Writer & Executive Producer: LaRae Wilson
Co-Writer: Ebony P. Jones
Producer: Bernice Breckon
Set in the late 1920’s early 1930’s during the Harlem Renaissance and prohibition, a young women named IRENE from Cuba takes up residence in a small town in Georgia and opens a Speak Easy joint - Irene’s Café backed by a faithful following of black townspeople that use her place to let their hair down and celebrate being black. In an era where black people were striving for equality and peaceful co-existence Irene’s Café highlights the musical talents and high caliber academia of Black American’s of their time.
However not everyone loves Irene. Her entrusted club manager TROY has been stealing money from the club in order to build a new club with the help of two white men, BILLY and SAM.
Now that Troy has stolen enough money to start his new club the next step is to shut Irene down. He devises a plan with Billy and Sam who are tasked with kidnapping Irene’s son Jacob. Their attempt is thwarted when Irene catches them in the act and shoots them both. Her driver and lover BOBBY lays witness and has the job of covering it up.
The bodies are found dumped on a deserted dirt road and once discovered sets off a chain of events that changes Irene’s world and everyone connected to her.
Officer Wood’s suspects Irene’s involvement. He and his is men believe Bobby is their man. Meanwhile Troy has succeeded in setting up a new club and taken her staff with him – they have families to feed. Bobby is arrested and shot while in custody. Her house is burned down with her mother in it. The townspeople are worried about retaliation. Her world is crumbling.
What else could possibly happen? Irene is at a cross roads and it’s time to take action. What’s important the business? Her son? Bobby?
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