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Spectacular Magazine Women Of The Year Voting Opens Wednesday


Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year voting period will open Wednesday August 23 and end on Sept. 12 to select finalists. The Finalists will be named at the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala on Sept. 24, 2017.

With a mission to enlighten and empower, Spectacular Magazine has named 21 African American women who will receive the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Award in their respective category based on the voting results.

The following two (2) women will receive the SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE 2017 WOMAN OF THE YEAR – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. The award will be presented at the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year Awards Gala on Sept. 24, 2017; Reception: 2pm; Banquet: 3pm). Get your tickets now!

Lifetime Achievement:

Coach Rena Armwood – Retired Softball/Volleyball Coach; 2017 NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee (Durham)

Mrs. Rosetta Austin Moore – Author; Retired Educator ( Hillsborough)

Nominations were accepted in six categories. The Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Selection Committee, based on a scoring system, selected the top three (3) Semi-Finalists in each of five (5) categories. (Due to an overwhelming amount of nominations in the sixth category, Education, six semi-finalists were selected and two will be named in that category. You can also vote for two in the Education category.)

The Finalists will be selected via this on-line voting process that runs Aug. 23 – Sept. 12.

Please vote only once per person. Any duplicate entries will be disqualified. Thanks for taking the time to complete our voting process and for your support of Spectacular Magazine!

Arts & Culture:

  • Willa Brigham – Host, Smart Start Kids; Inspirational Speaker/Storyteller (Cary)
  • Alicia Turner – Children’s Book Author (Durham)
  • Anita Woodley – Independent Actress, Playwright, Producer (Chapel Hill)

Business & Economic Development:

  • Del Mattioli – Financial Services Professional, Mattioli and Associates (Durham)
  • Earnestine Lloyd-Battle – Small Business and Group Specialist, LegalShield (Rocky Mount)
  • April Sherman – Manager – Professional Ethics, Assn. of International Certified Professional Accountants (Raleigh)

Community Service:

  • Evelyn Coleman-Dove – Counselor, PathChoice, Inc. (Raleigh)
  • Alicia Grant – Founder, Joyful Connections Corporation Inc. (Durham)
  • Cheryl Parquet – Senior Program Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina  (Durham)


  • Jessica Boone – Teacher, KIPP Gaston College Preparatory (Roanoke Rapids)
  • NaShonda Cooke – Teacher, Durham Public Schools (Durham)
  • Gretta Dula – Principal, Ligon GT Magnet Middle School (Raleigh)
  • Yolanda Keith – Program Director (Carolina College Advising Corps); Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, UNC-CH (Chapel Hill)
  • Monica Leach – Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Academic Affairs, NC Central University (Durham)
  • Brenda Stephens – Member, Orange County Board of Education (Orange County)

Emerging Leader:

  • Jacquail Green – Community Volunteer; Administrative Intern, Wake County Public Schools (Raleigh)
  • Deirdre Johnson – Head Athletic Trainer/W.I.S.E. Advisor/Health, P.E. Dept Chair, Sanderson High School (Raleigh)
  • Kimberly Monroe – Researcher, National Park Service (Washington, DC)


  • Glenda Clare, PhD – Behavioral Health Management Consultant, G. Portlynn Clare & Associates, LLC (Durham)
  • Sandra Dubose –  Ambassador, American Autoimmune Disease Related Association;  /Owner, Dubose Entertainment  (Raleigh)
  • Nicole Swiner, M.D. – Family Medicine/General Medicine Physician, Durham Family Medicine (Durham)

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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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