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Spectacular Magazine 2018 Man Of The Year Finalists & Semi-finalists Named

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Durham, NC – Spectacular Magazine will recognize and honor the achievements and contributions African American men who have made a difference in the African American community with the Spectacular Magazine 2018 Man of the Year Award. Awards will be presented at the black-tie Spectacular Magazine 2018 Man of the Year Awards Gala on August 20th with a Red Carpet Reception at 2:00 pm and Gala/Awards Ceremony beginning at 3:00 pm.

Spectacular MagazineThe Man of the Year Selection Committee (Committee) for the second time, named four men to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Twenty-one African American men in seven other categories were named Semi-finalists. Nominations were accepted in those seven categories and narrowed down by the Committee, based on criteria, to three (3) semi-finalists in each category. Based on the results of an on-line voting process July 8 – July 28, seven of those will receive the title of Spectacular Magazine 2018 Man of the Year.

The Spectacular Magazine 2018 Men of the Year – Lifetime Achievement are:

  • Dr. Dudley Flood – Associate State Superintendent, NC Dept. of Public Instruction (retired); Exec. Dir., NC Assn. of School AdministAssorators (retired)
  • Mr. Joseph Sansom – NC Deputy State Treasurer (retired), NC Dept. State Treasurer; Director, M&F Bank
  • Judge A. Leon Stanback, Jr. – Superior Court Judge (retired); Durham Co. District Attorney (retired)
  • Dr. Phail Wynn – Vice President – Durham and Regional Affairs, Duke University

The Spectacular Magazine 2018 Men of the Year Semi-finalists in the remaining seven categories are:


  • Dr. T. Anthony Spearman – President, NC NAACP (Raleigh)
  • Dante Strobino – Field Organizer, NC Public Service Workers Union (Durham)
  • CJ SuittCommunity Organizer, Social Justice Performance Poet (Chapel Hill)


  • Simon Akhamie – IT Database Administrator, NC SECU, Board Member, All Things New Inc. (Raleigh)
  • Derrick Beasley – College Success Coordinator, Student U; Creative Director, Black August in the Park (Durham)
  • Sidney Brodie – Supervisor, NC Detective Agency; CreatorDurham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Memorial Quilt (Durham)


  • LeVon Barnes – Healthy Living Teacher, The School for Creative Studies, Durham
  • William Chavis – Principal, William G. Enloe Magnet High School (Raleigh)
  • Michael Myrick – Asst. Superintendent – Curriculum & Instruction, Granville County Schools (Oxford)


  • Keijuane Hester – Owner/Baker, Favor Desserts (Durham)
  • Joseph Gatewood – CEO, Gatewood Financial Insurance & Real Estate (Charlotte)
  • Bernard Bugg – Owner/CPA, BFB & Associates (Cary)


  • Daniel Jordan – Social Worker, West Care Girls Program (Henderson)
  • Overseer Harvey Spencer Sr. – Pastor/ Founder, THINK Youth Mentoring Program, Greater Love Church (Raleigh)
  • Larry Thomas – Founder/President, Thomas Mentoring Leadership Academy (Durham)


  • Steven Hairston – Chief Operating Officer/VP Institutional Advancement, St. Augustine’s University (Raleigh)
  • David Reese – President/CEO, East Durham Children’sInitiative (Durham)
  • Eric O. Smith – Founder/Exec Director, TRP Global Inc. (Durham)


  • Anthony McClenny – Medical Student, UNC School of Medicine; Co-Founder, White Coats Black Doctors Foundation, Inc. (Chapel Hill)
  • Desmond Scott – Owner/Operator, Prime Athletic Training & Fitness Institute (Durham)
  • DeWayne Thomas – Owner/Operator, NC Fitness Club (Raleigh)

On-line voting period is July 8 – July 28. Check back for link to vote and to purchase Gala tickets.

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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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