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Meet Kenya Shaw, a single, young entrepreneur struggling to build an independent record label, while navigating the country's worst city for bachelorettes and an unlikely place for music success: Washington, DC.

Of Music and Men Kayona Ebony Brown

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

Meet Kenya Shaw, a single, young entrepreneur struggling to build an independent record label, while navigating the country's worst city for bachelorettes and an unlikely place for music success: Washington, DC.

    Statement on America (brief)

    Statement on America (brief)

    In the is episode, Kayona skips art and entertainment to talk about the protests currently going on in the aspiring great nation of America, Black Lives Matter (and why), and what non-Black allies can do to support the erasure of racism in America.

    The transcript for this episode is available at patron.com/ofmusicandmen
    Nick wright @getnickwright
    Killer Mike @killermike
    Anti-racism resource

    • 9 min
    Bonus - Coming back...

    Bonus - Coming back...

    We'll be coming back soon! In this update episode, I give you some insight on progress I'm making with the project and how I plan to move forward to produce new episodes for you soon.

    Remember, episode two of the novella, "Nothing But A Number," is available on the website for digital download now. Go to https://ofmusicandmen.com/ep2-number/ to learn more.

    Music by Sro

    • 28 min
    Bonus - Personality types and updates

    Bonus - Personality types and updates

    In this bonus update episode, I talk about my goal for this project: Of music and men inspire a generation of women to take risks and not wait for permission or perfection before doing something they know is great.

    I also discuss making a new logline for the show: After dropping out of college less than a year in, an ambitious young woman tries to succeed as an entrepreneur helming her own indie record company while navigating bachelorettehood; the only problem is, she's in the wrong place for entertainment pursuits, not to mention, the country's worst city for single women: Washington, DC.

    I talk about "diversity" (real LIFE) on the page versus diversity on the screen--and the word "diversity". I explore this through making Tk a lesbian woman instead of keeping that character as it was first made in male form because I wasn't doing a good job of giving the LGBTQIA community enough representation in this story.

    And I have fun revealing the females characters' personality types using 16personalities.com as reference. Visit our Pinterest for more on their style.

    • Tk - Kenya's artist, started as male, changed to female (diversity is not just race) - wanted to show a different type of female friendship, from Baltimore but has lived in DC since after college and UMD, is married with a kid (artsy upbringing, was never "in") - ISTJ
    • Ty - divorcing when we meet, post-doc to become psychologist, Ivy league educated (Princeton), comes from very old money (african), liberal heart but conservative in most ways (religious), southern sensibilities, mature/grownup - INFJ
    • J - beauty is your first thought, Latina (El Salvador/DR), knows her roots but grew up being seen as American Black in Chicago, Howard summa cum laude, journalist for a female lifestyle mag (arts and culture), sex-positive (gets to know people through sex) - ESTP
    • Kenya - defined by her ambition (most likely to succeed), college dropout of Prince Hall U (like NYU, private, top-tier), only one of the girls from DC (like most people here), has unique interests (various interests) and finds it difficult to connect with most men because of this, not easily distracted - ENFJ

    Music for this episode is "Weightless" by LIQWYD

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Update - May 12

    Update - May 12

    I wanted to give a quick update about what's been going on since I haven't been producing proper episodes. Don't worry, I'm getting back to it soon.

    In this episode, I talk a little about working on HBO's VEEP as an intern, recently meeting one of my heroes, Tanya Saracho (creator of Vida on Starz network), writing a new TV pilot during Covid, how I'm navigating trying to promote the new novella, and I give you a peek into what's going on with the novellas, and some writer-insights and things I've been learning over the last few months.

    Music for this episode is provided by my Swedish friends, Le Gang. The song is "Come On, Let's Go."

    • 46 min
    Crowdcast Q&A [part 2]

    Crowdcast Q&A [part 2]

    So you've made it to part two of the Crowdcast interview! But I have a few notes before we start again... I've got some good news: You can now go onto the site, ofmusicandmen.com, and be among the first to get the novella for episode two by pre-ordering before its official release date.

    Due to the recent pandemic, the traditional ways of doing things have gone out the window. I know that entertainment is not an "essential product," so I want to make sure anyone who wants access to my art can get it... whether you can return the favor by paying for it or not.

    I'M MAKING IT SUPER EASY TO GET THE DIGITAL VERSION OF EPISODE TWO OF THE NOVELLA SERIES, NOTHING BUT A NUMBER.

    If you can afford to give $1 or more, great. Click the "Give what you can" button. But if you still want to read but cannot support me right now, that's fine as well. Just click the "Read now, give later" button.

    As mentioned in the last few podcast episodes, as an artistic entrepreneur, the unending of everything around us has altered my normal way of going about things,, but I am certainly not complaining. Financial struggles aside, I've personally welcome this as an opportunity to focus on gratitude and completely readjust what's considered "normal."

    Anyway, here's part two of another recent conversation about the of music and men project. This is a two-parter, so if you didn't hear the beginning, just go back and listen to episode before this one.

    Now, my people on Patreon have already gotten this full interview and they received it in video format, but for my regular podcast listener, the audio-only was broken up into two parts.

    Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the show.

    Music:
    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space

    • 41 min
    Crowdcast Q&A [part 1]

    Crowdcast Q&A [part 1]

    Hey, Kayona here. So I've got some good news: You can now go onto the site, ofmusicandmen.com, and be among the first to get the novella for episode two by pre-ordering before its official release date.

    Due to the recent pandemic, the traditional ways of doing things have gone out the window. I know that entertainment is not an "essential product," so I want to make sure anyone who wants access to my art can get it... whether you can return the favor by paying for it or not.

    I'M MAKING IT SUPER EASY TO GET THE DIGITAL VERSION OF EPISODE TWO OF THE NOVELLA SERIES, NOTHING BUT A NUMBER.

    If you can afford to give $1 or more, great. Click the "Give what you can" button. But if you still want to read but cannot support me right now, that's fine as well. Just click the "Read now, give later" button.

    As mentioned in the last few podcast episodes, as an artistic entrepreneur, the unending of everything around us has altered my normal way of going about things,, but I am certainly not complaining. Financial struggles aside, I've personally welcome this as an opportunity to focus on gratitude and completely readjust what's considered "normal."

    Anyway, here's another recent conversation about the Of Music and Men project. Like the last two podcast episodes, this is a two-parter. Now, my people on Patreon have already gotten this full interview and they received it in video format, but for my regular podcast listener, the audio-only will be broken up into two parts. You'll get the second part next week.

    Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the show.

    Music:
    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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Loving it

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More like an audio movie

This podcast is dope is so immersive and well produced. The story leaves you wanting more and you may discover you new fav song along the way. Keep up the great work.

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