Program Seminar Listing

10:00am  | DOORS OPEN | Arrive Early


10:15am – 10:45am | DOOR BUSTER | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Want to have more energy, lose a few inches from your waist, or flatten your tummy? Join NBA great, actor and talk show host John Salley as he shares how to live a “Betta Life” through healthy eating with a vegan lifestyle. John has answers to your questions. This is one conversation you won’t want to miss! Arrive early for best seats!

10:50am – 11:20am | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Circle of Sisters is honored to host Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history. Hear first-hand from this prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13. With a passion for giving back, she has worked with many charitable organizations and mentors’ young girls and boys. She has received multiple honors, including the Young, Gifted & Black honor at Black Girls Rock! Awards, written two books, Life in Motion and Firebird, and narrated a documentary about her career, A Ballerina's Tale. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and appearing on its cover, Circle of Sisters will have her LIVE on our stage to pay tribute and honor one of our own. It’s a one-on-one conversation you don’t want to miss!

11:30am – 12:30pm | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Circle of Sisters Talk TEA with Celebs

Don’t miss an intimate discussion about love, life, health, family, politics and much more with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars! Want to know about celebrity vacays? Curious about how celebrities find true love? Or, how about behind-the-scene details on your favorite reality or network show or movie? Come ask these and other questions to some of your favorite celebrities who are taking TV, music and film by storm. It’s a no holds bar.


Vivica A. Fox is an actress and producer known for her roles in Kill Bill, Independence Day, and Missing, for which she received the NAACP Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She has left a permanent mark on pop culture as one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. Fox currently stars in Vivica’s Black Magic on Lifetime and has nine movies slated for release in 2017.

Evelyn Lozada is one of the stars on VH1’s hit reality show, Basketball Wives. Lozada has been very vocal about her experiences with motherhood and marriage, establishing her as a longtime fan-favorite. She currently stars in Livin’ Lozada and Basketball Wives.  

12:25pm – 1:45pm | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Is It Just Me? Finding & Staying in Love: Our experts share dating, relationship and marriage tips in an open and honest environment. Explore enhancing your relationship and making it last, being the breadwinner, or dating outside of your race. Let’s talk frankly about questions like: Is chivalry dead? Should I take the online dating plunge? And, of course, is there ever a Mr. Right? We’ll talk, laugh and learn about these topics and more with relationship experts and celebrities who role model relationships in positive, healthy ways.

Moderator: Dr. Faith Brown – NYC-based relationship coach, psychologist, author (Laughing Loudly, Loving Deeply – Voice America)

Charreah K. Jackson is an international speaker and the Lifestyle and Relationships Editor for ESSENCE magazine, empowering the brand’s audience of 13 million. She authors Notes to Self, a monthly column on self-development that closes each issue.

Gospel artist JJ Hairston and wife, Trina authors of the relationship book titled, “Amazing Love.” The theme of the book shares the couple’s testimony of restoring their marriage, and speaks to couples who are either just getting married or are married and having some trouble in their marriage.

Love & Hip-Hop Stars Remy Ma and Papoose had a fairytale wedding of their dreams in 2015 but were officially married in 2008 while Remy was in prison. The two have plenty to share about how to keep a marriage together.

1:45pm – 2:00pm | Rev. Al Sharpton to set the stage for where we are as African Americans. From Charlottesville, to fake news to the political climate in America – what should our community be doing NOW? National leader Rev. Sharpton shares with us “how we can make a difference.”

2:00pm – 3:15pm | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Stronger Together: Confronting the State of Black America in 2017

African Americans have made many strides in corporate America, politics, healthcare, and civil and social justice. However, we still face injustices. Join us as we engage in a community conversation of education and action solutions as #BlackAgentsOfChange. It’s time for #Action and to #StayWoke in our current climate. 

Moderator: Ed Gordon is known for interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment and sports. He hosts “Ed Gordon,” a quarterly news magazine program seen on Bounce TV and the syndicated radio program, Weekend with Ed Gordon.  Gordon is heard twice a week on The Steve Harvey Morning Show.


Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Commentator, made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. A rising star in the Democratic Party, Sellers was named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and "The Root 100” list of most influential African-Americans.

Tamika Mallory is an activist, the founder of Mallory Consulting, and the national co-chair for the Women’s March. Nationally recognized as a fiery and outspoken champion for social justice who worked closely with the Obama Administration as an advocate for civil rights issues, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence, and police misconduct. A leading figure in the grassroots, community-based effort to stop gun violence in New York City, Mallory was instrumental in creating the NYC Crisis Management System, an official gun violence prevention program that awards nearly $20 million annually to innovative violence intervention organizations. 

Michael Eric Dyson is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, winner of an American Book Award and two N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards, and professor of sociology at Georgetown University. Dr. Dyson has written 17 books, including national bestsellers on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the rapper Tupac Shakur. He has appeared on every major television and radio show, from the Today show to Real Time with Bill Maher. He also serves as a political analyst for MSNBC. 

A.R. Bernard is Senior Pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. He left a 10-year banking career to follow the call of God on his life to full-time ministry to become the founding pastor. With his wife Karen at his side, the church began with a small membership in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The 37,000+ member church is based in Brooklyn. He recently resigned from President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory council.

3:30 – 3:45

Circle of Sisters honors Cicely Tyson, an award-winning film, television and stage actress who has built a successful career by carefully choosing roles that exemplified quality and depth. She has won accolades and awards for her performances on TV, stage and in film, with credits including Sounder, Roots, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and The Help. Tyson has won two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award, among other honors, over the course of her acting career. She has been inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. She believes in giving back as proof in her foundation and the Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts in Newark, N.J. which promotes the next generation of talent.

4:15pm – 5:15pm

OUR Health Matters: Sponsored by New York University, this session will offer practical and simple tips to take better care of ourselves. Did you know that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women? And that diabetes is the #1 killer of African Americans? Learn how to prevent illnesses like breast cancer and diabetes from affecting you or loved ones, as well as everyday actions you can take to improve your energy, fitness, heart health, nutrition, and more.

Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH (NYU) is Associate Professor of Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and Chief of Breast Services at Bellevue Hospital and Co-Director of the Bea Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program. She is a graduate of Harvard College and received her medical degree and Masters in public health degree from Columbia University. She completed her general surgery residency training at NYU Medical Center and her breast oncology fellowship at Columbia University. She is dedicated to improving the care of underserved women and eliminating health care disparities earning Bellevue Hospital the NAPBC Center of Excellence Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons the only public hospital in Manhattan to earn that designation.

Elise Neal is an award-winning actress who has appeared in the films Rosewood, Money Talks, Scream 2 and the record breaking Marvel film Logan which was #1 at the box office with over $83 million in its first weekend. On the small screen, her face is recognized with hit shows like The Hughleys and All of Us. After breaking the internet with her milestone birthday bikini pic a year ago, she has launched “Elise’s Body Boot Camp,” a fitness and wellness mission to help women around the world be their best selves as they age.

6:00pm – 7:00pm | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Fashion Show Produced by HerGame 2

Co-Hosts DR. BOB LEE & Caribbean-American model DAMARIS

DAMARIS Lewis is no stranger to the fashion world as she has appeared in multiple Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues since the beginning of her modeling career. Lewis also appeared in campaigns for companies such as Black/Up, Clarins, MAC, L’Oréal, Garnier SkinActive, and Yves Saint Laurent. She has done editorial shoots for Essence Magazine, French Marie Claire, SELF Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and GQ. The LaGuardia Performing Arts High School dance alum and Boys & Girls Clubs Ambassador was also the late Prince's muse, performing on tour as his dancer until his untimely death last year. And, in case you missed it, Damaris was a recent featured guest on MTV’s popular show with Nick Cannon, Wild N’ Out.

DAMARIS shares the stage with her co-host and a WBLS/WLIB staple Bob Lee. Bob is no stranger to the stage. In addition to his on-air roles at the station he is the Community Affairs Director for WBLS. As part of his community-based work, Lee has developed strong ties to many local and national politicians and public figures, including President Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor David Dinkins, and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión. Lee also currently hosts the weekly live television program "Open," which broadcasts on BronxNet. Bob can be heard on WBLS 12-5am Monday- Friday.  

7:30pm – 9:00pm | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Gospel Concert


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Come by and join the WBLS family as we broadcast live from Circle of Sisters 10a- We will interview the stars of Circle of Sisters and keep you tuned into what's going down at Circle of Sisters 2017.

10:00am - 12:00pm  Fredd Buggs11:00am - 1:00pm  Liz Black
12:00pm - 2:00pm  Shaila1:00pm - 3:00pm Bishop Hezekiah Walker & Lady Neicy T.
2:00p - 4:00pm  Jeff Foxx3:00pm - 6:00pm  Ricardo Bryan
4:00pm - 6:00pm Deja Vu 
7:00pm - 9:00pm Classic Flavors