WBLS Circle of Sisters Expo Brings Unity Among African-American Women in Business with Success at Jacob Javits Center and Attracts Mainstream Media
Written by (LiteraryBlast.com)
New York City- (October)- WBLS Circle of Sisters Expo, “the largest Business Expo in New York City, focusing on Uniting Women in Color,” held its jam-packed, star-studded 2 day event on October 7th & 8th at Jacob Javits Convention Center bringing out the who’s who in media, business, fashion, music, entertainment, and the literary world for an event being heralded as one of the “Best Radio Hosted Events of the Year for the Entire Family.”
Every major media and minority newspaper was responsibly present and united to represent one of the most highly anticipated annual events including the entire production crew of the new Literary Living TV Show. The new tv production crew was granted all media access for a shot to interview some of the most exciting guests of Fall 2006 like entrepreneur Russell Simmons, R& B crooner Bobby Brown, CSI Star Hill Harper, Dr. Ian Smith (The Celebrity Fit Club), Recording artist Sonshine Anderson with new hit (Sonshine at Midnight) and newcomer singing sensation, Lorenzo Owens who gave us a taste of his smash hit single, “Rainbows”.
Disilgold Magazine founder, Heather Haliah Covington, was a highlighted business owner who gained full access to interview many celebrated guests.
General Manger, Deon Livingston, has spearheaded a “MECCA of Business Networking”that has become a staple for top businesses to unite with success and raise the power, value and significant influence of the “Black Dollar” on the buying economy.
This year, over 200 vendors joined the ranks of top businesses to go on to excel beyond expectations upon debuting at the annually held event heard live on 107.5fm and creating excitement along with droves of loyal goers. Annual visitor Geneva West mentions, “Circle of Sisters Expo is a must attend event!”
Health vendors who came out on top at the Circle of Sisters Expo and attracted long lines were businesses such as Grace: Bringing Good Taste to Life, Jus Soy and Xango: Mangosteen health drinks who provided samples of their products for visitors and shared why cancer and heart disease prevention should be America’s top health concern and internal fruit cleansing from the rare Mangosteen plant may hold the key.
Beauty and health care vendors like Razac provided total beauty and hair make-overs for the ladies and men. Fashion designer Vaughn Terry provided fashion samples that will re-create African American’s fashion sense. Popular media publications like Black Enterprise, Brooklyn News, UT Magazine, SwingUptown, Harlem News, Jolie and The Network Journal debuted their publications with success. TNJ’s editor-in-chief, Roseland Kilkenny McLymont shared an in-depth interview of the makings of her lightning-paced thriller, “Middle Ground.”
Vendors like Blue Knight Greetings, the premiere urban greeting card company founded by Heather A. Kollar, returned as one of the leading vendors at Circle of Sisters Expo in 2005. Everyone stopped by top businesses like Bally Total Fitness who warmed up guests with the fun and innovative “Aerobic Warm Up,” and the historical Amy Ruth’s restaurant booth where many guests say they were able to purchase their tickets to the Circle of Sisters Expo in addition to visiting the site at www. wbls.com.
Relaxation tips and free massages from the Ki Energy booth named after William “Tony” Rogers daughter was given a thumbs up by visitors. Not only is he the founder of Harlem Week which has now become Harlem Month, but the owner of Urbanology Marketing Systems and Suhn Ki Energy: Contemporary Tanish Self-Healing Arts.
Cruise planners, Pillars of the Caribbean, provided insight on their upcoming celebrity White Diamond Cruise into the Caribbean featuring guests like the legendary Mighty Sparrow. The company website at www.pillarsofthecaribbean.com explores founder, Christine Miller’s inspiration for making the Caribbean a perfect location for inspirational vacation trips.
Literary wise, Hueman Bookstore owners greeted booklovers at the door with an array of their top selling African-American books and is responsible for creating a surge of book sales right here in New York City. The Hueman Bookstore is noted as a major Harlem tourist attraction. Store owners, Marva Allen and Rita Ewing were swarmed with supporters. Celebrity authors like Tyler Perry, on tour for new stage play, “What’s Done in the Dark” sign books here with a standing room turnout every year.
Fans of 107.5fm WBLS possibly got a chance to meet their favorite on air personalities up-close and personal among the crowd like Steve Harvey, Guy Black, Wendy Williams, Vaughn Harper, Champaigne, Ann Tripp, Imhotep Gary Byrd, Reverend Dr. Darcel M. Halloway, Hal Jackson, Dahveed Levy, Eddie Love, Brian Carter, Bob Lee and Vinny Brown.
Music Industry celebrities like Bobby Brown, Russell Simmons, Joe, Sonshine Anderson, Lorenzo Owens and newcomer, Rasheeda Williams had fans lining up for autographs and support of radio’s brightest stars in music. Other well known guests such as Spinderella of top selling female rap group of all time, Salt & Pepa and Angela Burt Murray, Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief were met by fans with praise.
An exciting array of panel discussions such as the very controversial panel entitled: “The Secret Lives of Men,” included guest speakers and authors like J.L. King, of the very controversial book,”On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep with Men,” Brenda Stone Browder, who answers back to the Down Low Controversy: with her book, On the Up and Up: A Survival Guide for Women Living with men on the Down Low and Big Boom (If You Want Closure in Your Relationship: Start with Your Legs.
Other popular and national best selling guest authors who spoke on educational and motivational panels with fans flocking to their autographing and book signing tables post discussion were Hill Harper, (Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny), Wendy Williams (Drama is Her Middle Name), Terrie Williams (The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in This Fast Paced World), Dr. Suzanne Johnson Cooke (Live Life Like Your Blessed), Anita Diggs (Denzel’s Lips), Scott Poulson-Bryant (Hung), Maryann Reid (Marry Your Baby Daddy), Dr. Ian Smith (Fat Smash Diet), Kevin Powell ( Someday We’ll Be Free), Deborah Gregory (The Cheetah Girls) and Erica Simone Turnipseed, author of Hunger. Even Cherise Davis, Senior Editor of Simon & Schuster, known for her work with Michael Baisden’s national bestsellers was greeted by literary artists seeking major book deals.
You can catch many interviews with guests of the Circle of Sisters Expo on the new tv show creating a big buzz in the book industry entitled, Literary Living and hosted by Heather Haliah Covington on Tuesdays @8pm on the BFC or Black Family Channel. Set your TiVo TV so don’t miss a single show. We stayed until Steve Harvey’s Van rolled out from the premises with class and style. WBLS is the only Black owned Radio Station in New York celebrating over 35 years of air time and owned by Percy Sutton. We predict that next year’s Circle of Sisters Expo will be even better and bigger. Visit www.LiteraryBlast.com for event photo gallery.