Stand Strong Against Cancer: Our Hearts Go Out To Gina Dawson


Gina Dawson a long time member of the Medea Project is battling Myeloma – the same kind of cancer Iconoclast Productions founding member Carolyn Saulson has been fighting since 2009. Our hearts go out to Gina. As many of you know, Iconoclast Productions recently lost cameraman Robert Saulson to liver cancer. Cancer is devastating. 

From Rhodessa Jones’ Facebook page, this message regarding the upcoming fundraiser for Gina Dawson at Brava:

Time is winding up for Gina’s benefit( 1/25) please donate and or come to the benefit – buy tickets on line at I will be hosting this event with pride and joy laced with spicy irreverence! I look forward to seeing everybody there! Life is lot and Gina has always taught me so much about grace under fire! The question for the evening is : How has art saved your life? I am so pleased to know that Idris AckamoorTraci Bartlow, Amara T. Smith,Marvin K. WhiteFrederick Harris and Keith Hennessy to name a few will share wisdom, mind, music and movement – all blessings to the life of Gina Dawson. We are going to have a funky good time! in the spirited struggle life must flow…

If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, there is also an online donation site here:

Multiple Myeloma is the second most common bone marrow cancer after Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and it affects African Americans at a rate twice that of the general population. That is why the National Black Church Initiative has started an awareness campaign:

We would also like to let you know about

Rhodessa Jones’ lifetime achievement award:

2013 Mayor’s Art Award Celebration
HonoringRhodessa Jones

ImageJanuary 29, 2013
Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee
and the SFAC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
details / RSVP
Mayor Lee will present the 2013 Mayor’s Art Award to the venerable  Rhodessa Jones for her lifetime of artistic achievement and enduring commitment to the role of the arts in civic life.

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