Race Forward Announces Akiba Solomon as New Editorial Director for Colorlines


Media Contact:

Rebekah Spicuglia 

Senior Communications Manager, Race Forward

Former Editorial Director Kai Wright Named Editor-at-Large

March 5, 2014 (New York, NY) -- National racial justice organization Race Forward is thrilled to announce award-winning journalist Akiba Solomon as new Colorlines Editorial Director. Colorlines is a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis, published by Race Forward. 

“Colorlines is smart and innovative -- we have succeeded in creating a unique journalistic space for communities of color,” said Solomon. "I'm honored to serve as Colorlines Editorial Director and look forward to increasing online engagement and maintaining the quality of our coverage."

Colorlines is produced by a multiracial team of writers who cover stories from the perspective of community, rather than through the lens of power brokers. Solomon is an award winning journalist, editor and essayist who has worked with Ebony.com, Glamour, Essence, Vibe Vixen, The Source, Redbook, Vibe and Heart & Soul. She is a sought-after public speaker and has spoken at a range of institutions including The Schomburg Center for the Research in Black Culture, Stanford University, Yale University, Harvard University and The University of Chicago. Her book Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts was recently featured on Buzzfeed as a top black feminist read.

“Akiba Solomon is the right person to lead Colorlines and continue its powerful trajectory, exposing systemic racism and highlighting the human stories behind difficult debates," said Rinku Sen, Colorlines Publisher and Race Forward Executive Director. 

Race Forward is also pleased to announce that Kai Wright, who served as Colorlines Editorial Director for four years, will remain an integral part of the Colorlines team as Editor-at-Large. 

"Kai Wright guided Colorlines through its journey from a print journal to a daily news destination and through a time when our audience and community grew dramatically," said Sen. In his new role, Wright will help lead Colorlines' investigative work and support its increased visibility and strategy.

For interview or more information on Colorlines, please contact Senior Communications Manager Rebekah Spicuglia at media@raceforward.org.

About Race Forward
Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice,. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country's largest multiracial conference on racial justice.