22 episodes

"Harlem Queen" is a Black historical fiction audio drama based on the life and times of Black, woman, "gangster" Madame Stephanie St. Clair during the Harlem Renaissance (the story takes place around 1926-28). Madame St. Clair had a powerful impact on building the Harlem community underground and aboveground and defining the Harlem Renaissance. Our goal is for you to be entertained, educated, empowered and uplifted after hearing this amazing story! Written and independently produced by Yhane Washington Smith an A' Lelia Bundles Scholar at Columbia University. You can follow on Instagram: @Yhane.Writes.Audio, Twitter: @AudioHarlem, our web site: HarlemQueen.org. HarlemQueenAudioDrama@gmail.com. or our newsletter: https://harlemqueen.substack.com/
And out Patreon to raise money to continue making this show: https://www.patreon.com/harlemqueen
Thank you for listening and reading!

Harlem Queen Yhane Washington Smith

    • Fiction
    • 4.8 • 130 Ratings

"Harlem Queen" is a Black historical fiction audio drama based on the life and times of Black, woman, "gangster" Madame Stephanie St. Clair during the Harlem Renaissance (the story takes place around 1926-28). Madame St. Clair had a powerful impact on building the Harlem community underground and aboveground and defining the Harlem Renaissance. Our goal is for you to be entertained, educated, empowered and uplifted after hearing this amazing story! Written and independently produced by Yhane Washington Smith an A' Lelia Bundles Scholar at Columbia University. You can follow on Instagram: @Yhane.Writes.Audio, Twitter: @AudioHarlem, our web site: HarlemQueen.org. HarlemQueenAudioDrama@gmail.com. or our newsletter: https://harlemqueen.substack.com/
And out Patreon to raise money to continue making this show: https://www.patreon.com/harlemqueen
Thank you for listening and reading!

    S4 EP1 - We meet JB. (Josephine Baker)

    S4 EP1 - We meet JB. (Josephine Baker)

    In this episode, Stephanie St. Clair escapes jail in New York City, lands in France and recounts her tale of arrival to "America" to her friend Josephine Baker. Around 1915, Stephanie arrives in “America”, young, pregnant, alone and gets to work building a life for herself and her baby.
    This episode features:
    Gabrielle Adkins
    Marie-Francoise Theodore
    Okema T. Moore
    Jocelyn O’Toole
    Marcus Grant
    Tom Smith
    Emilio Smith 
    If you are able, please donate to my patreon: patreon.com/harlemqueen OR if you would rather make a one-time contribution, here is my Cashapp handle: $YhaneSmith. No amount is too small (or too large) and your contribution will be put to good use. Thank you!
    Read my newsletter: https://harlemqueen.substack.com/
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    • 16 min
    S4 EP2 - We Meet Bunky.

    S4 EP2 - We Meet Bunky.

    CONTENT WARNING: A lynching is discussed.
    In this episode, Stephanie escapes tragedy and meets Bunky. Stephanie explains to Josephine how she built her numbers empire.
    This episode was edited by Jordan Kauwling. Sound designed by Xperience J. original music by Jason Moran and produced, written and directed by Yhane Washington Smith.
    This episode featured:
    Gabrielle Adkins
    Marie-Francoise Theodore
    Julie Atwell
    Emilio Smith
    Tom Smith
    If you are able, please donate to my patreon: patreon.com/harlemqueen OR if you would rather make a one-time contribution, here is my Cashapp handle: $YhaneSmith. No amount is too small (or too large) and your contribution will be put to good use. Thank you!
    Read my newsletter: https://harlemqueen.substack.com/
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    • 17 min
    S4 EP3 - Harlem Queen Live! Wilhemina Returns.

    S4 EP3 - Harlem Queen Live! Wilhemina Returns.

    This is the recording of our live show!!
    In this episode Stephanie and Wilhemina hatch a plan that will put Dutch Schultz six feet under.
    Original music by Jason Moran and produced, edited, written and directed by Yhane Washington Smith.
    This episode featured:
    Gabrielle Adkins
    Kara Young
    Luke Slattery
    Ian Bell
    Karen Chmielnicki
    Ele Matelan our foley artist.
    If you are able, please donate to my patreon: patreon.com/harlemqueen OR if you would rather make a one-time contribution, here is my Cashapp handle: $YhaneSmith. No amount is too small (or too large) and your contribution will be put to good use. Thank you!
    Read my newsletter: https://harlemqueen.substack.com/
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    • 24 min
    S4 EP4 - Madame Stephanie St. Clair's Trial (Season Finale)

    S4 EP4 - Madame Stephanie St. Clair's Trial (Season Finale)

    This episode tells the tale of Stephanie's trial.
    This season’s special sponsor is Harlem Brewing headed by the first black woman beer brewer, Celeste Beatty. Get ready for Harlem Brewing’s Harlem themed taproom in Brixton. That’s Brixton in London.
    This episode was edited by Jordan Kauling, sound designed by Xperience J., Emanie White -Heard is our audio engineer. "Harlem Queen" theme music composed by Jason Moran. Produced, written and directed by Yhane Washington Smith.

    This episode featured:

    Gabrielle Adkins

    Marie-Francoise Theodore

    Bob Raymunda

    Jeff VanDreason

    Emerald Toller

    Peter Killy

    Luke Slattery

    Journey Brown-Saintel

    Tom Smith

    Emilio Smith

    Nina Smith

    Yhane Washington Smith
    If you are able, please donate to my patreon: patreon.com/harlemqueen OR if you would rather make a one-time contribution, here is my Cashapp handle: $YhaneSmith. No amount is too small (or too large) and your contribution will be put to good use. Thank you!
    Read my newsletter: https://harlemqueen.substack.com/
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    • 17 min
    The Grio's Harlem and Moscow

    The Grio's Harlem and Moscow

    While we are putting the finishing touches on Season 4 of "Harlem Queen" check out "Harlem and Moscow". I had the opportunity to speak with the writer of the series, Alle Mims. We had a lovely chat about the people of the Harlem Renaissance who traveled to Russia to make this ill-fated Russian propaganda film, the Russian creatives of this film as well as a little about researching and writing historical fiction.
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    • 1 hr
    Harlem Queen Season Three Sneak Listen

    Harlem Queen Season Three Sneak Listen

    THANK YOU for listening!
    Here is a sneak listen of season three episode one of Harlem Queen.
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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

poejunior ,

Great discovery

Found this by chance, and I want more. Great historical subject, entertaining and educational. Hope they expand this world!

jenkins_girl ,

Must Listen

This was a surprise find since everything in my feed is sci-fi / horror. But so glad it popped up. The season’s go by quickly so it’s not a huge time commitment if you want to binge.

A. R. OLIVIERI ,

Mood, music, & intrigue!

This show does something special, between the way it transports you to a different time, with music & mood as your guide, & constantly ratcheting up the intrigue along the way! The acting is out of this world & the sound design completely immerses you in the world. Listen now!

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