Head to the Jacob Javits Center this Weekend

For Two Days of Shopping, Free Giveaways, Celebrity Panels,

Cooking Demonstrations, Gospel Service, and More!


October 14, 2016 (New York, NY) – Circle of Sisters, presented by AARP New York & hosted by Emmis New York’s WBLS-FM 107.5, your #1 source for R&B, 1190 WLIB-AM, your home for Gospel & Inspiration, and WQHT-FM HOT 97, Where Hip Hop Lives, is the largest EXPO in New York City uniting, motivating and celebrating women of color.  Some of the biggest names in entertainment, health, food, business and more are scheduled to be at this year’s event, taking place this Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.  Below are some of the principal events happening all weekend long; be sure to head to for complete information!



WBLS’ Shaila sits down for a one-on-one with bestselling author and co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, Robin Roberts.


State of Black America (Part 1) – Stop the Killing: Tragedy has stuck our community by leaps and bounds. But, for these mothers, it hit much closer to home. They are collectively standing up to fight against violence. They do NOT want the death of their sons to have been in vain. Come hear their story, what they are doing to change the pendulum with their foundations and how you can make a difference.  Panelists include Valerie Castile, mother of Philando; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant; and Benjamin L. Crump, lawyer on the Trayvon Martin case.  Moderated by WBLS’ Fatiyn Muhammad.


Red Carpet Ready Panel: African American actors hit the stage and screen this year more than ever. From the big screen to television to cable and Netflix, the opportunities for great drama and comedy are amazing. Hear from some of the best in the business on what these new opportunities mean for everyone.  Panelists include singer/songwriter & actor, Rotimi, actor & comedian, Clifton Powell, and actress & star in Netflix’s hit series, Marvel’s Luke Cage, Ninja Devoe.


Women: We Must Protect Ourselves. Starting TODAY!  Our experts share with you how to maintain a well-balanced healthy lifestyle and stay sane while doing it. Check out an insider’s look at maintaining, preventing and encouraging great sexual, mental and physical health.  Panelists include Terrie M. Williams, advocate for change & empowerment; Deshauna Barber, Miss USA; and Vanessa Bell Calloway; actress & producer.  Moderated by Dr. Jeff Gardere.



Former NBA Champion, talk-show host and health/wellness activist, John Salley, shares his secrets to staying fit through his vegan diet. He will be joined on stage by Chef Brenda Beener of Seasoned Vegan to share how going vegan is a must for increased athletic performance, longevity, a better environment and simply what is necessary for healthy living.


BBQ Sauce King Bobby Brown adds a new title to his list of credits. Join R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and dancer for his latest venture:  BBQ Sauce King! From recording and reality TV star to creating the perfect BBQ sauce, Bobby kicks it up on our stage.


Healthfirst Chef Nicole Spence is a natural Whole Foods chef who believes that food is our medicine and loves to create beautiful, nourishing, and delicious meals from simple, natural ingredients.



The Color Purple w/ Jennifer Holiday, hosted by Liz Black


“The HustleHer Next Door: She Thinks It.  She Creates It.  She Gets PAID” with WBLS’ Deja Vu


“Mommies & Millennials” w/ WBLS’ Shaila & her daughter, HOT 97’s ScottieBeam



Live performances and appearances by actor & artist, Common; star of “Power”, Rotimi; Mathew Knowles’ newest group,Blushhh; R&B singer, Mario; the cast of The Color Purple on Broadway; R&B singer, Joe; singer/songwriter, Keke Wyatt; and more!

Tickets for the EXPO are on-sale now.  Tickets are $15 per day in advance, $20 at the door, and can be purchased onCircleofSisters.comAARP members receive a special ticket discount to Circle of Sisters 2016! Show your membership card at the door and receive a $5 discount on tickets.  Plus, AT&T customers can avoid the line and save some time by showing their AT&T device at the event, and EmblemHealth members receive $5 off tickets at the door when they show their membership card!


The EXPO runs from 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, October 15th and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, October 16thSunday evening’sMetroPCS Gospel Explosion concert is sold-out; your only way in is to win on!