Of Music and Men

Of Music and Men

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.

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July 31, 2019 1 min
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 is an episodic story presented in podcast format that takes you into the lives of a diverse ensemble of interconnected millennials navigating perhaps the country’s most colorful dating scene, while delving i...
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http://ofmusicandmen.com/podcast (Of Music and Men) is a scripted drama-comedy series presented to you in a weekly storytelling podcast format.You thought it was a book, or a short film, or a TV show?Well, all of that is true. Somewhat. Let me explain. Back in 2012, I set out to create a TV show about my life as a single young entrepreneur trying to establish an indie record company in Wash DC. I developed it, wrote the pilot, then...
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November 13, 2019 26 min
Meet Kenya Shaw, a 20-something kid from DC working to build an independent record label while also (as a bachelorette) navigating perhaps the worst city in the country for single women and not exactly the place you’d expect when it comes to entertainment -- Washington, DC.Not only is this a story of music, but it's also a music experience. So sit back, put on your headphones, and enjoy the show...For full credits and sources o...
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December 18, 2019 37 min
Kenya's life is about more than just helping to nourish the music careers of her artists and building her fledgling company. Her longtime friends, Ty and J, help reveal more to you about the young entrepreneur's personal life, and how they all manage to navigate DC as single millennial women.Not only is this a story of music, but it's also a music experience. So sit back, put on your headphones, and enjoy the show...For...
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December 25, 2019 30 min
Kenya is adventurous, cool under pressure, and confident... when it comes to her business. It's a different story, however, when it comes to men.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-3-and-men (https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-3-and-men)CREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washin...
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Taj Kamal is an enigmatic, soft spoken, lyrical genius... and she's the reason Kenya started her record company in the first place.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-4-take-taj-kamal (https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-4-take-taj-kamal)CREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washin...
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January 8, 2020 33 min
Kenya gets a chance to redeem herself with the folks over at 9:30 Club. She has everything planned out--what she's going to say and how she's going to say it. She wants to get her artist, Lucas, on that stage, opening for Gavin DeGraw. But there's just one thing that maybe she didn't think of.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-5-that-brown-brown (https://ofmusicand...
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January 15, 2020 40 min
Demoralized, with just two days left to find a way to get her artist on the card at 9:30 Club, Kenya goes back to the drawing board, but finds inspiration for her next move in an unexpected place.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-6-fair-weather (https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-6-fair-weather)CREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and pr...
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January 22, 2020 33 min
Kenya and Tk show up for their big radio break, but things go different than planned. And we finally meet Lucas, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, the other artist on Kenya’s burgeoning record label, and evidence that youth—and talent—is wasted on the young.For full credits and sources on this episode, go to:https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-7-never-say-never (https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode1-7-never-say-never)CREDITSNarrationEpi...
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January 29, 2020 30 min
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 https://wpgc.radio.com/blogs/poet/barry-farm-is-officially-a-historic-landmark?fbclid=IwAR3TqMvSKXc8jEo--Q2V0sBVo-EnwHZihtAiCDuNfq8uZL4W6AQ_fWglXJY (Landmark Status). Learn more on the credits p...
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February 5, 2020 48 min
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 ep...
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February 12, 2020 131 min
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 ...
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February 26, 2020 35 min
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-biding (https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-1-no-time-for-biding)CREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona E...
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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-timeline (http://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-2-where-timeline)CREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony BrownEpisodeWritten, recorded, and p...
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March 10, 2020 27 min
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-age (https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-3-men-certain-age)https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/wheres-my-go-go-music-residents-say-turn-...
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March 17, 2020 23 min
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-start (https://ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-4-when-to-start)CREDITSNarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony B...
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March 24, 2020 27 min
Kenya's date with the older guy starts out great--a @https://soundcloud.com/BalkanBeatBox (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:https://gate.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fofmusicandmen.com%2Fepisode2-5-the-great-compromise&token=36d209-1-...
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March 31, 2020 28 min
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:https://gate.sc/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fofmusicandmen.com%2Fepisode2-6-of-age-yet&token=9b112b-1-1585427912630 (ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-6-of-age...
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April 7, 2020 30 min
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 dur...
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April 14, 2020 65 min
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 ma...
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