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Sasha Merci And David Alvarez Explore The World Of Side Hustles In New Series

Sasha Merci and David Alvarez have made their side hustles their full-time grind. The social media stars have turned what they love to do into their main source of income. The entrepreneurs are proof that the gig economy can bring financial success and independence like a regular 9 to 5. The two are hosting mitú’s “Side Hustle” and they are talking to the most interesting side hustles around.

Meet Sasha Merci

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Me and my mutiple personalities getting to know eachother during this quarantine.

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The Dominican-American comedian and social media star has been hustling for years with her craft. Since she was a child, Merci has been a creative person using her imagination and creative spirit to make the best of her childhood. Her creativity has helped her create a devoted following of fans who cannot get enough of her hilarious videos.

Merci first came to the attention of fans thanks to Instagram’s video feature.

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Me practicing my “NOs” 👗: @houseofcb

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Instagram’s video feature didn’t roll out until 2016 and Merci has made good work in those 4 years to create content. Merci’s hilariously relevant videos have amassed her 140,000 followers on Instagram. The New York native knows how to make content that truly speaks to our collective experience as young adults in this crazy world. It wasn’t long after starting her Instagram career that she co-created the web series “Dating Has No Merci.”

It is Merci’s web series “Dating Has No Merci” that helped to propel her career.

“Dating Has No Merci” is all about love and dating in the city. We all know the difficulties of trying to date while living in a major city or even a small town. “Dating Has No Merci” takes those issues and makes them something we can all laugh about. Dating sucks but watching someone else playfully fail along the way as well will make your situation seems just a little bit better.

Meet David Alvarez

David Alvarez is a Mexican-American comedian who rose to fame through YouTube. Alvarez started early on his YouTube career posting in 2012 and starting what would become a successful social media career. Alvarez has been at it for 8 years and his intention was to make sure that the side hustle became his full-time grind.

Alvarez has been giving the Internet the male-centric experience and it’s hilarious.

The comedian doesn’t shy away from keeping it close to his culture. Alvarez is proud of his Mexican roots and is always willing to let them be shown. With 537,000 subscribers, Alvarez is using his platform to spotlight Mexican culture, especially Latina moms, and celebrate them with audiences who don’t live the same experience.

The two side hustle successes are teaming up for mitú’s “Side Hustle.”

The two comedians dive deep into some of the most incredibly off the beaten path side hustles around. From cuddling to professional wrestling to food vending, “Side Hustle” is all about showing everyone that they can make the most of their side hustles. Who knows? You might be flirting with a new career whenever you do something to love.

READ: mitú’s ‘Side Hustle’ Is Showing Everyone What Amazing And Unique Jobs Are Out There For Some Extra Cash

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Uber Driver Records Passenger Coughing On, Assaulting and Pepper-Spraying Him When He Asks Her to Wear a Mask

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Uber Driver Records Passenger Coughing On, Assaulting and Pepper-Spraying Him When He Asks Her to Wear a Mask

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There’s a reason so many Americans are critical of the growing gig economy. Unlike traditional jobs, which are often protected by unions and/or human resource departments, gig workers do not have the same security. Because of this, gig workers are often treated unfairly and, in some cases, put in dangerous situations.

Take, for instance, ride-share drivers. People who drive vehicles for ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft often complain of low pay and disrespectful customers. And sometimes, those disrespectful customers turn violent.

On Sunday, a San Francisco Uber driver was assaulted and attacked in his car by a young female passenger (Arna Kimiai) . The woman told the Uber drive she had COVID, coughed in his face, ripped off his mask, and snatched his phone.

The entire assault was caught on the driver’s dashcam footage. The ordeal started when the driver, Subhakar Khadka, asked the mask-less female passenger and her two friends to put on masks. Khadka then pulled into a nearby gas station so the woman could buy one.

Khadka, who is of South-Asian descent, said that by this time, the woman and her two friends were already enraged and calling him racist anti-Asian slurs. Khadka told the women to leave his vehicle, and that is when the assault began.

The woman screamed “f–k the masks!” and started loudly coughing in the car, telling Khadka that she is infected with coronavirus. Khadka looks visibly frustrated but still remains calm before the woman reaches over and grabs his phone from the dashboard. Khadka, shocked, tells the woman not to touch his property.

In response, the woman rips off his mask and appears to start hitting him while threatening to beat him up.

The woman continues to scream at him while Khadka tells her and her friends to get out of his vehicle. The three women simply scream obscenities at him.

Khadka told local news station CBS SF that after the women exited the vehicle, they pepper-sprayed him through his car window.

“She pepper-sprayed inside my car, from the passenger window that was open a little bit, that was the only window open in my car,” he said.

Uber caught wind of the viral video and immediately banned the woman from their service.

The woman, who many outlets have identified as Arna Kimiai, took to Instagram to defend her actions and refused to apologize.

At first, Kimiai, whose Instagram handle is @keepinupwforeign, was unremorseful about her behavior. In an Instagram live video, she said she attacked Khadka because he was about to leave them “in the middle of buttf–k nowhere in the hood.”

“He lucky as hell I ain’t have nothing on me on, mamas,” she added. “Cause if we would’ve played with me, bruh, it would’ve been a whole different story.”

Kimiai also claimed that she would only take Lyft from now on. Lyft, however, was notified of Kimiai’s plans and promptly banned her from their service as well.

“Although this incident did not involve the Lyft platform,” they tweeted out, “the unacceptable treatment of the driver in this video compelled us to permanently remove the rider from the Lyft community.”

Looks like Arna Kimiai will be walking from now on.

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FIERCE Maestras Are Giving Newbie Teachers Career Advice And It’s Basically The Sweetest Thing

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FIERCE Maestras Are Giving Newbie Teachers Career Advice And It’s Basically The Sweetest Thing

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No matter what experiences you’ve had as a student, hopefully you have had at least a handful of teachers who left good impressions on you. As a whole class of students from this year graduate and become teachers themselves, we wanted to ask veteran maestras for advice on how to continue the cycle of positivity.

In a recent post to our Instagram page we asked all our FIERCE maestras, what advice do they have for a new teacher and boy did they deliver!

Check out the replies below!

Stay nourished.

“Advice: eat during your break girl and practice self-care.” – la_misses_m

Take it easy.

“Take it one day at a time. At times you will doubt yourself but push through the all the challenges. Always remember why you are there, which is to teach your students. You got this!! Good luck!!” – erixcii

Make sure you’re feeding your relationships.

“Focus on relationships above everything. Relationships with your students and their families!”- allirousey

Don’t forget to build relationships with your students.

“Self-care and building relationships with your students and families!!” – jazzyfue

And definitely remember to trust yourself.

“I’m an SLP, but I would tell her to trust herself!! You got this! You know your kids and you talents!” – maryoso_moli

Self-care Sundays shall your temple.

“Practice Self-care and build relationships with students. Remember to always be kind to the janitors/grounds keepers/ clerical staff (they make our jobs easier). Consider keeping a scrap book or journal of sweet notes and emails that you can look through on the tough days. Always teach with your heart and with a growth mindset; never get complacent because our profession is ever changing and we will likely never have the exact same group of kiddos again. Keep learning from your coworkers (what to do and what not to do), from your students, insta teachers, workshops, and personal experience (make notes to yourself in your planner for next year). Being organized has saved me, even on the most hectic days. Always have a back up lesson available. Empathy is key! Take. Days. Off. I know lesson plans are time consuming, but your mental health is worth prioritizing.” – cmirene

Know it gets better over time.

“The first year may be hard, but it gets better and better every year.”- yulzzzz5

Don’t be a Yes Ma’am.

“Advice: learn to say no. You’ll be super compelled to go more than above and beyond because it’s all for the kids and as much as I ADORE AND LOVE my students just as I am sure you will you need some you time. I started being the only teacher at school functions and being stressed about helping my high schoolers have the best time that I was drowning. Love them but love yourself too! You deserve you time.” – del_ranita

Don’t be a shrinking violet.

“Don’t shrink yourself to make your whyte colleagues feel comfortable. Connect with other teachers of color and ask for/give support. Lead with love for your students. They should always come first.”- queenurbie

Be an authentic leader.

“My one piece of advice is to invest time in getting to know your students, their stories and be your authentic self with them. Kids love knowing that their teachers are people and are just like them.” – meerehyah@educatinglittleminds 

And finally, remember ya live and learn!

“I remember I used to always want to be “perfect” for them and would fear making mistakes or letting them see me when things wouldn’t go right. When a lesson didn’t work out as planned. I learned to let that go and to let them see me make mistakes. It is okay! And it is okay to admit it. They’ll appreciate it! Teaches them that we aren’t all perfect and we all make mistakes-it’s a part of life. Teach on and be You! They’ll love every piece of you.” – su_heeey

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