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Spectacular Magazine 2017 Women of the Year Named


Research Triangle Park, NC – On Sunday September 24, 2017 Spectacular Magazine recognized and honored the achievements of African American women with the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year Awards.

Twenty-three African American women in seven categories were selected by the Woman of the Year Selection Committee (Committee) as Finalists or Semi-Finalists for Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards. Nine of those received the title at the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala held at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC. (Due to the large number of nominations in the Education category two awards were presented.) Radio One Raleigh’s Tia’Lavon served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening.

(Seated l-r): Sandra Dubose (Health); Brenda Stephens (Education); Coach Rena Armwood (Lifetime Achievement); Mrs. Rosetta Moore (Lifetime Achievement); Anita Woodley (Arts & Culture); (Standing l-r): April Sherman (Business & Economic Development); Deirdre Johnson (Emerging Leader); Dr. Monica Leach (Education); Cheryl Parquet (Community Service) Photo: submitted

Coach Rena Armwood – Educator; Retired Softball/Volleyball Coach; 2017 NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee and Mrs. Rosetta Austin Moore – Author; Retired Educator were selected by the Committee to receive the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award.

Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year Award recipients in the remaining six categories are:

Arts & Culture:

Anita Woodley – Independent Actress, Playwright, Producer (Chapel Hill)


Business & Economic Development:

April Sherman – AICPA (Durham)


Community Service:

Cheryl Parquet – Senior Program Manager,  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina  (Durham)



Dr. 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:

Deirdre Johnson – Head Athletic Trainer/W.I.S.E. Advisor/Health, P.E. Dept Chair, Sanderson High School (Raleigh)



Sandra Dubose  –  Ambassador, American Autoimmune Disease Related Association;  Pres./Owner, Dubose Entertainment  (Raleigh)

Spectacular Magazine will present the inaugural Spectacular Magazine Millennials of the Year Awards in 2018.

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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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