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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MODEL BEHAVIOR: Chanel Iman Gets Computer Chic With HP + Naomi Campbell Goes Glam For Mario Testino's Birthday Party

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Who said computers can't be sexy?  Newly single model Chanel Iman made her way  to an HP launch event, while supermodel Naomi Campbell stunned at Mario Testino's birthday party.... 

Victoria's Secret model Chanel Iman attended the red carpet at the Sprout by HP and HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer Launch Event in New York City.  And with this dress, she's reminding everyone she's now a single lady:

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Loving this dress.

And over in the UK:

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Naomi slayed as usual in a sexy silver gown for fashion photographer Mario Testino's 60th birthday at Chiltern Firehouse in London.  The theme was red, black and white, 1940s Havana. And Noami nailed it. Obvi.


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The 44-year-old posed it up with Mario and her model friend Kate Moss before heading inside. 

This woman can do no wrong.


Photos: Splash/Getty

MAGAZINE FAB: Teyana Taylor Gets TOMBOY Sexy For Rolling Out Cover, TALKS Boyfriend Iman Shumpert & Dealing With Negativity

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Teyana Taylor is serving up some tomboy sexy for the newest issue of Rolling Out magazine. Peep her cover and find out what how she’s handling negative critics on social media, her relationship with NBA baller Iman Shumpert and how she is the uber perfectionist inside…...

Since her first major U.S. tour got cut short (after August Alsina fell ill), Teyana Taylor is still steadily working hard at making her mark on the music scene.

The “Maybe” singer is gearing up to release her debut album titled VII (Nov. 4th –which initially was slated to drop Oct. 21st), releasing new visuals and tracks from the upcoming LP. And in between studio sessions, media appearances and filming for a new BET scripted series “The Start Up”, G.O.O.D. Music’s first lady is putting her model skills to work.

The Harlem native is gracing the cover of Rolling Out’s latest weekly issue. And she’s serving up a bit of tomboy chic while topless in a pair of black panties, ripped denim shorts and a flower printed coat.

In the cover story, Tey opened up about how she’s dealing with social media trolls, being happy in her relationship with NY Knicks player Iman Shumpert and being a perfectionist, much like her mentors Pharrell and Kanye West.

Below are the highlights:

On dealing with negativity:
“I don’t block that s--- out; it hurts,” Taylor says.
“But then you also have the brighter side of things. It’s a give and take. If you can take compliments, then you should be able to take when people have negative things to say. It’s very hurtful, but I don’t block it out. It hurts, then I speak about it, and then it’s over. You’ll read one negative comment out of 99 good comments, but it will be that one negative comment that will really have you pissed off. But once you relax a little bit and calm down and think about the good, then it makes you feel better and you go about your day.”

On dating NBA player Iman Shumpert:
“I’m happy,” she admits about her relationship with Shumpert. “I’m not on the phone too much and I’m not really on social media now. When you have a peace of mind, which is your companion, you listen to your man so when he’s telling you to calm down, then eventually you let it go. But when you’re in your own space and you feel independent with your feelings, then it’s just like, ‘OK, I’m going to do what I want to do.’ But when you have your peace of mind, it takes your mind off all the negativity and all the people that [are] trying to bother you.”

On Pharrell and Kanye West:
“Pharrell and Kanye are perfectionists and that’s all they surround themselves with and that’s all they know,” she shares. “When you’re around that, it automatically rubs off on you. So everything I do has to be perfect, it can’t be half-a--ed. You either gotta do it or not do it at all. So, definitely perfection is the most important thing.”

Peep her Jessica Rabbit-esque spread below: 

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Hot pics!


Photos: DeWayne Rogers

Tamar Braxton Gets EMOTIONAL Over Vitiligo Insecurity + Tiny & Shekinah Get Attached At The Hip On “The Real”

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The ladies on “The Real” kept it 100 as they talked about their insecurities and extra baggage they carry around with them on a daily basis. Tamar Braxton got super emotional when she opened up about suffering from the skin disease vitiligo. Also, reality stars Tiny & Shekinah hit up the show to play a game of “Attached At The Hip.” Check it inside…

In today's episode, the ladies of “The Real” opened up and allowed themselves to be vulnerable as they discussed their personal insecurities and struggles that they carry internally. Pull out the tissues!

During an emotional chat sesh, the usually outspoken “Tamar & Vince” star Tamar Braxton let her guard down and revealed she suffers from a skin disease called vitiligo. She's spoken about it before, but many accused of her of giving a false excuse simply so sh could bleach her skin.  Tamar could barely talk from being so choked up. She revealed she doesn’t work with a lot of makeup artists due to her disease and at one point in time, she use to sit on her hands to try and hide them because the discoloration was so bad.

She candidly said,

It's so hard for me to talk about my insecurities so I always talk about "Oh I'm beat, I'm done." And, you know, I talk about myself and I say it out loud so I can start to believe it. And I just carry that with me only because I have a skin disease called vitiligo and it's so crazy that nobody believes it. Oh my God. And the reason why I won't work with a whole bunch of makeup artists is because I don't want other people to see it. And so I used to sit on my hands, 'cause it's really bad on my hands, and it's so funny that people think I bleach my skin because bleaching won't take all my pigment. It's so crazy. And I tan to try to hide it. And it's so funny because I, just backstage, just today, and that's why I'm so emotional, because I'm talking about it. Just today, somebody I haven't seen in a while was like, "Oh my God, I was thinking… who is that white woman over there in the white? Oh that's Tamar." And I find myself always defending that I am who I am. And so for me, I just decided, you know what Tamar? You are going to accept yourself for who you are because either you're going to like me for me or you're not going to like me for me.

The other co-hosts also got candid on their insecurities.

Tamera Mowry Housley revealed her struggle of comparing herself to her twin sister, “Instant Mom” star Tia Mowry Hardrict. She said she’s tired of being called the “cute, goofy” sister while Tia was always regarded as sexy. She spilled,

Umm, well… I'm a twin, duh. Umm and a lot of the times, being a twin, you can have… God, I'm about to cry. I don't want to cry. Dang it. Well, okay. I didn't want to cry. I haven't cried at all in a very long time and that was something I didn't want to do. It does. I've never actually told you guys this. Um, being a twin people compare and they compare a lot, by default. It's not their fault but sometimes, you know, they see two people and they either say, "Oh… She's the sexy one or she's the cute one. She's the goofy one, she's the sassy one." Well, I was known as the goofy cute one. And I used to read our fan mail all the time and that's what I used to get all the time when I was 16 years old and I kept it. Are y'all crying now too, Jesus. Well I kept it. So going to college, I carried that. I was like "Oh, the goofy cute one. I'm not the sexy one." And guys would literally go, "Oh, you're so goofy, you're so goofy!" And I always thought it was a negative term cause all I wanted to be was sexy. I didn't want to just be cute. So now, to this day, honestly, when people say, "Oh you're so cute," there's a part of me that goes "ugh." I'm 36 years old, I'm a grown woman, and I have to own that I can be sexy and not only that… Honestly, I wake up every single day and I question that and it doesn't matter. My husband can be like, "Oh my God, you look so sexy," and I hate that I always say, "Really? Really?" So I'm going to work through that…

Loni Love dished on a time when a professor made her feel inferior to another woman because of her lack of wearing high-end fashions, while Jeannie Mai disclosed she felt she had to get eye surgery popular in the Asian culture to make it in television after a family member told her she would need to have cosmetic surgery on her eyes.  And Adrienne Bailon admitted she equates relationships to being successful.

Check it:

Later in the show....

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“The Real” co-hosts were joined by Tamar’s friends Tiny (taped BEFORE her recent eye implant surgery) & Shekinah as they continue to to make their rounds promoting their new VH1 reality series “Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip.”

During their segment, they played a game called “Attached At The Hip” where they had to perform a series of tasks while tied together. Y’all know how these two can get when they are feuding. Find out if they were able to work together to get the jobs done below:  


Anyone else notice Tiny is back to rocking her wedding ring? Well alright.


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