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.... Show More

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August 4, 2020 34 min
Kenya realizes that there are some important parallels between the music industry and sports, and as she’s trying to figure out her next play to run with Tk’s career and pending album release, she pays a visit to her mentor, a former industry exec who shows her that there’s more than one way to be a player.
This a story--Of Music and Men--so it's best to start at Episode One: https://soundcloud.com/omampodcast/ep-1-blueprint
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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.
Good news! This is the last update before we jump into book three (the collection of podcast episodes that make up book three). Thank you for being patient during this time when I’m sure we all may have had other more pressing issues to concern ourselves with.
So, I think I mentioned a couple updat...
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July 14, 2020 68 min
Of Music and Men is a story, so it's best to start listening at episode one. This is a recap episode for episode two during our brief hiatus.
This is part two of the recap episode for the series of podcast episodes that make up Nothing But a Number. So, in case you forgot, episode two is called Nothing but a number--that is, the collection of seven episodes of the podcast that make up episode two. You know how this works. Here, ...
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July 7, 2020 64 min
Of Music and Men is a story, so it's best to start listening at episode one. This is a recap episode for episode two during our brief hiatus.
So, I’m going to give you a two-part recap of episode two before we get into episode three since it’s been a while. So, in case you forgot, episode two is called, Nothing but a number--that is, the collection of seven episodes of the podcast that make up episode two. You know how this work...
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June 30, 2020 35 min
Of Music and Men is a story, so it's best to start listening at episode one. This episode is a bonus Q&A episode during our brief hiatus.
In this episode, Kayona answers questions like...How do you do it technically?What’s the hardest thing about doing this podcast? What podcasts inspire this one? What are you watching on TV?What's your favorite spot in DC?You try your best to be an optimist. How? And Why?

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June 23, 2020 21 min
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.
So, things have remained super busy on my end with writing and meetings. In this episode, I tell you about some of the things I've been writing and some of the meetings I've had. Plus, an update on when we'll be back.
Music by Mona Wonderlick - Bloom (download via Soundcloud)
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June 16, 2020 21 min
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 Sou...
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June 2, 2020 9 min
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 pa...
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May 26, 2020 28 min
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.
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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 bache...
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May 12, 2020 46 min
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 y...
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May 5, 2020 41 min
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,...
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April 28, 2020 34 min
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... whethe...
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April 21, 2020 53 min
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 cri...
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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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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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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:ofmusicandmen.com/episode2-6-of-age-yet
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NarrationEpisode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown
EpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown...
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March 24, 2020 27 min
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-compromise
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EpisodeWritten, recorded, and produced by Kayona E...
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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
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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
Click here for more info on Don’t Mute DC or go to the credits page.
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