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New York, NY (October 6, 2014) - The 10th anniversary of Circle of Sisters, presented by AARP in association with AT&T and Della Russo, showcased some of the most talented Hollywood insiders, industry experts and celebrities in the business. The event, held at the Jacob Javits Center on 34th and 11th Avenue, is the largest EXPO in New York City uniting, motivating and celebrating women of color. “The tenth anniversary of Circle of Sisters was phenomenal. The high turnout was incredible and a testament to the impact WBLS, WLIB and HOT 97 have on our community,” states Deon Levingston, Vice President/General Manager of Emmis New York. “The EXPO is unique in its approach as there are main stage panels that challenge our communities to push themselves and grow. While celebrities draw people in, we are allowed to teach and educate with our panels and we do that through a combination of industry experts and celebrities.” Attendees were able to hear from their favorite stars as they shared their perspectives on life . The weekend kicked off with Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, Johnny Gill and Tyrese Gibson discussing what it takes to create a long standing career. Tyrese spoke on his love for real R & B music and how it affected his life. Attendees were also given a rare opportunity to have a one-on-one panel with music legend Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. For the Hip Hop generation HOT 97’s Miss Info dished on all things gossip with former VJ and Television Personality turned Actress and NY Times Best-Selling Author, LaLa Anthony. During the weekend, reality TV star Yandy Smith announced that she and Mandeecees are expecting their second child to her fellow reality stars Elise Neal, Lisa Wu, Marlo Hampton and Mica Hughes on the Reality TV Panel. Celebrity couples Niecy Nash & Jay Tucker, Rebecca & Terry Crews and Tamela & David Mann shared their personal secrets for a lasting relationship. Tina Campbell, of the Grammy Award winning duo Mary Mary, spoke candidly about her troubled marriage, while the big screen heartthrob Actor Lance Gross jumped in the audience to field questions. Additionally, NY Times best-selling author Zane talked about her new novel, “The Other Side Of the Pillow.” And over at the health panel, Dr. Rachael Ross of The Doctors and her fellow panelists gave demonstrations and spoke frankly about having good sex and staying healthy. 18 Entrigue Magazine | July 2013 Jennifer Hudson