La Toubab Noire

skinny_headshotMarissa 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 loves, and lives, a great story.

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.

Marissa is a radical subaltern feminist, a post-colonial theorist, a tea afficionado, a pescetarian, an unabashed catlady, a mezzo-soprano, a big sister to three accomplished siblings, and of recent, a runner.  She is currently trying to become more active in her church, and she is learning how to be an excellent acceptable stepmom to the world-famous Baby B while putting the finishing touches on her wedding to his dad. She’s trying to muster up the courage to try Bikram yoga.  She loves pre-war apartments, music, and spice on everything. She will join NYU School of Law as an Assistant Acting Professor of Lawyering in the fall of 2014.

Follow Marissa on Twitter at @latoubabnoire, but be warned that she doesn’t update Twitter as often as she should, as it does not sufficiently accommodate her loquaciousness.

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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