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Jan 09

Babyface

Posted to City of Miramar Blog by Regina Roberts

Babyface

WAIT A SEC! BABYFACE IS COMING TO

THE MIRAMAR CULTURAL CENTER?

By Natasha N. Babulal (PR & Media Manager)

So I must admit that when I saw the great lineup of upcoming performances for the new season at MCC, I almost jumped out of my chair. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is coming to Miramar! I felt all warm and fuzzy inside thinking back to my teenage years when songs like Whip Appeal and Never Keeping Secrets were on constant rotation on the radio. Then just this past weekend, I got a text from friend saying she just got the MCC brochure and she really NEEDS to buy her tickets before they go on sale to the public. Sorry, friend. Tickets are already on sale and open to everyone! After seeing him perform 10 years ago, there was no way she was going to miss him especially right here in Miramar, where she’s called home for the past 15 years. With a hectic schedule like most of us, she’s always searching for things to do in Miramar instead of venturing too far outside of the city.

I asked my 19-year old daughter if she knew who Babyface was. Her response: “Yeah, he’s that guy that Mariah Carey sings about in her song We Belong Together.”  I’m sorry, what? Ok, Babyface is best known for his classic songs composed and produced for other stars including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton, Boyz II Men, TLC and many more artists, but he has a ton of hits himself! Remember Give U My Heart that he recorded with Toni Braxton for the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy’s film, Boomerang? How about When Can I See You, which earned him his first Grammy Award as an artist? His hits are way too many to mention and can send you on a long winding trip down memory lane.

Anyhow, his upcoming performance got me thinking about all my other friends I’ve been blowing off over the past few months because I haven’t had the time or energy to catch up. Can’t think of a better reason to call them up (ok maybe a text is more realistic) and make plans for a girl’s night out to see this legend perform. Sure, the performance is not until February 7th but that gives us a little time to lose a few pounds, get our outfits ready, re-learn all the lyrics to our favorite songs and daydream about old crushes.

Here are some songs you probably didn’t know Babyface wrote or produced:

  1. “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyoncé 
  2. “My, My, My” by Johnny Gill
  3. “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston
  4. “Can We Talk” by Tevin Campbell
  5. “Take a Bow” by Madonna
  6. “Superwoman” by Karyn White
  7. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Faith Evans
  8. “Rock Steady” by the Whispers
  9. “My First Night With You” by Mya

10.   “These Are The Times” by Dru Hill

Grab your tickets before they sell out. Be sure to check out all the other great shows coming to the Miramar Cultural Center. There is sure to be something else that brings out The Cool In You! www.Miramarculturalcenter.org



Jan 08

7 RULES TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR MONEY

Posted to Financial Blog from Your Chief Financial Officer (CFO) by Regina Roberts

7 RULES TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR MONEY

Money Goals

As we close one year and start another, I can’t help but reflect that this is the beginning of a new decade.  I am a year older and smarter than I was a year ago.  I am looking forward to 2020 with anticipation, enthusiasm and excitement for what I will accomplish, not what I hope to accomplish.  I am giving thanks in advance because I know that everything that I plan will manifest for me in 2020 and into the next decade.  I would therefore like to share with you some of my MUST DO’s for 2020.  No more procrastinating, forget the past and set a positive course for the new decade.

As we approach 2020, FOCUS ON THESE FINANCIAL RULES:

1. Earnings:

Set aside the first hour of your earnings from your job each day for your family, you deserve it, they deserve it (in other words, pay yourself first).

2. Become the master of your money:

Tell your money what to do, don’t let your money control you.  If your money is controlling you, reverse that role for the new year and don’t give it up (money should be your servant).

3. Respect money:

Respect money and money will respect you.  You read that right.  If you are constantly stepping on your money, crumpling it up in your pocket, tossing it around and saying negative things about money, it will run from you.  Change the negative attitude you have about money; begin to take an interest in it and get a better understanding of how it works; and you will see how money begins to gravitate to you and want to be in your company.

4. Learn how to make your money work for you:

It’s time to invest. 

Make it a goal for this New Year to sign up for an investment class and get a better understanding of how to put your money to work just as hard for you as you are working for it.  Find a way to own a piece of the companies you are making richer and richer every year when you use their products and services. (i.e. Amazon Prime, Disney, Walmart, etc.)

5. Get your side hussle on:

One source of income is not enough.  For this new decade, get in the game with multiple sources of income.  Activate your imagination and let those creative juices flow; and turn your hobbies into income making machines.  Make 2020 the year you start that business you’ve always wanted to do.  Have no fear, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.  Go for it!  Tell yourself this is your year and see yourself as the CEO of your own business.   

6. Make this the year you OWN a piece of Earth:

You live here so why not own a piece of it or multiple pieces of it and create passive income. 

7. Create an emergency fund:

Make this the year you put your credit cards on notice that you are divorcing them and getting a new financial Robinhood.  Your emergency fund could start with as little as $250 and build up to $1,000.  Your goal is to save up to 6 to 9 months of your living expenses.  

I firmly believe that if you want to see improvements in your life or lifestyle it begins with YOU.  Only you can change you!

Why take the same old mindset into a brand-new year?  The most powerful thing you have is your MIND so set a new course and develop a better plan for your future.  If your future does not look bigger, better, brighter or more prosperous than the past, you have nothing to lose but fear.  So, get rid of FEAR and Fight Everyday And Rise.  I believe that each and everyone of you reading this blog can set that new course and arrive at the destination you have chartered.  I believe that for you!

Susan A. Gooding-Liburd,
Chief Financial Officer

Aug 22

WHY IS THE CITY OF MIRAMAR RIGHT FOR YOU?

Posted to What's Happening In Miramar (WHIM) by Giovanni Castiglione

TOP TEN REASONS WHY THE CITY OF MIRAMAR IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
  1. Gateway to the Americas
  2. Minutes from two International Airports and Major Seaports
  3. Foreign Trade Zone
  4. Center of the Nation's 8th Largest Metropolitan Area
  5. Leading Aviation and Health Care Industry Hub
  6. Aa3 Bond Rating
  7. World Class Arts, Cultural and Recreational Facilities
  8. Multiple listings on Money Magazine's Top 100 Places to Live
  9. Population has doubled over the last 10 Years
  10. State-of-the-Art Business Infrastructure