Blessha bones cousins!!!! I hope you are warm cause I’m not….they need to take all this snow and dump it in the river to keep us from borrowing water like we had to do last summer!….And that concludes the weather report.

But to help you out in these treacherous conditions keep a bottle of bleach in your car, pour it on your tires if you ever get stuck.  I know that will bless someone please; send all seeds to my PayPal account.
FYI….the rules to MY reviews are as follows:
Bold=nice try
Different=I see you, Imma keep you on my prayerlist

EPIC!=worth the investment of the senses

Now, with that being said…..enjoy…..

EPIC THROWBACK READS: Whether you are male or female, if you haven’t read COLDEST WINTER EVER by Sista Souljah, your life is missing something major.  One of the greatest books ever written.  It’s so good I’ve read it a few times.  Also, check out Maya Angelou’s I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS…and tell me about it cause I didn’t have the patience for that one.  It went over my head in the first few pages, but I did however enjoy the poetry she put down in my favorite TUPAC movie, POETIC JUSTICE…and I quote “like a moth to the flame burned by the fire….”

EPIC NEW READ: It’s always good to see the versatility of the young, beautiful and smart….especially when it’s ya girl @LALA Anthony.  I miss her reality show.  She has finally made her mark on the Best Seller’s List with her latest literary contribution “The Love Playbook”.  I normally never cry reading a book, but this one here…*sniff*…’s an EPIC read!  A page turner, informative, and EPICALLY written (S/O to our mutual good friend @shanikaclay).

MOVIES: Put me to sleep so let me know if I need to see it…by the way…CONFESSION: ….*whisperin* I haven’t seen 12 YEARS A SLAVE cause I’m still having flashbacks from ROSEWOOD. *whistlin*

SPORTS: EPIC!!! ….Football is over!! #cartwheel  and I don’t care who you sleeping with, E.LYNN HARRIS told us about you football players years ago. *blink blink*…in other sports news….he’s a copycat, a whore, but he’s BOLD….Kobe sucks….& the LA Clippers are better than the Flakers…..*whistlin*

COMEDY: Gotta show some love to one of my favorite Southern gals, out of CALI, the baddest bodysuit wearin’ heffa this side of the Mississippi… MS. ARKANSAS!!!  for reppin’ for the sistas during SHAQ’S ALL STAR COMEDY CONTEST!!!  And congrats on your upcoming OXYGEN NETWORK debut!!!

R.I.P. to Comedian James Hannah, your gift will truly be missed.  And HAPPY BORNDAY!!!! (#teamaquarius) to CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN E-BOOGIE!!

In these last and evil days it’s rare you find a radio station that supports independent artists from ALL genres.  My boi @jaysharp from across the water in Kansas City, KS is determined to let your music be heard through this powerful movement, Indie Evolution Radio!  Want your music to reach where you can’t, including 19 different countries?  Drop my name in his ear so I can pay my phone bill & get me some new hair.  His current ARTIST special is 300 BDS spins, interview, 10 sec drop, 30 day promo for less than a pair of Jordans, $100!!!!  Hit him up… 

His Track “I’m Drunk” will be featured on the TV reality show “Next Best Bartender” on the Infinity Broadcast Network this spring!!!!  The mixtape will be hosted by himself and FREEWAY RICK ROSS (which is a blog by itself)…….
  keyline mixtape

Stay tuned for more from this EPIC movement, I’ll be checking in with them often!

Now on to music….

BOSS’ ORDERS: A song called FILTHY RICH or by FILTHY RICH ended up in my inbox….and well….ladies and gentlemen….I don’t get paid to lie….the production was hot!  The track was wayyyyyyy better than the lyrics, which seems to be the norm these days….even tho the lyrical content left a little to be desired, I felt this was a good ‘get up & get it song’…the curse words were clearer than the other words.  It’s BOLD, but not DIFFERENT, and I believe with the right people the REMIX WILL BE EPIC!  I look forward to it!

If you haven’t heard #warready with fat Rick Ross (apologies to you real RICK ROSS fans, but that man looks like his sweat stink from under his MOOBS=man boobs) and YOUNG JEEZY, Imma pull ya hiphop card…JEEZY delivers another EPIC style truth flow, while Ross continues to be DIFFERENT and let us know that his degree will always be respected in hip hop. *whistlin*

I don’t know who started the rumor that POTUS OBAMA is cheating with BEYONCE *vacant expression* but I want you to have a bleach on the rocks….

CIARA figured the only way she would have a FUTURE in the music business is to give birth to one….congrats mah! *giggle*

….DON’T LET THE HEARSE BEAT YOU TO THE CHURCH……..I don’t think neckit pictures on Twitter is what the Apostle Paul was talkin’ bout when he said present your bodies a living sacrifice….however, the voice is still one of my favs in the gospel industry today, and if you kneegrows don’t keep your mouth off her I’ll expose your temple parts ON THE BIG SCREEN during offertory AT YOUR CHURCH!….*whistlin*

An artist from the Atlanta area is in the number 2 spot on my prayerlist.  I couldn’t see Jesus from all the flashy swag dude had going on, not to mention his non-scriptural content almost brought out a tongue speaking in F SHARP…he needs to sit under and be mentored by my boi, one of the greatest voices to ever grace a mic…@dewaynewoods cause his new project NEVER BE THE SAME #nbts I CAN’T STOP PLAYING!!!  Please request it on your favorite stations and follow him on FB cause he is hilarious when he’s bored (all toilets flush in E flat…*faints every time i think about it).


MAJOR, MAJOR S/O to Min. Christopher (the director) Rembret, Min. Carva (the golden voice) White on their FIRST SERMONS last Sunday @ REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH CHRISTIAN CENTER, off Santa Fe Rd in KCMO….their Shephards are the truly lovable, and anointed, Pastors Carlton & Sylverana Funderburke!!  Chris and I go back to 8 tracks and Nokia phones *gigglin* and his choir work stays in my rotation, and well, let’s just pray the oil hit Carva’s hands and overtook the spirit of ashiness…*whistlin*….CONGRATS Gentlemen & the young lady who had her 1st sermon as well.   I KNOW YOU PREACHED TILL HELL TREMBLED!!!


MAJOR MAJOR S/O n Hugs & Kisses to my lil bruhs!  Prophet Jeremiah Dean & Pastor Justin Mackey as they also continue to do the work that God has called AND CHOSEN them for.  They are doing their sermons this Sunday @ 3!

S/O to Charity Isreal for her birth into bloglife on on 2/14/2014, check it out!!!

Apparently…KC isn’t hip on how to treat media personnel or celebrities *Kevin Hart voice* you gone learn today…., so we will talk about that next week….and we will catch up with my girl @chrystalrucker….and its a @techsupreme @tefpoe @coreyblack FOOTKLAN TAKEOVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If i had more lines I’d talk about Tyrese’s VALENTINE SERMON….that is keeping my legs closed and my spurit free.

Remember to be good, or be good at it…..

Blessings & Miracles….

CC Lovechild

Gone Too Soon By Tiffany L. Riley


By  Tiffany LaShonda Riley

It’s a brand new year , 2014!  We already know it’s gonna be another year for hot, anticipated hip hop albums and upcoming artists trying to make their mark in the music world.  But sadly, we also know it’s going to be another year that we lose more talented hip hop artists due to violence.


On January 14, 2014,  William Fernando Barnes a.k.a DJ Nando (pictured above) was shot in the head in front of his house in Atlanta, GA.  His girlfriend Shonte’ Renee ran outside and found him laying in their driveway barely breathing.  Shonte’ called 911 and cradled Nando in her arms until he took his last breath. There was a $10,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of his murderer.

DJ Nando was very popular in Atlanta, GA.  He helped launch the successful music careers of Young Jeezy, Rocko, Future, Migos, Cash Out, and 2 Chainz.  DJ Nando was also part of a music clique known as The Coalition DJs.  These DJs would help upcoming artists by playing their music in local strip clubs.  He was 38 years old.

Doe B

Just a few weeks prior on December 28, 2013, Glenn Thomas a.k.a DOE-B (pictured above), was shot along with seven others at The Centennial Bar & Grill in Montgomery, AL.  He was transported to the local hospital where he later died.  DOE-B was a young 22 year old signed to rapper T.I’s label Grand Hustle.  He had two mixtape albums, Trap Life (2012) and Baby Jesus (2013).  DOE-B also participated on the G.D.O.D (Get Dough Or Die) compilation album in 2013.

Hip Hop artists losing their lives due to violence seems to be an ongoing vicious cycle that can’t be broken.  These artists got into the music game mainly because they had a story to tell.  Some of these artists that I will be talking about also wanted to  show off their craft.

If these artists were still alive, I’m sure many of us would ask the question, “WHERE WOULD HIP HOP BE TODAY?”  These artists were very passionate about their work and had a deep level of respect and love for hip hop culture. The next two artists that I will be talking about were, to me, lyrical geniuses. Their untimely deaths have left a void in the hip hop community ………


tupac and biggie

Tupac and Biggie were two successful artists in hip hop and at one point good friends.  Later on they became enemies when Tupac was shot four times at Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan, NY in 1994.  Tupac accused Biggie of knowing who shot him.  Biggie denied the claims and said he had no knowledge of what happened to Tupac.  Their feud led to the big EAST COAST vs. WEST COAST rivalry . They would both later have an unfortunate violent end of their lives.


Tupac Amaru Shakur a.k.a 2PAC  was a west coast rapper/actor signed to Death Row Records.  On September 7, 1996, he was shot fives times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, NV.  Tupac had a dispute earlier that evening at MGM Grand with crip gang member Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson over a necklace.  He was transported to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.  Six days later on September 13, 1996 while still in the hospital, Tupac passed away.  He was 25 years old.

His death sent shockwaves throughout the hip hop community.  Everyone couldn’t believe that a man so gifted and talented was gone. Tupac left behind a music catalog out of this world!  His two major hits were “Dear Mama”(Me Against The World album) and “California Love(All Eyez On Me album).  In addition to his six studios albums that he released before his death, Tupac has had seven posthumous albums of unreleased songs. Tupac’sAll Eyez On Me album is the best selling hip hop album of all time.  Tupac is also ranked number two on MTV’s Greatest MC’s of All Time.  Biggie was still in disbelief that Tupac was gone.  He said in a Rap City Interview on February 24, 1997, “I thought Tupac was going to recover from being shot again and then write some more songs about surviving.  But when he passed I was like WHOA!…I don’t wish that on nobody cause there ain’t no coming back from that.”  13 days later, Biggie would meet his own demise.


On March 9, 1997, 24 year old Christopher Wallace a.k.a Biggie Smalls (pictured above) was sitting in a GMC Suburban SUV when he was shot four times in a drive-by shooting.  He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.  He had later died in the hospital.  Biggie was killed almost six months after Tupac Shakur’s death.  Both murders remain unsolved.

Biggie had one studio album before his death.  His first album “Ready To Die” was released in 1994 and was a major hit in hip hop.  Three hit songs from the album were “Juicy”, “Big Poppa”, and “One More Chance”.  Two weeks after he passed away, his second album “Life After Death” was released.  Biggie was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ record label Bad Boy.  Biggie was ranked at number three on MTV’S Greatest MC’s Of All Time list.  Since his death, there have been three posthumous albums released.

Ever since we lost these two very talented men, you would think the violence would cease. The question that I always ask is “What can be done so that this will never happen again?”  I’m still waiting on the answer to that question.  In 1999 , the hip hop community once again suffered back to back  losses due to violence.


Lamont Coleman a.k.a. BIG L (pictured above) was a rap artist making a lot of noise on the underground hip hop scene.  He released his debut studio album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous in 1995. Three years later, he released a single called “Ebonics”  that caught the eye of Damon Dash (Former CEO of Roc-A-Fella records).  Damon offered BIG L a recording contract with Roc-A-Fella records.  BIG L agreed to join the record label but would never get the chance to sign his contract.

On February 15, 1999 , BIG L was shot nine times in a drive-by shooting in Harlem, NY.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMT personnel.  BIG L had two brothers that were incarcerated at the time of his death.  It is assumed that the shooting was a retaliation for something they had done.  He was only 24 years old.  BIG L’s second studio album The Big Picturewas released on August 1, 2000.  Since his death, BIG L has had four posthumous albums released.  His murder remains unsolved.

Some people compared BIG L’s death to Tupac and Biggie’s. The three of them were very talented rappers who had a passion for hip hop but did not live to see the age of 30.   A month later, it would be another one to add to the list.

Freaky Tah

Lost Boyz member Raymond Rodgers a.k.a. Freaky Tah (pictured above) was shot and killed on March 28, 1999.  Tah was leaving the Sheraton Hotel in Queens, NY on his way to a friend’s birthday party when he was shot in the back of the head.   Freaky Tah was known for being the “hype man”  for the Lost Boys.  He was just 27 years old.

We began the 2000s, and to me, hip hop was going through a “rebuilding” stage.  What I mean by that is it seemed like people were looking for something or someone to lead hip hop in the right direction.  In 2002 the hip hop community suffered a MAJOR LOSS!!!  THE LOSS OF A LEGEND………



Jam Master J

JAM MASTER JAY, the name itself speaks volumes.  Jam Master Jay, whose real name is Jason William Mizell (pictured above), was the DJ and co-founder of the legendary group RUN-DMC.  RUN-DMC was a big hip hop group  back in the 1980s.  They received credit for breaking hip hop into mainstream music with their major hit “Walk This Way” featuring rock band Aerosmith.  Jam Master Jay was so good at working the turntables on classic guitar records that SPIN magazine ranked him at number 10 on the “100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time” list.  Jam Master Jay went on to create his own record label, Jam Master Jay records.

On October 30, 2002, Jam Master Jay was in his recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, NY working on music.  Two men broke into the studio and started shooting.  Jam Master Jay was shot once in the head.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.   Word got out about his death and everyone was shocked and in disbelief.   His murder remains unsolved.  He was 37 years old.


Over a year later  on November 26, 2003, 26 year old James Adarryl Tapp, Jr  a.k.a  Soulja Slim was shot four times in front of his mother’s house in  a drive-by shooting in New Orleans, LA.  Soulja Slim was once signed to Master P’s No Limit Records.  He had two albums, Give It 2 ‘Em Raw” (1998) andStreets Made Me (2001).

Soulja Slim went on to create his own record label, Cut Throat Committee, and released two albums.  He had a number 1 hit song with Juvenile titled “Slow Motion”.  His murder remains unsolved.

Mac Dre

On November 1, 2004,  34 year old Andre Louis Hicks a.k.a Mac Dre (pictured above) was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Kansas City, MO.  Mac Dre performed at a local concert venue the night before.  He was a very popular underground rapper from  Oakland, California who worked with artists E-40, B-Legit, and Too Short.  His murder remains unsolved.


DeShaun Dupree Holton a.k.a PROOF (pictured above) was a member of the rap group D12, and a real close friend of rapper Eminem.  On April 11, 2006, PROOF got into an altercation with Keith Bender over a game of pool at The CCC club in Detroit, MI.  Club bouncer Mario Etheridge went over to the pool table where the two men were engaged in a heated argument.

Mario fired two shots in the air to get PROOF and Keith’s attention.  PROOF reached for his gun and shot back.  Mario exchanged gunfire shooting PROOF four times (twice in the head and twice in the back). He died at the scene.  He was 32 years old.

slim dunkin

Mario Hamilton a.k.a Slim Dunkin was an up and coming rapper with a promising career from Atlanta, GA.  He was a member of Brick Squad Monopoly and was a close friend of rapper Waka Flocka Flame.  On December 16, 2011, Slim Dunkin got into an altercation with Vinson Hardimon a.k.a Yung Vito at a recording studio in Atlanta.

The two were arguing over a piece of candy.  Slim and Vito got into a physical fight .  Vito pulled a gun out and shot Slim once in the chest.  Slim was rushed to Grady Hospital but was later pronounced dead.  He was 24 years old

Yung Vito was arrested for his murder.  He went to trial, and on February 26, 2013 was found not guilty of murder.  Instead he was found guilty of aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon.  Yung Vito is currently serving a sentence of 25 years to life.

So what would hip hop be today if these men were still alive?  All 11 of them made contributions to hip hop music.  I believe some of their deaths could have been prevented.  With some,  pride got in the way of being able to co-exist, while others were based on the lifestyle that they lived.  Either way it goes to show that their presence and love for hip hop will forever be missed.


in memory


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