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

Kelly Rowland, Solange, Marjorie Harvey, & Kanye + Kim Hit Paris Fashion Week Shows

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As the Paris Fashion Week shows rolled on today, so did celebs and their wardrobe changes.  Check out more pics of Solange, Kelly Rowland, Marjorie Harvey and Kanye & Kim hitting the front rows and afterparties....


After the Paris shows today, Kanye brought his newly platinum blonde wife Kim to the Balmain party (above).  They were on their umpteenth wardrobe change for the day, and seemed to be loving it all.

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Solange also hit up a Prada party after the shows looking gorgeous in red and pair of killer white pumps.

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But before the parties, Solange, rocking a different colorful look, hit the front row of the Lanvin show with her sis Kelly Rowland, newly blonde Jared Leto, and The Wests.

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Gorgeous gals.

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Kelly loves a fur and rocks one well.

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And Solo whipped out a shaggy fur of a different color from her fur choice this AM.

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Kanye and Kim were hapy to parade Kim's mesh dress around the Lanvin show...bra-less.

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And earlier at Balmain:

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The two got all kissy in front of the paparazzi that they claim to hate.

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And kept it cute on the front row.

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Kanye snapped a pic with two of his favorite women -- Kim and Kris.

Aso at Balmain, Solange flossed black & white to perfection:

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We adore her look.

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Kelly Rowland glowed at the Barbara Bui show today in a leather jumpsuit.

And Marjorie Harvey took in the Lanvin and Balmain shows herself.  She posted pics before leaving her fabulous Paris hotel:

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Fab times.



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Photos: Getty/Instagram

Nicki Minaj GUSHES Over Meek Mill, Weighs In On Cash Money Drama & Explains Why Tyga Isn’t On “Truffle Butter”

Before kicking off her European tour next week, Nicki Minaj weighs in on a few things that have been making headlines recently. The Head Barb gushes over her beau Meek Mill, weighs in on her boss Lil Wayne suing Cash Money and gives her side on why Tyga was not a feature on her hit track “Truffle Butter.”

Sip her tea inside….


Nicki Minaj (above during rehearsals) is currently in L.A. gearing up for her upcoming “The Pinkprint” European tour with Trey Songz which kicks off in Sweden on Monday (March 16th).

But before she treks it across the pond, the “Only One” raptress called into BBC Radio 1 to chop it up with Charlie Sloth about a few things that are hot in the headlines. And, of course, her love life is at the top of the discussion.

Young Money's first lady and Meek Mill have been spending plenty of time together and they will have plenty of time to grow closer as they are slated to go on a joint tour later this year. Neither of them have confirmed their coupledom status, but it's pretty clear with their love-dovey Instagram posts and boo'd up body language when they're out on the scene. 

Opening up a bit, Nicki gushed on the vibe she shares with the MMG rapper saying,

“We’re just super compatible and, you know, we just be having fun together. When the kid do it, the kid get it done, nah mean? [laughs]”

Switching gears, the “Anaconda” raptress then weighed in on her boss Lil Wayne suing Birdman/Cash Money for $51 million after he wasn’t paid the $10 milli he was owed for The Carter V album and other legalities. Although she says she super loyal to Wayne, she isn’t choosing sides because she’s just as close to Birdman. She said,

“People know I love Wayne and that I have loyalty towards him but I love Baby [Birdman] too. I am very close to Baby and I don’t think people know that. I am banking on the fact that they will work this out like family. They’ve gone through things before, just like family does. It is what it is. They’re going to get through it. I’m not even going to think that way.”

On to the music…

The Head Barb talked about the video treatment for the heavily spinned track “Truffle Butter,” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne. She said the fact that “Truffle Butter” is the #1 urban and rhymic song in America without a video, she doesn’t really feel the need to make one. She said she may release a lyric video in the coming days.

Then, of course, her soon-to-be former label mate Tyga was brought up during the discussion. In a previous interview with the Breakfast Club, T-Raww made claims that Nicki dissed him when she took him off of “Truffle Butter” single and that’s why he said [in the VIBE interview] they no longer got along.

Nicki responds, “We don’t know how, but it magically ended up in Tyga’s hands. I told him, I was like, ‘You know that’s my song.'”

Somehow, the track leaked with him on it (she felt he was behind the leak) after she asked him not to put it out, and she felt disrespected. She spilled,

“I had always done stuff with him, took him on tour with me, and I thought it was disrespectful because I am the queen of Young Money [laughs].”

Then she said he apologized,

“But he texted me and he apologized. He said ‘you were always there for me’ and I respected him for that. I’m a very forgiving person. As long as you can come to your senses after the fact and remember who was there and who supports you, then it’s all good. He’s entitled to make a mistake every now and then, and we handled it as such.”

After clearing that up, she was then asked to weigh in on the Chris Brown baby drama, which she responded,

“I don’t have thoughts on another man’s child. I don’t have any thoughts on another man’s penis. I don’t care.”

Well there you have it.

Check the full interview below:


Photos: Nicki's IG

Rihanna RELEASES Snippets Of New Track “Higher” + Pharrell Williams Teams Up With Country Singing Group The Band Perry On New Album

Rihanna is teasing fans with new music for her upcoming “R8” album. Check the snippets of her new track “Higher” and get the deets on Pharrell Wiliams' newest country project inside….


Looks like we may be nearing the release of Rihanna’s next album. The Pop princess took to her Instagram today to release two snippets of a brand new track titled “Higher.” And it will likely be featured on her upcoming album, tentatively titled R8.

On the Kuk Harrell and Marcos Tovar-produced track, Rih is feeling good after a few drinks of some whisky and is in search for some male attention. She croons,

“Higher, higher than I’ve ever been, babe / Just come over, let’s pour a drink, babe / I hope I ain’t callin’ you too late.” --

She captioned one snippet, "5 am drunk off da whiskey with these two rockstars @officialkukharrell @djanser !!! These guys always hold me down even at the craziest hours! We've made every album since #GoodGirlGoneBad together! The family!!! One Love #R8"

Who's ready for Rih to release her next album? We sure are.

Take a listen to the "Higher" clips below:


And for another preview...


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Following the release of her new track “Towards the Sun” for the DreamWorks animated film HOME soundtrack, we get another preview of a new RiRi track.

In a trailer for the upcoming film—which hits theaters March 27th—a song titled “Dancing in the Dark” serves as the backdrop tunes. And we get to hear Rih's voice over as her character Tip. Check it above.

The HOME soundtrack drops March 24th, three days before the film hits theaters. Will you be taking the kiddies to see HOME?


In other music news....

Yesterday, Pharrell Williams was spotted (above, along with his wife Helen) making his way inside the Roybal Federal Building in L.A. to take the stand in the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit.

We told you the hit 2013 single earned P, Robin Thicke and T.I. (along with their labels) $16.6 million in profits. And since Marvin Gaye’s family believes the guys ripped off Marvin’s classic "Got to Give It Up," they want their share. We’ll keep you posted on the happenings of the court proceedings.

In happier news...

The incredibly talented producer will be working his magic during some off time from taping the highly popular singing competition show, “The Voice.”

P is teaming up with country singing group The Band Perry to produce some tracks for their upcoming album. And they’re thrilled about getting in the studio with the star.

The group's Kimberly Perry dished on CMT After Midnite radio show saying,

“We’re being really crazy about the different collaborations that we’re diving into. We got to hang out with Pharrell a couple weeks ago. He’s like a huge country music fan, and he also really loves what we do with harmony. One thing that we worked on with him was this song where all three of us sing different interwoven vocals on the verse and on the chorus.”


Photo: Getty/Rih's IG

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