Harlem Queen

4.5/5

Critic Rating

"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...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4

Michael Bergonzi • Audio Drama Reviews Feb 5, 2023

"...it has a subtextual depth that rivals that of Tolkien’s middle earth and the immersion readers get reading it. Harlem Queen is everything an armchair historian looks for in a historical fiction piece without substituting conflict for easter eggs and historical fan service. Harlem Queen does what any good historical story should achieve at some level: get people interested in the period or person they’re dramatizing. It dips in places in terms of technical quality, but that’s true of a lot of independent audio dramas."

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Score: 5

Sam McDonald • The Audiophile Aug 22, 2020

"The voice actors are all very talented. I don't know if they are professionals or not, but they certainly sound professional. Harlem Queen is another great historical fiction audio drama, and you should listen to it as soon as possible. You can binge the whole thing in about three hours. Though, fair warning, after that you'll be hungry for more."

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