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How My Life Changed When My Best Friend Got Pregnant

As best friends in high school, it was our plan to go to the same college together – and I was more excited than ever when our plan actually came true. But after spending every moment together during our Freshman year, everything suddenly changed when you told me you were pregnant…

You were my home away from home. You were my travel buddy and best friend in college. ??

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Attending a college four hours away from home was hard for both myself and my parents, but having you by my side made the transition much easier.

We attended every school event together. ?

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Every basketball game, soccer game, concert and event on campus – we were there. #Bobcats4Life ??

Every week, ate junk food and did our laundry together.??food-and-laundry

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Late night In-n-Out trips, and air-drying our bras out on the street was always a fun adventure.

We were each other’s gym partners. ??

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Our matching gym outfits were always on point. ???

Every time I needed to study and take a coffee break, you were there with me. ?☕️study-and-coffee

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Even though college could get stressful AF, we had each other for motivation – and that made everything bearable.

From piercings to hangovers, we endured the pain together. ??

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#PARTNERINCRIME ?

All of that stopped when you told me you were pregnant.

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Everything changed.

You moved out to with your parents again. I had to travel to Merced by myself and that was it. Nothing was the same.

I mean, what was I going to do?? You were my BEST FRIEND. I did eeeverythiiing with you. ?

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Honestly, you were my only close friend. I never bothered making new friends during my first year in college because I was so comfortable with just you.

But those mixed feelings changed once again when your precious little angel was born. ?

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I remember I was out of town when he was born, but meeting Damian was the best part of going back home. ? I couldn’t have arrived to a more precious, beautiful, sweet and adorable little baby.

Although our spontaneous food runs came to an end, we have memories to look back at. ?

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From going out to get belly piercings, to going out to buy diapers, everything changed. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

You didn’t walk that stage with me, but you met me at the end with this cutie. ✨?

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After you withdrew from UC Merced, I forced myself to branch out. I told myself to be less shy and take more chances. I joined organizations on campus and became much closer to my housemates. It was so difficult for Chely, for you and for me, but we both grew and flourished in different ways.

Now you’re killing it more than ever as a mom, a student, and an employee. Can’t wait to be there at your graduation.

LOVE YOU AND DAMIAN SO MUCH. ❤️ #BFF’s4LIFE


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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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Side hustles aren’t just limited to freelance writing gigs. There is a vast world of side hustles that can make people a lot of money. Some of them involve art, modeling, and unusual rentals that people would need. That is what the second episode of mitú original series “Side Hustle” is all about.

“That’s not art. That’s you being nude.”

Dorian Wood and Tatyana are young Latinos trying to make it in this wild world in which we live. While some people rely on a regular 9-5 job to make everything work, these two people found a way to take something they like to do and make it profitable.

Wood is using his body to make money and a name for himself with a global audience. His art is something that some people just don’t understand but he is beloved in the art world for his performance art. His nude body is the subject of his work and he has been featured in art shows around the world.

Tatyana is a college student working her way through college like so many others. However, she is taking a different route to pay for her college courses instead of working a retail job. What she has to offer is friendship and it’s paying off.

Wood might be celebrated for his art but his mom has some thoughts.

“I did a show in Madrid and this artist comes up to me after the show and offers to do a mural of me so I just said, ‘Okay. What have I got to lose?’ A few months later he sends me this video of him putting the finishing touches on a four-story mural in Segovia in Spain of me completely naked and my jaw just dropped,” Wood tells co-host David Alvarez. “‘El Gordo’ is what they called the mural. It somehow just triggered something in me. I was like, ‘Oh. Okay. What if I tried art modeling?'”

Wood admits that his friends and family are a little confused by his work. He adds: “They think I’m insane. My mother sees me posing nude and doing nude performance art and she’ll tell me in Spanish like, ‘You know. That’s not art. That’s you being nude.'”

Tatyana loves to make friends and now that makes her some money.

“This is just a way for me to pay for classes,” Tatyana explains to co-host Sahsa Merci. “There was a list of 100 things you could do to make side money and I checked a bunch of them out. The Rent-A-Friend seemed like something I could be good at. So, I started it and I really liked how it was.”

Tatyana says that “it was definitely a little too delicate to talk about at first.” She added. “They know that I enjoy making new friends so for me to get some benefit out of it, also financial help for my school, they were happy about that.”

READ: Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side

A Pregnant Woman With Parking Violations Was Arrested And Put In Jail During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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A Pregnant Woman With Parking Violations Was Arrested And Put In Jail During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Diamond Davis is a Montgomery, AL-based woman who is pregnant and currently dealing with criminal charges.

On April 19, the pregnant mother-to-be was arrested and detained overnight in a prison currently battling coronavirus cases. Davis had been brought to the prison after police officers had arrested her for failing to show up for court hearings about her traffic-related violations. There were other similar charges that led to her arrest and jail detainment which a judge dismissed her from, via teleconference, after assigning her a new court date which will open up a new discussion on how she will repay the fines she owes.

While traffic-related violations are important to pay attention to, Davis’s arrest and time in prison is raising concerns among advocates calling for a chance in the climb in numbers of pregnant women “who have been put at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because of non-violent charges by a prison system being accused of not doing enough to protect those it incarcerates,” according to Refinery29.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Davis’ case was highlighted as part of a vicious cycle targeting the disadvantaged.

According to The New York Times, Davis’ car was pulled over when police noticed that her temporary license plates had expired. After the officers stopped her they found that the 27-year-old mother-to-be was driving without a license and without car insurance. They also discovered that she had overdue court fines.

David was taken to Montgomery City Jail and told NYT that her request for a mask and gloves had been denied. She also claims that there was no hot water available for her to wash her hands.

What’s worse, one of the two women she had been made to share a cell with was coughing.

Soon after Davis’s release from the Montgomery City Jail, police reported five positive coronavirus cases.

While the cases were reported amongst the jail’s federal incarcerated community, which is reportedly kept in a separate area from people incarcerated by the city– like Davis– five cases were also reported among the jail’s nurses and correctional officers. According to NYT, “The number of positive cases has since risen to 21, Michael Briddell, the director of public information for Montgomery, said Wednesday.”

Michael Briddell, the director of public information for Montgomery, explained in an interview with NYT that early on in the pandemic, “the city took steps to release nearly all nonviolent offenders, adding that the jail held 93 detainees in the last week of April, compared with 115 detainees during the same period a year ago.” According to Briddel “only the most extreme nonviolent cases are being held,” and Davis fell under this category because she had 16 outstanding warrants.

Meanwhile, Claudia Wilner, who is the director of litigation for the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, which fights for economic justice for low-income people, “overpolicing of black communities had led to the constant issuing of tickets for traffic violations.” The underlying implication? Injustices in our criminal system are bringing people into places where they could potentially face death. Is it worth it?