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Submit Nomination Now! Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of Year

On Sunday October 30, 2016 Spectacular Magazine will present the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year (WOY) Awards to honor and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African American women or women who have made a difference in the African American community. Women will be recognized in eight (8) categories at the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year (WOY) Awards Gala.

Nominations will be accepted in one of the seven categories listed below from Sunday August 14, 2016 until midnight Saturday September 3, 2016. Recommendations for the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award will be accepted as well.

The Spectacular Magazine WOY Awards Gala Committee will announce the top three (3) nominees in each of the seven (7) categories on September 9, 2016. The Committee names the recipient of the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Award Lifetime Achievement.

There will be an on-line voting process that begins on Monday September 26 and ends at midnight on October 9, 2016. The recipients will be named at the Sunday’s Best Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala on Sunday October 30 at Sheraton Chapel Hill at 2:00 pm.

2016 WOY

Here are the Spectacular Magazine 2016 Women of the Year:

Lifetime Achievement:

Mrs. Bessye Lawrence McGhee

Mrs. Artelia Marsh Perry

Mrs. Vivian Merrick Sansom


Arts & Culture:

Chanda Branch


Business & Economic Development:

Linda T. Worth

Civil & Human Rights:

Juanita B. Massenburg


Community Service:

Rev. Trish Harleston

Yolanda Stith



Tomisha Price Brock

Kimberley P. Cartwright


Emerging Leader:

Nimasheena Burns

Tolulope Omokaiye



Jacquelyn Gaines


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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