Black Speculation and Hope

In a 2020 interview focused on Afrofuturism and the Covid 19 pandemic, scholar Alondra Nelson said, “I think it’s important to remember that the Afrofuturist tradition in arts and letters and music is really writing with and up against the possibility of black annihilation — the sort of possibility that the world could end, butContinue reading “Black Speculation and Hope”

Mississippi…Is the Future

In February 2021, Maurita Poole, Ph.D., director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, and Guirdex Masse, assistant professor of English at Augusta University, coordinated a conversation between Mississippi authors Jesmyn Ward and Kiese Laymon. The event aligned with the New Mississippi(s) project for which Dr. Poole is an organizer. Laymon and Ward compared andContinue reading “Mississippi…Is the Future”


Beyoncé‘s recently released visual album Black Is King embraces Africa- past, present, and future. The film is liberatory, cajoling the audience to move through time and place in search of an authentic self. Beyoncé rejects the double consciousness DuBois described in The Souls of Black Folk, and, instead, invents a world in which Black peopleContinue reading “#BlackIsKing”

Moving Forward

Building a new journal is complicated. I certainly paused when Myrtle Jones pitched the idea to me. However, I recognized early in the process that we had a tremendous opportunity to curate Black intellectual and creative expressions and to create a digital hub for those working in and across Afrofuturism and the Black Fantastic. ThirdContinue reading “Moving Forward”

Third Stone as a Hub

The editors of Third Stone envision this multimedia and multimodal journal as a space where practitioners, scholars, and enthusiasts curate creative and critical content informed by the philosophical intersection of the African Diaspora and technology. Third Stone serves as a hub for the Black Fantastic, and, as such, we will work to identify cultural artifactsContinue reading “Third Stone as a Hub”