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4 Reasons to Pursue a Side Hustle While You Are Young

No matter what your age, taking on a side hustle can be a smart move. Many retirees are turning to side hustles to make ends meet and fight the post-work world boredom. But a side hustle can be even more valuable for young people, and these extra jobs can provide a lasting impact on their lives. For the young, the value of a side hustle goes far beyond the extra cash, although a few additional dollars certainly does not hurt. Whether you are fresh out of college or still in high school, here are four significant benefits of a side hustle. 4 Reasons Young People Need a Side Hustle Learn Valuable New Skills Their high school and college days may be over, but young people are still learning valuable skills. From how to communicate effectively in the workplace to how to project a professional image, young people are continually learning and growing. Younger workers are also busy learning new skills, abilities that could help them move up the corporate ladder and land the next promotion. A side hustle can help those young workers learn new skills—skills they can use to enhance their full-time careers. Pay Off Student Loan Debt Faster It is no secret that student loan debt is out of control, or that many college graduates are having trouble paying what they owe. With the average student loan debt well into five figures, repayment can be a real problem, even for workers blessed with good-paying jobs. By taking on a side hustle while they are still young, those debt-ridden college graduates can get a head start on what they owe. Paying off that college loan debt can then free up cash for other essentials, like saving up for a first home or putting money aside for retirement. [RELATED: MOREHOUSE LAUNCHES NEW FUND TO HELP ELIMINATE STUDENT LOAN DEBT] Boost Savings A troubling percentage of younger workers have no savings at all, and even more, have very little put away. Having an emergency fund is an absolute must, and something a side hustle can help with. Beyond the emergency fund, a side hustle can also help young people boost their retirement savings. The side hustle alone may not fully fund those goals, but it could be a big help. [RELATED: YOUR MONEY, YOUR LIFE PODCAST – “WAYS TO FINANCE YOUR EMERGENCY FUND”] Make Lasting Connections Networking has never been more critical, but making lasting and meaningful connections can be particularly tough for young people. Even if they are continually meeting new people online and off, forging valuable relationships and building a network are challenging tasks. By incorporating a side hustle (or two) into their lives, those younger workers can expand their networks more effectively. You never know when those connections will come in handy, and having them available could help you land your next job or start your own business. If you think side hustles are for retirees and cash-strapped seniors, you need to think again. No matter what your age, taking on a side hustle can provide valuable benefits, some of them monetary, some of them social, and all of them essential.

Black Oregon Women Score Undisclosed Settlement in Discrimination Suit Against Airbnb

After filing a lawsuit alleging Airbnb discriminated against them, three Black women from Oregon have reached a settlement. The online lodging marketplace was faced with racial discrimination litigation filed by three women: Pat Harrington — who died last year — Carlotta Franklin and Ebony Price, The Oregonian reported. They claimed the website’s requirements for potential renters allowed vacation homeowners to discriminate, in violation of Oregon’s public accommodations laws. Those requirements include hopeful vacation home renters having to use their full names and photos. It’s alleged that the policy means hosts can discriminate against Black users of the app, which infringes on the state’s public accommodation laws. In this photo illustration the Airbnb logo is seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) The plaintiffs have settled for an undisclosed amount in the case. In two different statements, Airbnb and attorneys for Price, Franklin and Harrington said the company reiterated its dedication to the change it implemented in 2018 concerning photos. The statements also noted Airbnb would “review and update the way profile names are displayed to hosts as part of the booking process.” Exactly how that would be done was not clear. Airbnb did not elaborate on their statement and the plaintiffs’ attorneys did not wish to conduct an interview with the local paper. In 2018, the app changed its policy to allow hosts using it not to require photos and noted user images would be displayed to hosts only after they accepted a booking. No further changes were announced Tuesday, Aug. 12. Last year’s policy change came after one announced in 2016 after several allegations of racial discrimination emerged, Atlanta Black Star reported. At the time, Laura Murphy, a Black attorney who formerly headed the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington, D.C., legislative office, was brought on board to oversee all aspects of diversity and inclusion on the platform. Among the changes were anti-bias training and a policy instituted called Open Doors in which Airbnb will make similar accommodations within the app for guests who have faced discrimination or make alternative arrangements elsewhere. The new mandates on the app came after a time when a host of discrimination allegations were hurled at the company. Spawning the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack, many Black Twitter users shared their stories of how they had to change their profile photos to images of white people in order to successfully book rooms and homes. More recently in June 2019, Airbnb removed a host from the app after a video went viral of the host referring to Black men who booked her place to stay as “monkeys.” She asked, “So which monkey is staying on the couch?” as an argument ensued. There are statistics to support the idea that Black Airbnb users face more discrimination than people other of races who use the platform. Based on names, Black people are 16 percent less likely to be accepted to rent vacation homes compared to their white counterparts, according to a study conducted by the Harvard Business School in 2016.

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So Sad: Texas Rapper Who Mistakenly Killed 9-Year-Old In ‘Diss Track’...

Source: Mike Stone / Getty Rapper Who Allegedly Shot & Killed Young Girl Turns Himself In A 19-year-old rapper accused of shooting and killing a 9-year-old girl has turned himself, according to reports from Dallas News. Tyrese Simmons was reportedly involved in a feud with a rival rapper, which is what led to the shooting of Brandoniya Bennett at her Old East Dallas apartment in Texas. Simmons has been charged with capital murder for his alleged involvement in the death, and his bail is set at $500,000. Things went haywire as Simmons reportedly attempted to shoot his intended target. That’s when he fired a round into the unit next door to Bennett’s home, instead striking the young girl in the head. “As adults, as parents, as police officers, we’re supposed to make them safe, as community leaders, we’re supposed to make them safe,” Dallas Police Department Maj. Danny Williams said about the incident. “She was sitting in her house, she felt safe…she was only 9 years old.” Though witnesses and officers who responded to the scene attempted to rush Bennett to a hospital in time, she died shortly after arriving at Baylor University Medical Center. During a news conference on Thursday, authorities explained that Simmons was out to get a rival rapper who had dissed him. Right now, it is believed that the rapper had the wrong address for his target, which is what resulted in him allegedly killing Bennett. A GoFundMe campaign was launched in response to the situation in an effort to help the family with funeral costs. Before handing himself in, Simmons already had a pending misdemeanor assault case after he knocked a man out in June 2018. As a result, he was prohibited from possessing any kind of weapon. 19-year-old Tyrese Simmons, an alleged gang member, surrendered himself to police & charged with capital murder. Police say shooting started as an argument between two wannabe rappers. Simmons shot into the wrong townhome, killing 9-year-old Brandoniya Bennett. @FOX4 @GoodDayFox4 pic.twitter.com/XjyV7Z1dva — Ashley Paredez (@AshleyOnFox4) August 16, 2019

Black Man Stopped by Cops for ‘Looking Suspiciously’ at White Woman...

When a white woman called the police on a Black man for doing nothing more than “looking suspiciously” at her, even a Michigan police supervisor responding to the claim called it “nonsense.” Still, the call that started as a parking mix-up led Royal Oak police officers to question 20-year-old Devin Myers for more than an hour Tuesday, a restaurant manager who witnessed the encounter told the Detroit Free Press. By the time police arrived on the scene and stopped him, Myers had parked and was walking to the Inn Season Cafe on Fourth Street in Royal Oak, the newspaper reported. Michigan police officers are seen on video stopping Devin Myers Tuesday for allegedly “looking suspiciously” at a white woman in Royal Oaks, Mich. (Screenshot from Kimiko Adolph’s Facebook video) Kimiko Adolph, a woman who was walking in the same area toward the end of the encounter, videotaped what she saw play out on Facebook live. “I was going to the CVS over here when this young man is stopped because a Caucasian lady said that he looked at her suspiciously,” Adolph said, “and he has been pulled over walking to go to eat by two police officers for suspicion of being black and looking at the Caucasian woman.” Adolph told officers in the video that the woman who made the allegation was sitting in a car “hiding” across the street. The footage starts with Myers and a woman identified as Inn Season manager Erin Frey talking to officers on the scene. “They got him surrounded, so I’m not gon’ leave the brother out here,” Adolph said. In the video, Myers is seen apologizing to the officers “for wasting your guys’ time” and sarcastically asking white people walking by not to look at him for too long. “You guys might want to be careful there. You know they’re real suspicious around here,” Myers said. “Don’t look at me too long ’cause … the police will come harass you for looking at me for too long.” Frey later told the Free Press she waited with the man stopped to show her support in a situation police handled “completely inappropriately.” She said video of the incident only captures the final moments of the encounter and that police actually questioned Meyers for almost an hour before telling him he was free to go. The situation started with Myers trying to find a parking spot on the street across from the Inn Season, Frey told the Free Press. Myers’ girlfriend was waiting for him at the restaurant at the time. He noticed the woman who later accused him because she looked like she was about to pull out of her parking space, so he waited, Frey said. But when the driver didn’t move, he found another spot. Later, Frey said the woman “felt threatened and thought he was suspicious, and she called the police.” When the first officer called to the scene arrived, he “handle it so aggressively right from the get-go” that the man asked for a supervisor, Frey said. The supervisor arrived with one other officer on motorcycles. Myers is then shown on video explaining that if Frey was him in this situation, “you would have let her go 10 minutes ago.”   The supervisor explained that part of the reason a resolution took so long is that he was four miles away from the scene. Another reason is that it took time for the responding officer to gather all the facts, he said. “Are we supposed to have all these facts before talking to people?” the supervisor asked. He then called the call “nonsense.” “All you had to do is say, ‘You know what, I’m just parking my car, minding my own business.’ Everything checks OK, and you know what,” the supervisor said during the video. “He’d be eating right now, he’d have an hors d’ oeuvre right now.” “He did say that,” both Frey and the woman recording the video responded.   Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier said in a statement the Free Press obtained Wednesday that officials are reviewing what happened.  “We absolutely recognize that racial bias exists and we as a community aspire to be among those working every day to combat it,” Fournier said. “But, this is not just the work of our officers and public officials alone, but all of us, individually [and] as a community must put in the effort to recognize and come to terms with our own personal prejudices and biases. “We are in the process of evaluating what mistakes have been made and we will own them, we will learn from them, and we will continue to strive to be better in everything we do.”

Illinois Teens Yell to ‘Bring Back Slavery’ and ‘Let’s Whip Them...

Two young women from Illinois filmed themselves screaming how much they “hate n—–s” and calling for the return of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, one of them is out of a job. Facebook user Gabbi Goldsborough reshared the offensive video, in which the teens are heard making several racist remarks. Goldsborough identifies the girls in the clip as students Macy Castleman and Jayde Landers. The two young woman, identified as Macy Castleman and Jayde Landers, were filmed making several racist remarks against African-Americans. (Gabbi Goldsborough / Facebook video screenshot) “I love how people sit around & act like racism isn’t still a thing,” she wrote. “U have a lot of explaining to do. you can say it’s an inside joke. or think it’s funny. but it’s not.” The 12-second clip, posted on Snapchat, begins with one of the girls ranting about how Black people “smell and they don’t work — so we should bring back slavery and whip those n—–s!” At one point, the young women chant in unison “I hate n—–s,” with one of them shouting to “bring back the KKK.” With a finger over her lips, her friend then whispers: “But some people like Black people sometimes.” Goldsborough confronted Castleman over the offending video and posted screenshots of their text exchange online. In them, Castleman claimed the footage is from three years ago. According to the timestamp, however, the video was uploaded August 9, although it’s possible the video is indeed old and was only recently shared on the social media platform. “If I’m being completely honest, I don’t remember that at all,” Castleman told Goldsborough, adding: “I have black people in my family. Clearly don’t feel that way, so you can chill. Also it was an inside joke with my best friend. But feel however you want about it.” Goldsborough wasn’t buying it and noted that the racist clip was clearly posted 11 hours ago, “so 3 years ago my ass.” “If you had black people in your family I know for a fact they would not appreciate to hear that come out of your mouth now would they? 🤔,” she continued on Facebook. “And honestly i don’t care when you said it. The n- word still came out of your mouth and there’s no excuse. period.” According to Heavy, one of the young women is a former student of Auburn Community Unit School District #10 in Auburn. The school addressed the clip in a statement posted on its website Monday, in which it condemned the “heinous” comments. “[CUSD] Administration immediately commenced a thorough investigation,” officials said. “This process was made more difficult than usual because we were made aware of the video on a Saturday afternoon while school is still on summer break.” The district determined the video is actually from October 2017, and said that “the individual making the racially charged comments is no longer a student in our District.” The video also drew a response from Springfield’s Lincoln Land Community College, where Castleman reportedly once attended. A spokesperson for the college didn’t refer to Castleman by name but confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle “the individual you mention isn’t a currently enrolled student at Lincoln Land Community College” and left LLCC before the video surfaced. Moreover, one of the young women was reportedly employed by a senior living community in Springfield but has since lost her job. In a Facebook post, Concordia Village said it addressed the situation with the staffer in question and that they’re “no longer employed by Concordia Village or Lutheran Senior Services.” Watch more in the video below. i love how people sit around & act like racism isn’t still a thing. macy castleman u have a lot of explaining to do. ps: all of my black friends and i have jobs. Posted by Gabbi Goldsborough on Saturday, August 10, 2019

Black Man Detained, Questioned For ‘Looking At Caucasian Woman’

Kimiko Adolph/Facebook A Black woman stopped and launched Facebook Live after she noticed Royal Oak, Michigan, police officers questioning a young Black man for allegedly “looking suspiciously” at a white woman. “He has been pulled over walking to go to eat for suspicion of being Black and looking at the Caucasian woman,” Kimiko Adolph said in the video showing the young man speaking to officers, at least two police vehicles pulled up. “They got him surrounded. So I’m not going to leave the brother out here.” According to the Daily Dot, Adolph was on her way to a nearby CVS when she saw 20-year-old Devin Meyers being questioned, with officers refusing to let him go about his way. She decided to stop and film when she realized no one was with him. “I have three Black sons, and he was by himself, surrounded for no reason,” she said. “Nobody was filming, and I knew I had to.” At times it is hard to understand what is being said in the video by the other parties. According to Adolph’s narration, the white woman called the police on Meyers because he “looked suspicious.” “Do not be Black and stare,” Adolph quipped. Meyers was apparently on his way to the Inn Season Cafe to meet his girlfriend when the incident occurred. The manager of the cafe, Erin Frey, jumped in to defend him. Devin Myers Way to stay cool, calm and collected! Glad i was there. #SidewalkAnniePosted by Kimiko Adolph on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 “I’m pretty sure if she would’ve done the same thing, you would’ve let her go 10 minutes ago,” Meyers said of Frey, who is also a white woman. “She called because he is a Black guy,” Frey told officers in the video. “If that were me walking across the street and walking in, this would not be happening because I was looking at her while I was trying to park.” “I think you’re inferring a lot,” one officer told Frey, before turning to Adolph, “and you probably are too, you’re inferring a hell of a lot.” Meyers was finally allowed to go about his business after about 30 minutes of questioning. Share : TOPICS: News Devin Meyers Kimiko Adolph michigan Royal Oak Royal Oak police

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