SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE is a full color, quarterly publication with investigative news stories, features, columns, calendars and commentaries that empower, enlighten and entertain readers in North Carolina.. In addition to SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE being available free of charge at cultural centers, colleges, bookstores, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants, distribution of SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE also includes African American churches in Durham, Wake, Orange, Granville, Vance, Warren and Person counties.
Each issue of SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE discovers and report what matters most to our readers. SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE also includes feature articles on African Americans in the community. Some of the features are about those considered to be movers and shakers and some are about lesser known individuals but, nonetheless, are making a difference in their own way.
With a mission to empower and enlighten African Americans in Durham, Wake, Orange, Granville, Vance, Warren and Person counties, SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE includes columns written by local residents that provide information in areas such as health, social justice, finance, political issues, entertainment and self-motivation. Thought-provoking commentaries are also included.
SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE was previously named Spectacular Entertainment Guide when it launched in November 2004. In 2006, the name was changed to SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE and the focus became issues that affect people of color.
Spectacular Magazine presents five (5) signature events annually to honor and commemorate achievements of African Americans…
- Annual NC MLK/Black History Month Parade (!st Saturday in February);
- Annual Spectacular Magazine Man of the Year Awards Banquet (April);
- Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration (3rd Saturday in June);
- Annual Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala (October); and
- Annual Spectacular Magazine Youth Breakfast (September)
SPECTACULAR MAGAZINE, located at 3333 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd – Suite A101 in Durham, NC, reaches over 100,000 readers in Durham, Wake, Orange, Granville, Vance, Warren and Person counties monthly based on a circulation of 12,000 copies. Each copy of a monthly publication is read by 9.7* people. Unique on-line visitors are approximately 16,000 per month.
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Phyllis Coley – CEO/Chief Editor
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 she 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.
Lawrence Davis III – Sports Editor/Digital Content Manager
Lawrence Davis, a Durham North Carolina native, is a Sports Writer/Columnist and Webmaster. He has been writing for the magazine since 2013, covering Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) sports year round, as well as the Durham Bulls (Triple-A) baseball team in spring and summer. A full time college student majoring in Business with a concentration in Sports Management, Davis is also the Head Coach of the Sanderson High School Varsity Lacrosse team in Raleigh NC, leading them to numerous school records in only three years with the program. Davis still manages to assist in the organization and facilitation of the Annual NC MLK/Black History Month Parade, Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration, Spectacular Magazine Men of the Year and Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year award programs, among other events. Despite his busy schedule, Lawrence has built and maintains the Spectacular Magazine website and social media.