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 February 25 2011, 1:10PM
When you target black women and call our wombs dangerous, you can’t call yourself pro-life.
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.
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
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.
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.
by Akiba Solomon on February 8 2011, 9:30AM
The Pepsi ad was meant to be funny; the Black blogesphere says, “Not so much.”
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.
by Akiba Solomon on February 3 2011, 10:33AM
With passion, courage, and the gift of gab, sisters like Asmaa Mahfouz are playing a major role in Egypt’s transformation.
by Akiba Solomon on February 1 2011, 9:40AM
Alleged butcher Dr. Kermit Gosnell was aided by cynical abortion politics and a systemic disregard for Philadelphia’s poor women of color.
by Akiba Solomon on October 22 2010, 9:36AM
This time the high-tech lynching came through a phone line, but the evil still lurks within.
Topics: Gender & Sexuality
by Akiba Solomon on May 25 2010, 12:00PM
Dueling Facebook pages reveal the conflicted emotions stirred when Detroit police shot a 7-year-old girl while investigating a 17-year-old boy’s murder.
Topics: Criminal Justice