Akiba Solomon is the Editorial Director of Colorlines. She is an NABJ-Award winning journalist 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. 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. 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.
The Morocco-born, culture-vulture-loving rapper responded to a light jab from a young Black woman with all kinds of misogynoir. But this isn’t a thinkpiece because it didn’t take a lot of thought to realize that this grown man acted like a pure fool.
April 4 is significant for two reasons: On April 4, 1967 we see the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King making his first antiwar speech, “Beyond Vietnam.” On April 4, 1968, King is assassinated. We talked to veteran activist and King scholar Rev. Osagyefo Sekou about what that speech means today. and why King’s legacy cannot be reduced to “I Have a Dream.”
No. This isn’t from The Onion, Funny or Die or “Drunk History.” The retired African-American neurosurgeon and current HUD secretary did, in fact, describe enslaved Africans as “immigrants” with dreams of American prosperity.
Danny Glover, Bernie Sanders and NAACP president Cornell Brooks will participate in a massive march with Canton, Mississippi, Nissan factory workers trying to unionize. Glover sat down with Colorlines to talk about the Nissan issue, his alliance with Sanders and why race should never, ever trump class.
Press have been praising Donald Trump’s first joint Congressional address as ‘ “finally presidential” and “positive.” Akiba Solomon argues that his huge lies of omission, hypocrisy and revisionist history made the speech nasty business as usual.
What started as a tool for campaign coverage has morphed into a running list of President Trump’s tweets attacking a wide range of targets, from “racist’ ” Tavis Smiley to the GOP to the cast of “Hamilton.”
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.