2017 CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL


Gerald Chavis and the Clifford Brown Tribute Band, Alicia Olatuja, Theo Croker, Karen Rodriguez, Danilo Perez Trio, Grammy award winner Arturo O’Farrill/African-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, Brooklyn’s High and Mighty Brass Band, Frédéric Yonnet, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, Gerald Chavis and the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, Rob Zinn, Sumi Tonooka, Somi and Regina Carter headlined the 29th edition of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, which ran from June 21–24 in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.

Marsha Ambrosius performs during day three of the 29th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Friday, June 23, 2017, at Rodney Square in Wilmington Delaware.

Marsha Ambrosius performs during day three of the 29th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Friday, June 23, 2017, at Rodney Square in Wilmington Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The fest showcased the global musical inventions and dimensions of musicians from three continents —from the French harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet to the New Orleans/Brooklyn-based High and Mighty Brass Band—in a free and fun setting.

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a free jazz music festival held annually in June at Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. The first festival was held in 1989 on the open lawn in the center of the city, and has grown into the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast.

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Norman Oliver’s turkey drive feeds almost 3,500 families again!


The final stop of a 12-plus hour work day to distribute turkeys statewide saw Norman Oliver and his volunteers, 4th District Council Member Hanifa G.N. Shabazz, United States Representative, DE (Elect) Lisa Blunt Rochester and countless others were welcomed by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Newark Tuesday evening.

The Delaware 87ers was also on hand spending some time playing basketball with the kids at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club before donating seven turkeys to Stormin’s Turkey Drive.

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87ers players Lorrenzo Wade and Brannen Greene delivers frozen turkeys during the 34th annual NOR Enterprises turkey give away Tues. Nov. 22, 2016, at The Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

For more than three decades, thousands of families and seniors have been fed for the Thanksgiving holiday through Norman Oliver’s NOR Enterprises Annual Turkey Give Away. The event provides more than 3,000 turkeys to families in time for Thanksgiving in conjunction with Our Youth Inc.

Source: Alonso Small (The News Journal)

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Norman Oliver recaps the day’s events. Video by Saquan Stimpson

Ebony Tie Affair 20th Anniversary


The Ebony Tie Affair provides the opportunity to celebrate the collective accomplishments of Ebony men from diverse backgrounds and circumstances. For over seventeen years, the event has been an enriching and uplifting occasion for the gathering of friends – old and new.

The theme for 2016: “Our Time” it is an affirmation of our appreciation of those mentors and champions that assisted each of us in getting where we are today, and an obligation on our part to reach back and mentor other Ebony men today.

View Ebony Tie Affair 20th Anniversary Photo Montage Below:

 

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We proudly take our places in our chosen professions because of our forefathers – our heroes – paved a path to permit our success. On this night we look back to recognize our mentors and we look forward to confirming our obligation to our brothers, old and new.

Each year we enjoy a memorable evening of friendship, fellowship, and entertainment.

This year event was chaired by Tony Allen, Ph.D

Fifth Annual Ebony Tie Affair Youth Luncheon


This event is crafted to expose African-American/Black male students between the ages of 13 – 18 to successful African-American men from all professional backgrounds–including the arts, education, science, politics, and business. This year we are hosting a discussion panel full of these professional men that will engage the young men in a conversation about success and achievement.

The ETA Youth Luncheon planning committee is looking for 75 – 100 young male students from New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties to represent their schools at the luncheon. Because we seek balanced representation from many schools, we are asking that you identify five to ten students that would benefit from attending this affair.

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Mr. Wali Rushdan II | Co-Chair Ebony Tie Affair
Mr. Victor Santos | Director of Government & Community Relations at DSU

Special thanks to our Featured Panelist:
Vincent Shipman
Jeremy Collins, Esq
Captain Faheem Akil
Ronnell Page
Vincent Cooper
Eugene Young
Bill Allen
Michael Hill
Blake Saunders
Dr. Tony Allen (Keynote)
Jason Aviles

Video By: Saquan Stimpson

Music By CDK: The Beat

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2016 – NOV 05 – William Penn defeats Charter School of Wilmington 51-7


NEW CASTLE – William Penn dominates early and often as Joe Greenwood 60 yard touchdown run in the first quarter helping the colonials defeat Charter School of Wilmington 51-7 at William Penn.

William Penn running back Joe Greenwood (6) breaks free   enroute to the end zone for a 60 yard touchdown

William Penn running back Joe Greenwood (6) breaks free enroute to the end zone for a 60 yard touchdown during a Week 9 DIAA football game between William Penn and Charter School of Wilmington Saturday, Nov. 05, 2016, at William Penn Stadium in New Castle. Saquan Stimpson

 

See Gallery Here

Photographing Media Day


As a photojournalist when you get an assignment, such as shooting media day, what are your immediate thoughts?

Well, For me I knew right off the back, I wasn’t going to approach the assignment with the typical shots of players interviewing with the media, I personally find them to be quiet boring, unless it’s a championship game of sorts.

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Former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb interview with the press after practice at Lehigh University. Special To The News Journal/SAQUAN STIMPSON


The editor forwarded me the assignment sheet and he gave me specific details on who he was looking for.

Example: Instructions: It’s UD football media day and we’re looking for interesting portraits of UD football players. We’ll use these w feature stories. Here are the players we’d like to shoot individually.

1-Malcolm Brown, DB 3-Joe Walker, QB 5-Charles Bell, MLB 6-Jamie Jarmon, WR 9-Troy Reeder, LB 24-Ryan Torzsa, S 31-Wes Hills, RB 33-Jalen Randolph, RB 73-Blaine Woodson, DT 75-Connor Bozick, OT 80-Diante Cherry, WR 92-Bilal Nichols, DT

Deadline: 08-15-2016 12:00 PM, Event time: 08-14-2016 05:30 PM

After reading the instructions I felt as if the editor was reading my mind! (LOL). On that day the media would have access to the players at approximately 4:30 PM, however I knew I would need to take portraiture of the players so I was in my best interest to arrived two hours in advance so I could set up.

FYI: I asked former head coach Dave Brock if I could photograph him even though the photo editor did not request a Image of the coach, Be it as it may this is a news paper you just never know when they will need a good image of a person, to be used possibly for a feature or story down the road.

Essentially what I’m telling you is to always be a forward thinker, think outside the box and deliver images that was not requested.

Anyway, Here’s my set up:

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My set up taken Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Delaware Field House Facility on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark. Saquan Stimpson

What did I used? I went to a three speed light set up. I used (3) Canon EOS 430 EXII, (1) Rogue Flashbender 2 – Large Soft Box kit , (2) Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid,

(4) Pocket-wizards “The PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver” & “PlusX, (3) PocketWizard 804-419 3-Feet HSFM3 Hot Shoe to Mini Jack Adapter (Black) (3) standard light stands (1) tripod (1) reflector and I used The Canon 7D Mark II and the lens was the Canon 24-105f/4L.

See finish results

Delaware Quarterback Joe Walker (3)

Photo of Delaware Quarterback Joe Walker (3) taken Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Delaware Field House Facility on the campus of the university of Delaware in Newark. Saquan Stimpson

Delaware Offensive linemen Connor Bozick (75)

Photo of Delaware Offensive linemen Connor Bozick (75) taken Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Delaware Field House Facility on the campus of the university of Delaware in Newark. Saquan Stimpson

Delaware Head Football Coach Dave Brock

Photo of Former Delaware Head Football Coach Dave Brock taken Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Delaware Field House Facility on the campus of the university of Delaware in Newark. Saquan Stimpson

Delaware Cornerback Malcolm Brown (1)

Photo of Delaware Cornerback Malcolm Brown (1) taken Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Delaware Field House Facility on the campus of the university of Delaware in Newark. Saquan Stimpson

 

As I stated in my previous post I do plan to go back to a full frame camera body particularly for shooting features “Portraits” I personally feel I will get better results with a full frame body verse a crop sensor camera, This is my opinion. My last full frame body was the Canon 1Ds, Currently, I’m looking at affordable used full frame bodies Examples: 1Ds Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark II, recently fellow blogger Amy Rose suggested that I go with the Canon EOS 6D, something I will consider being that I did borrow that model that from Canon Professional Services (CPS) a few years ago.

 

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Athlete of the Week: Gentry Meinecke


Last week Friday “10/28/16” I was assign to photograph Athlete of the Week for The News Journal in Wilmington Delaware. Normally, I will try to envision my set-up prior to arriving at the location. Is this normal?  Well, For me it’s quite normal to do this being that I will only have a short period of time to work with the athlete.

Upon arriving at the location I immediately made up in my mind that I was going to use multiple speed lights (4) to light the subject. However, Once I pulled into the parking lot the wind had other ideas. On that day the wind was gusting up to 14 knots which interns translates into wind speeds up to 16.5 mph. The wind gust was entirely too strong to use multiple speed lights like I had originally planned.

Therefore, I went to a one light set up. I used (1) Canon EOS 430 EXII and (1) Rogue Flashbender 2 – Large Soft Box kit and (1) standard light stand with the help of a student-athlete to hold the stand and I used The Canon 7D Mark II and the lens was the Canon 24-105f/4L.

I do plan to go back to a full frame camera body particularly for shooting features “Portraits” I personally feel I will get better results with a full frame body verse a crop sensor camera, This is my opinion. My last full frame body was the Canon 1Ds, Currently, I’m looking at affordable used full frame bodies Examples: 1Ds Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark II.

See set-up below. Featured Images is the final result.

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Athlete of the Week Gentry Meinecke pose for a photo while her teammate holds a light-stand Friday, Oct 28, 2016, at Brandywine High School in Wilmington.

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Athlete of the Week Gentry Meinecke positioned in a standard field hockey action pose shot of a low perspective using natural light Friday, Oct 28, 2016, at Brandywine High School in Wilmington.

Read full story here: Athlete of the Week: Gentry Meinecke

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING 2016 – FEB 20 – Blue Hen Conference Wrestling Tournament Finals


NEW CASTLE – Wrestling in its home gym, William Penn High returned the Blue Hen Conference Tournament championship trophy to familiar terrain Saturday night.

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Newark Nazr Roberson and William Penn Dom Trotta grapple in a 220 pound bout during the Blue Hen Conference Wrestling Tournament Finals

Newark Nazr Roberson and William Penn Dom Trotta grapple in a 220 pound bout during the Blue Hen Conference Wrestling Tournament Finals Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at William Penn High School in New Castle. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Community Activists Richard Raw Home Set On Fire (Developing Story)


Wilmington February 21, 2016, – Community Activist & Hip-hop Artist Richard Raw was awoken around 2:30 in the morning to a smoke filled home on the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, who was assassinated February 21, 1965, at the Audubon ballroom in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

Richard and his wife Shah Janelle, Founder/Executive Director of Culture Restoration Project, Inc. were able to escape the blaze via the roof of the home until the Wilmington Fire Department arrived; in the midst of it all the Raw family lost almost everything except their lives.

Community Activist & Hip-hop Artist Richard Raw attempts to salvage any personal effects from his home after a fire Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at his home in Wilmington. Photo By Ivan Thomas

Community Activist & Hip-hop Artist Richard Raw attempts to salvage any personal effects from his home after a fire Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at his home in Wilmington. Photo By Ivan Thomas

Community leaders are planing numerous fundraisers within the coming weeks to assist Richard and his family rebuild.

This is a call to all those whose lives they have touched directly and indirectly, whether it be through an event, through music, through a friend of a friend or maybe you just want to give and have no clue who they are. An underlying message in Brother Richard Raw’s music discusses how the community must stand together to be strong.

Let’s show these two amazing people that their message has been heard.

Support To Home Fire Victims

Written By Saquan Stimpson

Snowstorm hurts Wilmington restaurants’ profits


I recently was assigned to cover the effects of a snow storm and how it effects some local businesses in downtown Wilmington Delaware. I decided to travel with one camera, one speed light and one modifier to make some portraits. I placed my light source to the right or left of subject at a minimum distance of six feet.

Gear used – Canon EOS 70D, (1) Canon 430 EXII, (2) PocketWizard Plus III and (1) PocketWizard 804-419 3-Feet HSFM3 Hot Shoe to Mini Jack Adapter (1) Rogue FlashBender 2 Large Reflector, Bounce Flash and Lens Canon 24-105mm f/4L

Check out the results below.

Manager Michael Whittington pose for a photo at Jimmy John's Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington.

Manager Michael Whittington poses for a photo at Jimmy John’s Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

Jack Buckley pose for a photo at Ninth Street Books Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington.

Jack Buckley pose for a photo at Ninth Street Books Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington.

 

General Manager Grant Robinson pose for a photo at Extreme Pizza Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington.

General Manager Grant Robinson pose for a photo at Extreme Pizza Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington.

Operating partner Joe Vanhorn pose for a photo at Chelsea Tavern Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington.

Operating partner Joe Vanhorn pose for a photo at Chelsea Tavern Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Wilmington.

 

 FULL STORY HERE