics like Rep. Michele Bachmann are dead wrong.

Topics: Gender, Health

Another Fashion Week, Another Colored Model Fad

Another Fashion Week, Another Colored Model Fad

by Akiba Solomon on February 16 2011, 10:49AM

But still no sign of questioning the Euro-supremacy at the root of what’s hot and what’s not.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

How Microbicides Could Forever Change HIV for Black Women

How Microbicides Could Forever Change HIV for Black Women

by Akiba Solomon on February 10 2011, 12:04PM

By 2014, scientists may have given women the tool to truly change the HIV epidemic’s trajectory.

Topics: Gender, HIV/AIDS, Health

Nobody's Smiling About the Pepsi MAX

Nobody’s Smiling About the Pepsi MAX “Angry Black Woman” Ad

by Akiba Solomon on February 8 2011, 9:30AM

The Pepsi ad was meant to be funny; the Black blogesphere says, “Not so much.”

Topics: Gender

Males Can't Be

Males Can’t Be “Forcibly Raped”— According to the FBI

by Akiba Solomon on February 4 2011, 10:54AM

When homophobia and sexism shape even crime data, no wonder there’s so much silence on male sexual violence.

Topics: Gender