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We’d like to highlight emerging leaders who are former interns or fellows at Feminist and continue to empower and advocate within their communities. Whether it’s a magazine release, a blog feature, or a scholarly article, we want to recognize and celebrate these leaders for everything they continue to add to the world as reproductive justice advocates and activists.

Our first spotlight highlights the work of Khye Tyson, a 2018 Errin J. Vuley Fellow. We briefly interviewed them about what they’ve been up to in the activist world. Check out their responses below.

Can you briefly summarize your work?

“In the article, “Used in a relentless pursuit of the elusive middle class, side hustle culture is killing Black folx,” I examine “side hustle culture” and how it encourages us to neglect ourselves and indigenous practices. This, coupled with the current economic downturn, makes multiple streams of income a necessity, not just something to pursue for extra spending money. I also share ways to care for yourself when working multiple jobs.”

What inspired or led you to the topic of your article? 

“This article was inspired by a conversation with a friend in which we discussed capitalism and how it is the root cause of every oppression. I think I uttered the phrase “your side hustle is killing you!” and wrote it down because I wanted to expand on that thought internally. This is the result.”

Are you planning to write more on the topic or a related topic?

All my articles are based on subtopics within RJ, but I doubt I will write more about side hustles. I have other articles about enjoying sex and pleasure and growing up as a southern queer femme.

If you could get any feedback about your work, what would you ask a reader?

“How does this piece resonate with you? How do you feel after reading it?”

Read Khye’s full article here on blackyouthproject.com