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No Flying Cars Yet … in 2010

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary Audio, Various Authors Posted: Jan 01, 2010

Editor’s Note: Movies, books and television have fed into our wildest fantasies of the future, from flying cars to robots. We asked young people what they thought the year 2010 would be like when they were kids, and what they think now. Also, YO!Radio hit the streets to ask people what they thoughts about 2010 and the future. Malcolm Marshall is a producer and Donny Lumpkins is a content producer for YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

A New State of Crime

When I was young I didn't think I would see 2010. Violence was a major part of my life and it kept me from thinking about my future. Some of my partners were killed, so that was always on my mind.

Would I be murdered next?

My perspective changed when I got out of Juvenile Hall in 2007. Being locked up made me value my freedom. Before I got in trouble with the law, I knew that not going to school and gambling would get me in trouble, but that's all I did because I wanted the nicer things in life. Once I was released I started working, going to school, and just handling my business -- it was all I'd think about.

I never thought we would have an African-American president in 2010. Obama has been president for a year now and he'll be facing some serious problems.

I think crime is the most pressing issue that Obama will face in the New Year. For the crime rate to drop there needs to be money for people. Not to mention more jobs, or bigger tax returns. There have been five murders in the last 90 days within a one-mile radius of where I live.

As for me, I'm still going to be in school. For my neighborhood, on the other hand, I think life will become even crazier because of all the bullshit that happens in the 'hood.

-- Young D, 19

2010: Can I Get an Upgrade?

When I was young I imagined 2010 as an uprade. I mean this in the sense that our transit systems are upgraded whenever they get old. I thought that America would be rich by now, not going broke. I thought we'd have quality schools, jobs, and health care that every good citizen deserves.

I'm 19 years old and will be 20 next month. When I was younger I imagined that by this age I would be very independent -- which I am -- but more financially stable and successful. I imagined that I'd have my own car and apartment, instead of staying with a family member, which I do now.

The most pressing issues I think Obama will face this year are health care, crime, the environment, education, and fixing the economy.

For my own personal New Year's resolution, I want to do better for myself and the child that I'm about to bring into this world. I'm going to change everything in my life, from the way I speak to how I act. I need to set an example for my daughter so she can be independent and successful like me. It's all about having responsibilities now.

-- Kendra Davis, 20

Not Exactly Like the Jetsons

2010 is here and it's nothing like I expected. Growing up, I thought the new millennium would be filled with flying cars and robots -- you know, like the TV show “The Jetsons,” or the movie "Spy Kids," where they put a little package in the microwave and it turns into a five-course meal. When I was young, I thought anything was possible.

I thought that by the age of 18, I would be a high school graduate, have a place to call my own, I'd most defiantly would be dippin’ (driving a car) legally, sittin’ on stacks with a career and maybe even married to “Mr. Right.”

While I've managed to meet some of my goals, I haven't reached them in the ways I've expected. For instance, I've managed to keep a steady job throughout the recession and, even without my high school diploma, I'm currently enrolled in college. I'm still making it.

My New Year's resolution is to “get it” in any way possible, meaning I won't let anyone or anything get in my way to achieving my goals. But I know that real change starts from within. I've got to change the way I think about myself and my ability to succeed.

-- Marie Alvarez, 18

No Flying Cars...Yet

When I was younger I already felt like I knew too much. Sometime between 1997 and 1998 I was having a New Year's party and people kept on telling me the future wasn't going to be anything like the way things were. I was curious because I thought things would always be the same. People were going overboard talking about things like flying cars and just some futuristic s--t from the year 3000 or something.

I thought it was a little ridiculous.

After the year 2000 hit, people were still getting shot and killed, and drugs were still the biggest cash cows in the land. People I knew were still hungry and riding around in buckets.

For me, the years just flew by, but there were no flying cars and no futuristic-type food. Things seem to have taken a turn for the worse.

Obama couldn't be in a worse spot as our leader. He has a tough job on his hands and I wish him the best with that because this war keeps going on and he has to fix it. People are dying now in large numbers so I think he has to make this place safer, both in terms of national security and local protection. I'm talking about protecting the old lady who gets mugged and robbed while she is walking her dog. And I’m talking about bringing home the troops.

Obama looks a little more stressed out than he did at the beginning of his presidency. I guess the weight of the country is taking its toll, and it's all on his shoulders. I recently saw a photo of him and he didn't look all smiles like he did during his first 100 days in office.

I've never given a damn about what a president is going through, but Obama's a stand-up man and I'm all for having that in a leader. So when I saw him, it shocked me because when he was running for office he seemed so sure of himself. Now his expression tells the story of how much more work there's left to do.

America is in debt. I hope things get better soon. We need more jobs and free health care for those who aren't fortunate enough to have coverage for themselves.

As for me, things are looking good. I've got a good job and a newborn son. I just need the killing to end and the money to flow in.

-- Amanze Emenike, 22

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