Akiba Solomon

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Editorial Director
Brooklyn, NY

Akiba Solomon is the Editorial Director 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 Solomon’s media appearances.

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Watch: M4BL Participants Confront Cleveland Police For Detaining a 14-Year-Old Boy

by Akiba Solomon on Jul 27, 2015 2:37PM

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. 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Schools & Youth, Criminal Justice

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

by Akiba Solomon on Jul 7, 2015 1:25PM

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.

Topics: History, Media, Native Affairs

'This is a Nightmare and I Have Not Woken Up'

by Akiba Solomon on Jun 5, 2015 11:44AM

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. 

Topics: Police Violence, Criminal Justice

All 6 Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Killing Are Indicted

by Akiba Solomon on May 21, 2015 5:59PM

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

Topics: /NOW, Police Violence, Criminal Justice

No Thugs at Scene of Biker Gang 'Rumble'

by Akiba Solomon on May 18, 2015 10:16AM

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?

Topics: /NOW, Media, Criminal Justice

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

by Akiba Solomon on Apr 28, 2015 11:00AM

"Thugs" destroyed chunks of Baltimore in the wake of the Freddie Gray funeral. "Ohio State fans" tore up their city to celebrate a Buckeyes win.  Now guess who's who.

Topics: Media, Criminal Justice

Cornel West: Dyson Committed 'Character Assassination' in Essay

by Akiba Solomon on Apr 23, 2015 1:10PM

The Union Theological Seminary professor took to Facebook to address "The Ghost of Cornel West," a scathing essay by Georgetown's Michael Eric Dyson. 

Topics: /NOW, Media, Politics

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill at 5

by Akiba Solomon on Apr 21, 2015 6:05PM

Brentin Mock lays out five possible pathways to healing the Gulf Coast.

Topics: /NOW, Environment

The Top 5 Things Folks Are Saying About Dyson vs. West

by Akiba Solomon on Apr 21, 2015 2:50PM

"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.

Topics: /NOW, Media

The Wise Words of Slain Activist Catherine Han Montoya

by Akiba Solomon on Apr 16, 2015 4:12PM

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

Topics: /NOW, Immigration, Gender & Sexuality