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).
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.
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.
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.
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.’”
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.
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.
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.