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.
Long before mainstream media started focusing on race, Colorlines was doing breaking news, investigations, profiles, culture reporting, graphics, essays, comics, videos and even playlists through a multiracial and systemic lens. Today, we're thrilled to present a brighter, cleaner, fresher place for our work.
Over the past couple of days, news and social media have reported that the black girl that now-fired Spring Valley High School resource officer Ben Fields attacked on Monday had just lost her mother and grandmother. Her attorney says that's100 percent false.
Colorlines alumn Carla Murphy talks with moms and dads who say they're struggling to protect their kids from racialized police violence and the street crime they don't trust law enforcement to address.
The Rachel Dolezal fraud has led to mainstream scrutinizing about Andrea Smith, an icon of Native American feminism long accused of being a white woman passing as Cherokee. A look at the not-new, not-easy issues right beneath the surface.
Samaria Rice, mother of 12-year-old police shooting victim Tamir Rice, opens up about who her youngest son was, how she feels about protests in his name, and how she and her other children are coping with the all-too-common trauma of loosing a loved one to police violenc.
National media outlets are reporting that some 200 members of criminal motorcycle gangs converged at a Waco, Texas, mall and shot, kicked and whipped one another. Why haven't they been described as violent thugs?
"The Ghost of Cornel West," Micheal Eric Dyson's takedown of his former mentor and friend, has been a hot topic for days. For posterity, here's a highly unscientific survey of what people think about it.
In far too many stories about Walter Scott--the black 50-year-old killed by white North Charleston, S.C., officer Michael Slager--we can't see his face. Here is Richard Péan's rendering of Scott--and cop who shot him in the back