So, as always, I find myself away from my blog longer than I anticipated and what happened? Well, life happened — but this time the WORLD has changed.  Oh, yes, I’m referring to the Coronavirus or what scientists have labeled as COVID-19.   Before, I go any further, I must thank all the essential workers, first responders and our frontline healthcare providers for all their dedication and hard work.  They are truly the heros!  

At this point we are all probably use to multiple hours of TV/internet, homeschooling the little ones, outside lines at grocery store chains and eating at home and/or eating everything in sight.  This is pretty much what I call “The Social Distancing Dance.” 

As for today’s blog post, I’m simply elated to share the new music that has been popping up and around social media, streaming sites and TV.  I also would like to let you know that SoundCloud Sundays is returning, but the name is changing to SoundCloud Spotlight.  This again, is my way of sharing my favorite music to viewers but on any given day of the week. That said, head down to the links below and check out “Bittersweet” by Lianne La Havas, “Make the Most” by Lonr. (Feat. H.E.R.) and “Wrong Place” by H.E.R.  If you love these tracks as much as I do, please be sure to leave me a comment.

Hey SoundCloud Sunday Lovers! Well, actually today’s feature is not from SoundCloud but you can hear it on plenty of other services. And, most of all, it comes from an awesome new artist who draws inspiration from the soulful demeanor of John Legend, genre-bending style of Pharrell Williams and cadence of Kanye West. “Date Nite” from the debut album, “ON Mii: The Pre-Quel,” is a wonderful offering from Wuan DCMO.

Laced with bouncy synths and silky vocals “Date Nite” expresses the excitement of new love found, when the moolah’s burning a hole in the pocket and you can not wait to spend it on the one you love.

And if you love “Date Nite,” and you WILL love “Date Nite,” just wait til you hear the other tracks on “On Mii: The Pre-Quel.” This album is a breath of fresh air and a timeless treasure. Trip-Hop, Reggae and R&B all blend seamlessly in this super chill exploration of the exhilaration of first love found, the wistful rumination of what went wrong and the hope that love can be gotten back.

My rhetoric won’t due this song justice so take a listen for yourself.

Check out the links below:

Apple Music:…/on-mii-the-pre-quel-s…/1450596261

Amazon Music.…


So today on SoundCloud Sundays I featured guest blogger iObserver music selection.  Read more below

The Funkyard is a series of playlists that I’ve created on a popular streaming service. Stop by The Funkyard Pt.7 for some hot, sweaty, funky, good time tracks. It’s a party that would make Fred Sanford smile and maybe cut a rug or two. Not unlike a good wedding, the recipe for The Funkyard playlist could be described as “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.”
You can find all of that and more on the Pt.7 of this playlist that features Janelle Monae, Anderson Paak and The Internet alongside the Incredible Bongo Band, Prince, Bootsy Collins and The Ojays. Not to mention the underground sounds of Coultrain, Róisín Murphy and Maggie Rogers. So go swimming in the Frank Ocean dressed in “Pink + White” and dance like a Prince with lots of “Musicology.” Just be sure to have a funky good time!
Wanna construct it yourself? The full Funkyard Pt.7 playlist includes:
  1. “Dance or Die” by Jonelle Monae
  2. “Momma’s Place” by Róisín Murphy
  3. “Balancing Act” by Coultrain
  4. “Musicology” by Prince
  5. “Apache” by Incredible Bongo Band
  6. “Give a Little” by Maggie Rogers
  7. “Run” by Gnarls Barkley
  8. “Fire” by Ohio Players
  9. “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” by Anderson.Paak
  10. “La Di Da” by The Internet
  11. “Together” by Kaytranda
  12. “Black Sweat” by Prince
  13. “Y Not?” by Coultrain
  14. “Making Plans for Nigel” by XTC
  15. “Pink + White” by Frank Ocean
  16. “Happy Man” by Jungle
  17. “I’d Rather be You” by Bootsy Collins
  18. “Backstabbers” by The Ojays
  19. “The Work Pt.1” by Prince

Dance or Die

Momma’s Place

Balancing Act







Give A Little





Heart Don’t Stand a Chance


La Di Da


Black Sweat


Y Not?

 Making Plans for Nigel

Pink + White

Happy Man

I’d Rather Be With You

Back Stabbers

The Work Pt. 1


August is here and with all the heavy energies out there, seems like we’re in need of something light and joyful so I propose…MUSIC!  That’s right, in this edition of SoundCloud Sunday (on a Wednesday), I’m promoting easy and fun music that will take the mind to higher places.

I’m gonna kick-off this edition with my current favorite song in heavy rotation on my iPod.  It’s “ baby thesis for bucket one essay human follow site cialis while scuba diving essay on failure and success write essay for you research paper dedication sample for thesis cialis maximum dosage click heel and joint pain bystolic does grapefruit do viagra essay on why you want to become a nurse enter cialis holstein go follow herbal viagra reddit follow site source documentary hypothesis criticism separate but equal essay levitra rushford village how to write a resource paper getting viagra in hong kong example of lab report biology Vacation” by Dirty Heads.  This song even sounds like a vacation.  Its starts with reggae-driven piano cords and catchy sing-song chorus featuring occasional horns, hand snaps and high-hat.   The lyrics really put things in perspective: “I’m on vacation, every single day cause I love my occupation…If you don’t like your life then you should go and change it.”  I truly love the ease of this song and hope you do too.  So check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

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My second SoundCloud selection is Kid The Wiz’s “Nancy”. This hip-hop mash-up feature Jon Bellons “He Is the Same,” “iRobot” and others mixes.  It’s got the right balance of hip-hop and pop with synth board mix.   I really love this party song.   Click the link below.

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Greetings River-Kia subscribers! For the next few weeks I’ll be writing blog entries geared for my Academic & Business Writing course. This means many of the entries may not apply to what I generally talk about on this platform. In the meantime, I will try to keep these blog posts as interesting as I can while continuing to write about the topics relevant to this site such as “mind, body and spirit” and “Soundcloud Sundays.”

The purpose of today’s post is to explain what I typically do on this blog, share my thoughts about writing as well as what I think I need to improve on.
To answer all these questions I typically write about music, spirituality, natural hair practices, health and wellness. If you’ve read my previous blog posts it may seem that I’ve always been comfortable with writing. The truth is I used to cringe at the thought of having to writing anything! Now I can say that I enjoy the process of sharing my thoughts and perspective in a creative outlet such as blogging; especially on particular topics that inspire me and others. Although I find creative writing pleasurable now, I still get nervous just thinking about business writing and I would like to improve in my understanding of how to use this skill more effectively.

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Sending you all my love and light… Namaste.

Hi and welcome to my site.  If this is your first visit, thank you for stopping by.  If you are a returning visitor I hope you take the time to check out the features of my revamped website.  Here’s what you can expect to find here:

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To be quite honest, it took me many years to figure out that one of my natural gifts and talents is counsel.  For so long, I took the time to help others with their life issues, quests and concerns.  In fact, I was often told point blank by one of my favorite elders that I was a “counselor.”  Though others saw this talent in me, I ran from these findings like the plague.

That changed in April 2016 when I experienced a spiritual awakening of my own.  I met and grew from my own twin flame encounter and from that very day my life was changed.  I learned I was an Indigo Twin Flamer, a Lightworker and Healer.  All of sudden I started finding my tribe and attracted several divine feminine twin flames at the beginning of their own twin flame journeys.  And so my counsel work began.  These experiences have led me to create Reflections, a four-week self-awareness curriculum to provide guidance and assistance to Twin Flames throughout their journeys.

Ask River: Natural Hair Tips & Tricks

On a personal level, my natural hair journey started in 1998.  My experiences and those of other fellow naturals, led me to create the Coffee, Curls and Cupcakes (CCC) event in 2010.  After attracting over 2,500 to our educational forums, CCC became a non-profit in January 2016.  CCC now focuses not only on natural hair but also health and wellness.  This site will also serve as portal for consultations, including 19 years of natural hair tips and tricks.

Eve’s Nectar Fragrant Body Oil

I’m also pleased to introduce Eve’s Nectar Fragrances by Jackee, an up-and-coming business which sells conventional/homemade long-lasting, fragrant body oils.  A portion of these proceeds support the non-profit Coffee Curls & Cupcakes and many of the signature scents will be sold on this site.

SoundCloud Sundays’ Ipod Pick of the Month

In SoundCloud Sundays my team and I review established and emerging artists whose music can be located on the SoundCloud App.  Basically, this is a blog about good music that my team and I would love to share with you.

I hope you find something on this site that is helpful to you.  For more information on how to book one of the above sessions, please CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT or for questions/concerns click the live chat bubble on the front page.  Look forward to connecting with you!



In honor of obscure-yet-funky-music I decide that today is the day that I get let you all in on some of my favorite grooves. I can’t take all the credit though. My husband and fellow guest blogger iObserver came up with the the playlist. So what you are about to hear is a playlist mixed with a bunch of groves that, if you are old enough, you may have forgotten about and if you’re into deep cuts you are going to love. So how can I described this playlist? Let’s just say it’s Jamiroquai-inspired and spans from Herbie Hancock’s jazz fusion to Bjork’s alternative style. My true music lovers out there can truly appreciate these selections. That said, I will leave a link below on Apple Music for your listening pleasure. By the way, SoundCloud Sunday’s will return this coming Sunday, March 12th so stay tuned. See link:

For those of you who may not be able to open the link, check out the playlist below.

Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai
Electric Lady (feat. Solange) – Janelle Monae
I Would Die 4 You – Prince
Lose Yourself to Dance (feat. Pharrell) – Daft Punk
Butterfly – Jamiroquai
Watermelon Man – Herbie Hancock
Left Behind – Tune-Yards
I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd
Venus As a Boy – Bjork
Automaton – Jamiroquai
Fuzzy Freaky – David Byrne
Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long – Erkyah Badu
Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
Harder Better Faster Stronger – Daft Punk
RoboCop -Kanye West
California Soul – Marlena Shaw
Am I the Same Girl – Swing Out Sister & The Fall
Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
Cameosis – Cameo
Space Cowboy – Jamiroquai
Cream – Prince & The New Power Generation
Ship of Fools – Anthony Thistlethwaite & World Party
Cloud 9 – Jamiroquai
Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic – Isaac Hayes
Supersonic – Jamiroquai
Upside Down – Diana Ross
Crane In the Sky – Solange
Money Don’t Matter 2 Night – Prince & The New Power Generation
Another Star – Stevie Wonder

This weekend was absolutely non-stop and filled with awesome moments that I will never forget. I started by eating at one of my favorite restaurants Lulu’s Local Eatery, one of St. Louis’ premier vegan restaurant. My husband and I enjoyed this place at least one a week and it never fails to deliver on totally delectable food.

Afterwards we headed to a Juice Plus conference where we had to privilege to meet one of the South Bronx true heroes, Mr. Stephen Ritz. He spoke about his many successes in teaching under-privileged, nutrition-deprived junior high and high school students how gardens create commerce and provide career opportunities. Students changed their eating patterns to add more plant-based food to their diets and fed their minds to achieve academic performance, while changing the landscape of the Bronx. The Green Bronx Machine even used the harvest from their gardens in lunch menus, as well as afforded children the opportunity to take home food. The whole community got involved from grandparents to corporate sponsors to even the Disney Channel. Mr. Ritz’s story is remarkable to say the least.

Ritz’s high energy and charismatic presentation was highlighted with the term C.A.N. (Changing Attitudes Now). This resonated with me on so many levels. All in all, I truly loved the experience. I was introduced to the Tower Garden, a remarkable way to grow our own greens vertically without taking up a lot of space. More information can be found on

In addition to all the “veggie love,” I was excited to find out that a health conscious supporter (thanks, mom) purchased some of the botanical based, vegan make-up from my Arbonne site. Then I got the opportunity to party at an auspicious Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club fund-raising event that my husband plans, the Clifton Davis Say Amen Gala. On the one year anniversary of Mike Brown incident and Ferguson unrest, it was inspiring to see funds awarded to renovate a park in North County, youth/volunteers recognized for entrepreneurship, advocacy, literacy and more. To say I am grateful for and inspired by the whole day would be an understatement.

Which brings me to the desire to give back to all my SoundCloud Soldiers a musical pick to start off the week. My SoundCloud Sunday pick is “Falling” by SiR. It features supreme raspy vocals backed by hi-hat and steady bass line that enhance this grove.

Grove with me by checking out

Guess what!? I’ve celebrated my two year vegan-versary and I feel GREAT!   In fact, at this point in my journey I don’t feel like I crave or miss any of the old food I used to eat.  AND…It’s been a whole lot of fun!  Especially checking out new vegan stomping grounds here in my hometown and Yelping up some great spots on many of my road trips, in particular my trips to Chicago and Milwaukee. (It really does work, BTW.  If you haven’t done it before, try Yelping out on your next vacation).   At home, I’ve been juicing and blending away, eating mainly raw vegan during the day and cooked vegan in the evening.  Goals? I have an eye toward 100% raw vegan.  Finding and exploring more vegan recipes to make in the comfort of my own home.  Continuing to purify my body by stepping up my fitness.  I hope to report progress on these goals by the three-year vegan-versary if not sooner.  What goals are you currently working on?


In addition to all of that, I’ve decided to step up my game to only using plant-based make-up, facial cleanser, toothpastes and many other daily products.  I’m sure the advantages of this will be even more profound as I continue to grow in love and light for the universe and my fellow man and animal.  In planning to make these changes to my life I was pleasantly surprised by the exciting opportunities to join a new company called Arbonne.  So if you’re like me, you probably thinking what is Arbonne?  Right… I didn’t know about this company either until about a week ago.  However, Arbonne is a 35-year-old company whose mission is to providing botanically based personal care and wellness products by focusing on delivering the safest most beneficial formulas and upholding the strictest policy for their products.  They are committed to vegan, gluten free and cruelty free standards, while providing quality to their line of cosmetic, nutrition, skin care, bath and body products.  I was so happy to hear this that I signed up to be a Independent Consultant.  So now  If you think this rocks, check out

For those interested in smelling good, I’ve teamed up with a company called Eve’s Nectar Fragrance by Jackee, who specializes  an alcohol free body oils.  I’ll be featuring my favorite scents to my blog in the near future.  But I digress…

Here’s a Wednesday edition of SoundCloud Sundays.   I’m featuring the song…”Special Affair” by The Internet Music.  Driven by the craziest but dopiest bass lick and lush vocal, this jam is like (kale) chips, you can’t listen to it just once.  You just want more and more. Exotic to the core, beware to the listener as it may lead to relative activities.

For all of you who enjoy a good hip-strumental with a dash of dub, here’s Sam Gallaitry’s Crunk Remix of “Waiting So Long.” Organ synth, and the all ingredients that make and good dub step, crunk mix was featured in this masterful mix. Enjoy.

Until next time…



Happy New Year! It’s been a very good first week of 2015 and I’m happy to be able to submit another SoundCloud Sunday Pick for all my music lovers.

That said, my first pick is Clara La San’s cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body. ” This song is primarily a deconstructed track lead by lullaby sounding vocals…Wow..I must say it’s simply beautiful and sad. In parts of the song, La San’s vocals recalls the sensuality of Janet Jackson in many of her early 90’s songs. I feel like this music will become a favorites to many who enjoy lush and strong vocal arrangements.

Check out this beauty by clicking here.

My second and last pick of the week is “Coffee” by Miguel. As you probably already know I truly enjoy the written foreplay that Miguel evokes in his writing. He speaks to my more erotic side. In “Coffee,” Miquel continues to give us thought-provoking lyrics that paint a clear picture of his sensuality and view on love — all backed by the sparse instrumental synths that have become his signature. I’m rocking out to this song right now so check it out for yourself.

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