Sisterhued was on the scene at the Circle of Sisters, New York City’s largest expo for women of color.

 

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Produced and hosted by the city’s hottest radio stations–WBLS-FM, HOT 97, WLIB – AM–and Emmis Communications, the Circle of Sisters inspires women with panel discussions, seminars, R&B and gospel concerts, and over 200 vendors sharing goods and services.

When we arrived at the Circle of Sisters, we toured the expo floor and got to chat with Brooklyn entrepreneur Karen Tappin-Saunderson of Karen’s Body Beautiful, an all natural and organic line for sisters with natural hair. Since launching in 2003, Karen’s business has developed a cult following, and can now be found at big name retailers like Target and Ricky’s.

 

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After connecting with different vendors, we headed to Lucinda Cross‘ Activate workshop. In this powerful session, Lucinda shared the story of how one mistake cost her four years of her life when she ended up in prison, and how vision boards transformed not just her thinking,  but her life. A positive attitude and focus helped Lucinda to rise above her circumstances and turn her life around. Now a successful  entrepreneur, author, speaker, trainer and coach, Lucinda has been featured on ABC, NBC, Black Enterprise, NY1, NY Daily News, Essence Magazine and Black Star Web.

 

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The afternoon of empowerment continued when we talked to FOX 5 news reporter and host of Hot 97’s “Street Soldiers,” Lisa Evers. After moderating a panel on Rikers Island Reform, she spoke with us about making positive changes in our community and crediting women for the achievements they’ve made.
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Tina Campbell, one half of the gospel duo Mary Mary, shared her personal story of the challenges in her marriage. After dealing with infidelity and a period of depression, Tina credits her faith with saving her life. Her upcoming solo album, “It’s Personal,” and “I Need a Day to Pray,” a book that began as a series of letter to God, chronicle her journey from pain to power.

 

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The Circle of Sisters is a chance for women to connect, uplift, and empower one another. Through stories of faith, perseverance, and inspiration, we were given the tools we needed to take on the challenges of being women of color in America.

Will you be there next year?

To see more of our day and the celebs we connected with–including chef Pat Neely, R&B sensation turned BBQ sauce master Bobby Brown, Power’s Naturi Naughton, SWV and more–follow Sisterhued on Instagram.