Harlem Queen

Harlem Queen

"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!

Episodes

February 10, 2019 3 mins
THANK YOU for listening! "Harlem Queen" an audio drama based on Madame Stephanie St. Clair, top gangster in Harlem during the 1920s. Featuring: Gabrielle Adkins Ian Bell Journey Brown-Saintel Nia Calloway D. Rubin Green Steven Hylton Isaiah James Mueller Damien Paris Luke Slattery  Created and Written by Yhane Washington Smith Directed by Shawn Regruto Edited by Chris Manly Sound Design by Pete Kohl Recorded at The Buddy Project S...
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THANK YOU for listening! Content Warning: This episode contains gun violence and racial and ethnic slurs. A numbers war begins in 1920s Harlem (during the Harlem Renaissance) between gangsters Dutch Schultz and Madame Stephanie St. Clair. Stephanie is shot. Starring: Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ian Bell - Dutch Schultz Journey Brown-Saintel - Ruby Washington Nia Calloway - Betty D. Rubin Green - Calvin J. Floyd...
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March 5, 2019 11 mins
THANK YOU for listening! Stephanie demands the respect she deserves. Content Warning: This episode may contain gun violence and racial and ethnic slurs. Featuring: Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ian Bell - Dutch Schultz Journey Brown-Saintel - Ruby Washington Nia Calloway - Betty D. Rubin Green - Calvin J. Floyd Steven Hylton - Bunky, Holstein, Langston Hughes Isaiah James Mueller - Eugene Washington Damien Paris ...
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THANK YOU for listening! Stephanie plans her retaliation. Content Warning: This episode may contain gun violence and racial and ethnic slurs. Featuring: Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ian Bell - Dutch Schultz Journey Brown-Saintel - Ruby Washington Nia Calloway - Betty D. Rubin Green - Calvin J. Floyd Melissa Green - Zora Neale Hurston and Ruby Washington Steven Hylton - Bunky, Holstein, Langston Hughes Peter Ki...
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April 5, 2019 18 mins
THANK YOU for listening! Stephanie strikes back. Content Warning: This episode may contain gun violence and racial and ethnic slurs. Featuring: Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ian Bell - Dutch Schultz Journey Brown-Saintel - Ruby Washington Nia Calloway - Betty D. Rubin Green - Calvin J. Floyd Melissa Green - Zora Neale Hurston, Ruby Washington Steven Hylton - Bunky, Holstein, Langston Hughes Peter Killy - Lucky...
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April 2, 2020 4 mins
We are excited to present to you season two of Harlem Queen!  Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts so that you don't miss new episodes. Instagram: @Yhane.Writes.Audio Twitter: @AudioHarlem  Web site: HarlemQueen.org YhaneWashingtonSmith.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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May 25, 2020 15 mins
THANK YOU for listening! Madame Stephanie St. Clair searches for Michele. Content Warning: This episode includes a reference to rape, lynching and racial slurs.   Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ukachi Arinzeh - Countee Cullen Ian Bell - Dutch Schultz, Fella D. Rubin Green - Floyd J. Calvin, WEB DuBois, Holstein Melissa Green - Ruby Washington Steven Hylton - Bunky Peter Killy - Lucky Luciano Jocelyn O'Toole - Ida A...
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June 16, 2020 12 mins
THANK YOU! To our new patrons: Amara! Donald! Morris! Fran S.! Chris M.! Danielle C.! Sara N.! Your support is invaluable and helps to keep us going. Madame Stephanie St. Clair continues to pay a heavy price to search for Michele. Content Warning: This episode includes a reference to rape, lynching and racial slurs. Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ukachi Arinzeh - Countee Cullen Ian Bell - Dutch Schultz, Charles Du...
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July 7, 2020 17 mins
THANK YOU! To our new patrons: Amara! Donald! Morris! Fran S.! Chris M.! Danielle C.! Sara N.! Your support is invaluable and helps to keep us going. Michele has to make her way back home. Eugene questions Holstein's motives. Wallace Thurman asks for Madame St. Clair's patronage.   Special Guest Appearance by Brandon Micheal Hall as Wallace Thurman Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ukachi Arinzeh - Countee Cullen, Anno...
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July 14, 2020 22 mins
THANK YOU! To our new patrons: Amara! Donald! Morris! Fran S.! Chris M.! Danielle C.! Sara N.! Your support is invaluable and helps to keep us going. HUGS and GRATITUDE To the best cast a hotsty totsy (that's me) could ever ask for! Michele returns and is discovered. Special Guest Appearance by Brandon Micheal Hall as Wallace Thurman Gabrielle Adkins - Madame Stephanie St. Clair Ukachi Arinzeh - Countee Cullen, Announcer Ian Bel...
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THANK YOU for listening! CONTENT WARNING: Gun fighting, language. In the 1870s, pioneers Mona Mae Christophe and Zekial Montgomery search for Mona's mother, Clara. Mona must recall long forgotten memories in order to find her mother, love and a secure life for herself. Cast: Brandon Micheal Hall as Zekial Montgomery Gabrielle Adkins as Mona Mae Christophe Luke Slattery as Conners D. Rubin Green as Tump TJ Washington as Hayes Sound...
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THANK YOU for listening! Here is a sneak listen of season three episode one of Harlem Queen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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July 5, 2021 20 mins
THANK YOU for listening! Michele decides to build a rapport with her estranged mother. Gabrielle Adkins as Stephanie St. Clair, Ian Bell as Dutch Schultz, Journey Brown-Saintel as Ruby and Gwendolyn Bennett, Karen Chmielnicki, Denese Duran as Rita, Joshua Gold as Matteo, Driver and Gunman, Steven Hylton as Bunky and Langston Hughes, Peter Killy as Lucky Luciano, Jocelyn O'Toole as Ida, Luke Slattery as Manos, Nina Smith as Michele...
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July 20, 2021 19 mins
THANK YOU for listening! Stephanie, Rita and Wilhemina join forces to take down Schultz and Luciano. Gabrielle Adkins as Stephanie St. Clair, Ian Bell as Dutch Schultz, Journey Brown-Saintel as Ruby and Gwendolyn Bennett, Karen Chmielnicki, Denese Duran as Rita, Joshua Gold as Matteo, Driver and Gunman, Steven Hylton as Bunky and Langston Hughes, Peter Killy as Lucky Luciano, Jocelyn O'Toole as Ida, Luke Slattery as Manos, Nina Sm...
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August 3, 2021 15 mins
THANK YOU for listening! Gabrielle Adkins as Stephanie St. Clair, Ian Bell as Dutch Schultz, Journey Brown-Saintel as Ruby and Gwendolyn Bennett, Karen Chmielnicki, Denese Duran as Rita, Joshua Gold as Matteo, Driver and Gunman, Steven Hylton as Bunky and Langston Hughes, Peter Killy as Lucky Luciano, Jocelyn O'Toole as Ida, Luke Slattery as Manos, Nina Smith as Michele Mondesir, Michelle Washington Wilson as Evelyn Carson, Kara Y...
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THANK YOU for listening! In 1972 we hear the powerful voices of Professor and activist Angela Davis and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. We witness the series of events that put Davis on the F.B.I. most wanted list and we join Chisholm on her campaign trail for president of the United States. Starring: Ebonie Ellington as Shirley Chisholm Jac'leen Smith as Angela Davis Emilio Smith as Jonathan Jackson Sound Designer - Xperience J. P...
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April 2, 2024 60 mins
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. Learn more about y...
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Hi! We are ready to drop new episodes of "Harlem Queen" about our very gangster and philanthropic Madame Stephanie St. Clair during the Harlem Renaissance. In the meantime, check out the promo to a show that I listen to for inspiration titled "Auricle"! Help us make more episodes of "Harlem Queen" by becoming a patron!: https://www.patreon.com/harlemqueen AND/OR subscribe to my newsletter!: https://harlemqueen.substack.com/ Thank y...
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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 abl...
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May 12, 2024 17 mins
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...
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