On the very first page of the program from this year’s Circle of Sisters (COS) event, you’ll see a rousing welcome and praise from the mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio. “Chirlane and I are delighted to commend COS for its longstanding commitment to giving small businesses the chance to flourish,” he wrote, “and for inspiring and empowering countless African American women across our city and beyond.”This glowing acknowledgement from one of the most powerful men in one of the largest cities of the world comes with reason. In the 10 years that Circle of Sisters has taken over the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, hundreds of businesses have showcased their products to a key consumer demographic: African American women.Women operate the muscle and neck that influence the ways we move. It’s a power that makes Deon Levingston proud. As Emmis Communications senior vice president and market manager, Levingston manages the three stations behind this year’s Circle of Sisters: New York’s 107.5 WBLS, Hot 97, and WLIB. He says the execution of COS required concerted effort. “I’m most proud of the way the staff came together. It was a nonstop event for three days for… Read full this story
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