Sophia Loren Coffee | Coffee is Hot!

Contributed by Lynette Braxton

DSP Logo - Sq BlSophia Loren Coffee is hot and on the trail of success!

Everyone who knows Coffee can attest to the fact that she is blessed and more so a blessing. She has successfully branded her name to convey themes that ring true in her life: confident, humorous, singer, and actress; approachable, humble, a comrade, and always seeking creative ways of being a successful entrepreneur.

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Sophia Loren Coffee and her handcrafted earrings. Photo credit: Maribel Newbold.

Along with being an inspiration to many, she is strongly grounded with her eyes always focused on the future by creating opportunities with and for others. These ingredients that make up Coffee started at an early age. She is the daughter of Phyllis and Marvin Coffee of the windy city, Chicago. They were performers and started Sophia on the stage at four years old. From there Sophia learned how to share the stage with her siblings, thereby fostering a one-for-all and all-for-one sensibility.


Sophia Loren Coffee at Paris Blues in Harlem.  Photo credit: Michael Baumann.

Sophia Loren Coffee at Paris Blues in Harlem. Photo credit: Michael Baumann.

Coffee identifies herself as a “born daydreamer—a visualizationist”.  Having worked at St. Nick’s Pub for five years, she attributed her insight into the world of entertainment to being enrolled in the fictitious St. Nick’s Pub University—a place of meeting stars and opportunities. Coffee saw many celebrities visit St. Nick’s, and she realized the key to the game was to be humble, approachable, and down to earth, then a lot of doors of opportunity will open.

Sophia Loren Coffee and vocalist at Bad Kids Brigade.  Photo credit: Ron Stewart.

Sophia Loren Coffee and vocalist at Bad Kids Brigade. Photo credit: Ron Stewart.

She capitalized on a prospect when witnessing the superstar potential of her friends and their lack of a space to perform due to headliners monopolizing the entire set times during open mic shows in New York. Because of her St. Nick’s training, she  decided to launch her own open mic series in order to allow others to shine.


Four months ago she announced Bad Kids Brigade Open Mic Series. I asked her why she named it that. She said that the kids she works with are “Baddd! Bad meaning fearless and outstanding!” When asked if there was a theme to her show, she said it was “Freedom: Come in with whatever you want to come in with. Come on out and get some of this medicine.”

Solace.  Photo credit. Marcus Dargan | Down Stage Pass.

Solace Bar and Grill. Photo credit. Marcus Dargan | Down Stage Pass.

Believe it—every first Wednesday at Solace Bar and Grill at 3496 Broadway on the corner of 143rd Street, Coffee is serving up an array of talents to fit any palate. The open mic is a welcoming atmosphere full of multiple-talented artists of all levels of experience who collaborate with great inspiration.


Sophia and saxophonist at Bad Kids Brigade.  Photo credit: Ron Stewart.

Sophia and saxophonist at Bad Kids Brigade. Photo credit: Ron Stewart.

Attending Bad Kids Brigade on October 1st, I enjoyed the diverse talents of Noel, Nicole Byrd, Isaac Katalav, Kafele Bandele, Eliki, Gary E. Vincent, Whiskey Neubold, and Marcus Dargan. Masterful and emerging vocalists and musicians graced the stage with songs ranging from Broadway and standard jazz tunes. A children’s book author even shared her story and led the audience into a sing-a-long as the mic was passed around, one of many times the audience was welcomed to sing their two cents that evening.

Sophia Loren Coffee and the crew of Bad Kids Brigade.  Photo credit: Marible Newbold.

Sophia Loren Coffee and the crew of Bad Kids Brigade. Photo credit: Marible Newbold.

Bad Kids Brigade is an inspiring and lively evening with a nonjudgmental, “come as you are” vibe.  You can join Coffee and the crew every first Wednesday this winter and experience how hot she is for yourself!


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About the author

Lynnette Braxton, (Ms. Lynn), is a Louisiana native and professional actress, writer and storyteller. She has performed multicultural and inspirational stories in diverse venues ranging from local basement churches to international stages. She is the author of Thanks for the Memories, a play celebrating the 200th Year Anniversary of Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York. Ms. Lynn first worked with veteran director and actor Robert Duvall and John Beasley in the film The Apostle, portraying the character Mother Blackwell. Since then, she has appeared in many film, television, and theatre productions. Theatre fans will recognize her from NYC productions of Tambourines To Glory, Mrs. Dally Has A Lover, The Wiz, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and The African Drum. Her professional affiliations include: Gumbeaux Magazine (Featured Fiction Writer), National Storytelling Network, Network of Biblical Storytellers, New York-Abyssinian Baptist Church Creative Arts Ministry, National Association of Black Storytellers, African Folk Heritage Circle, and Writers' Guild of Acadiana of LA. Ms. Lynn holds an M.S.Ed. in Educational Theatre and B.A. in Theatre. lynnettebraxton.com

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