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Tamara Jeffries

Bennett College
Associate Professor Journalism and Media Studies
North Carolina
Talk to me about creating/capturing/sharing non-fiction narratives; about the impact of media and social media images and activity on mental health; about experiences at a historically-black woman's college; about yoga and mindfulness practices for mental health (especially in the context of race- and gender-based trauma).
I come to all that from this background: Executive Editor of Essence magazine where I did content development, top-level editing, managing teams, managing the budget. Editor-in-Chief of HealthQuest: The Publication of Black Wellness; Contributing Editor for Health magazine, in charge of our coverage of mental, emotional and spiritual health.  I edit and co-author books (primarily with health professionals) and work with writers and non-writers to help them get their ideas onto the page. I’m a certified yoga instructor--and teach the first for-credit yoga class at an HBCU. I'm the parent of a complex and insightful 13-year-old. I was born and raised in Danville, Virginia and have lived and worked in Knoxville, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Durham and Greensboro.