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Annual Luncheon Honoring Women Will Feature Actress & Durham Native April Parker Jones

April Parker Jones

Durham, NC – In recognition of Women of Distinction, The Aura Galleria will host the second annual “Our Minds, Our Voices” event, a powerful luncheon honoring influential women in an array of fields such as education, medicine, economic justice, civics, mental health, business, spirituality, sports, fashion, the arts, and beauty. This year’s luncheon will feature a keynote address by actress April Parker Jones.

April Parker Jones (far left), cast of “If Loving You Is Wrong”

Parker Jones was born in Durham and attended North Carolina Central University before moving to New York to establish a career in theater. Her work in theater led her to Los

Angeles, California in 2005 in pursuit of a film and television career.

Since her arrival in LA she has guest starred in nearly 30 television shows and has held recurring roles on the CBS series Jericho, the CW’s 90210, Freeform’s The Fosters, the Shondaland production and legal thriller How To Get Away With Murder, the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids and most recently on the Fox medical show, The Resident. You can catch her this summer in the complete season 5 of TNT’s The Last Ship, playing the role of ‘General Anita Dufine.’

In 2014, Parker Jones was cast as a series regular on Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) where she plays the role of ‘Natalie Henning,’ a single working mother of four. In 2015, she returned to her theater roots where she originated the role of ‘Genie Ann Parker’ in the play, Love Soul Deep which earned her an NAACP Theater award nomination.

This electrifying event is expected to draw approximately 200 women and men, including local area high school, college students and vendors. Attendees of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to attend.

Our Minds, Our Voices | Saturday, April 28, 2018 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Ave | Durham, NC 27705

Tickets are available at the Aura Galleria 3742 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

or via telephone at 919.419.9868 or

About The Aura Galleria: The Aura Galleria also known as the Aura Salon and Boutique, has delivered cosmetology and retail services to women and men of the Greater Triangle for the past 17 years.  The Aura Galleria’s Our Mind Our Voices is an annual occasion that highlights and celebrates the contributions of women in contemporary society.

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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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