La Toubab Noire

skinny_headshotMarissa A. L. Jackson is an attorney by profession, an artist by  blood, a social commentator by nature/nurture, a philanthropist by heritage, and an author at heart. She started this blog after moving to Dakar, Senegal, where she launched an interdisciplinary human rights and development think tank.

Marissa is currently living, writing and rioting (not in the 1967 sense) in Detroit, where she spent the vast majority of her childhood.  Marissa also writes for CompareAfrique, and recently gave a TEDx talk entitled “Human Rights, Sankofa, and the Power of Paradigms” in April 2014, at TEDxNorthwesternU. Her essay in defense of social media-based activism in support of the kidnapped Chibok girls was featured in The Guardian in May 2014.

Marissa is a proud Afro-Jamerican, a radical subaltern feminist, post-colonial theorist, tea afficionado, pescetarian, unabashed catlady, mezzo-soprano, big sister to three accomplished siblings, and of recent, a runner. She is also a newlywed and Baby B’s (step)mama. Marissa believes strongly in Christian liberation theology, and is an active  in her church’s children’s ministry.  She loves pre-war apartments, music, dance, and ginger, and is trying to muster up the courage and patience for Bikram yoga.

Marissa joins NYU School of Law as an Assistant Acting Professor of Lawyering in the fall of 2014, where she will focus on: the impact of human rights norms upon contract and property law in gentrifying metropoles throughout the post- and neo-colonial African world and Urban North; the relationship between socioeconomic human rights and national security/peace; the role of human rights law in the African-American community; and the rights of women and girls to marry and refuse marriage.

Follow Marissa on Twitter at @latoubabnoire.

2 thoughts on “La Toubab Noire

  1. Dear Ms. Jackson,

    My name is Eryn Ashleigh and I am a producer for the radio program, Women’s Magazine, on 94.1FM KPFA in Berkeley, CA. I would like to interview you about your article, “Who Will March for Marissa Alexander.” I would like you to share your analysis of the Zimmerman and Alexander trials, and what resulting changes or actions you would like to see in the justice system, and the way Americans deal with racism.

    Women’s Magazine airs Mondays – 1:00p – 2:00p PST on 94.1FM KPFA or online at We focus on airing the news and culture from a feminist perspective. I would like to interview you for a show that will air in October. We are not a live show, so I can interview via skype or in person. I would like to interview you next Friday, September 6 at 3:00p EST. If that tine is not convenient, I am flexible.

    If you are interested and available in doing the interview, please contact me at, or my cell – (505) 385-1173.

    Thank you,
    Eryn Ashleigh

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