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.

Follow Akiba Solomon on Twitter: @akibasolomon

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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.

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Yes, Ben Carson Really Did Call Enslaved Africans 'Immigrants' Who 'Worked Even Harder for Less'

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.

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Actor and Activist Danny Glover on Why He's Marching With Black Nissan Workers

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.

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10 Times Trump Hit Peak Phoniness in His Big Speech to Congress [OPINION]

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.

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ICYMI: Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Used the Worst Propaganda Ever to Vilify 1.6 Billion Muslims

An alarming video that Flynn quoted and forwarded on Twitter shows the former general’s commitment to spreading anti-Muslim propaganda.

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Peak Petty: The New York Times is Still Tracking Every Person, Place or Thing Trump Insults on Twitter

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.”

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[VIDEO] Million Hoodies for Justice Has an Inauguration Day Message for the Anxious Masses

Today the youth leaders are talking to you, not President Trump.

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Killed by Police in 2016

A commemoration of the more than 450 civilians of color who were killed by police in 2016

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Break Time!

The Colorlines team has some year-end goodness on deck, but we’re taking some time off from the daily grind. 

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Kanye West Does Not Speak for People of Color [OP-ED]

The superstar who once blurted out that President George W. Bush didn’t care about Black people met with President-Elect Donald Trump to discuss “multicultural issues” today. Herewith, a PSA.

#FacingRace Livestream: Multiracial Movements for Black Lives

Michelle Alexander moderates a discussion with leading racial justice activists and thinkers about how #BlackLivesMatter connects with, rather than divides, the movement for racial justice. 

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But Weed Legalization Won Big Though...

Voters in nine states including California, Massachusetts and Nevada passed ballot measures legalizing the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. 

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The United States of America Elects Reality Television Personality Donald J. Trump as Its 45th President

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be the nation’s first female president.

WATCH: This Hilarious 'Formation' Spoof Takes Aim at Anti-Abortion TRAP Laws

Jean Grae, Joyelle Nicole and Denae Famada team up for Lady Parts Justice League’s “InFormation,” a comedic video with a serious message.

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Movement for Black Lives Members Hit Capitol Hill to Press Elected Officials on Economic and Criminal Justice Issues

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.

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ICYMI: Private Security Agents Sicced Dogs on Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

Agents for Energy Transfer Partners also pepper-sprayed people who were using their bodies to prevent bulldozers from razing the contested land.