Akiba Solomon is the Editorial Director of Colorlines. She is an NABJ-Award winning journalist and 2015 Root 100 awardee from West Philadelphia. Online, she has written about culture and the intersection between gender and race for Colorlines, Ebony.com, and Dissent. As Colorlines' inaugural reporting fellow, Solomon reported on reproductive health access for women of color during and immediately after President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. More recently, the Brooklyn-based Howard University graduate wrote Essence magazine's July 2015 cover story featuring Orange is the New Black cast members. In the fall of 2015 she was one of five journalists selected by the Foundation for Middle East Peace to travel to Israel/Palestine to experience the region's difficult political dynamics firsthand and learn about the lives of everyday people. In September 2014, shortly after unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by White, then-officer Darren Wilson, she was one of few journalists allowed on a Black Lives Matter "freedom ride" from New York City to Ferguson, MO.
Solomon 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 print magazines on a freelance basis, including Redbook, Vibe, and Heart & Soul. As a panelist, she has spoken about women’s and social justice issues 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.
In somewhat of a pivot from their usual work, The Movement for Black Lives activists went to Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby individual U.S. representatives and senators on a range of Black economic and criminal justice issues.
People around the nation are mourning Khalid Jabara, the Arab-American man slain this month by a racist next-door neighbor with a violent past. Here, his sister in law, Jenna, tells Colorlines about his role in the family and why his parents are not leaving their home.
Two years after the Michael Brown was shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, the TV host, professor and writer Marc Lamont Hill shares why he dedicated his latest book, "Nobody," to the 18-year-old, what's changed in Ferguson and why we need to reframe how we see Black women's encounters with police.
"Afeni had a deep and profound love for the community and a passion for the people that made her a dynamic organizer and dedicated activist. ...[Her] organizing laid the seeds for a legacy we still bear witness to today."
After multiple reports that freedom fighter Harriet Tubman would "replace" president and slave master Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that he'll stay there—just on the back.
Ryan Coogler's Blackout for Human Rights is throwing a star-studded, free concert on Sunday for Flint, the Black Michigan city poisoned by toxic tap water. Here's how you can watch the show featuring Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monaé and Andra Day—and where you can donate funds right now.
Last week Adweek's Agency Spy blog exposed a racist e-mail written by a Campbell Ewald creative director that got him and the CEO fired. But this isn't just a textbook case of workplace bias. It's a tragic display of poor creative choices.
The Schomburg Center is hosting—and livestreaming—a debate about respectability politics at 6:30 p.m. ET. Randall Kennedy, a Harvard law professor and a strong defender of this unpopular brand of politics, will mix it up with Brittney Cooper and Mychal Denzel Smith.
In the debut episode of "The Movement," activist and writer Darnell Moore goes to Camden, N.J., to meet folks who challenge the lie that Black people don't care about violent crime unless it's committed by police.