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The topic of small business ownership takes center stage in TV One’s latest film, The Lost Souls Cafe. The film is an adaptation of Writer/Director Donald Welch’s popular inspirational stage play, The Soul Café.
The Lost Souls Cafe is about a savvy woman who decides to capitalize on the fame of her music days by owning a restaurant where she also showcases music that should be kept alive for future enjoyment. In the film, former ’70s songstress Geneva Branch (actress Loretta Devine) is the proprietor of a restaurant lounge specializing in live soul music for the upscale, affluent crowd.
When Geneva learns that her nephew Taylor’s (Christian Keyes of Saints & Sinners) gambling problem has put the restaurant in jeopardy, she is nearly undone. Determined to make things right, Taylor tries to find a way to save the business.
Welch said he was inspired to write about entrepreneurship after watching so many entertainment industry colleagues succeed financially for a period of time, but later end up broke as a result of poor investment planning. He was also concerned about the lack of support for soul music in today’s society.
When speaking of his choice for the film’s leading actress, Welch said, “This particular character of Geneva is attractive and desirable and doesn’t have to be a size 2 to be considered sexy. Loretta knows that when I write something with her in mind it is going to be fun and challenging and something that she’s never played before. I see Loretta as a chameleon and there is not a role that she can’t play.”
In addition to Devine and Keyes, the film also stars Kiki Haynes (For Better or Worse) and Ernest L. Thomas (What’s Happening!!) star in the musical drama. The ensemble cast includes Todd Anthony (Stock Option), Crystal P. Bazemore (Tyler Perry’s Diary Of A Mad Black Woman) and Malika Blessing (The Perfect Man).
The film features a special appearance by soul crooner MAJOR. to perform his hit single, “This Is Why I Love You.”
The stage play production has generated acclaim from critics and fans alike. In Los Angeles, the legendary Stevie Wonder was so moved that he took to the stage for an impromptu musical performance, to the surprise of the audience and cast.
The Lost Souls Cafe
The Lost Souls Cafe premieres on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 6 p.m. ET (5 pm CT) On TV One.
The Lost Souls Cafe
For more information on TV One’s The Lost Souls Cafe, visit the network’s YouTube Channel and website at www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #LOSTSOULSCAFE.