Akiba Solomon

Senior Editorial Director
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Akiba Solomon is the Senior Editorial Director of Colorlines. She is an NABJ-Award winning journalist from West Philadelphia. The Howard University graduate has written about culture and the intersection between gender and race for Dissent, Essence, Ebony, Glamour and POZ. Solomon has also been a health editor for Essence, a researcher for Glamour and a senior editor for the print versions of Vibe Vixen and The Source.

Solomon recently co-authored "How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance" (Bold Type Books, March 2019). 

She has spoken about women’s and social justice issues at a range of institutions including The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Stanford University, Yale University and Harvard University.

As a forerunner to the explosion of digital work about race, body image and representation, Solomon's first book was "Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Lips, Hips and Other Parts" (Penguin Books, 2005).

Check out Akiba Solomon’s media appearances.

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Rashida Tlaib. A brown woman wearing glasses sits at a desk at a House hearing

Israel Says Rep. Tlaib Can Visit If She Doesn't Protest, She Declines

“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in—fighting against racism, oppression and injustice.”

A crowd of brown men carries the brown body of Marwan Nasser through the streets.

With Big Push From Trump, Israel Denies Entry to Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

The Democratic members of Congress were reportedly looking to visit with Palestinian people to learn more about their lives under Israel’s harsh policies.

Eshe Shukura, a Black person wears a t-shit that says "This is What an Abortion Access Supporter Looks Like."

WATCH: Advancing Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump, Part 2 [VIDEO]

Georgia-based reproductive justice organizer Eshe Shukura talks to Colorlines about why it’s important to modernize the reproductive rights conversation.

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For the Millionth Time, We Are Not 'All Immigrants'

People keep using the false rhetoric of “we are all immigrants” when denouncing American racism and xenophobia. Use this vintage piece by scholar and revolutionary Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to debunk this notion for good.

A protestor holds up a yellow sign captioned "End the Raids! End the deportations."

Tools of War: Share This List Before the ICE Raids Start

Starting on Sunday, Homeland Security will begin raiding the homes and workplaces of some 2,000 people who remain in the country despite deportation orders. Here, tools for making it through. 

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Even More on Reparations: Watch This Forum Featuring Leading Activists, Live

The ACLU-sponsored gathering includes Dr. Ron Daniels, convener of National African American Reparations Commission, Kamm Howard, a co-chairperson of NCOBRA, Danny Glover and more. 

A Black woman with natural twists wearing a red dress makes a speech.

ICYMI: Watch Stacey Abrams Push Back On Trump's State of the Union Address

The Georgia Democrat is the first Black woman in history to give the official rebuttal to a presidential State of the Union speech. 

A think Black woman wearing a fitted white gown performs on stage

Colorlines Favorites of 2018: The Power and Pain of 'Whitney'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, senior editorial director Akiba Solomon explains why you should watch the definitive Whitney Houston documentary, even if you aren’t a fan.

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Facing Race Livestream: Watch Hari Kondabolu, Tarana Burke, adrienne maree brown and Many More!

Check out the keynotes and plenaries from Facing Race 2018.

A Black man wearing a black hoodie and a red book with black writing that says "Heavy"

'Heavy' Author Kiese Laymon Is Not Here to Titillate You

With his new memoir ,”Heavy,” the Mississippi author and professor charts a childhood filled with trauma, fear, violence and secrets. Here’s why he revealed so very much about his family, friends and hometown.

 

A Brown man holds up a sign that says "Right to work. We all lose."

Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against Public Labor Unions With 'Janus v. AFSCME' Decision

The case addressed whether public-sector workers who refuse to join the union should have to pay “fair share” dues to support the union’s collective bargaining on behalf of all employees.

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QUOTABLE: 3 Excerpts From Darnell L. Moore's Luminous Debut, 'No Ashes in the Fire'

The activist and journalist’s debut memoir, “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America,” just dropped. Revel in its radical honesty and beauty.

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We're Sharing the Work of the Late Student Journalist Bre'Aira Johnson Because She Can't

The Morgan State University junior made a video for her digital journalism class about how media treats Baltimore homicide victims, including her uncle, as statistics. Then she died in a car crash. Here is her final project, “Pain After Murder in ‘Bodymore.’”  

A brown woman wearing a black floral dress and a light peach hijab smiles while holding up a fist

Dear America: Linda Sarsour Has Advice for Some of Us Who Are Brave

In the aftermath of Israeli soldiers killing more than 60 Palestinian protestors on Monday, the Palestinian-American organizer urges “brave Americans” to “choose to be on the right side of history.”

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5 Things You Need to Watch, Read and Follow About Palestine Right Now

While Trump envoys celebrated the opening of a United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers killed more than 60 Palestinian protestors and wounded thousands. Here, a few resources to help you grasp what’s really going on.

Bill Cosby, wearing a red tie and blue jacket, grimaces in the corridor of a Pennsylvania courthouse.

6 Black Feminists Speak Out About the Cosby Sexual Assault Conviction

In the moments after the Bill Cosby verdict, Colorlines asked six Black feminists to tell us how they felt about it. Here’s what Tarana Burke, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Jamilah Lemieux, Salamishah Tillet, Ayana Byrd and Monifa Bandele shared.

A group of people protest inside of a Starbucks

Starbucks to Close 8,000 Stores in May for a Daylong Racial Bias Training

The company is doing damage control after the release of a viral video of Philadelphia police arresting two Black men at the behest of a store manager who accused them of trespassing. 

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For a Conscious Black Child of the '80s, Hugh Masekela Brought Lightness to the Heavy Anti-Apartheid Movement

Being a kid during the anti-apartheid movement meant learning, in real time, that the oppression of Black people was global. Akiba Solomon gives thanks for the joy and lightness that the father of South African jazz brought to an intense international struggle. 

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WATCH: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nas, Aloe Blacc and Dave East Rock 'I Wrote My Way Out'

The compelling clip for the “Hamilton Mixtape” track also features classic New York City street scenes and some really adorable kids.

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2017 Favorite: Future's "Mask Off"

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite 2017 videos, books, hashtags, movies and more. Here, editorial director Akiba Solomon tries to justify why ”Mask Off” is her song of the year.