Akiba Solomon

Editorial Director
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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.

Check out Akiba Solomon’s media appearances.

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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.

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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.

Alert: Major Black Panthers Documentary Drops Today

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" drops today in New York City and will later be screened at film fests around the U.S. Here's a clip from the highly anticipated indie documentary.

A Deep Dive Into 'Parenting While Black' in a Post-Freddie Gray Baltimore

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.

U of Cincinnati Cop Who Fatally Shot Samuel Dubose Indicted for Murder

Ray Tensing, the white University of Cincinnati officer who fatally shot unarmed black motorist Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop, will face murder charges that could result in a life sentence. 

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Protestors surrounded Cleveland transit police for detaining a 14-year-old year-old right after the Movement for Black Lives convening. They refused to move until the boy was released. 

Native Feminism, White Women Passing and the Sad Tale of Andrea Smith

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All 6 Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Killing Are Indicted

A Baltimore grand jury indicted each officer with every offense they were charged with. 

No Thugs at Scene of Biker Gang 'Rumble'

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?

Thugs. Students. Rioters. Fans: Media's Subtle Racism in Unrest Coverage

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"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.

The Wise Words of Slain Activist Catherine Han Montoya

Celebrating the self-described "queer Chicana Korean feminist and Broncos fan" who was killed in her Atlanta home on Monday.

Share This Portrait of Walter Scott

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Some Jay Smooth Wisdom on the Starbucks Controversy

Jay Smooth underlines why race talks should be about quality not quantity.

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