Last weekend, 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, hosted the 12th annual Circle of Sisters EXPO at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Presented by AARP New York, Circle of Sisters 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 came together with one main purpose: to celebrate the power of sisterhood.
An estimated 50,000 people enjoyed the two-day event. Over the course of the weekend this year, attendees shopped amongst 250+ vendors, heard moving speeches and picked up some sound advice from guest speakers, caught live performances and cooking demonstrations, and much more!
The two-day MetroPlus Performance Stage was packed with talent. Singer and actor Rotimi, best known for his role as ‘Darius Morrison’ on the Starz Network’s Boss and currently stars as “Dre” on the TV hit POWER, took to the stage. The Seal Breakers demonstrated their vocal talent and energy with “DWTD Dancing with the Devil” and “Brooklyn.” Mathew Knowles’ new group Blushh also performed, and crowds were delighted to see Singer/Songwriter Joe and The Color Purple showcase perform.
WBLS Liz Black’s Gospel Showcase celebrated 9 years of talent on the COS Performance Stage. This year’s performances featured Jermaine Dolly, Dave James, and KC Edwards. Jules Bartholomew and JudaCamp got the stage moving with “He’ll Make it Alright,” and the God is Awesome, This Means War and Winning award-winning Super Star, Charles Jenkins.
And before the performance stage could stop rocking in the vendor hall, WBLS’ Liz Black and WLIB’s Neicy T teamed up to continue the vibrations with the Metro PCs Gospel Explosion concert performances by Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Tye Tribbett, VaShawn Mitchell, and JJ Hairston.
Watch as Tye Tribbett opens the show and sets the bar high for others to follow.
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To see more from Circle of Sisters, including exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the celebrity guests, head to WBLS.com.
AARP New York’s Circle of Sisters was presented by EmblemHealth and made possible by AT&T, Healthfirst, Consumer Reports, Ashley Stewart, MetroPlus Health Plan, MetroPCS, Fidelis Care, StateFarm, SONYMA, Maybelline, SheaMoisture, InVite Health, Disney Destinations, MTA, MajorWorld, McDonald’s All Day Breakfast, American Heart Association, AIDS Health Foundation, EXPG, Nyack College, Center for NYC Neighborhoods, The Color Purple on Broadway, NYC Health+Hospitals | Harlem, Nubian Heritage, FOX 5 NY, Village Voice, and Black Enterprise.