Barclays Coffee and Tea Company
Saturday, January 18, 2020
8976 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
7 PM – 9 PM
2035 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, California 94703
The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2020
Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28, 2020
4215 Thurman Rd, Conley, Georgia 30288
I am also trying to get a reading/signing scheduled for Thursday, March 26 in near by Decatur,Georgia but it is not yet confirmed.
Readersfest Writers’ Conference
July 17-19, 2020
UW/Tacoma, Phillips Hall, Tacoma, WA
Carolyn Saulson, Founder and President
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.
Pastor JR Richardson
Reverend Eugene Lumpkin
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 Saulson, Bobbie Webb, Doris 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 Samuels, Hugh E MC, Simon Smith, Hasonji Hasan, Davey D Cook, Edwin Hagler, and more. Don’t call it a comeback! Cause we been here for years.
Longtime Iconoclast client Prudah Bass has a new album out!
Article 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 Fiction” is available as a free eBook on Smashwords:
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:
The Lists (with Bios)
Twenty Women in Black Horror Writing (List One)
19 More Black Women in Horror Fiction (List Three)
The Full List (Alphabetical)
Listing with webpage links
5. L.A. Banks
7. Chesya Burke
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
24. Donna Hill
25. Allison Hobbs
27. Akua Lezli Hope
28. Nalo Hopkinson
30. Monica Jackson
31. Tish Jackson
33. Jemiah Jefferson
34. N.K. Jemisin
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
53. Anna Sanders
54. Sumiko Saulson
55. Nisi Shawl
57. Sheree R. Thomas
58. L. Marie Wood
60. Ibi Zoboi
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.
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
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Iconoclast 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.