Remembering our Elders

Carolyn Saulson, Founder and President

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Carolyn Saulson (Feb. 24, 1948 – Jan. 14, 2019) passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. A resident of Berkeley, California, she was the board president and a founder of Iconoclast Productions, a Bay Area media arts non-profit serving the Black community.

She attended Berkeley City College, had an AA in Psychology, and attended Cal State Dominguez. She’d been diagnosed with multiple myeloma Aug. 10, 2009. It is a rare blood cancer that predominantly affects African Americans. Carolyn was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Los Angeles, California. She’d been a Bay Area resident since 1987.

She leaves behind two children, Sumiko Saulson and Scott Saulson, and three grandchildren, Franchesca Saulson, Elisabetta Maria Saulson and Joshua Andrakin; sisters Yvonne Matthews, Gloria Matthews, Glenna Matthews, and a brother, Stephen Matthews, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins including Tim Smith, Toni Matthews, Coco Matthews, Damon Pascal, Loren M. Jordan, Marilyn Meeks, Crystal Anthony, Christopher Anthony, Keda Matthews, Rae Rae Matthews, Dashenae Matthews, Antoine Matthews, Gina Lee Shansey, Angie Martinez, Crystal Terrell, Elizabeth Saulson, Mike Saulson, and Brian Saulson. She was predeceased by her brother James Matthews, parents Eleanor Matthews nee Lynch and Leon Matthews, her ex-husband Robert Allen Saulson and his siblings Donald Saulson, Charlene Martinez and James Saulson.

Carolyn was a community leader in both the African American and the Disabilities Rights Advocacy Community. She was a founder of the Iconoclast San Francisco Black Independent Film Festival and the African American Multimedia Conference. She was a proud member of WryCrips Disabled Women’s Reading Theater and the African American Historical and Cultural Society. She volunteered at the African American Art and Culture Complex between 1987 and 2005. She was a San Francisco Juneteenth Festival board member throughout the ‘90s.

She co-authored a Black Who’s Who directory with Joyce Durant for the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) in the late 1970s and was a published professional poet. She was also the author of several plays and the novella and graphic novel “Living a Lie.” She was the lead singer for the band Stagefright, a family band where she sang with her son Scott and daughter Sumiko.

She was on a radio program with Mickey McMeel in Los Angeles in the 1970s, exposing psychiatric abuses with the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. She had a television program, Stagefright, a variety show with local talent that aired in San Francisco, Berkeley, Vallejo, Dayton, Ohio, New York City, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Detroit and Toronto between 1993 and 2016.

Carolyn was a Baptist and a member of Greater Faith Baptist Church.

Board Members

Bobbie Webb

Pastor JR Richardson

Reverend Eugene Lumpkin

Sharen Hewitt

Robert Saulson

Harry Silver

Volunteers

Gregory Hug

Natalya Fay

Resurrecting the African American Multimedia Conference

Resurrecting the old African American Multimedia Conference (1996 – 2009) is bringing a big nostalgic tear to my eye. I can’t believe how far we have come, and how far we still have to go in terms of narrowing the digital divide. Between honoring my mother Carolyn Saulson who we lost this January and the new column in the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper it is all coming together so fast now.

Here are a bunch of photos from Back in the Day portraying us between 1996 and 2001 in our Hey Day. I can’t believe Kevin E Myrick is on our board of directors now. I feel like our elders Carolyn SaulsonBobbie WebbDoris Rowe, and Sharen Hewitt are looking down on us from above along with my dad Robert Saulson, holding us steady as the new generation ascends to our place on the throne as the Black Kings and Queens we are.

London Breed is the Mayor of San Francisco and Kamala Harris is running for President but it seems like just yesterday we were all a bunch of knuckleheads running around San Francisco. I got called a Johnny Come Lately because I am from Los Angeles and my mom started to work at Cultural Odyssey with Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor in 1987 when I was 19 years old. Thomas Simpson told me yesterday “I remember you running around here with your mom when you were this high” and I kind of laughed because everyone though I was like 13 but I was already 19! Little did they know.

Now I am an award-winning, bestselling author, author of Black Magic Women, an anthology of black women in horror including our convention’s Guest of Honor horror writer, podcastter, convention runner and film festival organizer Crystal Connor. Crystal is organizing Beyond Us: Black Minds in Horror a film festival. She is going to be working with HorrorAddicts.net and Emerian Rich on a Black History Month Black Film Festival Black Convention Pod Cast!

All of the kids from the Cultural Center are all grown up and we are back making it happen! Craig SamuelsHugh E MCSimon SmithHasonji HasanDavey D CookEdwin Hagler, and more. Don’t call it a comeback! Cause we been here for years.

Elisabetta SaulsonScott Saulson, Franki Saulson and Joshua Andrakinknow that the legacy of Carolyn Saulson lives on!

Pruda Bass releases his fifth Reggae album, Love Love Love

Longtime Iconoclast client Prudah Bass has a new album out!

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prudahArticle by Sumiko Saulson,

Image Courtesy of Pruda Bass

June 1, 2016 marked the release of Oakland reggae artist Pruda Bass’ fifth solo album, “Love Love Love.” Born into a musical family learning piano, Pruda first learned to play the electric bass guitar in 1988. The following year he started playing with Grammy nominated Emmit Powell and The Gospel Elites.

“That’s like my Pruda Bass musical journey in service date, where I put both feet in the music vehicle, and got on board,” said Pruda

He toured with the band for the next eleven years. They played in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Istanbul, Finland, Holland, the United States, and Canada. They even performed at the Sydney Australian Opera House.

“A real fantastic voyage is a way to sum up this ongoing journey, indeed, I share with aspiring artists. Follow the dream achieve it,” said Pruda

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60 Black Women in Horror

60 Black Women in Horror

“60 Black Women in Horror Fiction” is available as a free eBook on Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412513

February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month. This list of black women who write horror was compiled at the intersection of the two. The booklet also includes interviews with nine of the women. The eBook version includes a bonus: an essay, and four short stories not found in the paperback.

The electronic (eBook) edition contains the following bonus materials: four short stories, and an essay, not found in the paperback.

A shorter book that only includes the list and interviews is available as a paperback for $5.50:

https://www.createspace.com/4695298

The Interviews

Linda Addison

Darlene BlackBWIH

Valjeanne Jeffers

Jemiah Jefferson

Briana Lawrence

Nnedi Okorafor

A.L. Peck

Eden Royce

Sumiko Saulson

L. Marie Wood

The Lists (with Bios)

Twenty Women in Black Horror Writing (List One)

Twenty One More Women in Black Horror Writing (List Two)

19 More Black Women in Horror Fiction (List Three)

The Full List (Alphabetical)

Listing with webpage links

1.      Linda D. Addison

2.      Pheare Alexander

3.      Angela C. Allen

4.      Paula D. Ashe

5.      L.A. Banks

6.      Darlene Black

7.      Chesya Burke

8.      Claudia Mair Burney

9.      Octavia Butler

10. Patricia E. Canterbury

11. Pearl Cleage

12. Crystal Connor

13. Arielle Crowell

14. Joy M. Copeland

15. L.M. Davis

16. Lexi Davis

17. Tananarive Due

18. Janiera Eldridge

19. Ann Fields

20. Robin Green

21. Dicey Grenor

22. Jewelle Gomez

23. Virginia Hamilton

24. Donna Hill

25. Allison Hobbs

26. Lawana Holland-Moore

27. Akua Lezli Hope

28. Nalo Hopkinson

29. Zora Neale Hurston

30. Monica Jackson

31. Tish Jackson

32. Valjeanne Jeffers

33. Jemiah Jefferson

34. N.K. Jemisin

35. Alaya Dawn Johnson

36. Tenea Johnson

37. A.D. Koboah

38. Faye McCray

39. Melinda Michelle

40. Donna Monday

41. Toni Morrison

42. Pam Noles

43. Nnedi Okorafor

44. Helen Oyeyemi

45. Ama Patterson

46. A.L. Peck

47. Dia Reeves

48. Evie Rhodes

49. Jill Robinson

50. Leone Ross

51. Eden Royce

52. Kiini Ibura Salaam

53. Anna Sanders

54. Sumiko Saulson

55. Nisi Shawl

56. Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

57. Sheree R. Thomas

58. L. Marie Wood

59. Zane

60. Ibi Zoboi

Two ways to win: 60 Black Women in Horror [paperback]

Iconoclast Productions is proud to be involved with “60 Black Women in Horror” as its publisher. Enter to win a paperback copy of the book.

Sumiko Saulson

60 Black Women in Horror is available as a free eBook via Smashwords and over the next two months, will roll out to other distributors including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It will soon be available for free on Goodreads. The eBook contains bonus materials consisting of an essay and four short stories that are not in the print edition. The print edition is currently available for $5.50 on Createspace.  It will be rolling out to other distribution points over the next several weeks.

Giveaway on Goodreads

Win a free, signed copy of the paperback edition of 60 Black Women in Horror on Goodreads! You will need a Goodreads account to enter. You don’t have to “like” my author page there, but as long as you’re there of course I would appreciate it if you did.

Click here to enter to win: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/84071-60-black-women-in-horror-fiction

60 Black Women in HorrorIncludes:

60 Black Women in Horror…

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Iconoclast wants volunteers to paint tomorrow!

ImageIconoclast Productions volunteers will be on the corner of San Carlos and Courtland Avenues in Oakland. The nearest main streets are High Street and Foothill – this is behind the Fremont High School campus, about one block in from High Street and three blocks up from Foothill. Iconoclast Productions has adopted the corner – one of our board members adopted it through Adopt a Spot and we are going to re-paint the sculpture Walter Hood put there about twenty years ago.

Since then, the sculpture has gotten some graffiti, which was covered over with a darker gray paint. We want to restore it all to the original light gray.

Meet us there at 1 pm and help us get the sculpture painted!

Friends of Courtland Creek is donating the paint and brushes.

Iconoclast Productions connects with a broader community

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Glamarama Tutu booth at the Summer Fiesta in Oakland

When Iconoclast Productions was founded in March 1993 in San Francisco’s Fillmore/Western Addition community, it had a very locally focused mission. The organizational goal was to bring media arts education and exhibition to the African American and disabled artists community and to close the digital divide that prevented these artists from fully utilizing the internet and digital media production technologies to display their works in music, film/video, and electronic arts such as animation and digitally produced or enhanced visual arts, but the served community was initially just the Fillmore/Western Addition.

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Stagefright at Sunday Streets Berkeley

In 1997, the organization embarked on an initiative to expand its served public to include the BayView/Hunter’s Point area, the Tenderloin, and other places where there were large populations of African American and disabled artists. Due to the economic conditions affecting both African Americans and disabled communities, there was a lot of overlap in that the served communities quite frequently were found in large population centers in the poorest parts of San Francisco.

By 2001, due to gentrification and the rising property values and rental fees in San Francisco, the African American population was down to approximately half of what it was in 1990. With large segments of its served public forced to leave San Francisco, Iconoclast Productions needed to expand its geographic focus even further to include the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Iconoclast Productions is currently working on projects in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Vallejo.

The Accolade invites entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators.

Call for Entries

Film – Television – New Media
 
 
Deadline: June 28, 2013
 
 
Accolade Competition
 
 
Entry Form    Website    Email
 
 
Accolade is an independent, top-tier international film and television awards competition.
 

 

 

The Accolade invites entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

 

 
Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators who produce fresh, standout productions.
 
 
Accolade award winners receive recognition and publicity within the industry and via media outlets.
 
Accolade is a well-known and influential award throughout the world.
 
 
The Accolade has recognized productions from all over the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Viet Nam.
 
 
High quality, stand-out productions are honored by various awards each year:
 
 
– Best of Show, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit
 

– Fast Focus Short Film Public Television Award

 

– In-kind $1500 production studio opportunity

 

– In-kind $10,100 post production opportunity

 

– Annual humanitarian award

 

– Free $350 statuette for Best of Show winner.

 

 
The Accolade Competition is user friendly.

 

 

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