Program Seminar Listing

10:00am  | DOORS OPEN | Arrive Early


10:15am – 10:45am | A Betta Life with John Salley | 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 | One-on-One Conversation with Misty Copeland | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

Misty Copeland sits down for a one-on-one conversation with New York’s Sweetheart” & WBLS Midday Personality Shaila to share her story. 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! Receives the Circle of Sisters Arts Award.

11:30am – 12:30pm | Circle of Sisters Talk TEA with Celebs | 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.


WBLS Radio Personality Déjà Vu has programmed radio stations across the country and can be heard on 107.5 WBLS from 3:00PM -7:00PM daily.

Stephen Bishop
is best known for his role as David Paulk on BET Network’s original hit series Being Mary Jane, starring opposite Gabrielle Union as her long time on and off again boyfriend. Last year, Stephen starred in TV One’s Media to rave reviews turning the film into a series. Currently, Bishop stars in the Bravo/NBC series Imposters alongside Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Inbar Lavi (Gang Related) and Parker Young (Suburgatory). He is also starring in Til Death Do Us Part.

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. 

Rotimi is a singer/songwriter, actor and model. He’s best known for his role as Darius Morrison on the Starz Network’s Boss and currently stars as Dre on the TV hit Power.

12:25pm – 1:45pm | Is It Just Me? Finding & Staying in Love | 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

WBLS’ radio personality, writer, and author of The Man Curse, Raqiyah Mays introduces Rev. Al Sharpton as he answers some of our most pressing questions. From Charlottesville, to fake news to healthcare and our current political climate in America – just what should our community be doing NOW? National leader Rev. Sharpton shares with us “how we can make a difference.” 

2:00pm – 3:15pm | Stronger Together: Confronting the State of Black America in 2017 | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

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.


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.  


A.R. Bernard is Senior Pastor of the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) 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.

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. 

Bakari Sellers is a CNN Political Commentator who 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.

WBLS’ Ann Tripp currently works on the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show on WBLS providing “news and views” twice an hour on the show from 6:00AM -10:00AM.  Tripp also is the host of Healthful Solutions (on cable) as well as the executive producer, researcher, and “voice” of nationally syndicated Black History Minute (United Stations Radio Network) where she profiles cultural, social, historic, and political milestones of African Americans. She has received three New York City Council Proclamations and has also been honored by U.S. Congressman Edolphus Towns.

3:30 – 4:00 | Circle of Sisters honors Cicely Tyson | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

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. The WBLS team will present Cicely Tyson the Circle of Sisters Living Legend Award.

4:10pm – 5:00pm | OUR Health Matters | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

WBLS’ Lamonda can be heard Saturday mornings from 8:00AM – 10:00AM. Her extensive broadcasting career spans nearly two decades. She presents our health panel, sponsored by NYU Langone Health - Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program, this session offers 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, fibroids, diabetes and other diseases from affecting you or loved ones, as well as, everyday actions and your diet that can improve your overall health.

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Dr. Ian Smith is the author of #1 New York Times Bestselling books, SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet, and The Shred Diet Cookbook. Dr. Smith’s highly anticipated newest book BLAST THE SUGAR OUT became an instant New York Times best seller, helping hundreds of thousands of people reduce bad sugars from their diet, lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, and cut their cravings. Dr. Smith was appointed by President Obama to a second term on the prestigious President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

He is currently the medical contributor and co-host of the nationally syndicated television show The Rachael Ray Show. He is a former cohost of the Emmy award-winning syndicated daytime talk show The Doctors. He is a highly-sought after speaker and is considered one of the best in his field.


Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Surgery at NYU Langone Health - Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Outreach and Navigation Program 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 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 from 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. Elise will be on the Performance Stage showcasing her Body Boot Camp workout at 11:30AM.

Gessie J. Thompson is the CEO & Founder, Hope Beyond Fibroids and a Nutritional Health Coach, Speaker and Fibroids Activist. Gessie Thompson helps women overcome and prevent inflammatory diseases such as Fibroids, Infertility, PCOS, Endometriosis, Diabetes, Heart Disease and more through a transformative holistic approach of spirit, mind, body healing—leveraging coaching, nutrition change, supplements, and medical Qi Gong. From stress management to diet, herbal supplements and more, her Hope Beyond Fibroids Elimination Program teaches lifestyle changes that have resulted in MRI-documented cases of women eliminating up to 50 fibroids without surgery and having their miracle babies after battling infertility for up to 12 years.

6:00pm – 7:00pm | Fashion Show Produced by Her Game 2: Co-Hosts Dr. Bon Lee & Caribbean-American model Damaris Lewis | Jacob Javits Convention Center Main Stage

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 Dr. Bob Lee. Dr. Bob Lee 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 – 5:00AM 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 Buggs 11:00am - 1:00pm  Liz Black
12:00pm - 2:00pm  Shaila 1:00pm - 3:00pm Bishop Hezekiah Walker & Lady Neicy T.
2:00p - 4:00pm  Jeff Foxx 3:00pm - 6:00pm  Ricardo Bryan
4:00pm - 6:00pm Deja Vu  
7:00pm - 9:00pm Classic Flavors