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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WAIT, WHAT?!: A.P.C Founder Says The N-Word MULTIPLE Times During Fall Fashion Show Presentation (And Has A Sign)…And Kanye West APPROVES!

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If you thought Kanye West could no longer bring the “shock” value, guess again. During a presentation of A.P.C.’s fall menswear collection, founder Jean Touitou reportedly repeated the N-word multiple times during his live narration. And guess what? He says since he’s “friends with Kanye” so he was simply paying homage to their friendship. We’re not making this ish up. Get the deets inside….

How far is too far in the fashion world? Well apparently, nothing is off limits (even the N-word) if you’re "friends" with certain people.

Over the weekend, A.P.C. menswear founder Jean Touitou presented his 2015 fall/winter fashions during a presentation. And while his models trekked down the runway in some Timberland boots and sweat pants, Jean popped up on the runway holding up a sign which read, “LAST N*GGAS IN PARIS" (above). Wait what?? Yep...that ish really happened.

And as he opened with his live narration, the A.P.C. honcho also reportedly repeated the N-word multiple times as the show went on.

He explained to why he chose to use the demeaning and disrespectful term saying,

"I call this one look Last N*ggas in Paris. Why? Because it's the sweet spot when the hood—the 'hood—meets Bertolucci's movie Last Tango in Paris. So that's 'N*ggas in Paris' and Last N*ggas in Paris. [Nervous laughter from audience.] Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. Yes, I mean, it's nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it's bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland…"

“Strong ghetto signifier” EXCUSE ME?! Jean clearly has no problem publicly using the word because he says he’s “friends” with Kanye West. In fact, he presented his idea to Kanye BEFORE hitting the runway with this foolishness and ironically, ‘Ye approved. He told in an email the following day,

"I made looks which are a cross-over of those two references: the Timberland shoes and the sweat pants are iconic of hip-hop, and the camel hair color coat, worn with nothing under it, is iconic of that precise movie. I am friends with Kanye [West, who recorded "N*ggas in Paris" with Jay Z], and he and I presented a joint collection at the same place, one year ago, and that this thing is only a homage to our friendship. As a matter of fact, when I came up with this idea, I wrote to him, with the picture of the look and the name I was giving to it, and he wrote back immediately saying something like, 'I love this vibe.'"


The fact that this man feels comfortable using the word "n*gga" to label his latest designs because he's "friends" with Kanye, tells many things.  What happened to the Kanye West who spoke out about racism and was fed up with being oppressed (ESPECIALLY in the fashion world) because of the color of his skin? Is he THAT pressed to be accepted by the fashion world that he disregards the very things he was so passionate about when he first stepped into the game? all this par for the course since it's a title of one of his songs...and fashion is "art"?

So many questions, not enough answers....


Photos: Splash/@whoisRodneyO


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Yasmin Eleby decided to make a committment to herself...with a wedding....and the Internet went off! Now, she's speaking out - revealing why she "married" herself and has no regrets about her choice.  Check it...


The flowers were blooming. The band was in its place.  And three ministers were on deck as 10 bridesmaid fluttered down the aisle.  Then came the music....

But when a 40-year-old woman named Yasmin Eleby reached the altar, she stood there in front of a room full of family and friends to make a committment to love herself.  She married herself.  Crazy?  Foolish?  Waste of money?  Yasmin doesn't think so.

"The ceremony is not about me being bitter for not having a man. It wasn’t like, “OK, I’m upset that I’m 40 and don’t have a man.” I wanted to show myself my self-love, my self-worth and my self-respect. It was always about me loving me. When God sends me my husband, he will come, but until then, I’m OK with it just being with me."

After pics from her "Marriage To Self" went viral, trolls came from far and wide to diss and mock Yasmin...thank goodness her self-love, self-worth and self-respect are on fleek. 

She sat down with Demetria Lucas D'oyley of The Root to breakdown how and why the wedding went down, what her friends said (and why they didnt stop her) and why she's NOT BOTHERED by the vicious comments.

Yasmin Eleby: For a few years leading up to my 40th birthday, I’d been joking that if I didn’t have a wedding by 40 that I would just have one myself without a groom. I thought having a wedding ceremony would be a unique way to celebrate my 40th with my family and my friends. And the closer that it got, I realized I had to put up or shut up.

The Root: I’ve been reading the reactions to all the stories on you, and a common comment is, “Where were her friends? They didn’t stop her!” When you told your friends—like, “Hey, guys, I’m going to have a wedding and marry myself!”—what did they say?

Yasmin Eleby: Some of them didn’t believe me. They thought I was joking, but once I explained to them what it would be about, they were supportive.

The Root: When the invites for the ceremony went out to guests, what was their response?

Yasmin Eleby: Not very many people knew it was a wedding. It was kind of a surprise. The invitations just said come celebrate my birthday in a unique way. I invited two of my exes. They were both happy for me. They were excited about it once they got there and realized what was happening.


The Root: A lot of people have assumed that marrying yourself was an act of desperation. What exactly was the ceremony about for you?

Yasmin Eleby: The ceremony is not about me being bitter for not having a man. It wasn’t like, “OK, I’m upset that I’m 40 and don’t have a man.” I wanted to show myself my self-love, my self-worth and my self-respect. It was always about me loving me. When God sends me my husband, he will come, but until then, I’m OK with it just being with me.

The Root: What vows did you take during the ceremony?

Yasmin Eleby: The first one was about forgiving myself. We’ve all made mistakes. I had to realize that if I ask for forgiveness, then it’s done. I don’t have to keep dwelling on the past. I can let it go. My second vow was to honor myself as a beautiful, fabulous being, conscious of making decisions for myself and to honor my self-worth. The third vow was love. I made a promise to love myself and to know that the more love I have for myself, the more love I have to share with others.

The Root: This all sounds so sweet, but it’s been received in a much different light. What do you think of the reactions to your ceremony?

Yasmin Eleby: It has been blown way out of proportion. From the few comments that I’ve read, they’re trying to paint me as crazy or bitter about not having a husband, and that is so not the case. I’m not bitter, I‘m not crazy. I’m just a fun-loving unique individual, and I just wanted to do something special and different.

The Root: In hindsight, do you have any regrets about the ceremony?

Yasmin Eleby: Not one.


Would you book a wedding hall for yourself?




Photo via The Root/Yasmin Eleby

“LAHH: ATL” Star Mimi Faust REVEALS Nikko’s WIFE Will Appear On The Show + Leslie Jones Rumored To Star In All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Remake

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“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Mimi Faust says she’s DONE with former boyfriend Nikko…you know the guy she made a sex tape with and eventually found out he was MARRIED. Yea him. And she says his wife will be making an appearance on the show this season. Also, “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones is rumored to be joining an all-female cast for a Ghostbusters remake. More inside….

After all she went through last season with her former lover, it appears Mimi Faust has finally had enough of her ex-boyfriend Nikko and his shenanigans and called it quits!

The “LAHH: ATL” star celebrated her 45th birthday at No. 8 nightclub in NYC recently. And while partying it up, rocking a frilly Herve Leger Bregi dress, the reality star chopped it up with about the upcoming fourth season of VH1’s highly popular “LAHH: ATL”.

You’ll recall during the last season, a sex tape involving Mimi and her then boyfriend Nikko mysteriously leaked, which caused a firestorm in the media about Mimi’s infamous “shower rod” scene. EVERYONE was talking about it. And soon after, everyone was talking about the fact she made this sex tape….with a MARRIED man, unbeknownst to her at the time (so she says). Turns out, Nikko had been married to a woman (allegedly named Margo Simms) years before they met and kept it a secret for as long as he could, up until he was exposed by the media.

Well, when asked if she was finally done with her ex-lover Nikko for good (cause she seems to have a track record for going back to her exes *coughs* Stevie J *coughs*) she confirmed, “Absolutely. A hundred thousand percent done.” Well good for her.

The mother-of-one was also asked if Nikko's estranged wife would be appearing on the upcoming season of the show, in which she said, “Yes [I can confirm his wife will play a role and will be on the show].” Lordt...

Guess we can brace ourselves now for the foolywang material that will come of this. You KNOW ish is going to go 0 to 100....real quick.

We reached out to Mona Scott Young for confirmation and have not yet received a response.


In movie news...


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“Saturday Night Live” comedian and Top Five star Leslie Jones is rumored to have landed a new gig. According to reports, the actress is in early negotiations to star in an all-female cast of a Ghostbusters remake. And SONY will be backing the new alleged project.

VARIETY reports:

Rumors have swirled for awhile of who Sony had met with for starring roles following the leaked Sony emails that said actresses such as McCarthy, Wiig and Emma Stone had met for roles. Ivan Reitman is producing.

Scheduling still has to be worked out among the actresses, but if deals make, this marks the closest the studio has come to rebooting the franchise in quite some time. It is also unknown who each woman would be playing.

If Leslie Jones does end up on this project, we’re sure she’ll be bringing plenty of laughs.  We're here for it!

Photos: Getty/Mimi's IG

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