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Triangle Friends Of African American Arts Presents Durham’s Diamond Diva’s Birthday Celebration

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The Diamond Diva Ladies of Durham celebrated three birthdays and one Diamond Diva relocating to Maryland with a beautiful luncheon in their honor at Hayti Heritage Center recently. The luncheon was hosted by Sherri Holmes, founder of Triangle Friends of African American Arts, and was attended by friends and family of the Diamond Diva Ladies. What a great fellowship of history, fortitude, and smiles!

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Pictured (left to right, seated)is Edna Mason (age 98, born 1918); Lou Barnes (age 96, born 1922); Catherine Ferrell (age 105, born 1912); and Maggie Bryant (age 103, born 1915). Standing (left to right) is Mildred Page (age 93, born 1924); Hortense McClinton (age 99, born 1918, who is relocating to Maryland; was also first black professor hired to teach at U. of North Carolina Chapel Hill) and Vivian Patterson (age 96, born 1922).

The Diamond Diva Ladies of Durham includes members ranging in age from ninety-three to one hundred and five years of age. Pictured (left to right, seated) is Edna Mason (age 98, born 1918);

Lou Barnes (age 96, born 1922); Catherine Ferrell (age 105, born 1912); and Maggie Bryant (age 103, born 1915). Standing (left to right) is Mildred Page (age 93, born 1924); Hortense McClinton (age 99, born 1918, who is relocating to Maryland; was also first black professor hired to teach at U. of North Carolina Chapel Hill) and Vivian Patterson (age 96, born 1922).

The Triangle Friends of African American Arts ​(Triangle FAAA) strives to expand awareness, understanding and support of African American arts and artists. Triangle FAAA hosts educational and social programming throughout the Triangle including art exhibition tours, dinners, group attendance at performances and special events. 

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All-Nite Public Radio

Triangle FAAA’s next outing is All-Nite Public Radio Concert on July 14 at 7 pm in Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park (Cary).

All-Nite Public Radio (ANPR) is a jazz fusion band with roots in Durham. The band derives its name from the ability to play different musical styles; listening to ANPR is like pushing scan on your radio at night, you never know what you’ll hear. It is the black experience brought to life through jazz, soul, funk, r&b, hip hop, gospel, and rock. Although there is variety in the styles of music, the common theme in ANPR is improvisation. That means the music is spontaneous. 

The members bring more than 122 combined years of experience to the stage. Founded by pianist/composer Victor Moore, ANPR is as a sounding board: a place where the band members can create whatever they feel, however they feel. Their music is authentic and tasteful.

For more information, visit http://www.africanamericanarts.org/

 

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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. pcoley@spectacularmag.com
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