Yhane Smith

is creating "Harlem Queen" , an audio drama.

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"Harlem Queen", an audio drama, tells the story of Madame Stephanie St. Clair, top gangster in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance.

1920s Harlem was the era of prohibition, the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance."Numbers Queen" Madame Stephanie St. Clair rakes in thirty large ($30,000) a month running her illegal numbers. She's rich, smart, lovely and a force to be reckoned with. As she elbows her way into the upper echelon of the respected "Talented Tenth", she fights to keep Bronx racketeer, Dutch Schultz out of Harlem. 

"Harlem Queen" features: Gabrielle Adkins, Ian Bell, Journey Brown-Saintel, Nia Calloway, D. Rubin Green, Melissa Green, Steven Hylton, Peter Killy, Isaiah James Mueller, Jocelyne O'Toole, Damien Paris, Luke Slattery, Emerald Toller.
Created and Written by Yhane Smith
Directed by Shawn Regruto
Theme music by Jason Moran
Sound Design by Peter Kohl
Recorded at The Buddy Project
Production Assistants: Emely Perez and Nina Smith
Special thanks: Julie Atwell
Follow us on Instagram @harlemqueenaudiodrama to get your Madame St. Clair fix! Check out the hot spots Madame St. Clair frequented in her day as they are today.

In the world of "Harlem Queen", the sophistication and elegance of the Harlem Renaissance intermingle with the nitty, gritty underworld of racketeering, numbers running, and speakeasies. It was a time when Harlem had its own royalty: Duke Ellington, Bessie "Empress of the Blues" Smith, Madame St. Clair and years later Lady Day and Count Basie. Noted characters such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston rub elbows with gangsters such as Madame St. Clair and Bunky Johnson. 

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