Washington, DC may just be the gayest city in America...

So in this town best-known for politics, can Kenya Shaw, a young, single, female entrepreneur struggling to become a music mogul, also manage to find love in this place?


Of Music and Men is her story



DC is the gayest city in America!

Kenya Shaw is a heterosexual, millennial entrepreneur trying to succeed in a man's industry


Of Music and Men is her story


S1:E1 - Thinking of a Master Plan

A single, young entrepreneur struggles to build an independent record label, while navigating the country’s worst city for bachelorettes and an unlikely place for music success: Washington, DC.

In episode one... for Kenya Shaw, it’s been four years now trying to establish her independent record label from the basement of her father’s house, but when opportunities for commercial success finally appear tangible, she decides to detour from her original course with the hopes of getting her company to the next level. She soon discovers that planning success is futile.

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S1:E1 - Thinking of a Master Plan

A single, young entrepreneur struggles to build an independent record label, while navigating the country’s worst city for bachelorettes and an unlikely place for music success: Washington, DC.

In episode one... for Kenya Shaw, it’s been four years now trying to establish her independent record label from the basement of her father’s house, but when opportunities for commercial success finally appear tangible, she decides to detour from her original course with the hopes of getting her company to the next level. She soon discovers that planning success is futile.


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coming september 2018


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The OM&M franchise takes you into the lives of a diverse ensemble of interconnected millennials navigating the country’s bleakest dating scene, while delving into the life of Kenya Shaw, an aspiring music mogul whose big dreams may outweigh her ability to fulfill them.

A unique tale of triumph and perseverance that every American girl will enjoy!


Access your copy of episode one
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The OM&M franchise takes you into the lives of a diverse ensemble of interconnected millennials navigating the country’s bleakest dating scene, while delving into the life of Kenya Shaw, an aspiring music mogul whose big dreams may outweigh her ability to fulfill them.

A unique tale of triumph and perseverance that every American girl will enjoy!


Access your copy of episode one

Of Music and Men is a smart and compelling story about Kenya Shaw, a chronically single, passionate yet penniless young entrepreneur struggling to build an indie record label, while navigating the country’s worst place for bachelorettes: Washington, DC. 

Of Music and Men is a multi-media franchise that includes music, literature, and film projects. Ultimately, it will be best known as a successful scripted, half-hour drama/comedy program.


The trailer

word on the street


"This is a highly original and compelling half-hour. The script marries two timeless pursuits--career and love--in a way that feels unique and accessible. The characters, including the protagonist and ensemble (friends, artists, etc,) are well-developed and have unique voices and points-of-view. These characters drive the show and provide a dynamic jumping off point for a series. The voiceovers and scenes with the girlfriends evoke a contemporary SEX AND THE CITY, which serves the story. By setting it in Washington, DC, and specifically exploring the music world, the script introduces a fresh and interesting setting. Overall, a well-written pilot. This script would appeal to a young and engaged audience, and would program best on a cable or streaming network... Worth consideration."


The Black List, reader feedback for the pilot script

"Of Music and Men is a unique dramedy... it successfully conveys the writer’s unique voice and sets up a show that there would definitely be an audience for. [It] would work best as a dramedy on a premium cable network like HBO or an internet platform like NetflixOverall, the script does a great job of assembling a diverse, interesting cast and creating a specificity of place in a city that normally doesn’t play host to these kinds of stories."


The Black List, reader feedback for the pilot script


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word on the street


"This is a highly original and compelling half-hour. The script marries two timeless pursuits--career and love--in a way that feels unique and accessible. The characters, including the protagonist and ensemble (friends, artists, etc,) are well-developed and have unique voices and points-of-view. These characters drive the show and provide a dynamic jumping off point for a series. The voiceovers and scenes with the girlfriends evoke a contemporary SEX AND THE CITY, which serves the story. By setting it in Washington, DC, and specifically exploring the music world, the script introduces a fresh and interesting setting. Overall, a well-written pilot. This script would appeal to a young and engaged audience, and would program best on a cable or streaming network... Worth consideration."

The Black List, reader 1 feedback for the pilot script


"Of Music and Men is a unique dramedy... it successfully conveys the writer’s unique voice and sets up a show that there would definitely be an audience for. [It] would work best as a dramedy on a premium cable network like HBO or an internet platform like NetflixOverall, the script does a great job of assembling a diverse, interesting cast and creating a specificity of place in a city that normally doesn’t play host to these kinds of stories."

The Black List, reader 2 feedback for the pilot script


Now imagine your review or quote here or actually inside the book!

awesome reviewer


FYI, there's even a review assistance form to help you out if you find yourself busy, but still wanting to give feedback. You can find it when you login.

 

“This city has the lowest marriage rate in the country and the highest number of same sex couples. So in order to find love, a single girl might have better luck finding, well… a single girl. So those of us who prefer our mates be from Mars, might actually have to start going there to find them...”

 
 

“This city has the lowest marriage rate in the country and the highest number of same sex couples. So in order to find love, a single girl might have better luck finding, well… a single girl. So those of us who prefer our mates be from Mars, might actually have to start going there to find them...”

 
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Kayona Ebony Brown is a multi-hyphenate artist and entrepreneur whose mission is fueled by one desire—to tell great stories. As a filmmaker, writer, and actor, Kayona is building the foundation for an independent conglomerate that not only helps the career of other artists, but also creates jobs and offers philanthropic support through the messages of wealth, health, and wellness. Launching her career as a DJ put her on a path to expand upon her talents in the arts, which started with the publishing of her first novel, Tenth Letter

Now, in addition to her work as an artist/entertainer, she hosts events, is a speaker on topics in business, entertainment, and personal development, and uses her voice in branding and broadcasting arenas. From training with major networks to having her work seen and recognized internationally, Kayona is just getting started. In 2017, she was recognized as Filmmaker of the Month by DC’s Office of Cable, TV, Film, Music and Entertainment. You can find more info about her work on her website: kayonaebonybrown.com.

Kayona currently lives in her native Washington, DC where she’s building her media and entertainment empire, Siingle, a company she models after those built by two of her greatest influences, Oprah Winfrey and Sir Richard Branson.

 

Veep, House of Cards, and Scandal are all incredible programs, but they only show you what you already know about DC—that it’s a hilarious, but often horrifying, political circus. Of Music and Men is a fresh take on the millennial journey that uses one of the most diverse, transient cities in the world to tell a story of the true American dream.

 

Q&A with the writer/creator


I am greatly influenced by sports. I love sports, and honestly, if I weren’t so in love with writing, I would be on FS1 or ESPN somewhere talking about it everyday. I look up to my favorite athletes like a kid, and I look to them for cues on how to handle and approach many aspects of life. My favorite athlete in particular has taught me so much about how to handle failure and how to handle success, work ethic, and even how to approach health and wellness.

If we’re talking about fiction, I would have to say William Faulkner and Toni Morrison because of the impact that they’ve had on me artistically. I pay a lot of attention to style and content and dialogue. I would say that Faulkner and Morrison are the masters when it comes to that. I like when the writer is saying, like, two or three different things at once. I like to think. Of contemporary authors, I’d say Zadie Smith inspires me a lot.

Of Music and Men has been recognized or favorably seen by the following industry outlets:


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Of Music and Men has been recognized or favorably seen by the following industry outlets:


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