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Beauties Who Love The Arts Networking Expo Planned


Raleigh, NC – A networking expo for women in the arts industry, Beauties Who Love The Arts, will take place on April 21st from 11 am to 4 pm. Presented by Music is Life Nonprofit, Beauties with Brains, and Nakoma Marketing and PR, the event will be held at Brier Creek Country Club.

Shanita Ollison

The event will be an afternoon of empowerment, featuring panelists, keynote speakers, performances by female musicians, as well as vendors.

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up together to create an empowering event for women in the Triangle,” says Shanita Ollison, founder of Music is Life Nonprofit.

The event will feature performances by M8alla, Hasina, Allie Capo, Ashleigh Salate, A.Yoni, and the Majestic Noise Band. The price of the ticket will include the cost of brunch, mimosas, and a swag bag.

Speakers include:

  • Chanda Branch, Black North Carolina
  • Crystal Taylor, founder of Beats N Bars Festival
  • Miriam Tolbert, radio personality and founder of Carolina Wav
  • Kyesha Jennings, hip hop lecturer
  • Quierra Luck, media personality
  • Raven Gibbs, choreographer and dancer
  • Kim Palmer, choreographer and dancer
  • Angel Dozier, curator and arts advocate
  • Kerianne Enderline, VP of Sales, SpokeHub
  • Shonda Draughn, co-founder of the Draughn Family Foundation

Current sponsors include Choice FM, Carolina Waves, Beats N Bars Festival, Carolina Small Business Development Fund, the Draughn Family Foundation, North Carolina Central University, and others.

Sponsorship opportunities and table purchases are still available for the event. To learn more and purchase, please click here

To learn more about Music Is Life, click here


Music Is Life inspires to provide music and arts education by serving free or affordable group ensemble classes tailored to fit beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Founded by Shanita Ollison, the pop up music laboratory curriculum offers a unique arts education saturated with ensemble music teachings infused with STEM learning Our goal is to accommodate and empower the community with art literacy for all.

Beauties With Brains: Established in 2017 by Indira Felder, the goal of this networking platform is to graciously connect individuals who are striving to maximize their talents with the goal of achieving success. Founded in the prestigious city of medicine, Durham, North Carolina, Beauties with Brains plans to become globally known for inspiring, and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential and live a purposeful life.

Nakoma Marketing and PR is a full service marketing and branding agency that prides itself on marketing tailored every step of the way.” Founded by Chelsey Bentley Holts, Nakoma provides graphic design, marketing strategy and execution, website design, and public relations services. The name Nakoma” is an ode to Chelsey’s Native American heritage, as well as a reminder of her goals for herself and the company: to be a positive spirit in the lives of others, and to create marketing strategy to allow a client’s voice or “spirit” to shine through.


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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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