[Exclusive] Miller Coors Buys Rounds For Verse Simmonds

Taste, Appreciation, Prestige

T.A.P Awards 2011

 The 2011 Miller Coors 2nd Annual T.A.P Awards held in Atlanta, GA celebrated the individuals and brands who made a difference in 2011, through their tireless efforts in raising the bar in customer service and innovating aspects. Hosted by V-103 radio personality Ramona Debreaux and Beer Connoisseur Magazine Dennis Byron the event leaked with over 400 Industry Professionals that didn’t mind Miller Coors picking up the tab. Out of this group emerged Verse Simmonds, who had boths hands full with a brew in one hand and his first T.A.P Award for ‘Sound of the City’. Verse Simmonds gave his thanks and then he told the ladies that he would Buy Them A Round, but Miller Coors Rep Steve Canal lets him know that Miller Coors is picking up the tab. Mrs. Terri J. Vaughn passed on drinking beer, but elegantly took home her award for “Premium Infuencer of the Year”, and told everyone to look out for her new movie “A Cross to Bear” in February 2012.

 The beneficiary award went to the Atlanta Urban League of Young Professionals who throughout the year have made strides with different charitable events. ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Chef Jason Ellis was awarded Business Visionary of the Year, his grind this year has Chef Ellis as The Chef for Atlanta’s Elite and rightfully so, he even took the liberty during the T.A.P Awards to put on a cooking display using Miller Coors products, with a southern favorite ‘Shrimp and Grits’. The T.A.P Awards was created on the premise of bringing the MillerCoors portfolio of beers, America knows and loves, to life. (Berry Weiss, Blue Moon, Coors Light, Miller Light and Peroni Italy) Incorporating a formal awards presentation honoring the brand’s top tier account holders, premium influencers, and Sound of the City award recipients, the event serves as a platform highlighting mixologist, bartenders, bar staff and influencers. Other Honorees for 2011 T.A.P Awards were “Platinum Seller of the Year”- AG Entertainment, “Sports Bar of the Year” – Dugan’s, “Restaurant/Lounge of the Year” – Do Restaurant, Co-“Promoter of the Year” – Botchey & Certified Entertainment, “Co-Promoter of the Year” – Traxx Girls, “For Raising the Bar” – The Four Corner Circle, LLC.

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Ladies just remember if Verse Simmonds doesn’t ‘Buy You a Drink’ catch you a signature MillerCoors “Everyday |Every Way”

Verse Simmonds www.versesimmonds.com//a>

Terri J. Vaughn  www.terrijvaughn.com/

Chef Jason Ellis twitter.com/#!/thechefatl

Atlanta Urban League Professionals: www.aulyp.net/

[Expressions] Tree Sound & José Cuervo Platino Present : Urban Couture Fashion Show

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Well, I jumped in my car and started the trepid journey to Norcross, Georgia for the Tree Sound Fashion Show. I swear, if you ever pulled the blanket over your head and all you could see was little beacons of light, you would know how it feels to drive through rainy Georgia. I say this because after an hour and a half in that rain and traffic, the fashion show had better been the second coming of Christ.

So, I made it to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and I’m looking for the street numbers. I see parking areas and attendants everywhere, but no building. I finally pull pass some tall bushes baracading the view of a building numbered 4610 and what do I see? An apartment building. Now, I’m wondering, do I have the right place or is it in someones apartment? The place is so big, it looked like a three story apartment building. I parked, proceeded to the front door and there is a call box. I am buzzed in and to my relief, there is a reception desk. I am escorted to the waiting area and I couldn’t help but notice all the gold and platinum plaques. They were lacing the wall like someone grabbed a paint brush, slapped it on the wall and ran down the hallway. Why the plaques you may ask? Well, Tree Sound is a full fledge music recording studio and apparently, very good at what they do.

The waiting area was set up simply enough. There were a few vendors displaying their original creations. A mini bar with great margaritas and beer had everyones spirits lifted. A wonderful complimentary dinner was catered to all guests and the ambience was simply elegant.

As I looked around the room their was an ere of eliteness. Basically, a virtual whose who in the Atlanta entertainment and fashion business. The crowd on a whole, was a lot younger than I anticipated. I think fashion, I’m thinking older cats with snobby attitudes with stories of traveling abroad and witnessing the greatest designer creations known to man. This however was rather laid back and casual. The youth brought a great variety of style and fashion to the gathering. It was very lively.

When it was time for the show to begin, we were ushered into the stage area. The runway was about twenty feet and it was standing room only. The decor was that of a tropical winter wonderland. I know…, but that’s the best way to describe it. As everyone gathered, anticipation was building. The MC came out and got the crowd right and then the music started.

Musical artists hit the stage and each of them performed a song from their own upcoming album. Then each artist performed a second song, which set the mood for the models to sashay down the runway. Since the models were in the mood, they walked, strut, twisted and turned to the Pied Piper like live performance each artist provided. It was a great showing and the models were doing their thing.

There were performances from CyHi The Prynce, Laws & Nikkiya. The house was filled with talent. Yellawolf (Signed to Shady Redords), Rodney Perry (comedian/actor), Will Power (Superhotbeats), Fort Knox (One of Atlanta’s favorite MC’s), Green Lantern (incredible DJ), the list goes on and on…

As the chow came to an end, everyone left calmly and collected. The kitchen reopened for anyone who wanted a snack before getting on the road. Their was an after show meet and greet with everyone who stayed, and hand shakes and hugs to those who left. It was an extremely peaceful night.

The evening was a conception of the woman in charged and hosted by Mali Hunter (Three Girls & A Mic “Good Girl Extraordinaire”). Whom I would like to express gratitude, for such a great evening. Tree Sound Studios is truly one of Georgia’s best studios and I would recommend them to anyone.

Tree Sound Studios & José Cuervo Platino Present… Urban Couture: A Fashion Fair & Runway Event from 3 Little Digs on Vimeo.

Photos by: William Nelson, Arranged by: Chuck Francis

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Outfits Designed by:
Honor Roll
Designs By Rodney
and alot more…

[Photo Gallery]: For Sisters Only 2011

For almost 20 years, this 2-day marketing extravaganza has attracted more than 250,000 African American shoppers. Picture a large trade show where over 300 exhibitors come to sell, display and share samples of their products to the public. In addition to the shopping, FSO brings the best of celebrity entertainment, cultural enrichment, informational seminars and family fun for everyone every year. CeCe Winans, Floetry, Kem, Toni Braxton, Patti Labelle, Lyfe Jennings and more have brought the house down at FSO and will continue to for years to come.


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