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Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & The Arts
2016 | 42.1 • 42.2

Sheree Renée Thomas, Guest Editor
Nisi Shawl, Associate Guest Editor, Fiction
Isiah Lavender III, Associate Guest Editor, Criticism
Krista Franklin, Associate Guest Editor, Visual Art

Obsidian Digital Table of Contents

Introduction: And So Shaped the World • 3
Sheree Renée Thomas


DIGITAL

African Rhythm Fiction
Lynnée Denise

Processional Upstairs to Roof
C. Davida Ingram


FICTION

His Hollow • 11
Sofia Samatar

Let Your Light Shine Before Men • 19
Christopher Caldwell

Eyes of Xhosa • 35
Iyanna L. Jones

Mahogany Soul • 48
Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Black Magic • 50
Cairo Amani

The Call of Mother Earth • 61
Arthur Flowers

Still Life with Hammers, a Broom & a Brick Stacker • 67
Tochi Onyebuchi

Ten Thousand Hours • 79
Alex Jennings

Portrait of a Young Zombie in Crisis • 94
Walidah Imarisha

Trapped Whispers (from Cell Therapy) • 101
Regina N. Bradley (Story) & John Jennings (Illustrations)

Seven Possible Futures for the Black Feminist Artist • 114
Alexis Pauline Gumbs


POETRY
Aphasia & Other States of Reticence • 121
Johnette Marie Ellis

Silence of Family Trees • 122
Harry Reed

DiVida travels First Class • 124
DiVida contemplates the hard problem • 126
Monica A. Hand

Leader names all ionized matter after himself • 127
their pasts dropped at my feet • 128
for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life • 129
He himself was not the light; He came only as witness to the light • 130
Metta Sáma

Classification of Shifting, Bodies • 131
Alana Benoit

The Bean Between the E & the I • 133
LaShawn M. Wanak

Mable & Othello • 135
Mama Whodun

A Reading of Adire Cloth • 136
Land Bound (a Zuihitsu) • 137
Jacqueline Johnson

Red Giant Heartthrob • 139
Bianca Spriggs


DRAMA & FILM

Daffodils • 140
Monica A. Hand

Otherwise Oblivion: A Tale of the New Old Black Resistance from the Futuretime • 146
Derek Lee McPhatter

The Wall • 167
M. Asli Dukan


CRITICISM & ESSAYS

Of Alien Abductions, Pocket Universes & Slave Narratives • 190
Isiah Lavender III

Slavery & the Afrofuture in Samuel R. Delany’s Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand • 204
Dorothy Stringer

Afrofuturism, Cyborgs & the Fate of Imperialism in Bill Campbell’s Sunshine Patriots • 218
Jonathan Harvey

Afrofuturism 2.0 & the Black Speculative Arts Movement: Notes on a Manifesto • 228
Reynaldo Anderson

Speculative Sankofarration: Haunting Black Women in Contemporary Horror Fiction • 237
Kinitra D. Brooks, Alexis McGee & Stephanie Schoellman

Scratching at the Dark: A Visual Essay on EthnoGothic • 249
John Jennings


VISUAL ART PORTFOLIO

Black Object / White Smoke • 254
Alexandria Eregbu

Untitled #3 • 255
Jermaine Harmon

Reflection (After the Deluge) • 256
Encounter • 257
Ivan Forde

Doom • 258
We Got Next • 259
Stacey Robinson

Energy & Intention Reverberator with Grounding Circle • 260 Focus / Meditation Piece • 261
Rhonda Wheatley

Narcissus: My Partner & Myself • 262
The Astronaut: The American Dream • 263
Lyric Prince

Masquerades Fortune aka Masquerade. Cotton. Diana. • 264
Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy

hot in the valley • 265
Kimberly M. Becoat

Time Travel Device: Super Wax’s Jazz Pyramid Raising Device • 266
Christina Springer

What Lies Beneath • 267
J. Johari Palacio


CONTRIBUTORS • 269