Reader, I told you that I would be back with Part II of this blog. Now, it took me a little longer than expected, but I am back. And as promised, I will address Toni Morrison. …


This is the second installment of a series that I am doing on Black people and mental health. This blog looks at the link between literature and psychology. This semester, I am teaching a class for upperclassmen that features Black women writers. …


Traditionally, African Americans have been denied individuality and were forced to hide their human flaws by the hegemony. However, at this point in history, we need to give abnormal psychology some due diligence. By the way, I do not own the copyrights to any of the music that you will…


About five years ago, I realized that I had to make radical changes to my Composition II syllabus. Young people live in a digital bubble and are not always easy to reach.

When we think of people living in a bubble, we think Baby Boomers from the World War II/Korean…


I am hearing a cacophony of anger. “Critical Race Theory.” “The 1619 Project.” “Real American History.” And my ear is tuned to language and how that language reverberates through the chambers of history. And in this case, the language comes to us from slavery. The restrictive Texas abortion law shows…


What do you charge someone with when the words that they use become deadly weapons? Every day, I see people in power use words as deadly weapons. I do not think our legal structure has the proper tools to handle those who would use words weapons of mass destruction.

When…


Though I do not agree with calling a woman out of her name, I have been reflecting on the angry incident between a Black man and a Black woman after the death of Kobe Bryant. What should have been a time of mourning became a media fiasco. …


At times, I am simply outraged by our leaders’ refusal to call domestic terror by its real name.

I have a guilty pleasure: Adam Sandler movies. When I want to relax, I can pull on a pair of pajamas, grab a bag of Doritos, and watch Adam Sandler movies one…


There are times when you have to reach waaaaayyy back and grab some of that Black, Gulf State speech for a just right word.

This is a post that I have been meaning to put up for a very long time. It involves Zora Neale Hurston, the Gulf State South…


America is a schizophrenic country. We collectively attend churches dedicated to a savior from an impoverished background. Yet, we do not even have a language for white poverty. When and where we should talk about white poverty, we talk about race. …

LaToya R Jefferson-James

LaToya Jefferson-James has a Ph.D. in literature. She specializes in literature of the African Diaspora & cultural criticism. And her class never ends! Welcome.

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