Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[BUZZ EVENT] 100 Black Men of South Florida College and Career Expo

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 the 100 Black Men of South Florida and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools will host their 4th annual College and Career Expo at the Miami Dade County Fair and Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165.

Over 5,000 students from Miami-Dade County are confirmed to attend the Expo. The 100 Black Men of South Florida hope to get students excited about education and provides the pathways and resources for making positive career choices. Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be onsite to provide information about applying for college. There is an opportunity for some students to get accepted on the spot, with application fees waived and scholarships on the spot. Students will have an opportunity to attend workshops, discuss admissions requirements along with applying for scholarships.  Senior students attending the Expo will need copies of the following (A) High School Transcripts (B) ACT/SAT Scores; and (C) two letters of recommendations.

PLEASE NOTE: The expo is specific to High School students under the age of 19 years old. Each student must be accompanied by a parent or Chaperone for entry.

Students are encouraged to register at  http://100blackmensf.org/event/college-career-fair/

Friday, October 3, 2014

Your Complete Guide for the 2014 Miami-Broward Carnival

It's that time of year again when thousands celebrate pageantry through color and fantasy, vibrant costumes are seen everywhere, infectious Soca music and electrifying sounds of steel bands are heard in South Florida. Carnival is a real and tangible layer of the Caribbean heritage that contributes to the arts, music, history and cultural identity of Caribbean people.

On Sunday, October 12, 2014 Miami Carnival will be celebrating 30 years of at the Miami Dade County Fair and Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165. There will be numerous events leading up to Miami Carnival and we have your complete guide!

SUNDAY, October 5, 2014
The Junior Carnival Parade of Bands at Central Broward Regional Park 3700 NW 11th street.Lauderhill, FL 33311. Event is from 1pm-8pm and the parade begins at 2pm. Admission is $10 and parking is FREE. Junior Masquerade Band Competitions, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Steel Orchestra, Food and Drinks and Arts and Crafts on sale

FRIDAY, October 10, 2014
The Panorama Competition/Kings, Queens, Individuals will be held at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th street, Lauderhill, FL 33311 from 4pm-11pm. Admission is $10.00.

SATURDAY, October 11, 2014
The Official J'ouvert will be held at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th street in Lauderhill, FL 33311. 7am-2pm. Admission: Advanced Tickets are $15.00

SUNDAY, October 12, 2014
The Miami Broward Parade of Bands and Concert at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165. 11am-11pm

For additional information on each event, directions to events and to purchase tickets visit www.miamibrowardcarnival.com 

Monday, September 22, 2014

[Now Hiring] Walmart To Hire More Than 60,000 Seasonal Associates

Walmart understands how busy their stores can get around this time of year leading up to the holidays and they want to ensure that customers have an easier and more convenient shopping experience by hiring 60,000 seasonal associates for the holidays and providing more hours for their current employees.

According to Walmart's Chief Operating Officer, current associates who are interested in working additional hours this season will have priority access in their store.  Also they are committed to having more checkout lanes open during their peak shopping hours between Black Friday and Christmas.

Candidates interested in applying for a position can go into their nearest store or apply by visiting careers.walmart.com 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

IKEA Miami Continues Grand Opening Celebrations with Additional Giveaways!

IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer and my favorite store to spend HOURS in, opened its doors to their first Miami store on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Customers were able to line up in front of the store 48 hours before the grand opening for their chance to receive a FREE iconic EKTORP sofa and a POANG armchair. Twenty-four hours after the opening, customers had the chance to receive a free queen size mattress and free home delivery for the purchases they made that day. 

But the festivities are not quite over! 

On Friday, August 29, 2014 the following giveaways will take place...

* Meatballs for a Year- The first 39 adults (one per immediate family) in IKEA Miami will receive a voucher for the equivalent of a weekly meatball meal for a family of four at IKEA Miami's Restaurant through next year, expiring on August 21, 2015. (Side Note: Their meatballs are EVERYTHING)

* Swedish Food Shopping Spree- The next 100 adults (18 or older) in IKEA Miami will receive an IKEA Food tote bag and a voucher to fill the bag up with whatever they want from IKEA Miami's Swedish Food Market. 

* A Cold Sweet-ish Treat- The first 305 visitors (in honor of Miami's area code) in IKEA Miami will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day in the Exit Bistro.

* Kids Eat Free- Children 12 and under can eat for free at IKEA Miami 


* Enter Our Home, Enter to Win- Now until Sunday, August 31st, visitors to IKEA Miami may enter a drawing to win one of ten $450 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. 

* Play Big If You're Little- Face-painting for kids, caricature artists, music and entertainment will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Miami now until Sunday, September 1st. 

If you plan on bringing your children but don't necessarily want them running around the store and driving you nuts while you shop (hey lets be real here!), IKEA Miami has Smaland which is a supervised children's play area for kids, 37"-54" in height, that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest; additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents; A "Children's IKEA' are in the showroom that also offers fun, interactive play!


-The IKEA Restaurant opens 30 minutes earlier than the store for a full hot breakfast, including scrambled eggs, potatoes and bacon for only 99 cents. 

- The 600-seat restaurant also offers lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, with a diverse menu, including traditional Swedish specialties such as the popular IKEA Swedish meatballs, seafood plates, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, as well as vegetarian dishes too. 

-Menu choices for kids include a child's portion of Swedish meatballs or macaroni and cheese, while baby food and bibs are available for even younger visitors. 

-A bistro near the store's exit serves hot dogs, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt and beverages.

- The Swedish Foodmarket offers Swedish delicacies, snacks and treats, and even frozen Swedish meatballs (the same delicious ones used in the restaurant) to purchase and then prepare at home. 

IKEA Miami is the Swedish company's 2nd store and restaurant destination in South Florida and 4th in the state of Florida. The 416,000-square-foot IKEA Miami was built on 14.6 acres adjacent to Dolphin Mall, near both the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and Florida's Turnpike, in the City of Sweetwater. Don't worry about finding parking because they have approximately 1,500 parking spaces available. 

The 2015 IKEA Catalog has arrived and it highlights bedrooms and bathrooms and so much more. Copies are available when you make your way down to the all new IKEA Miami. 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

[Event Recap] The Vixen Workout- "Step Up All In" Edition

Last week I was invited to participate in the The Vixen Workout to promote the new movie "Step Up All In" which hit theaters on Friday, August 8, 2014.

"Step Up All In" is one of the most popular dance franchises in film history which takes competition to astonishing new heights in Step Up All In. Miami street dancer Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) moves to Hollywood with visions of fame and fortune, only to discover the almost insurmountable odds of making it in the professional dance world. But when the new dance crew he forms with the beautiful and headstrong Andie West (Briana Evigan) reaches the final rounds of a high-stakes reality TV competition in glittering Las Vegas, he has a shot at finally making his dreams come true—if he can set aside old loyalties and long-time rivalries and just do what he loves most: dance.

As I walked into the studio and waited for the members to begin, I was a little nervous! I have a background in dancing...AS A KID but my thoughts were everywhere because I didnt know what to expect during a "Vixen Workout". To my surprise there were women of all shapes and sizes who were busting their behinds with the choreography. Of course I had to get footage to share with you all but once I finished I jumped right in and joined the party. You totally forget about the fact that you're working out because the dancing makes it sooo much fun. As a woman who works out at the gym, we tend to wear oversize shirts and sweat pants to hide our imperfections. But when you come to Vixen Workouts its a must that you put on a t-shirt, some leggings and wedge sneakers and it really makes you feel like a vixen in your own right. Check out some video of our session below...

After the 60 minute workout party, I had the chance to speak with the Twerkmander-in-Chief, Janet Jones on what inspired her to start Vixen Workouts, how she teamed up with the "Step Up All In" movie, and more. Check it out below...

Overall this experience was enjoyable. We all felt like we were in 'Step Up All In" movie!  I really enjoyed myself so much that I will be signing up for Vixen Workout sessions.

To get more information on Vixen Workouts, locations, times, etc. visit www.vixenworkout.com

Monday, August 4, 2014

[Giveaway] "Lets Be Cops" Miami VIP Screening

"Lets be Cops" is the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not really cops! A pair of buddies, played by Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, hatch a plan to impersonate police officers but soon find themselves in way over their heads. When the two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they end up becoming neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Coming to theaters on August 13, 2014.

Watch the trailer below...

As a reader of The Buzz Connect, you are invited to attend the official Miami VIP screening of "Lets Be Cops" on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:00pm at Regal South Beach, 1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Get your free passes by clicking http://l.gofobo.us/tSdzPRCj and enter the special code ULAXEL

This is a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE opportunity so please ARRIVE EARLY!  

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by 20th Century Fox.

Friday, July 25, 2014

[Review] My Experience with the 2014 Cadillac ELR

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the privilege of test driving the 2014 Cadillac ELR for one week for review purposes. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 

Now, we can begin! 

When I put on a new outfit or get a new hairstyle, I feel like a brand new person. Well that's how I felt this past week when I was provided the opportunity to test drive the 2014 Cadillac ELR. Allow me to take you on a ride of different emotions that I experienced while I drove this spaceship on wheels!

When my good friends at Prestige Auto pulled up to my home with this car, I was in pure AWE! The design itself is in a class of its own. I was almost hesitant to get inside because of the futuristic look and feel. I also fell in love with the 20 inch aluminum rims, which complimented the ELR. The interior had this sleek Kona Brown with Jet black accent leather seating. The led headlamps and tail lamps are head turners especially at night! When I turned on the car for the first time, it felt like I was actually entering a spaceship. It was the kind of sound effect that makes you feel you're about to prepare for take-off. The front seating has about 16 adjustable ways so you can be comfortable while driving. And whats cool about it is the driver seat memorizes your settings so every time you enter the car it automatically remembers how you had your seat previously.

The Cadillac ELR's dashboard is interactive with an 8 inch touchscreen that controls everything from navigation to the media center. I automatically hooked up my Iphone 5s via Bluetooth so I can ride through the streets with my music. The bonus of hooking up your phone by Bluetooth is the ability to make and receive phone calls through the car's stereo system without risking an accident by using your phone while driving. There are also 3 usb ports that you can connect to. The sound system is crisp and it also has noise cancellation capabilities. Other features include a weather app, Pandora radio, GPS, Climate control, and also Energy option to see the flow of electricity through the car, which I'll talk about below. My children were scheduled for a medical procedure at Miami Childrens Hospital and I usually take the same route but this time I drove on the turnpike and I forgot which exit to get off at. So I decided to use the On-Star feature to guide me. I was amazed on how the On-Star rep sent me turn by turn directions instead of me having to type out the address on the navigation screen. Watch the video below on that experience along with pictures of the dashboard.


So are you excited already just from all the features the 2014 Cadillac ELR has? Well let me tell you about the icing on the cake. When I turned on the car, not by using a key but just a power button, it didnt feel like the Cadillac was on. I kept checking to see if I really turned it on or just powered it on. That is how quiet the system is! So when I finally figured it out, it was smooth sailing from there. Did I forget to mention that the 2014 Cadillac ELR doesnt run by gas alone but by electricity! I was excited because this was my first time operating an electrical vehicle. A full electric charge gives you about 37 miles on electricity thats stored in the battery and about 330 miles on electricity stored in the battery and developed by the generator. This is all before you're using premium gasoline. On the dashboard you can monitor the flow of electricity and you also have 4 different Modes of Transportation to choose from...Tour, Sport, Mountain and Hold modes. It took me some time to really understand how to get the most electric usage by using each mode but I eventually figured it out. I was able to charge the car using my 120-volt outlets inside my home. Since I dont have outside outlets, I parked the car a little close to my front door and plugged up with the charger that comes with the vehicle. Charging it at home takes about 12 hours which I was kind of concerned if my electric bill would be shy high next month. I totally forgot to call Florida Power and Light to see if it would affect my bill. But I did find out that there are numerous charge stations in my area. I downloaded an app called "Charge Point" and it helped me locate all the stations around town that were either fee based or free. So I charged at Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines, FL and it only took 5 hours and it was free! Driving all over Miami and Fort Lauderdale with the 2014 Cadillac ELR was exciting, especially to see the endless stares from everyone. I was stopped plenty of times by on-lookers asking me if this is the new Cadillac. Even at red lights I got TONS of compliments like "Hey I love your car"! My initial response was to say I'm only test driving it but hey, you only live once so my replies were "Thank You"! I also want to mention another cool feature which is the rain sense windshield wipers. It was pouring all last week in South Florida and to my surprise as I was driving, the windshield wipers came on. How cool is that?!

My overall experience experience with the 2014 Cadillac ELR was memorable. As a mother of 3 (which my children LOVED riding in), it made me feel like a hip and stylish mom and still feel extra safe in this vehicle. If you're looking for luxury, security, safety and performance...this is the car for you!

at Whole Foods charging up
at home charging up

at Whole Foods

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

[Miami Buzz] The 4th Annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival

The 4th Annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival will take place in the heart of the Overtown Business District, NW 3rd Avenue between 9th and 11th streets on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The event starts at 11am and is free and open to the public. 

Headlining the festival is R&B singer, Raheem Devaughn and live performances by KeKe Wyatt, Case, Jaguar Wright, Teedra Moses, Sebastian Mikael, Deep Fried Funk Band and Larry Dogg. The event will also include a Youth Zone presented by Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (T.E.E.S.) incorporating and educational health and wellness-component and fun fitness activities for toddlers to teens. History Miami will curate youth arts and crafts activities related to "Urban Arts" as well as music inspired activities. 

Another highlight includes the Mavericks Tonsorial Parlor being transformed into a visual art exhibition showcasing the works of famed video director, Gil Green. Green’s “One More Jig” examines the frustrations felt by black actors relating to the negative portrayal and stereotypes in video, film and television. The art exhibit will also explore how images in pop culture form impressions on future generations http://vimeo.com/48555827

For more information visit www.overtownmusicartsfestival.com


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