Sinopsis

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.

Episodios

  • Update - June 16

    Update - June 16

    17/06/2020 Duración: 21min

    Of Music and Men is a story, so it's best to start listening at episode one. This episode is a bonus episode during our brief hiatus.I decided not to post an update last week. Sometimes you gotta read the room. There’s a lot going on in this country and I felt like I needed a break from entertainment for a minute. This episode is just a brief update on what's been happening.Music by Mona Wonderlick - Bloom (download via Soundcloud)Also, check out the Heroes video on Youtube. Just click here.

  • Statement on America (brief)

    Statement on America (brief)

    03/06/2020 Duración: 09min

    Of Music and Men is a story, so it's best to start listening at episode one. This episode is a bonus episode during our brief hiatus.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/ofmusicandmenNick wright @getnickwrightKiller Mike @killermikeAnti-racism resource

  • Bonus - Coming back...

    Bonus - Coming back...

    27/05/2020 Duración: 28min

    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

  • Bonus - Personality types and updates

    Bonus - Personality types and updates

    20/05/2020 Duración: 01h12min

    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 refere

  • Update - May 12

    Update - May 12

    13/05/2020 Duración: 46min

    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."

  • Crowdcast QA [part 2]

    Crowdcast Q&A [part 2]

    06/05/2020 Duración: 41min

    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 o

  • Crowdcast QA [part 1]

    Crowdcast Q&A [part 1]

    29/04/2020 Duración: 34min

    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 asid

  • QA for Episode two (part two)

    Q&A for Episode two (part two)

    22/04/2020 Duración: 53min

    If you're new, this is a story, so it's best to start at episode one.Hi, Kayona here. Here's part two of last week's interview with Sovereign Noir Publications.I hope you’ve been enjoying the podcast so far, as I've really enjoyed bringing it to you. Episode 2.7 (the last FULL episode you heard) was the completion of book two, or if this were the TV show, it would’ve been episode two of that.With this global crisis, we’ve all been affected, and all of us in different ways. Personally, things have been quite hard for me financially, as I am a small business owner who has made money through artistic gig work over the last few year, which is a double edged sword. It allows me the opportunity to work on my art more consistently, but it’s subject to the whims of people who need you when they need you, and when they don’t need you, then they don’t need you--hence, no income for you.This is especially difficult for me right now as I’m trying to get the next novella (episode two of the series) out to you. Now of cour

  • QA for Episode two (part one)

    Q&A for Episode two (part one)

    15/04/2020 Duración: 01h05min

    Hi, Kayona here. I hope you’ve been enjoying the podcast so far, as I've really enjoyed bringing it to you. Episode 2.7 (the last episode you heard) was the completion of book two, or if this were the TV show, it would’ve been episode two of that.With this global crisis, we’ve all been affected, and all of us in different ways. Personally, things have been quite hard for me financially, as I am a small business owner who has made money through artistic gig work over the last few year, which is a double edged sword. It allows me the opportunity to work on my art more consistently, but it’s subject to the whims of people who need you when they need you, and when they don’t need you, then they don’t need you--hence, no income for you.This is especially difficult for me right now as I’m trying to get the next novella (episode two of the series) out to you. Now of course, you just listened to it here with these last 7 episodes of the podcast but the book is a different experience. It was supposed to come out April

  • 15. Episode 2.7 Life is What Happens

    15. Episode 2.7 Life is What Happens

    08/04/2020 Duración: 30min

    Thank you for taking the time during this world crisis to still include this program in your daily life.We usually jump right into the episodes, but i just wanted to take a moment to say that your time is greatly appreciated, and if you or a loved one are trying to find ways to find your way back to good health, just know that you’re always in my heart.My hope is that this brings you joy, entertainment, and a much needed escape during your forced solitude. Thank you again, and enjoy the show...Kenya stops avoiding it and finally commits to meeting her father’s new love interest—the 33 y/o. And later, she helps Tk to make a life-changing decision about what’s most important—continuing to “act her age”, or for once, live her dream for true happiness.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-7-life-is-what-happensCREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED I

  • 14. Episode 2.6 Of Age Yet?

    14. Episode 2.6 Of Age Yet?

    01/04/2020 Duración: 28min

    As Kenya helps nurse Lucas back from illness, she realizes that she has to draw a line. They are business partners, not parent and child. Meanwhile, both J and Ty experience the impressions that younger men can have--good and bad.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-6-of-age-yetCREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEReveal by IksonStream/buy Ikson music:- Spotify: goo.gl/GSvyMN- Soundcloud: @ikson- iTunes: itunes.apple.com/se/artist/ikson/id533041587Zdarmania by @NiwelWasted Years by @InossiRelax, man by Le GangLe Gang on SoundCloud: @thisislegangLe Gang on Spotify: spoti.fi/2Nqx1E1Le Gang on Apple Music: apple.co/2tCxx8MLe Gang on YouTube: bit.ly/2Th5V7ESunflower by @SoybmusicTrack: Sunflower — Soyb [Audio Library Release]Music provided by Audio Library PlusWatch: youtu.be/dG1U3NuR9PkFree Download / Stream:

  • 13. Episode 2.5: The Great Compromise

    13. Episode 2.5: The Great Compromise

    25/03/2020 Duración: 27min

    Kenya's date with the older guy starts out great--a @BalkanBeatBox show and pancakes at The Diner--but a 20 year age difference quickly reveals some differences in how they see their futures (and present, for that matter).For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-5-the-great-compromiseCREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEChillin in the 70s by Studio MonkeyGet The Balkan Party Started by @SoundrollThings by @LiQWYD & @thisisLeGang :Music by LiQWYD & Le Gang - Free download: bit.ly/things-free-downloadINSTAGRAM: Music by @LiQWYD & @thisislegangBalkan Partizoni By @SoundrollStrange by Aden @musicbyadenQuirky Latin by Pink ZebraEscape by @NiwelMusic for the Word of the episode:Undertow by @ScottBuckleyEdited with Adobe Creative CloudTo have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link

  • 12. Episode 2.4: When Do You Start?

    12. Episode 2.4: When Do You Start?

    18/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    Kenya's job overseeing the careers of musicians often blur the lines between professional and parental, when Lucas needs more from her than she can give. And Tk is forced to make a big decision about her music and her day-job.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-4-when-to-startCREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEAll music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by KayonaKIDS by @MonaWonderlickMona Wonderlick on Spotify: bit.ly/spotify-mona-wonderlickMona Wonderlick on Apple Music: bit.ly/applemusic-monawonderlickI'm Up In The Clouds by Le GangLe Gang - "Lo-Fi Beats & Chill" (Album) out on Spotify & Apple Music.Le Gang on SoundCloud: @thisislegangLe Gang on Spotify: spoti.fi/2Nqx1E1Le Gang on Apple Music: apple.co/2tCxx8MLe Gang on YouTube: bit.ly/2Th5V7EMusic for t

  • 11. Episode 2.3: Men of a Certain Age

    11. Episode 2.3: Men of a Certain Age

    11/03/2020 Duración: 27min

    Kenya agrees to go out with a man in his 40s, although she has second thoughts, when she hangs out with her longtime male friend who's her age, she starts to wonder if older men might be better.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-3-men-certain-ageClick here for more info on Don’t Mute DC or go to the credits page.CREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEAll music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by KayonaSad Circus x Unminus (Free download)Music for the Word of the episode:Soar by Scott BuckleyEdited with Adobe Creative CloudTo have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.

  • 10. Episode 2.2: Where to Draw the Timeline?

    10. Episode 2.2: Where to Draw the Timeline?

    04/03/2020 Duración: 31min

    While hanging out with J and Ty, the topic of age comes up, and when Kenya reveals that her father is dating someone 33-years-old, she has to admit that she's not handling this like an adult.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:http://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-2-where-timelineCREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEAll music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by KayonaA Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio (free download)Music for the Word of the episode:A New Year by Scott BuckleyEdited with Adobe Creative CloudTo have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where it can be streamed and downloaded. Soundcloud and Bandcamp are two great sites to do so. Go to ofmusicandmen.com to submit your music.

  • 9. Episode 2.1: No Time for Biding

    9. Episode 2.1: No Time for Biding

    26/02/2020 Duración: 35min

    Kenya realizes that there are some similarities between being a grown-up and being an entrepreneur--neither of which she's gotten any good at yet. Meanwhile, Tk finds that despite what she thinks, Hip Hop has no age limit.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-1-no-time-for-bidingCREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEAll music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by KayonaCome On, Let’s Go by Le GangLe Gang on SoundCloud: @thisislegangLe Gang on Spotify: spoti.fi/2Nqx1E1Le Gang on Apple Music: apple.co/2tCxx8MLe Gang on YouTube: bit.ly/2Th5V7EPillow by Mona WonderlickFree download: bit.ly/pillow-download- YouTube: bit.ly/youtube-monawonderlick- Soundcloud: bit.ly/soundcloud-mona-wonderlick- Instagram: bit.ly/instagram-monawonderlickEdited with Adobe Creative CloudTo have yo

  • Quick reminder

    Quick reminder

    19/02/2020 Duración: 01min

    Make sure to continue supporting the show by going to patreon.com/ofmusicandmen and helping us out by becoming a Patron.We'll be back next week with all new episodes.

  • Recap one

    Recap one

    12/02/2020 Duración: 02h10min

    This is a recap of episode one (first eight podcast episodes).Of Music and Men was created to be a television series. Still working toward that, this project continues to grow. I decided to turn each of the those television episodes into its own novella. For this podcast, you're hearing those novellas broken up into sub-episodes that you get each week. The last eight podcast-episodes that you've heard make up the pilot for the TV show (and for that matter, the first novella).For credits on each of the episodes that make up this bonus, visit our episode archive page:https://ofmusicandmen.com/archives/Please support us at Patreon.com/ofmusicandmen

  • QA: E1

    Q&A: E1

    05/02/2020 Duración: 48min

    In this Q&A episode, Kayona answers questions about Of Music and Men, talks about her heroes Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Issa Rae, gives insight about the goal for the project, and provides details about how we got to this point.1. What is the goal for this approach to the project?2. Tell us how the podcast differs from the novellas, how the novellas differ from the TV scripts, but what they all have in common.3. You start each episode with what you call a "cold open". How or why did you want to do this?4. How would you describe your writing style?5. The music is very important. Tell us about the journey (past, present, and future) of the music.6. What can we expect moving forward?If you have a question, email us at contact@ofmusicandmen.comOf Music and Men was created to be a television series. Still working toward that, this project continues to grow. I decided to turn each of the those television episodes into its own novella. For this podcast, you're hearing those novellas broken up into sub-episodes tha

  • 8. Episode 1.8: Little Miss Nobody

    8. Episode 1.8: Little Miss Nobody

    29/01/2020 Duración: 30min

    Determined to get her artist to perform at 9:30 Club, Kenya gives it one more try. But with this new plan, even if she strikes out, she'll still win the game.UPDATE!!! Since the recording of this episode, Barry Farm has received its Landmark Status. Learn more on the credits page for this episode.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-8-little-miss-nobodyCREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DCMUSIC LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE IN THE EPISODEAll music for this episode provided by Filmstro - arranged for this episode by KayonaStomp Clap Slap by Leon FelekyanNiña by Mona Wonderlick(Free Download): http://bit.ly/nina-download(Look out) She’s America by Otis McDonaldCredits music: Quarter Past Six by Le Gang by Le GangWord of the episode: I Saw A Ghost Last Night by Leonell Cassio Sound effects: Audio BlocksEdited with Adobe Creative Cloud and FilmstroTo h

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