The Affects of the Recession on Children

I'm a person who likes to stay current on the news. I ran across an article this evening that kind of saddened my spirit. Take a look at it for yourselves......

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hard economic times are hitting the United States' youngest citizens, threatening to roll back decades worth of gains in health, safety and education, according to a report released on Monday.
It suggests the country's most severe recession in a generation, which has cost more than 5 million American jobs since it began in late 2007, is having a drastic impact on children.
"Our projections show that virtually all the progress made in family economic well-being since 1975 will be wiped out," Ken Land of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues wrote in 2009 Child Well-Being Index and Special Focus Report.
The annual report, sponsored by the Foundation for Child Development, a private child advocacy group, measures economic, health, safety and social factors affecting children and teens.
Based on current estimates, the report projects that the current recession will pare median annual family incomes back to $55,700 by 2010, down from $59,200 in 2007.
Households run by single women will see their annual incomes fall to $23,000 in 2010, down from $24,950 in 2007.
But the steepest drop will be among single households headed by men, where median annual family income is expected to drop to $33,300 in 2010, from $38,100 in 2007.
These declines in family income will affect many other aspects of life for children in America.
"Many families that have built a life around two-earner incomes now have one income or perhaps no income, so children in those families are being impacted by the current economic environment," Land said in a telephone interview.
He said the percentage of children in poverty will rise to 21 percent in 2010, up from about 17 percent in 2006.
The researchers said the housing crisis will disrupt social relationships for children, as job losses cause families to uproot in search of work and less-costly housing. Many families are at greater risk of homelessness.
Children's health also will suffer, they said.
They foresee increases in an already growing obesity epidemic as parents turn to cheap fast food to feed their families.
One bright spot, they said, is the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which will at least ensure that many poor children get needed health care.
Based on trends in prior recessions, they said rates of violent crime will likely rise, hurt by police force cuts and cuts in juvenile crime prevention programs.
They also predict fewer children will be taking part in early childhood education programs, which are known to raise student test scores.
Black and Latino children, whose communities tend to be more sensitive to economic fluctuations, will be affected most by these changes.
"When the economy is doing well, their well-being gains are more dramatic. When the economy slumps, they are harder hit than their white counterparts because more children of color live in poverty to begin with," Ruby Takanishi, president of the foundation, said in a statement.

This is so ridiculous!! All of these families that are already struggling to make ends meet as it is, now by next year they will be taking major pay cuts that they can't afford to take. The worst part is that children will be affected in an enormous way. So what does the government plan to do about this? I'm not a parent myself, but I have first hand seen how upsetting it is for a parent not to be capable of providing for their child. Healthcare has always been an issue, but it seems like things are becoming far worse before they are getting better. It's a shame that a child's health will have to suffer for the government's mistakes with our economy. But yet, they want us to bail out all of these auto dealerships and financial institutions? Seriously, what kind of crack are they smoking??!!!! Instead of giving these CEOs and Presidents of these Fortune 500 companies all these million dollar bonuses so they can fly in their private jets and vacation on lavish islands how about they take that money and make better use of it? Give it to these struggling families who have to stretch the pennies to put food on the table. What about giving it to those families who are one mortgage payment short of being homeless?? What about those parents with very ill children, but can't afford to get the treatment needed because healthcare costs an arm and two legs?? What about those elderly people who can't work and are on a very small fixed income?? You have to forgive me. I'm a bit on the pissed off side right now. But this is the hood so it's okay. I mean don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with having private jets and vacationing on lavish islands, but not at a time like we're in now. The middle class demographic is on the verge of being...well wiped out I guess you can say. So far, in my opinion, the government's answers to everything have been insufficient and I think they need to explore different avenues other than what has been done. Obviously what's been done hasn't worked. I know things aren't going to change overnight, but they need to get a move on because these children are suffering in an unimaginable way. Just my thoughts.

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Comment by Lac on June 3, 2009 at 3:18am
Imagine growing up living with different people all the time. One minute you are at grandma's, then aunties, then the play-play aunties, etc., Imagine having to move every single year as a child and attending eleven different schools. Imagine hearing mental and physical abuse in the home frequently during the week as it unfolds down to you as a child.

Now imagine the kids around you and their lives. Nice clothes, plenty of food, and great relationship with their families.

Imagine the recession having NOTHING to do with this problem. This is an everyday thing with children. This is parents either not knowing how to be parents, not ready to being a parent, not wanting to be a parent, and not doing whats responsible as a parent.

Yes the recession can affect quite a few kids, but truth is majority were affected way before the recession. By the way, that child was me and quite a few of the other kids around me growing up.

My two. Peace.



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OH NO! Lauren London & Boyfriend Nipsey Hussle Involved In Car Accident…Allegedly Caused By Aggressive Paparazzi

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What started as a fun afternoon shopping date, ended in a car wreck with the paparazzi. Lauren London and her boyfriend Nipsey Hussle were involved in a car accident this afternoon after a run in with a few photogs. Peep the aftermath inside….

West coast rapper Nipsey Hussle can’t seem to catch a break.

While enjoying an afternoon of shopping in Melrose with his girlfriend Lauren London, who stars on BET’s “The Game,” Nipsey’s day went from “hella” good to all the way bad. The couple was involved in a car accident. And it appears the paparazzi is to blame.

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Photogs spotted the YBF actress and her rapper boyfriend trekking through the trendy city when they ambushed them trying to catch a "money shot."

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Apparently, as the lovebirds tried to drive away, the paps got too close to their vehicle and one person was struck. Nipsey was heard telling the cameraman he was out of line and being very aggressive while snapping the photos.

As you can, the cops were called to assess the situation. As of now, we’re not sure if anyone will be cited, but we’ll keep you posted. Glad everyone is OK!

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As far as Nipsey’s luck going from bad to worse, this car accident comes on the heels of a recent drug arrest.

The 29-year-old rapper was caught with a stash of codeine (a drug sometimes used to create a mixed drug-filled drink) after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop last month. He eventually was released, taking to his Twitter to announce he wasn’t in jail, but he never said anything about the arrest. Hmph.

Photos: Splash

SPOTTED: Eve And New Husband Maximillion Cooper On Holiday In Barbados With His 4 kids

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Rapper and actress Eve was spotted on holiday with her new husband and his four kids.  Find out where she and Maximillion Cooper went inside...

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Recently, we spotted Eve on the beach in Barbados rocking a two piece bikini, looking like the picture of wealth and beauty. And you know what....she really is!  Last year, Eve walked down the aisle and wed her fabulously wealthy hubby Maximillion Cooper, the founder of of Gumball 3000.

Since then, she's put her music career on hold, but she's still acting and making films. A few weeks ago she starred in the made-for-tv film With This Ring and now she's reprising her role as "Terri" in Barbershop 3 (in theaters 2016). 

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In addition to her acting roles, Eve's also assumed the role of step mommy.  Because Max has four kids (from a previous marriage to his business partner Julie Brangstrup), Eve had her hands full!

Photos via Splash

OPENING UP: Birdman ADMITS Lil Wayne Feud Hurts Him, Says Nicki Minaj & Drake Aren’t Going ANYWHERE & Denies Involvement In Tour Bus Shooting

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Birdman is finally breaking his silence and weighing in on the feud between him and Lil Wayne, in his first interview.  Find out what the Cash Money honcho had to say about Wayne,  Nicki Minaj and Drake’s future, that tour bus shooting incident and more inside….

We’ve been following the shocking on-going feud between rap superstar Lil Wayne and his “daddy”/Cash Money CEO Birdman since Wayne first put Birdman on blast via Twitter. Things have gone from bad to worse with Wayne filing a $51 million lawsuit over Tha Carter V, to Weezy’s tour bus getting shot up (with rumors of Birdman being the culprit) to the Young Money general having a drink thrown on him during a performance…allegedly by Birdman. Plenty has been going on in the Cash Money camp.

While we know how Wayne feels about the situation (he called it a “f*cked up situation" that he'll be out of soon), Birdman has remained quiet…until now.

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In a candid interview with Power 105 personality Angie Martinez (aboard a boat outside of his Miami home), Birdman gives his side.  When asked how he felt what Wayne aired out his frustrations on Twitter, Birdman revealed,

“I never thought that would ever happen… that f*cked my day up. I love my son. He mean the world to me. For that man to say something negative about me that affected my life.”

A heavily discussed topic amidst all of the drama is what will happen to Drake and Nicki Minaj if Wayne ever gets the chance to leave Cash Money? He cleared that up saying, "Nicki and Drake ain't going nowhere. Regardless."

While Birdman claims he hasn’t spoke to Wayne since ish hit the fan, he does see him on a regular. Their studios are right next to each other, so the two see each other in passing. The crazy part is that when they do run into each other, they don’t speak! He said, “I see him like everyday and I don’t say nothing.”

Birdman said the tension will all get sorted out when the time is right. He said he doesn’t feel like the studio is the place to air out their issues, so he hasn’t said anything. He also said with Wayne’s traveling schedule, he’s gone a lot, but plans to wait till the proper time for them to talk.

Another hot topic was Lil Wayne’s tour bus getting shot up in Atlanta earlier this year. You’ll recall, Young Thug’s road manager was arrested in connection with the shooting, leaving folks to assume Birdman may have been involved (since he's affiliated with Young Thug). He responded,

“That’s like the craziest shit I ever heard in my life. I couldn’t tell you what happened that night because I wasn’t there.”

“My family and my children mean the world to me. You crazy if you think that. You know how I am about Wayne. I love him, that’s my son. I don’t play those games.”

“Any nigga who bust a gun at Lil Wayne, we got a problem. Time will tell it all.”

Well there’s that.

The Cash Money honcho also cleared up those rumors that he threw a drink at Wayne while he was performing onstage at LIV in Miami recently. He said that situation had nothing to do with him. He confirmed he was there, but said he didn’t realize what it looked like until after he watched the video.

He added,

“You seen me right? You seen what I was doing? I’m in my own zone. And I’m not gone let no man disrespect my son. If something did happen it got checked.”



The full interview is expected to make its way online later today, but in the meantime check out a clip from their sitdown below:


Photos: Angie's IG

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