The Annual Circle of Sisters EXPO closed with the highest number of attendees, 40,000, to date at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, Saturday, September 29,2018.
“We are amazed each year and this year was no different – more celebrities, attendees, shopping opportunities and simply a stupendous Saturday for all. Every year, we commit to making Circle of Sisters bigger and better than before. This year was beyond all expectations,” says Charlie Morgan, Senior Vice President/Market Manager WBLS/WLIB. “From the panel discussions to the music performances, star-studded gospel concert and vendor marketplace, Circle of Sisters was a success. It was truly memorable event for the community.”
Circle of Sisters remains the largest EXPO in New York City celebrating and uniting women of color. Highlights of the day included Daytime EMMY AWARD nominated talk show host Wendy Williams returning giving a keynote, a special Ask Wendy segment and receiving special recognition from WBLS/WLIB and a proclamation presented by Ingrid Martin-Lewis, Senior Advisor to the Brooklyn Borough President, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.
Singer and entrepreneur Bobby Brown kicked off the day and shared his thoughts with an up close and personal interview with WBLS’s very own Déjà Vu and iconic R&B group EnVogue and the amazing Vivian Green rocked the performance stage with an amazing performance.
The day was filled with today’s hottest celebrities from the stage and screen – actors, performers, and music artists. From TONY Award-Winning Cynthia Erivo to Power’s Naturi Naughton to R&B singer and Real Housewife of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore as well as renowned preacher, author, producer Devon Franklin and our favorite couple David and Tamela Mann — all gave the community ‘honest and real’ conversation. From relationship advice delving into the State of Black America, rap artist Remy Ma joined Rev. Al Sharpton, WBLS’ Raqiyah Mays and Ann Tripp to set a framework for the community.
The 2018 EXPO also featured a sold-out Metro PCS Gospel Explosion, with performances today’s leading gospel artists Bebe Winans, Byron Cage, Koryn Hawthorne, Charles Jenkins, Brian Courtney Wilson, and Maranda Curtis.
This year topics on sisterhood, relationships, and social advocacy were front row, not to mention hundreds of vendors selling everything imaginable — all under one umbrella allowed for a New York City “must-do” experience.
A Few Quotes from Panel Discussions#BlackGirlMagic Don’t take no for an answer.
State of Black America: How to Make Our Voices Heard in this Political Climate
“None of us would have existed had it not been the backbone of our black women.
Black women stood up and brought us back every time. We have got to be involved. We have to be sensitive to where we are—where we are with our voting rights, where we are with health care, where we are with gender rights?” – Al Sharpton
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Circle of Sisters (COS) is the largest expo for women of color in New York City with more than 40,000 attendees. Produced and hosted by WBLS-FM/WLIB – AM and Emmis Communications, COS hosts a variety of panel discussions, seminars, gospel concert in addition to nearly 300 vendors and small businesses selling unique items and services. The EXPO is accented by an avalanche of captivating elements in which participants can attend informative and empowering panel discussions led by authors, field experts, political figures and some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Sponsored by AARP, Army, AT&T, BLK APP by Match.com, HealthFirst, Major World, McDonald’s, MetroPCS, MetroPlus Health Plan, and Spectrum.
Photo credit: 1) Wendy Williams. 2) Bobby Browne. 3) Envogue and Naturi selfie. 4) Cynthia Erivo 5) David and Tamela Mann. 6) Devon Franklin and Dr Stacie NC Grant. 7) MC Lyte and Donshea Hopkins. 8) Remy Ma. 9) Love and Hop Hollywood A1 and Lyrica. 10-11) group. By Hayden Greene.