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Dee-1: Hey, what up, y’all? This your boy, Dee-1, and look, you know my motto: Three is up. Be real, be righteous and be relevant. But you know what? Channel One News starts right now.

Azia: Thanks to Dee-1 for kicking us off today; we will have his story later in the show. But first, let's jump into headlines and a look at our top stories. President Trump signed executive orders to move forward with building two controversial oil pipelines in the U.S.: the proposed Keystone XL and the unfinished Dakota Access.

President Donald Trump: We'll see if we can get that pipeline built — lot of jobs.

Azia: The move is a blow to the Obama administration, which had blocked both projects after protests over environmental and safety concerns. In North Dakota thousands of protestors have camped out for months in freezing temperatures. They say building the Dakota Access pipeline would put drinking water at risk of contamination if there is an oil spill. And the Standing Rock Sioux tribe also say the pipeline would cross into their sacred land.

President Trump says both pipelines would bring in thousands of jobs to the area. He also signed three more orders requiring materials for the pipelines to be made in the U.S., to reduce regulations for manufacturers and to speed up environmental reviews.

A powerful and deadly storm is ripping through the Northeast, hammering states from Delaware to Maine. Blinding rain and rising floodwaters are what millions of Americans are dealing with. 

In upstate New York, roads were blanketed with snow and dangerous ice. Along the coast waves pummeled sea walls, with winds whipping up to 60 miles per hour. Floodwaters filled streets, making driving nearly impossible. In New Jersey the wind sent this window-washing platform flying out of control and blew part of the roof off of this apartment complex. 

Resident: Being a former firefighter in the area, trust me — these roads are definitely not where you want to be.

Azia: High tides submerged lines along the busy Northeast Corridor, where service was temporarily suspended.

Next up, a recent study found many U.S. health-food stores are recommending performance supplements to young athletes, even though doctors says they aren't for kids. 

Researchers found nearly 70 percent of health-store workers recommended creatine supplements to young athletes, even though the long-term effects are unknown. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine advise against use of creatine for athletes under 18 years old.

Yesterday, we told you about a fierce battle between dairy milk from a cow and substitutes like almond milk and soy milk. Dairy milk thinks it should have dibs on the word "milk," but almond milk says, “Not so fast.”

So we asked you, should almond milk and other substitutes like soy milk be called "milk"? And it looks like you guys are all for the original. Sixty-five percent of you said “No,” while 35 percent said, “Yeah, sure — why not?”

Sarah said, “It should not be called milk because milk is a product that is produced naturally by animals. Almonds do not naturally produce milk.” 

Andrew said, “Dairy milk is real milk, so no more almond milk.”

Tai'ulagi said, “Almond milk should be called milk. Dairy products have had the spotlight for quite a while, so would it hurt to share a bit of that light?” 

All right, coming up, more of what is making news today.

Azia: Hey guys, welcome back to the show. Now we are sending it over to Keith Kocinski, who has a Generation Money story with a beat. Check it out.

Dee-1 music video: I finished paying Sallie Mae back (Mae back).

Keith: Catchy rhymes and great beats, but not exactly what most rap songs are about lately. 

Dee-1: Everybody in the rap game talks about getting money. That's all they talk about is the pursuit of money, but I don't hear anybody talking about how to properly manage your money once you get it. But I want people to be educated on how to spend their money once they make it. 

Keith: And Dee-1 is doing just that. He is a former LSU student and rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana, with a different message, and he is blowing up. The video for one of his most popular songs, "Sallie Mae Back," has nearly 1 million views on YouTube. 

Dee-1 music video: Huh, let me tell you what I been through when it comes to Sallie.

She call me at least twice a day; she want her money badly.

Keith: It is a song inspired by his struggle paying off school loans to the well-known student loan lender Sallie Mae. 

Dee-1: There are so many people in America who take out student loans every year. Millions of Americans are in debt. So they never had an anthem that motivates them to go ahead on and pay those loans back and get out of debt.

Keith: According to the nonprofit College Access and Success, 7 in 10 seniors who graduated from public colleges in 2014 had around $30,000 in college loan debt, and that is one of the reasons why Dee-1 is here to talk with these students. 

A former math teacher, Dee isn't new to numbers or talking to students, so he travels around the country visiting schools like this one in Washington, D.C., reminding young people of the importance of understanding their finances, going to college and how to responsibly pay for it. 

Dee-1: I let them know, like, “Look at me! I'm just like y'all. I'm a young black man, I'm from the hood — look at me.” It doesn't matter how much your parents make to determine whether or not you can go to college. There's different routes: scholarships, grants, loans — you can even work on the side if you want to make some extra income.

Keith: So there's no excuse, essentially? 

Dee-1: There's no excuse, and that’s what I’m here to tell them is that there’s no excuse. I don't want to hear “I'm from the hood,” because I can name you a thousand people from the hood who graduated from college.

Keith: But it is not always easy applying for financial aid. 

Zhane Silvers: Finding scholarships is really nerve-racking, especially with, like, not understanding which scholarships online are actually real.

London Hart: Sometimes, we often only, like, scratch the surface of the iceberg instead of digging deeper and looking for more scholarships that may apply to us in general. But instead, if we — we usually get discouraged.

Keith: However, the first step is to fill out the FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Dee says one of the most common mistakes is missing the deadline. Another challenge: You need your parents’ tax information from the previous year, which can create an added hurdle. 

Dee-1: So many students, they don't even speak to their parents on a regular basis. So many parents are gonna tell them, “I'm not giving you that information — let me fill it out.” And although the parents say that, their parents never get around to filling it out. So now you leaving your child stuck out.

Keith: But ultimately, like Dee says, there is no excuse. And the last resort is school loans. Just remember, it is not free money. You have to pay it back, and interest builds over time. So the quicker you pay it off, the more money you save. Dee did just that in 2013 when he signed with RCA Records, joining artists like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown. 

Dee-1: The first thing I bought with my money — it wasn't a bunch of jewelry; it wasn’t a new car. First thing I did — I paid off all my student loans, you hearing me? I got out of debt.  

Keith: Keith Kocinski, Channel One News. 

Azia: Pretty catchy. Thanks, Keith.

All right, coming up after the break, ever wonder what it is like to grow up in the White House? That is coming up.

Azia: All right, for the first time in half a century, a young boy will soon be living in the White House. And D is here with a look at what it is like to call the White House your home.

Demetrius: Yeah, Azia. Here is a look at what is in store for the president’s youngest kid and the security measures already in place to protect Barron Trump.

Barron Trump is used to having a famous father. But in his new life, the 10-year-old will have his own spotlight, as well as a new group of friends: Secret Service agents who will follow him all the way to his classroom door.

Ronald Kessler: It's really hard to imagine. It can be a little unnerving. It can be perhaps a little tense. But it is difficult, you know, especially for a younger child.

Demetrius: Author Ronald Kessler was at President Donald Trump's New Year’s Eve party and considers him a friend. He has written a lot about the FBI, the Secret Service and protecting the first family. When it comes to the children, the job isn't always easy.

Kessler: Jenna and Barbara Bush would try to evade their agents, give them a hard time. Amy Carter also was very difficult with agents, whereas Chelsea Clinton was a model first child. 

Demetrius: Kessler says Barron will have three to four agents with him whenever he is in public. That includes to and from his $47,000-a-year prep school in New York City, where he plans to finish fourth grade before moving to the White House. 

Anita McBride was the chief of staff to Laura Bush and believes Barron will find plenty of perks at his dad's new job. 

Anita McBride: There's a small bowling alley, if you like to do that. You know, there's a tennis court, and right now, with the Obamas, there's a basketball court, and there's a pool there.

Demetrius: The Trump presidency will bring change to all corners of America, but perhaps the person most affected will be Trump's youngest kid.

Demetrius Pipkin, Channel One News.

Azia: Pretty cool. Thanks, D.

All right, guys, that is all for now. Have an awesome day, and we will see you right back here tomorrow.


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