Brad Paisley Ships Cases Of Beer To Two Friends Encouraging “Black Or White, Relax & Have A Beer”

Now that’s a message we can all get behind.

It also happens to be the message from two best friends in upstate New York, Benjamin Smith and Marcus Ellis, who wanted to do something to help spread the love in their community. The gesture was small, but powerful:

“Black or white, relax and have a beer”


The two buddies have been hosting hang outs in the neighborhood where folks can come over (at a safe distance of course) and get to know each other over a few cold beers. And according to WETM, it’s been a HUGE success.

“I came out black, he came out white, let’s have a beer.” Ellis said. “Alcohol brings people together, and we like to smile and laugh, so it’s perfect.”

“What makes change is good people,” Smith added.

“I’m equal, just like you. I bleed, you bleed, I breathe, you breathe,” Ellis continued. “This is the proper way of doing something. unite, come together as a whole.”

And now, they caught the attention of Brad Paisley who actually stocked them up with a shipment of beer, and video-called into one of their gatherings.

“I’m trying to hear out my friends in the black community, that’s what you guys are doing, together, the same thing,” Paisley told them via Zoom call. “I’m all ears.”

And with hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of beer, they should be able to help spread the love for quite a while now.


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock