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Anaconda, Community, and Family: Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To Save lt From Being Chopped Down: "If They Cut Down This Tree, l'm Going To Be A Widow" @balleralert Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To Save It From Being Chopped Down: “If They Cut Down This Tree, I’m Going To Be A Widow” – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an effort to save a 100-year-old tree, a Florida woman has asked for its branch in marriage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to The Miami Herald, the tree became part of a neighborhood controversy after Fort Myers city staff discussed chopping it down last year, despite its history in the Snell Family Park. However, after months of planning, the city agreed to a $13,000 spending budget to chop the tree, which in turn, sparked widespread backlash among those fond of the giant ficus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, one woman took matters into her own hands, using tips from women who’ve been protesting deforestation in Mexico. Over the weekend, Karen Cooper jumped the broom with the tree in an attempt to save it from being cut down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a waterfront ceremony that took place on Saturday, Cooper and a slew of other women who were dressed in white vowed to honor and protect the tree. The wedding was filled with the works, including flowers, a tree-decorated wedding cake, and a canine ring-bearer, as it was staged just three days before Tuesday’s meeting about the tree’s fate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then though, a spokesperson for the city, revealed that it is moving forward to save the beloved tree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Everyday city employees care for the trees and plants that give our city a sense of community and shared history,” the spokesperson said. However, the tree’s fate is not completely secure just yet, Cooper says. Tuesday will be the determining factor, and if the Beautification Board does not agree to save the tree, the city’s councilman vowed to bring the issue to City Council. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "If they cut down this tree, I'm going to be a widow," Cooper said.
Anaconda, Community, and Family: Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To
 Save lt From Being Chopped Down: "If They
 Cut Down This Tree, l'm Going To Be A
 Widow"
 @balleralert
Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To Save It From Being Chopped Down: “If They Cut Down This Tree, I’m Going To Be A Widow” – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an effort to save a 100-year-old tree, a Florida woman has asked for its branch in marriage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to The Miami Herald, the tree became part of a neighborhood controversy after Fort Myers city staff discussed chopping it down last year, despite its history in the Snell Family Park. However, after months of planning, the city agreed to a $13,000 spending budget to chop the tree, which in turn, sparked widespread backlash among those fond of the giant ficus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, one woman took matters into her own hands, using tips from women who’ve been protesting deforestation in Mexico. Over the weekend, Karen Cooper jumped the broom with the tree in an attempt to save it from being cut down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a waterfront ceremony that took place on Saturday, Cooper and a slew of other women who were dressed in white vowed to honor and protect the tree. The wedding was filled with the works, including flowers, a tree-decorated wedding cake, and a canine ring-bearer, as it was staged just three days before Tuesday’s meeting about the tree’s fate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then though, a spokesperson for the city, revealed that it is moving forward to save the beloved tree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Everyday city employees care for the trees and plants that give our city a sense of community and shared history,” the spokesperson said. However, the tree’s fate is not completely secure just yet, Cooper says. Tuesday will be the determining factor, and if the Beautification Board does not agree to save the tree, the city’s councilman vowed to bring the issue to City Council. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "If they cut down this tree, I'm going to be a widow," Cooper said.

Florida Woman Marries 100-Year-Old Tree To Save It From Being Chopped Down: “If They Cut Down This Tree, I’m Going To Be A Widow” – blogged ...

Ellen DeGeneres, Love, and Memes: Black Excellence: 21 Savage's New "Bank Account" Campaign Plans To Teach Kids About Financial Literacy @balleralert Mares 1I5 2O1 LEADING 21 Savage Black Excellence: 21 Savage’s New “Bank Account” Campaign Plans To Teach Kids About Financial Literacy - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’re about to have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, more reasons to love 21Savage. He wants to make sure kids know how to manage their money so he’s creating a program for financial literacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Tuesday (March 13), 21 Savage appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and performed his hit song, “Bank Account.” Afterward, he announced he’s kicking off a program named after his single. The “Bank Account” campaign will work towards helping the youth open their own bank accounts, and teach them how to manage money. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He’s donated $1,000 each to 21 kids to give them a jumpstart on their savings. He’s also partnered with ‘Get Schooled’ to help kids learn all about banking fees, the difference between credit cards and debit cards, and how to maintain a budget, according to Rolling Stone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Now that I do have money in my bank account, I want to help kids with a background similar to mine to get smart about their money,” said 21. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Right on, 21! BlackManMagic
Ellen DeGeneres, Love, and Memes: Black Excellence: 21 Savage's New
 "Bank Account" Campaign Plans To
 Teach Kids About Financial Literacy
 @balleralert
 Mares 1I5 2O1
 LEADING
 21 Savage
Black Excellence: 21 Savage’s New “Bank Account” Campaign Plans To Teach Kids About Financial Literacy - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’re about to have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, more reasons to love 21Savage. He wants to make sure kids know how to manage their money so he’s creating a program for financial literacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Tuesday (March 13), 21 Savage appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and performed his hit song, “Bank Account.” Afterward, he announced he’s kicking off a program named after his single. The “Bank Account” campaign will work towards helping the youth open their own bank accounts, and teach them how to manage money. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He’s donated $1,000 each to 21 kids to give them a jumpstart on their savings. He’s also partnered with ‘Get Schooled’ to help kids learn all about banking fees, the difference between credit cards and debit cards, and how to maintain a budget, according to Rolling Stone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Now that I do have money in my bank account, I want to help kids with a background similar to mine to get smart about their money,” said 21. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Right on, 21! BlackManMagic

Black Excellence: 21 Savage’s New “Bank Account” Campaign Plans To Teach Kids About Financial Literacy - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀...

Anaconda, Disney, and Emoji: Black Excellence: Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' and Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle In Time' Claim Top Two Spots At the Box Office @balleralert Black Excellence: Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ and Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Claim Top Two Spots At the Box Office - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Black directors are changing the game one box office spot at a time, as RyanCoogler and AvaDuVerany are in the top two ranks with their films. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coogler’s “Black Panther” has already surpassed the billion-dollar mark in box offices worldwide over the weekend and now DuVernay’s “Wrinkle In Time” has taken the No. 2 spot. This is the first time Black filmmakers have held the top two spots at the U.S. box office. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This weekend, Black Panther pulled in another $41.1 million; this is the fourth weekend in a row that the film has had the No. 1 box office spot. AWrinkleInTime has already earned $33.3 million making DuVernay the first Black woman with that accomplishment, according to The Grapevine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coogler and DuVernay have also broken the record for being two Black directors who have over $100 million plus budget films in the box office at the same time. Both films were distributed by Disney. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that’s what I call BlackExcellence. Congrats! Hit that ✊🏽 emoji.
Anaconda, Disney, and Emoji: Black Excellence: Ryan Coogler's
 'Black Panther' and Ava DuVernay's
 'A Wrinkle In Time' Claim Top Two
 Spots At the Box Office
 @balleralert
Black Excellence: Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ and Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Claim Top Two Spots At the Box Office - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Black directors are changing the game one box office spot at a time, as RyanCoogler and AvaDuVerany are in the top two ranks with their films. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coogler’s “Black Panther” has already surpassed the billion-dollar mark in box offices worldwide over the weekend and now DuVernay’s “Wrinkle In Time” has taken the No. 2 spot. This is the first time Black filmmakers have held the top two spots at the U.S. box office. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This weekend, Black Panther pulled in another $41.1 million; this is the fourth weekend in a row that the film has had the No. 1 box office spot. AWrinkleInTime has already earned $33.3 million making DuVernay the first Black woman with that accomplishment, according to The Grapevine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Coogler and DuVernay have also broken the record for being two Black directors who have over $100 million plus budget films in the box office at the same time. Both films were distributed by Disney. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that’s what I call BlackExcellence. Congrats! Hit that ✊🏽 emoji.

Black Excellence: Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ and Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Claim Top Two Spots At the Box Office - Blogged by: ...

Fire, Guns, and Memes: Florida Moves Forward With Bill That Will Train and Arm Teachers With Guns @balleralert Florida Moves Forward With Bill That Will Train and Arm Teachers With Guns - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The process for bills to pass teachers being trained and armed with guns is moving quickly in Florida. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After the Feb. 14, terror attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Florida’s House, and Senate started calling for weapons in the school. The House bills being pushed forward would use a $67 million budget to create a “school marshalls” program which will train teachers and other school officials to carry concealed guns. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not only has Trump said he’d like to arm 20 percent of teachers, he also says he’ll give bonuses to the ones who go through with the program. If the new legislation passes the age requirement for buying guns will rise to 21. Other changes include: banning the sale of bump stocks that allow some semi-automatic rifles to fire as quickly as an automatic, a three-day waiting period for people purchasing a gun, and another $400 million will go towards other school mental health resources. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Florida’s state House and Senate are both controlled by the Republican Party.
Fire, Guns, and Memes: Florida Moves Forward With
 Bill That Will Train and Arm
 Teachers With Guns
 @balleralert
Florida Moves Forward With Bill That Will Train and Arm Teachers With Guns - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The process for bills to pass teachers being trained and armed with guns is moving quickly in Florida. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After the Feb. 14, terror attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Florida’s House, and Senate started calling for weapons in the school. The House bills being pushed forward would use a $67 million budget to create a “school marshalls” program which will train teachers and other school officials to carry concealed guns. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not only has Trump said he’d like to arm 20 percent of teachers, he also says he’ll give bonuses to the ones who go through with the program. If the new legislation passes the age requirement for buying guns will rise to 21. Other changes include: banning the sale of bump stocks that allow some semi-automatic rifles to fire as quickly as an automatic, a three-day waiting period for people purchasing a gun, and another $400 million will go towards other school mental health resources. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Florida’s state House and Senate are both controlled by the Republican Party.

Florida Moves Forward With Bill That Will Train and Arm Teachers With Guns - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The process for...