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.



Young, Black, and Fabulous

Eve Hits London Fashion Week + K.Michelle's New "Love 'Em All" Single

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E-V-E is now living the M-R-S life in Londontown. The newly married rapper/actress was spotted front row at London Fashon Week today, and we've got her cute pics inside.  Plus, K.Michelle is back with her lead single "Love 'Em All" off her upcoming new album....

Rapper Eve attended the Ashish show during London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 Tuesday in London.  And she seems to fit right in on the front row with the Brits:

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The newlywed, who married British businessman Maximillion Cooper this past June in Ibiza, rocked a sparkly red and white varsity jacket, skin tight jeans and a pair of metallic gold pumps for the occasion:

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Looking good Eve!


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In other music chicks news, K.Michelle is gearing up to release her sophomore studio album, called A.W.B.A.H.  The Memphis native and VH1 reality star said about the artistic single cover:

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“The artwork for the track was developed solely from a creative standpoint and our goal was to construct a visually appealing piece of art to accompany this song that means so much to me. We came from a very pure state of mind with positive energy. We wanted my audience to see a view where there are no actual humans involved, but instead figures displayed to represent people. I hope you all love it as much as I do.”

On the boastful track, K croons the chorus saying:

I broke another heart today.

And I didn’t care, I just walked away.

‘Cause they think I love ‘em,

But I love ‘em all; love ‘em all.

Check it out below:


You feelin it?


Photos: Getty


RUMOR ALERT -- Beyonce & Jay Z Working On COLLABO Album Together!?

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The rumor mill is on OVERLOAD lately when it comes to The Carters.  But this time, it's not related to Beyonce's ovaries  Rumor has it a Carter collabo album is on the way!  Deets inside...

Now that they've wrapped the On The Run tour, it's only right that the power couple has something else up their sleeves.  Rumor has it, that "something" is a collaboration album that they've already started working on!

Sources tell well known DJ Skee of Dash Radio that Jay Z & Beyonce are indeed working to put out a joint album.  And it's slated to drop later this year or early 2015.

Jay may have said previously that the two would never do an album together.  But he also once said he'd never give his heart to a woman...and would be forever mackin'.  And we see how that turned out.

Check out Skee's reveal below:

If true, this would be an album of epic proportions.  Do you believe the rumor?



TV CHICKS: Kerry Washington SPOTTED With Her Purple Purse In NYC + Amber Rose JETS Out Of LAX + “Wendy Williams Show” Nabs No.1 Spot In Daytime TV

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Kerry Washington is still toting her purple purse while Amber Rose jets out of L.A. Meanwhile, Wendy Williams is dominating the daytime TV talk show game. See their candids and get the deets inside….


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Kerry Washington was the hostess with the mostess in a green Alexander McQueen gown and purple Casadei pumps at The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge last night. And afterwards, she trekked the rainy streets of Manhattan after changing it up in a fall-ready Suno striped frock, still reppin’ for the cause, with her purple purse in tow.

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The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge is a fundraising campaign for charities benefiting domestic violence survivors. And Kerry designed her very own purple purse to support the cause. She posted her excitement on Facebook saying,

So excited to share my design of this year's Allstate Foundation #PurplePurse! Check it out! Learn more about #PurplePurse and how you can get involved and help combat domestic violence and financial abuse

Olivia Pope returns to primetime television on Sept. 25th at 9pm ET on ABC.

Another TV chick on the move...

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After zooming through Studio City on a three-wheeled Spyder this weekend, budding actress Amber Rose was spotted jet-setting out of LAX.

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Since semi-sharpening her acting skills in the movie School Daze (directed by Nick Cannon) this summer and landing a recurring role on the upcoming ABC sitcom “Selfie”, Mrs. Khalifa is ready to build her repertoire in the acting world.

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She’s currently filming for an upcoming dramatic comedy titled Sister Code, alongside Top Model chick Eva Pigford and actress Drew Sidora (who portrayed T-Boz in LIFETIME’s telefim “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story"). 

IMDB describes the storyline below:

After the death of their foster mother, three sisters, the entrepreneur, the hustler, and the caregiver find themselves not only fighting for their individual dreams but also fighting each other.

And it looks like the three ladies will be playing sisters. It's expected to hit theaters sometime in 2015. Hmm...will you be watching?

And on daytime TV....

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We guess eating crow (literally) on TV paid off for daytime talk show queen Wendy Williams! The opening show for the brand new sixth season of “The Wendy Williams Show” nabbed the No.1 spot with its premiere on Monday.

Targeting women ages 25-54, Wendy’s premiere sixth season show reigned supreme, beating out all of her daytime talk show competition, including "Ellen", "Live with Kelly & Michael", "Dr. Phil" and new Fox/BET talk show "The Real" (they came in at 5th place, not bad for their first season).

In case you missed Wendy putting her crow where he mouth is, check it out HERE.


Congrats to her!


Photos: FameFlynet/Splash/Wendy’s Twitter

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