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Episode six: Return Home to Harlem

Apr. 19, 2024 – 53:10 – In a desperate attempt to get to Langston Hughes, Dorothy West decides to propose marriage. Louise Thompson tries to talk her out of it and shares the reality of what it means to be in love with a man like Langston. Louise also reveals a secret behind her own failed marriage. As plans for life after Moscow remain unclear, Mildred Jones offers to stay with Dorothy in the Soviet Union for another season. But what type of relationship is Mildred looking for? Dorothy shares her unconventional plans for the future. Executive Producers: Byron Allen Carolyn Folks Jennifer Lucas Geraldine Moriba Regina Griffin Cast: J Ivy As Langston Hughes Evan Frazier As Dorothy West Nancy Gilliam As Rachel West Kyla Lacey As Helene Johnson And Tarrey Torae As Sylvia Garner Broderick Clavery as Henry Lee, James The Translator and The Meschrapbom Official. Breanna Cosette As Mildred Jones Susaye Lawson As Louise Thompson Basil Rodericks As Countee Cullen Stephan Rumphorst as Carl Junghans and Boris The Russian Sergeant Sidney Apolonio as The Volunteer Coordinator Sam Riddell as The Train Conductor Jon Kelly as The News Reporter Written By Alle Mims Directed By Ares Harper and Regina Griffin Producer and Sound Design Sam Riddell Audio Engineers Aaron Reppert and Carey Durham. Technical Support Craig Ross and Sabua Samandu. Booking Producer And Logistics Coordinator Taji Senior Audio Podcast Editor Justin Sloan Dramaturg Alexis Williams Art Design By Trevor Irmler Music By: Transitions And URSS Soviet Chorus Audio Recording Smash Studios Videographer Templeton Wright Research for Harlem And Moscow was facilitated by The Schomburg Center, Project Muse, The Schlesinger Library On The History Of Women In America At The Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson’s Book “Dorothy West’s Paradise”, as well as Literary Sisters by Verner D. Mitchell And Cynthia Davis. Sincere thanks go to The Dramatist Guild, The Dramatist Guild Foundation, Dr. Jennifer Wilson, Dr. Saidiya Hartman, Dr. Brent Hayes-Edwards, and Dr. Lauren Brik-Elmore. And theGrio gives a special thanks to Gabrielle Holder, Genia Nooks and Gill Talent Group team.

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