Duffy’s Hope 15th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game


This year Duffy”s Hope partnered with talent acquisition firm Agency for Artists.

TV personality Ray J, KC Undercover’s Tammy Townsend, actor Christian Keyes, actor Bobb’e J Thompson, rapper Matt Ox, Harlem Globetrotter Tammy Brawner, and actor Jackie Long

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Actor Bobb’E J. Thompson drives for the ball in the first period of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Duffy’s Hope, founded in 1998 by Allen “Duffy” Samuels, is a service provider for at-risk and hard to reach youth ages 12-17 with DOCUMENTED  proof of success. Located in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware Duffy’s Hope has changed lives for the better for over  4,500 youth.

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Actor Jackie Long (25) advances the ball as Singer and TV personality Ray J (22) defends in the first half of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Of the 4,500 youth served, 2,500 were participants in Duffy’s direct services programs.  Duffy’s Hope uses a HOLISTIC approach that includes 10 components to not only determine the root causes in the lives of at-risk youth but also address, and more importantly, helps to rectify those issues.

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Performing Artist Matt Ox performs in the mist of half time during The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

Duffy’s Hope programs include the following: One-on-One Mentoring, Parent and Family Participation, School & Home Visits, Life changing “shock therapy, Tutoring, Educational & Enrichment Trips, Guest Speakers, Financial Literacy, Group Discussions and Etiquette Training.

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Christian Keyes and players greet each other after the conclusion of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

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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.

See Recap here:

 

Mr. Sonny Brightens Haynes Park


101416-WIL PARK CLEAN UP-SSMr. Sonny, survived four strokes, instead of decaying at home, Mr. Walter volunteers “NO PAY” his time to clean up his neighborhood park “Haynes Park” with his trusty Stihl blower in hand on a weekly basis.

Sunday by CDK (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/53755

Spacial Thanks to Rashid Mustafa (Superintendent Parks and Recreation), Lynn-Holly Oates (Wilmington Resident)

Filmed and Edited Saquan Stimpson

SEE VIDEO => Mr. Sonny Brightens Haynes Park

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

 

 

Discovering Elaine Brown


Wilmington author, Elaine “Cissy” Brown grew up on the East side of Wilmington, Delaware, during a time of integration. As a young girl, she discovered her love for writing, singing, and theater. Deciding to forgo college, Elaine moved to Atlantic City. In Atlantic City, she pursued her singing and learned photography.

Once her daughter was born, she left singing and started writing seriously. During this time, she published Secret Songs of Sara and Who Took The G Out of Glademore. Her newest novel, Love, Sex, Lies in the High-Rise explores the sexual lives of seniors who are discovering themselves later in life.

A Conversation With Elaine Brown:

What was it like growing up in Wilmington as an African-American woman?

Growing up it was very comfortable. There were restrictions where we could eat. There were restrictions where we could use the swimming pool. There were restrictions where we could live.  But because I had a musical group that I belonged to, a lot of that we never really felt because i had an outlet. We stayed, as they say, in our lane. Neighborhoods were integrated at the time, but our schools weren’t. So, I actually did not feel any pain here in Wilmington because we had so many resources for where we could go. Only when I look back and realize the restrictions, do I associate how it was growing up in Wilmington.

How has Wilmington changed since you were a child?

Well they used to call this Uncle Dupy town because of the Dupont family. Once they integrated the schools, we lost all our kindness and looking out for one another in the neighborhoods. The neighborhoods were disposed of, they did a lot of urban renewal. Whole families were scattered all over. I hate to talk about it, but there has become a lot of crime here in Wilmington. It’s still a beautiful city, and it’s still safe to raise your children. But, there are areas where there is crime. We are getting better jobs. We have black mayors. It’s changed a lot, but it looks like we are going backwards in some areas.

What made you choose to skip college for singing? 

Ignorance and I say ignorance because academically I didn’t realize that I could go to any college and study music. I could have gone to Juilliard, but we didn’t have the money. Because I couldn’t go to Juilliard, I didn’t want to go to college at all. What I did was go to Atlantic City and learned the profession of photography. And I also sang until my first child. When I got pregnant, I moved back to Wilmington.

What compelled you to start writing?

Being the only girl with four brothers, I could do something for my girl time. I was young we had a garage in back of the house, and I would get old records and I would play them and sing along with the records. I just loved growing up and being a girl.

Has Wilmington influenced your books?

No. My books come from within. Wilmington has done me well. Where I work, they’ve supported me, but i don’t think they’ve embraced me enough. Now, the first book, yes, Secret Songs of Sarah, but that was 19-20 years ago. I still have my following crowd though. I don’t know, I feel like maybe they should embrace me a little more.

Has your singing influenced any of your books?

No, I don’t sing anymore. I used to sing jazz. Once I had my daughter, I stopped singing, and I started writing and poetry and theater.

How has being a woman of color influenced your writing?

When I first started writing books, I really thought I was the only one here in Wilmington writing a book, but once my book was on the shelves, it seemed like al the back women in Wilmington and everywhere else came out and wrote their books. So, no it hasn’t influenced my writing.

Tell us about your newest book.

My newest book is a kicker. It’s about seniors living in a high rise apartment in Philadelphia. In the book there are about six or seven characters, main two, Duke and Cebee.  It talks about their erotic pleasures with one another. There is a group of people who sit in the recreation room reminiscing about their past. A lot of them are fabricated stories. You have sexual scenes in the book that will make your jaw drop…I like the reaction that people have because it’s a fun book. It’s not a nasty book. It’s simply  about older people enjoying themselves.

Most recent book centers around senior citizens, do you feel that there was a voice that was lacking?

Yes. Because the characters in my book are older. Back in the day it was taboo to talk about sex. So, unless you had a group of friends that would share with each other that was the only way you knew what type of sex was going on. Other than that there was no literature out there about them having desires and feeling as they get older.

How was the senior experience different from the younger adult experience?

The fact that you can still have an experience that you never thought that you could. Take an older woman that meets a man the same age. At first they think: “we’ll just sit and have dinner and talk or go to the movies.” But for some reason they develop vibrations just being together, maybe him just rubbing her hand, you start getting these feelings and the next thing you know there is something inside that says- “Oh, I still have it.”

What genre did you like writing best?

All three. There are three different genres. I had to find those different genres in myself because it wasn’t something that I set out to to do. What comes about is that you are sitting around and and you decide to start writing on a pad, and the next thing you know you’ve done a chapter and realize, “ I haven’t done this before.” You never know where things come from. I’ve done some science fiction too. I just haven’t put them in a book. I do have little small manuscripts. I have so many unexposed manuscripts that I’ve started. It’s not writer’s block that you have, it’s just that there are so many other things that go on in your life. But you have to come back to it.

Would you have written different books if you were younger?

Probably so because of the younger experience. Being younger the only thing I could talk about was my music and my poetry. I wouldn’t have the experience that I’ve had with these books because I wouldn’t have been that old. I guess you could talk about your first boyfriend, but that’s more like a diary. I think your diary is your first novel.

How has your writing changed over the years? 

It goes all over the place. It’s changed for the better. I like every book that I’ve written. I’m proud of them.

What plans do you have for the future as far as writing?

Right now, my plans are for marketing and hoping that someone will hit me up and say we want to mass produce, so it will give me freedom to write something else. I was thinking last week about what I was doing when I was younger. Why was I in a certain frame of mind. Back then, the things I write about were taboo. You couldn’t talk to your mother or girlfriends about it.  That would probably be a book that I would pursue next about self-discovery.

Written by Shoshana Kohn

 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at Port of Wilmington


President Barack Obama spent a few hours in Delaware on Thursday, stopping by Charcoal Pit on Concord Pike before heading to the Port of Wilmington to launch an  infrastructure initiative.

 

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

 

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama greets the public at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

 

President Barack Obama walks pass members of the press prior to delivering remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.   President Barack Obama visited the site of the damaged I-495 bridge in Wilmington to press the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure. Emergency repairs are currently underway to level a leaning stretch of the Christina River bridge, which has been shut down since June 2.

President Barack Obama walks pass members of the press prior to delivering remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama (RIGHT), hugs construction worker Jeremy West prior to delivering remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

President Obama to Deliver Remarks at Port of Wilmington

President Barack Obama signs his new infrastructure initiative at the site of the damaged Christina River bridge otherwise known as the I-495 bridge on the campus of the Port of Wilmington Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Wilmington, DEL.

Next Generation North Grant Presentation


Next Gen North presented a record $24,550 in grants in 2014 to organizations supporting STEM education in Delaware. Since its inception in 2004, Next Gen North has raised more than $300,000 to support various charitable causes. This year’s grants went to:

Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. – $2,000
First State Robotics, Inc. – $6,500
Latin American Community Center – $10,000
Serviam Girls Academy – $6,050

Next Gen North is currently focused on supporting programs that promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics education.

Applications for 2015 grants will be available in September 2014.

http://www.delcf.org/NextGenNorth.html
https://www.facebook.com/NextGenDE

Twitter:@NextGenDE

Filmed and Edited By: Saquan Stimpson

87ers honor The Undefeated 1973 Howard Wildcats at halftime.


87ers honor The Undefeated 1973 Howard Wildcats at halftime.

Members of the undefeated 1973 Howard Wildcats basketball team leave the floor after being recognized for their accomplishments during half time of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers (76ers) and the Springfield Armor (Nets) Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, Newark, DE.

The 73 Wildcats went 24-0 becoming the first boys basketball team in the state-tournament era to finish undefeated.

Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults


For 30 years Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults (LVSA) has provided free tutoring services for all Delawareans who want to learn how to read and write, or learn basic English language skills. Hundreds of people from all walks of life volunteer as tutors to ensure that everyone, regardless of his or her financial situation, can learn.

Want to help by making a tax deductible donation?
http://www.litvolunteers.org/Pages/YouCanhelp.aspx

Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults:
http://www.litvolunteers.org

Delaware Community Foundation:
http://www.delcf.org

Filmed & Edited By Saquan Stimpson
http://www.monsterphotoiso.com

Business 2013 – May 21 – Latin Fusion Ribbon cutting ceremony In Wilmington Del


Latin Fusion Ribbon cutting ceremony

Latin Fusion owner and operated Rebecca Rodriguez along with her son Nelson Rodriguez and daughter Kayla Rodriguez cut a ribbon to symbolize the official opening of the brand-new Latin Fusion restaurant Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Wilmington Del.
Also seen from left to right is First State Community Lending Officer Jessica Gibson, Deepa Singh of West Side Grows, Dir. of media for the city of Wilmington Alexandra Coppadge, Alan Levin, Director, Delaware Office of Economic Development, Theo Gregory, Chairman, Wilmington City Council and Council Person at Large; Robert A. Williams, 7th District.

Latin Fusion restaurant

State, local officials and guest dine at the grand opening of the New Latin Fusion restaurant on North Union Street Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Wilmington Del.

Latin Fusion

Latin Fusion owner and operated Rebecca Rodriguez and her staff Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Wilmington Del.

Latin Fusion will feature a mixture of Latin foods that include dishes from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. The restaurant features an 80 person dining room and a 30 person lounge, with private function space. It is expected to create 12 jobs. Ms. Rodriguez will manage the restaurant and staff that includes an executive chef, two sous-chefs/line cooks, two kitchen employees, four waitresses and two bartenders.

Latin Fusion is owned and operated by Rebecca Rodriguez of New Castle.

The restaurant is located at 837 North Union Street in Wilmington