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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BIRTHDAY BASH: “RHOA” Star Demetria McKinney CELEBRATES With Boyfriend Roger Bobb, Cynthia Bailey & More

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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Demetria McKinney enjoyed a lavish birthday bash with her “RHOA” friends and her boyfriend Roger Bobb. Come inside for the party pics…

Earlier this week, “RHOA” star and singer Demetria McKinney had some fun with her “RHOA” friends as they celebrated her birthday with a fancy bash. And, of course, her boyfriend Roger Bobb was right by her side.

The ladies enjoyed the festivities on the fabulous rooftop of the Roche Bobois Paris store in ATL:

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Chick served birthday slayage the moment she stepped out of the white Bentley that escorted her to the party. Demetria rocked a custom white Maria Harper dress topped with a long cape. She finished her look with a pair of iridescent pumps and a head full of curls. Loving her look.


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“RHOA” co-star Cynthia Bailey came out to celebrate with the birthday girl. She kept it simple rocking an all black ensemble paired with silver flats.

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You know former “RHOA” star Marlo Hampton kept it glam. She worked the red carpet in a black crop top paired with metallic silver high-waisted pants.

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Former “Atlanta Exes” star Christina Johnson and her boyfriend Willie Wallace were all smiles together. We see they’re still going strong.

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"Love & Hip Hop ATL" star MiMi Faust and former "RHOA" star Claudia Jordan was also in the mix, snapping selfies with the ladies. Demetria thanked all of the ladies for coming out captioning on Instagram, "Nothing like celebrating the Blessing of another year with really cool people! Thank u @claudiajordan @cynthiabailey10 @mimifaust @marlohampton for being such down to earth, cool people and sharing the evening with me! Love yall!"

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During the party, Roger Bobb got up and made a special toast to his lady, promising to always love her and wishing her a Happy Birthday. Well isn't that sweet....

Afterwards, party guests where gifted with a sneak peek of a new song by the birthday girl. They listened to a duet with “RHOA” star Kandi Burruss (who’s also executive producing Demtria’s upcoming album) titled “Unnecessary Trouble.” Nice.

Happy Belated Birthday Demetria!


Photos: Getty

ALL GROWN UP: Zonnique Gets Grown In New Video “Nun For Free” Ft. Young Thug

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T.I. and Tiny’s daughter Zonnique is declaring her independence and womanhood in a brand new video “Nun For Free” featuring Young Thug. Peep her debut video treatment as a solo artist inside….

After calling it quits with her teeny bop girl group OMG Girlz earlier this year, T.I. and Tiny’s daughter Zonnique is back with new visuals to debut her solo sound.

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The 19-year-old singer joins forces with Atlanta rapper Young Thug for her first single “Nun For Free.” And in the video treatment, she’s declaring her independence as a grown woman.

In the Daniel CZ-directed clip, Nique Nique serves a little sexiness as she lies on top of a white tire while throwing money in the air. Chick is hurling expletives all the while busting a few moves, proving she can hold her own as an independent artist.

Take peek below:


We feelin' it?

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In addition to her new video, Zonnique appears to be gearing up to release a new photoshoot spread. Or maybe these are pictorials for her upcoming album. Either way, she's sitting pretty:

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Celebrity stylist and owner of KONTROL magazine Julian Lark, who shared a few behind-the-scenes shots, brought her fabulous looks together.

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Speaking of Tip and Tiny...

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It’s being reported Ant Man actor and rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris owe Uncle Sam some SERIOUS cash.

According to Page Six, the couple owes the IRS a whopping $4.5 million in unpaid taxes from 2012 and 2013. Yikes!

The publication reports:

The first federal tax lien was filed earlier this month in Georgia and states the “Blurred Lines” rapper, 34, along with his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris (in the document she is listed as Tameka Cottle), owe the US government just under $1.4 million in unpaid taxes for the year 2012.

The Feds filed a second lien solely against Harris for unpaid taxes in 2013 amounting to nearly $3.2 million.

A rep for the rapper tells Page Six, “Mr. Harris and his team are working with the appropriate parties to resolve this matter.”

In words of Tip, “Get Ya Sh*t Together.”


Photos: Getty/Zonnique's IG/Julian Lark's IG

Phaedra Parks Opens Up In 'Rolling Out' About 'Black Lives Matter' And Being A Single Mom

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"RHOA" star Phaedra Parks poses for the latest issue of ROLLING OUT where she recounts her road to success and the obstacles she's had to endure.  Also, find out more about her commitment to helping parent young Black males inside...

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Whether you're a fan of "RHOA" or not, it's hard to dislike Phaedra Parks.  With several successful businesses in Atlanta (including a legal practice and a funeral home), and a role on one of TV's hottest reality shows, she's a woman with a plan and a vision for the legacy she wants to leave behind.  And the road hasn't been easy....

In addition to watching her become a single mother right before our eyes (her husband Apollo Nida was incarcerated for fraud), we also saw her handle Miss USA Kenya Moore with style and grace.  And that couldn't have be easy.

Now....she's talking to ROLLING OUT about going forward with her legacy, which includes writing a book about raising Black boys and "speaking life" to people going through struggles. Prepare to be inspired....


Do you think your old-school mindset came from the way you were raised?
Growing up in Athens, [Georgia], coming from a political family, a family of preachers, we were the quintessential old school, middle class black family. Both of my parents are pastors and educators. I went to the school that my parents taught in, so people expected more of me.

So, you grew up in a lot of structure. Being in the entertainment world as an attorney and as a reality star can be a very demanding and even chaotic. How do you make those two things fit?
I never had any intentions on being an entertainment attorney. I think this was truly my calling. My main goal was always to help someone, and I’ve always been very connected with Black men. When you look at the structure of the entertainment world and its leadership, there are not a lot of people that look like us. When I first got into the industry, that’s what resonated with most of my clients. They were the people that no one wanted. People didn’t understand them. They had issues that the majority of attorneys did not want to deal with. So, I found out what my niche was: helping people who most thought could not be rehabilitated. And I really made it my duty to show that just because someone has an issue doesn’t mean that they can’t be successful.

You’re on a show where you can get pulled into situations and it’s not always about “speaking life.” How do you deal with that?
I’m on a show where they speak death all the time. But the way I have conducted myself has set me apart because I really try to think before I speak. I try not to say things that I can’t come back from. I’m always very careful, and just because you’re thinking something doesn’t mean that you should say it. But there’ve been a lot of times where I wanted to rip somebody’s wig off.

You always seem to be thinking two or three steps ahead. Have you ever considered that maybe you overthink things?
No. I think anyone that’s smart is always thinking forward. The smart person is always thinking about the next phase of their life. At the end of the day, my legacy won’t be that I was on a reality show. I want my legacy to be that I’ve made a change for many people, opened doors for women, that I was a great mother juggling a family and a career. Not that I was a fool on a reality show. There’s no honor in that.

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You’ve been speaking around the country. What is that thing that you’re really able to dig down and share with people that resonates with them?
In this past year, people have seen how I’ve dealt with my husband being incarcerated, and I became a single mom in front of the world. But I think that on the flip side, people saw me as a pregnant woman, going to school and getting my degree. I had both of my children on the show. And I was still able to come out of all of that unscathed. People have seen me at the best and at the worst of times. They’ve seen me in heated situations where I handled myself respectably. I can speak to the students because I know what it’s like to stay up all night studying. I know what it’s like to be pregnant and go to school. I can speak to the person who is in a marriage with issues; I’ve been that person. I’ve been in many adverse situations where I’ve succeeded and didn’t compromise my morals. I think a lot of these things resonate with people because these are things that we all deal with. Tests build testimonies. As long as you’re questioning, “God, why am I here?” and not accepting defeat, that’s when you know you have the option to get out.

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In 2013, you published Secrets of a Southern Belle. Are we going to see another book from you?
Absolutely. I am playing with the idea of writing a book about parenting, and about Black boys. I want to talk about how you prepare a Black boy for this society that we’re in. I’m active with the Black Lives Matter movement, because although it’s 2015, the social and racial climate makes it feel like 1960.

Do you think “Black lives matter” in this country?
No. I don’t. I think Black lives have been devalued by the United States merely because of legislation and acts of people in power that say, especially to our Black boys, that they don’t matter. I see it all too often. I think that, socioeconomically, people that sit in my tax bracket are not putting money back into our community. This year, I participated in Bloody Sunday’s 50th anniversary, and I could count the number of celebrities on one hand. I saw more politicians than people who influence the culture. They haven’t taken their platform to really use it in a way that is influential in our community.

Phaedra is currently filming the next season of RHOA.  Read the rest of her interview over at Rolling Out.



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