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).
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.