This Week On This Side Of The River By CC Lovechild

This Week On This Side Of The River By CC Lovechild

This is your cousin CC Lovechild coming live from the other side of 70 highway letting you know what’s poppin on this side of the river. If you enjoy or don’t enjoy my posts or want more information on what you see, hit me up @ or twitter me @cclovechild

Its very rare that you have real musicians/artists these days that give you a complete sound.
This man is the Michael Jackson of Gospel Music!  He’s a one man band and gives life to everything he touches, he comes from a legacy of greatness in the kingdom and doesn’t look like he will be stopping anytime soon.  Rarely do you find a musician that is just as awesome live, but Pastor Keith Newton gives it straight across the board.  He makes me love jazz music, that’s how cold he is….His latest project “I’LL SAY YES’ is rockin’ worship across the nation.  Not to mention he is affectionately known as ‘the thumper’; check out his YouTube yall!
My ears have fell in love with this next joint, its been a long time coming from this next young man by the name of Odell Talley!  “PRAISE COMIN ON” is not only a hit for the radio, but its simplicity can rock even the oldest of souls.  O’s realness is timelessly captured in this soon to be classic.  And, LIVE….O cheesus!  He takes you to another place!  I used to go to funerals I knew he was playing at just to hear him. *gigglin*
Next week its an indie evolution takeover!!!




BY Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods

Statistically, marriage has become less common among African Americans.  According to the U.S. Census, African American households are the least likely to contain a married couple, compared to other racial/ethnic groups.  Marriage appears to contribute greatly to the economic well-being of African-American families.   During the last decades, the rates of marriage in the black community have declined while the rates of divorce, separation, cohabitation, out-of-wedlock births, and children residing in female-headed households have increased (  With that, more than ever, America needs the Black family.  So what happened?  There are many factors to consider obviously but I’ll speak on one issue; longevity.


Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents knew what it was like to stick it out.  If they were having problems, it was nobody’s business but their own.  If they no longer loved each other, they saved face by acting normal yet slept in separate beds.  If there were any indiscretions it was hushed and not flashed around town.  Were the methods they used effective?  Yes.  Some methods of course weren’t ideal, but were still effective and ultimately saved the family.  Today, sticking it out and making it work seems to be a past time in the Black community.  The words “I do” should possess permanent power.  Those words were not taken lightly then and shouldn’t be taken lightly now with what seems to be a combination of a self and societal annihilation of the Black family.  Traditional vows are widely held and highly respected by many, including myself, however I do believe the willingness to compromise should be a part of a tradition the Black family seems to have lost in the ruins over the years. 


A marriage is sure to fail without compromise.  Can compromise take place when two people aren’t happy and neither are willing to find out why?  Not likely.  Can compromise take place when one person feels they are always right and the other is always wrong?  Won’t happen.  Can compromise take place when one person’s flesh begins to cloud their judgment on what’s best for the family?  Not ever.  Can compromise take place between two people who haven’t a clue how to not only suffer but also accept the trials and tribulations that seem to go hand in hand in marriage?  Not likely. 


Love is equally important in a marriage but even it is not possible without the willingness to brave the waves, walk over coal, take a few punches and sustain a few setbacks all with the willingness to repeatedly take one for the team.


Compromise, stronger than love.  


Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods


Family–Behind The Walls By Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods



 By Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods

     Back in the day, my parents would round us kids up with the cooler, the blankets and the mosquito repellant and drive down what seemed like a long highway, all to get that funny feeling in our stomachs on site of that eggshell colored roller coaster peeking from behind tall lush green trees.  The Screaming Eagle, the roller coaster I never rode as a kid because I was too scary, stood like a monument across the highway.  My parents didn’t have a lot of money and Six Flags was expensive, just like today, but we didn’t know that and their pockets hardly felt it because they planned ahead.  We’d ride a few rides then come out to the van, slide the doors back, lay the blankets out, position the cooler in the middle of us all and dig in.  My father could make a sub sandwich like nobody’s business! This was their answer to fun without the costs.  Family time is important and does not require a huge bank account.  Today, we are all exposed to an overload of social media.  We’ll sit in the house and Candy Crush all day, kill a few mob bosses in Mob Wars or tweet our every stagnant move while the kids entertain themselves.  We know how to do that very well but let’s try something different.      


Besides the fact that spending time brings families closer, did you know the amount of time a child spends with family doing constructive and engaging activities affects his or her spiritual and emotional health?  Pull the kids from in front of the television, off the X-box, off their tablets and out of the house!  Entertain them with events going on in St. Louis each and every weekend for FREE.  Don’t forget your cooler! Get creative by making bag lunches, packing fruit, animal crackers, Lunchables and water.  We can never be too busy to save money.  Remember, when kids are running around playing and having fun, as parents we almost have to remind them to eat so no need to go overboard! 


Below is a list of some of the attractions in St. Louis you can enjoy with the kids for FREE:


St. Louis Zoo (get there early so you can get a FREE parking spot)

St. Louis Science Center

St. Louis Art Museum (probably not ideal for small children)

The Missouri History Museum (probably not ideal for small children)

City Garden
City Museum

Grant’s Farm

World Bird Sanctuary

Laumeier Sculpture Park     


Google these places for specifics like hours of operations, rules and regulations but most importantly HAVE FUN!  


Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods       



Canal Street By Spunky Brewstar

Canal Street

So, welcome to my special little corner of the Society. This is where I’ll ‘Sound Off’ about what you should be jamming down your ear canals…’cause , well, you can’t put just anything in there(hint: step awaaaaay from the cotton swabs).

I’ll be covering anything from country, to hip hop, to R&B, to folk artists/albums….mainly, ‘cause that’s how I roll …and also, because my intent is to potentially broaden your horizons and turn you on and UP. It’s not about me, it’s about giving you multiple eargasms…#hashtagSELFLESS 😉

And the first cowboy, I’m gonna saddle up for this rodeo iiiiis:

Prince EA

Who Dat, Harpo? Prince EA

Hailin’ From: St. Louis, MO

What’s to like: This guy’s motto is, “I Make‘Smart’  Cool.” What’s NOT to love about that? Plus, lyrically, the kid is sick. I mean, he’s actually GOT. THINGS.TO. SAY.

 I remember, years ago, happening onto one of his many Youtube videos for the first time and being blown away—and he’s only gotten better over the years. As with many of my favorite underground musicians, I wish I could hear his brand of music on the radio…but in order for that to happen, he’d most likely have to sign with a record label, and from what I’ve seen with other artists, they almost always lose themselves to the industry. He’s too good to lose. But you don’t have to take MY word for it …the man’s talent speaks for itself. Here are just a few of my favorites:




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Are These Our Legends? By Spunky Brewstar


Are These Our Legends?

A week ago, I saw a living legend. For the second time.In less than a year.

I figure, there aren’t a lot of them left, I’ve got to soak it all in, while I can.

Lots of days I sit at home, content to spin BB King albums on my old RCA …but the only thing better than a vinyl, is the real thing. And so, I traveled to a not so distant city to see the “king of blues.”

The man is 88 years old and still touring. Think about that for a minute. I don’t know his financial situation, but I doubt at this point, he does it for any other reason than the love of his craft.—not the love of money, which so many of our artists today, seem to be driven by.

Watching him up on that stage, sitting, singing and playing with slightly less energy than I imagine he had in his younger days, but just as much passion –it got me thinking. WHO WILL OUR LEGENDS BE?

  • Baby let me put your panties to the side
    I’ma make you feel alright
    ‘Cause I’ma give you what you need, yeah
    Mamí you remind me of something
    I don’t know what it is
    You remind me of something
    You gotta show me

Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown, “Show Me”


  • I said that I’ma ride for my motherf*ckinghittas,
    Most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
    I been grinding outside, all day with my hittas
    And I ain’t going in, unless I’m with my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas
    My hittas, my hittas

YG, “My Hitta”


  • Don’t want a good girl
    Naw hoes is his choice
    D*ck on H
    Pu**y on W
    Mouth on open
    A**on smother you
    A** on the cover too, Elle Magazine
    Vroom vroomvroom get gasoline
    Could I be your wife
    Naw we could bang though
    I got these n**gas whipped
    Call me Django

Chris Brown ft. Nicki Minaj, “Love More”


Those are lyrics from some of the current top-charting songs on Billboard’s Hip-Hop and R&B 2014 Charts.

So, again, I ask –Are these our legends?