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

ON THE MOVE: Rihanna SHOWS Off Her Killer Legs As She Shops For Kids Clothes In Hollywood + Brandy Gets FUNKY FAB In NYC

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It’s starting to get a little warmer and celebs are out and about. Rihanna hit up a kids’ store in Hollywood displaying her killer legs, while Brandy hit the streets of New York last night with her 'fro looking gorgeous. Check their candids inside…

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RiRi loves the kids! The “Monster” singer was spotted in a pair of denim daisy dukes, striped blazer and fire red lippie as she made her way to luxury baby boutique Petit Tresor in West Hollywood.

We all know Rih doesn’t have any kids and isn’t currently pregnant, so she was likely shopping for a family member or friend to pick up some designer digs for the kiddies.

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After shopping it up in Hollywood, Rih headed to dinner at one of her absolute favorite restaurants, Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. She looked her usual fashionable self in an oversized denim jacket and cherry brown knee-high boots.

And another singer out and about…

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“The Game” star Brandy Norwood seems to be taking her recent break-up in stride as she has been keeping herself busy with appearances and hitting up red carpet events.

Last night, the "Wildest Dreams" singer was spotted looking fab in a Fendi funky printed black & yellow ensemble as she made her way around NYC all smiles.

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Loving her hair!

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A few months ago, we told you Brandy and her fiancé/manager Ryan Press called it quits on their relationship but still remain friends as he is still part of her team. And it seems to be working out for both of them...for now. Brandy will be headlining a show in Toronto with 90s groups Blackstreet and Mint Condition this August.

Where have THEY been?


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Speaking of Rihanna, newly signed Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was hanging out with rapper The Game in Hollywood a few nights ago when he spotted Rih pulling off from Lure nightclub (where they both partied separately at the ToXic day party).

DeSean saw his chance to get in a word with the Bajan beauty so he ran up on RiRi and held a quick convo with her as she sat in her ride. The Game was standing next to D-Jax as his wingman.

After their convo, Rih quickly rolled up the window leaving DeSean looking like a schoolgirl who’d just talked to their crush for the first time. Dude was laughing and smiling with his friends as he and The Game walked back into the club.

Check out their exchange and DeSean’s giddy reaction above.   Rih has these dudes OPEN....

Photos/Video: PacificCoastNews/ All Access Photo/ SPW / Splash News/TMZ

NEW MUSIC: Boots' "Dreams" Ft. Beyonce + Jada Pinkett's PSA On Human Trafficking

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Beyonce lends her vocals to "Dreams" a new track from producer Boots, the mastermind behind "Partition" and "Drunk In Love."  Listen to the track inside and watch Jada Pinkett's new PSA.

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Boots aka Jordy Asher, the co-writer and producer of “Haunted,” “Drunk in Love” “Partition” and “Jealous” from Beyonce's latest album, enlisted her to add some flavor to his single "Dreams."

The track appears on his upcoming mixtape WinterSpringSummerFall and sale proceeds will go to Day One, a non-profit organization devoted to teen dating violence.  When asked about having Bey on the track, he told VOGUE,

“It’s just a really cool testament to our friendship and relationship to do something like this. I feel like I’ve been given my wings to fly. It’s the greatest kind of co-sign you could get, from someone who truly, truly believes in you.”


Listen to "Boots"


In other news....




Jada Pinkett is in Atlanta working on a documentary about human trafficking and felt inspired to share her thoughts with her Facebook followers. We've been following Jada's journey to raise awareness about the global cause for a few years now and she seems more emblazoned than ever. 

In the clip above, she focuses on how music and "messaging" sometimes convinces young women that stripping is a way to "come up."  And how it can possibly lead to prostitution and women believing that manipulating men into exchanging sex for cash, is the definition of independence.  Jada says struggles with issues like "women's choice" and "women's independence" and shares the dilemma she's trying to reconcile in her own mind.   


Photos via Beyonce's Instagram/Jordy Asher via VOGUE

TV FAB: Kelis PERFORMS "Jerk Ribs" On "The Late Show With David Letterman"

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Kelis celebrated the release of FOOD with a performance of "Jerk Ribs" on the "Late Show."  Watch the clip inside....

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Kelis' latest album FOOD hit music stores yesterday and she rocked out with a performance on "The Late Show With David Letterman".

Kelis served the audience a helping of "Jerk Ribs", the first single from the new disc and also a popular recipe from her FOOD Network show "Saucy & Sweet."  Following her performance, she and her team headed over to Mister H for the album's official release party.  Fab times!

Watch the fab chick's performance below:


The Randomness:

1.  The 2014 MTV VMAs are headed back to L.A. to The Forum in Inglewood on August 24th.  STORY

2. The cough syrup that rappers love has been yanked off the market.  STORY


Photos via Kelis' Instagram/Legendary Damon's IG

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