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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NEW GIGS: Azealia Banks Lands Debut Role In The RZA-Directed Film ‘Coco’

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Azealia Banks is ready to make her mark in Hollywood. The outspoken raptress has landed her debut role in an upcoming Lionsgate film titled Coco, directed by RZA. Get the deets inside…

Our fave outspoken raptress Azealia Banks is ready to take on Hollywood. Nope, not with more Twitter feuds.  The Harlem rap star has landed a starring role in a new film directed by Wu Tang Clan’s RZA (who has made a name for himself in the film industry). Azealia will play the title character in Coco, and it's being produced by Paul Hall (Higher Learning, For Colored Girls, Addicted) and the script written by Nicole Jefferson-Asher.

According to Deadline, the drama is set in Brooklyn where Azealia will play a twenty-something rapper who wants a career in Hip Hop. While she dreams of making it big in the entertainment industry, her parents want her to finish college.

Instead of following her dream, she decides to go to college and discovers the power of spoke word, which in turn, helps her goal as a Hip Hop artist. It’s supposed to have an 8Mile feel to it. Hmm….sounds interesting. We're sure Azealia will be able to relate to her character....

No word on when the film will be released, but we’ll definitely keep you posted.



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#MDW PARTIES GALORE: Eve & Monica Party It Up In ATL + 50 Cent Heads To Vegas Pool Party + Diddy, Cassie & More

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Monica and Eve linked up to party it up this Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta.  We've got the pics, plus 50 Cent, Future, Diddy, Cassie and plenty more having a ball over the Holiday inside...

The unofficial kick off to summer brought out plenty celebs in different cities this weekend.

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Monica and Eve, who is in ATL shooting the Barbershop 3 movie, hit the Gold Room to blow off some steam Sunday night. 

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And, of course, Monica's husband Shannon Brown was there to party too.

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Eve kept it fresh faced and cute inside after hopping on the mic.

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And over in Vegas:

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50 was in Vegas this MDW promoting his EFFEN Vodka at Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas. The rapper, actor and entrepreneur made an unexpected grand entrance Sunday and chilled in his luxury bungalow.

And in true rapper form, 50 was seen pouring some EFFEN Vodka from the bottle into the mouths of partiers in a lower level bungalow.  That guy...

Over in LA, Diddy hosted Playhouse Nightclub for the Finale of Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday:

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He brought son Justin Combs out with him.

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And his girlfriend Cassie was tagging along as usual.

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Meanwhile, Weezy was seen "poppin' champagne like he won a championship game" at Club Ivy in Miami during Miami's Urban Beach Week and Hennessy hosted Future’s sold out concert after party at Cities in DC over the weekend:

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Looks like he's completely unbothered by ex-fiance Ciara moving on and up with NFL star Russell Wilson.


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Memorial Day Weekend FUN: Lisa Raye & Laura Govan Go Topless, Christina Milian's Short Black Wig, Tyson Goes Surfing & LaLa & Carmelo Do Chicago......

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YBF celebs were out surfing, taking their tops off, rocking new wigs and getting their drink on for Memorial Day Weekend.  See our round up inside...

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It must have been hot in Miami because we spotted Lisa Raye and former "BBW LA" star Laura Govan popping their tops at the beach.  Lisa explained that they wanted to make a photo that was memorable.  "This happened becuz we wanted to come up with our OWN postcard. It was fun for us so enjoy too!! @jennlopez111 @agostinafitness @lauramgovan becuz #LifeRocks #NewBeginnings #miamiweekend."

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Tyson Beckford went topless for Memorial Day too. Actually, he goes topless and bottomless at his Chippendales Revue, but that's a whole other story....

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We spied him surfing at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. He sid, "When life throws you that wave,ride it out. It's always better in the end."

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Once he made it out of the pool....Tyson snapped a pic with Mariah Carey.

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Lee Daniels was also in Las Vegas.  Although Mariah didn't pop her top for him, she gave Lee a really good look at her breasts.  Lee wrote, "Thank God I didn't leave Vegas as planned... I gotta chance to admire kitten's kittens. #iadoreu #kittenskittens @mariahcarey"

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Author, tv personality and "Power" star Lala Anthony headed to Chicago for the weekend. She captioned, "Where I want to be....sweet dreams."

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It was a family affair as La posed with Carmelo and Kiyan overlooking the lake. 

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Actress and singer Christina Milian rocked a short black wig for the weekend as she headed to the park with daughter Violet.

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She posed it up in her new look and made sure to take tons of pics of her crew and daughter.

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As the sun went down, Christina threw on a jacket and her friends broke out the "plastic" cups.  We know what her boyfriend Lil Wayne likes to put in his cups...we wonder what they were drinkin' on? 

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This fall, Christina is starring in a new series with actor John Stamos called Grandpa.  You feelin' the short 'do?



Photos via Tyson Beckford/Lala Anthony/Christina Milian/Lee Daniels/Lisa Raye Instagram/Splash

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