Episode 3.8 – Any Given Sunday

podcast Episode 3.8 Any Given Sunday “In life, just like in football, sometimes a play will be called for you. Maybe it’ll be the best play; maybe it’ll earn you a few inches. Maybe a first-down and the chance to try again. Or maybe not. Either way, patience and vision is the key to reaching your goal. And along the way, you have to take …

Episode 3.7 – First and Goal

podcast Episode 3.7 first and goal “There were only a handful of people out on the terrace, drinking and conversing, despite the venue’s effort to heat the area with those decorative outdoor lamps. I tried to tell myself that “fresh air” was the reason I’d gone out there, but that was just a rehearsed excuse if I was asked. I was really trying to low-key …

Episode 3.6 – Uncharted Territory

podcast Episode 3.6 uncharted territory “There are some parts of the general DC area where I seldom venture. Not that I have anything personal against them, I just never have any business in those parts. Germantown, Maryland is one of those places.” After Lucas’ decision to go off-script, Kenya is left trying to find a way to get him back in the game. Meanwhile, Tk’s …

Episode 3.5 – If You Build It

podcast Episode 3.5 if you build it, will they come? “She had spent over a week passive aggressively applying for this job. But sometimes when you pass—even when it’s aggressively—you get intercepted.” Ty’s privileged life has left her unable to fight for what she wants since it’s always been given to her. But after missing out on her dream job, she seeks the insight of …

Episode 3.4 – Xs and Os

podcast Episode 3.4 The xs and os “It’s about you, the woman, taking your place as the true leader. You have to show them the way, or they will be lost and you will never have the life, the love… the pleasure that you want and deserve!” J’s career as a journalist has had its ups and down, but it’s one of the most rewarding …

Episode 3.3 – Fourth and Long

podcast Episode 3.3 fourth and long “I wasted very little time calling Kenneth Gold. And after about five minutes on the phone, he requested that we meet in person, which had me thinking: “Gee, am I really that bad?” Kenya meets Kenneth Gold, a renowned dating coach, to help her understand the rules of the game and give some insider perspective into why she’s having …

Episode 3.2 -Hate the Game

podcast Episode 3.2 Hate the Game “But you were saying—about January and the guy?” Ty reminded me. “Yeah. She suddenly had game. I mean… she was almost as good as…” And I looked at J. And then Ty looked at her too. J was in mid-sip, with the disposable hot/cold cup still at her mouth, when she looked over it realizing that I was comparing …

Episode 3.1 – Don’t Hate the Player

podcast Episode 3.1 Don’t Hate the Player “In basketball, each team plays two guards, a center, and two forwards. In baseball, it’s three outfielders, four infielders, a catcher, and a pitcher. In football, there’re 11 on offense, 11 on defense, and 11 on special teams. In music, the team is made up quite similarly. And the only difference between the teams in sports and those …

Episode 2.7 – Life is What Happens

podcast Episode 2.7 Life is what Happens “As he slept now and I stood there preparing to trek back to Capitol Hill from Columbia Heights at this God forsaken hour of the morning, I had learned a valuable lesson—although I felt like I needed to take care of Lucas, I wouldn’t be able to do it for the rest of his life.” As Kenya helps …

Episode 2.6 – Of Age yet?

podcast Episode 2.6 Of Age Yet? “As he slept now and I stood there preparing to trek back to Capitol Hill from Columbia Heights at this God forsaken hour of the morning, I had learned a valuable lesson—although I felt like I needed to take care of Lucas, I wouldn’t be able to do it for the rest of his life.” As Kenya helps nurse …

Episode 2.5 – The Great Compromise

podcast Episode 2.5 The Great Compromise 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). Credits Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC Music: Music …

Episode 2.4 – When Do You Start?

podcast Episode 2.4 When do you start? “Here’s the thing: every biopic, biography and ‘Unsung’ story about musicians have a common denominator—ignorant artists who either didn’t know or didn’t bother to educate themselves about how their business should work… I didn’t want stupid artists who would later question whether I had anything to do with their financial situation, if of course, it was a bad …

Episode 2.3 – Men of a Certain Age

podcast Episode 2.3 Men of a Certain age “When I turned 18, I finally got my first car—an already sixteen-year-old Nissan Altima. It was taupe inside, aubergine on the outside, and before I’d been the owner a full year, all four hubcaps had already mysteriously vanished, seemingly all at once. But the cool thing was: when I was really feeling nostalgic, I could pop in …

Episode 2.2 – Where to Draw the Timeline?

podcast Episode 2.2 Where to Draw the Timeline? “Much like the music industry, DC is changing. The perception that everything is old and gray—the buildings, the streets, the men—is being challenged. We had survived the country’s economic slump and was undergoing an entire social renovation. Things that were once old were now new again. And no longer was age a prerequisite for dominance.” Credits Episode …

Episode 2.1 – No Time for Biding

podcast Episode 2.1 No time for biding “I was barely a teenager when I decided what I wanted to be when I became a grown-up: the owner of my very own business. But what I didn’t know was that it would require doing a whole lot of things I don’t particularly want to do, and even more things I’m not particularly good at—and that’s just …

(Recap) Episode 1

Recap Episode 1 rewind look at 1 Let’s take a look back at what you hear over the last eight episodes. Credits Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC Music: All music for this episode provided by Filmstro – arranged for this episode by Kayona Sound effects: Audio Blocks  Edited with Adobe …

Q&A Episode 1

Q&A Episode 1 all the answers Credits Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona Ebony Brown at Siingle Studios in Washington, DC Music: All music for this episode provided by Filmstro – arranged for this episode by Kayona Edited with Adobe Creative Cloud and Filmstro To have your music considered for placement in the show, send us a link where …

Episode 1.8 – Little Miss Nobody

Episode 1.8 little miss nobody If given a choice, would you rather be second-class or first-class? Now before you answer, please, let me at least lay out the differences for you so that you know exactly how to answer this. LaKiesha Mitchell was born and raised in Barry Farm 28 years ago, a place where the people expect nothing more than to be treated like …

Episode 1.7 – Never Say Never

Episode 1.7 never say never I was one of those 8-year-olds that might’ve said, “I don’t know,” when you asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now, it wasn’t because I didn’t have a vision for my future, but it was because I wasn’t as concerned about what I wanted to be when I became an adult, as I was with who …

Episode 1.6 – Fair Weather

Episode 1.6 fair weather Have you ever thought about your level of comfort–I mean in life? To live–comfortably, that is–in Washington, DC, let’s face it: you need… money. Lots and lots of money. In fact, according to some very reputable sources, only four other cities in this country will cost you more to make a decent, comfortable life for yourself. See, when we talk about existing …

Episode 1.5 – That Brown Box

Episode 1.5 that brown box Pruitt Donovan has never known what it’s like to walk down a street and not feel dissension. For as long as he could remember, he could feel himself being examined. Pruitt, you see, was a box that nobody, could concisely and truthfully tell you what was inside. Credits Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Written, recorded, and produced by Kayona …

Episode 1.4 – Take Taj Kamal

Episode 1.4 take taj kamal Life doesn’t come with an owner’s manual. For example, here’s what we’ve come up with in America as the formula to a happy life: 1. go to college (and of course, graduate), because 2. that’s how you get a great job 3. Gotta get nice stuff: like a car (basically add to the debt that college probably caused) 4. Oh, …

Episode 1.3 – And Men?

Episode 1.3 and men? As of today, there are roughly 7 yoga studios on or in walking distance of the H Street corridor in North East DC. This very same strip of road now also boasts a Whole Foods, is the first (and currently the only) road for DC’s streetcar, and hosts more luxury condos and apartments per square block than probably any other artery …

Episode 1.2 – Victims, Perps, and Me

Episode 1.2 victims. perps. and me In 1979, the SuperSonics of Seattle captured its first and its last National Basketball Association championship. Nearly 30 years later, the team was packing up and leaving the idyllic Pacific Northwest for the often forgotten great plains of Oklahoma and its capital city. Until then, the city we now call OKC, thanks to the team, was perhaps best known …

Episode 1.1 – Funny stories blueprint

When most 8-year-olds were playing with their cars and dolls and video games, I was toying around with computers and maps—authentic, parchment, hand drawn maps. But while my method of play was quite unorthodox for an inner city kid at the time, the same might have been said for the rural kid, James Nightengale. Credits Episode narrated by Kayona Ebony Brown Written, recorded, and produced …