Brand Ambassador At Brown-Forman Join Panel To Speak About Alcohol Marketing To The Minority Community…
Atlanta, GA- On February 21, Je’ Wesley Day founder of Cocktail Chronicles hosted another successful After Dark Edition at Pal’s Lounge in Atlanta, GA. This topic of discussion was “Cocktail & Marketing: Are Blacks Targeted More With Liquor, Soda, and Sugary Juices?” The personable panelists were the author of M.A.D.E. Eldredge Washington, brand ambassador of Jack Daniels James L Davis, and beverage researcher Jamar Jeffers. Chris Cooper served as the moderator for the evening. Cooper is a lifestyle and procrastination expert.
The panelists had differences of opinions on a few questions, but agreed on one premise: black celebrities and hip-hop culture have a significant influence on sales in any demographic. Washington claims, “no culture sells like the black culture.” Davis, who did not hesitate to inform the audience of Jack Daniel’s all natural ingredients, claims ‘music and marketing’ go hand-in-hand. Additionally, Davis, says that strong brands inserted into music help ‘builds a lifestyle’ for the consumer and build that particular brand.” The moderator Chris Cooper added to the discussion, “If you want to sell something, put it in a rap song.”
In the debate on the distribution of sugary beverages in the black communities, our interactive audience had their strong opinions. Dee-Dee, a guest, suggested that the problem is bigger than what the black community can physically see. She claimed that the unhealthy or healthy beverage choices correlate with the social class in the area. Another guest disagreed; he insinuated that the parents of the black communities are to blame for the unhealthy consumption choices. Director of Atlanta Technical College, Jamar Jeffers ended the disagreement by stating, “Our (black people) beverage choices are based on quality, bargain, and convenience.” Davis finished his point, “Do your research, and use your best judgment.”