Eat the Cake, Anna-Mae

by Akiba Solomon on Jan 27, 2014 4:21PM

Beyoncé was decidely anti-feminist at The Grammys.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender

What Jezebel Gets Wrong About R. Kelly

by Akiba Solomon on Dec 3, 2013 4:18PM

When an allegedly feminist blog bigs up "Black Panties," the new album by the alleged pedophile, it makes you wonder what a feminist is.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

About Islan Nettles

by Akiba Solomon on Nov 22, 2013 12:28PM

As the clock tick tocks on the Islan Nettles case a message is being sent: Transwomen of color's lives don't matter.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Criminal Justice

How '12 Years a Slave' Exposes Early Rape Culture

by Akiba Solomon on Oct 28, 2013 2:51PM

The sexual violence against the enslaved woman Patsy reminds us that slavery lays in the DNA of rape culture

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, '12 Years a Slave'

A Note About Chris Brown, Rape Culture and Our Ethics

by Akiba Solomon on Oct 8, 2013 10:32AM

Chris Brown recently told the Guardian that he 'lost his virginity' at age eight. What actually happened was a rape--a fact that deserves more than a passing mention.

Topics: Gender

What Does DJ Mister Cee's Coming Out Mean to Hip-Hop?

by Akiba Solomon on Sep 20, 2013 7:00AM

In the aftermath of Mister Cee's coming out, activists, thinkers and industry insiders talk about its effect on the notoriously homophobic industry.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Mister Cee

On Saying No to Miley Cyrus, the Habitual Twerk-Crosser

by Akiba Solomon on Aug 27, 2013 7:00AM

I dream of a world where black women dancers have enough options, wherewithal and dignity to just say no.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Arts & Culture, Twerking

Cocoa Butter, India.Arie and Colorism Trolling in the Music Industry

by Akiba Solomon on Apr 4, 2013 6:00AM

R&B meets colorism meets online marketing again. It's annoying.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

On Steubenville, Guns, and Healthy Echo Chambers

by Akiba Solomon on Mar 20, 2013 1:30PM

Sexual violence is horrible. It's also an extremely complicated issue to handle online. That's why we need to help each other sort it out, take a break if needed--and allow room for the complexity of human compassion.

Topics: Gender, Media, Gender & Sexuality

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the 'One Drop' Rule

by Akiba Solomon on Dec 7, 2012 9:43AM

CNN's upcoming "Black in America 5" wades into the deep of black identity and skin color politics. Here, Dr. Yaba Blay, a Ghanain-American scholar whose independent work sparked the special, talks about the nuances of a topic often considered too hot TV.

Topics: Gender, Media, History