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. Online, she has written about culture and the intersection between gender and race for Ebony, Dissent, Essence and POZ. As Colorlines' inaugural reporting fellow, Solomon reported on reproductive health access for women of color. 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.

She is currently co-editing an anthology tentatively titled "How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance" to be published by Nation Books in 2019.  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 and Harvard University.

Check out Akiba Solomon’s media appearances.

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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.

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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.

A Black woman wearing a white shirt rests her hand on her pregnant belly.

Patrisse Cullors on What the Tax Bill Has to Do With Women of Color Dying in Childbirth

The senior fellow in maternal mortality at MomsRising and Black Lives Matter coufounder discusses how the tax bill may impact the reproductive health of women of color, particularly Black women. 

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Break Time! The 2017 Edition

We will be delivering some year-end goodness, but taking a break from the relentless daily grind.

A black man wearing a black vest holds up a sign that says "Net neutrality affects us all."

Malkia Cyril Explains Exactly Why the Loss of Net Neutrality Matters—and What's Next

The veteran media justice organizer, who vows to see the FCC in court, forecasts a future of ”pay-for-play” internet, higher prices and de facto censorship. 

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4 Ways the Soul Train Awards Proved That Real Singing Still Matters

The Soul Train Awards always deliver exceptional performances. Here’s a recap, starring Bilal, Fantasia, Luke James, SWV and Method Man.

A White man in sunglasses and a White shirt makes a slashing motion across his neck during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Some Background on Those Violent, White Supremacist 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville

White nationalism is the big story after today’s violent ”Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here’s what we know and some resources to deepen your knowledge about what’s going on. 

A Black woman with a short natural haircut wearing a denim shirt and colorful necklace stands in front of trees in the woods

Dr. Yaba Blay for The Root: Black Hair Conversations That Don't Consider White Supremacy Pathologize Black Women

In the first of a new video series from The Root, ethnographer, producer and professor Yaba Blay makes sense of the race politics and meaning of hair as it grows out of Black women’s scalps.  

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Philando Castile's Mom, Valerie: 'I'm Mad As Hell Right Now, Yes I Am!'

On the heels of the not-guilty verdict for the former police officer who fatally shot her son, Valerie Castile blasts the “free reign” of law enforcement with “no regard for human life.”

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This is Not a Thinkpiece About French Montana [OPINION]

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. 

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MLK's Revolutionary Speech, 'Beyond Vietnam' Turned 50. Here's How It's Relevant to Our Current Crazy

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.”

Regarding January 18, 2017 Coverage of The Cordish Companies

We removed a January 18, 2017 piece aggregated from a since-discredited Daily Beast article on March 14, 2017.