Join us for a conversation with Colorlines Editorial Director Akiba Solomon about using journalism to expose and explore systemic racism. What are the barriers facing journalists, and how can they overcome them?
The moderated Q&A will be hosted by writer, and activist, and WAM!NYC board member Agunda Okeyo.
Solomon is an NABJ-Award-winning journalist from West Philadelphia. Online, she has written about culture and the intersection between gender and race for Colorlines, Ebony.com, and Dissent. As Colorlines’ inaugural reporting fellow, Solomon reported on reproductive health access for women of color during and immediately after President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. In the fall of 2015 she was one of five journalists selected by the Foundation for Middle East Peace to travel to Israel/Palestine to experience the region’s difficult political dynamics firsthand. In September 2014, shortly after unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by White, then-officer Darren Wilson, she was one of few journalists allowed on a Black Lives Matter “freedom ride” from New York City to Ferguson, MO.