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Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leaders Of The Year Named

Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leaders of the Year Finalists (seated) and Semi-Finalists (Photo: Mel Brown)

Durham, NC – On Sunday May 20th, Spectacular Magazine will recognized and honored thirty-three of the brightest innovators and game-changers between the ages of 18-35 who are transforming the world in their own way with the Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year award. The black-tie Awards Gala was held at the Millennium Hotel in Durham.

Thirty-three individuals in nine categories were selected by the Emerging Leader of the Year Selection Committee (Committee) as Semi-Finalists for the award based on on-line nominations. Via an on-line voting process, eleven of those were selected and presented the title of Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year Awards in the categories of Activism, Arts, Beauty Industry Professional, Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Social Media Influencer and Technology. (Due to the large number of nominations in the Activism and Community Service categories, two awards were presented.)

Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year Award recipients in the nine categories are:


James Clark – Mentor/Community Organizer/NC A&T Student (Warrenton)

Taylor Webber-Field –

g>Community Organizer, Village of Wisdom (Durham)



Marcus Joyner – Actor/Professional Drummer (Macon)


Beauty Industry Professional:

Brittany McDuffie – Owner/Master Stylist, Hair Laid By Britt (Durham)


Community Service:

Brenton Ford – Graduating Senior, Franklin County Early College High School (Franklinton)

Jennifer Jones – Youth Program Facilitator, Speak Up Speak Out – NC (Durham)



Quinton Parker – Assistant Band Director/Music Education Coordinator, NCCU (Durham)



Donovan Watson – Owner/Operator, Perkins Orchard (Durham)



Mystique Hargrove – Creator, Boho Wellness (Henderson)


Social Media Influencer:

Jalen Baker – Asst. Coordinator of Student Engagement, Dept. of Student Engagement & Leadership, NCCU (Durham)



Damien Greatheart – Professor of Computer Information, Livingstone College (Salisbury)

Cutline: Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leaders of the Year. Pictured Seated (left to right): Jennifer Jones, Taylor Webbber-Field, Brittany McDuffie; Standing (left to right): Quinton Parker, Damein Greatheart, Jalen Baker; Inset Left (top to bottom): Mystique Hargrove, Donovan Watson, James Clark; Inset Right (top to bottom): Marcus Joyner, Brenton Ford (Photo: Mel Brown)


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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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