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a story by Kayona Ebony Brown


Of Music and Men is a forthcoming scripted drama/comedy series presented to you now in a weekly podcast format. The story chronicles the unique experiences of a single, young, fledgling entrepreneur struggling to balance dating and building an independent music company, while navigating America’s worst city for bachelorettes and a very unexpected place for entertainment success: Washington, DC.

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Of Music and Men is a forthcoming scripted drama/comedy series now presented to you in a weekly podcast format. The story chronicles the unique experiences of a single, young, fledgling entrepreneur struggling to balance dating and building an independent music company, while navigating America’s worst city for bachelorettes and a very unexpected place for entertainment success: Washington, DC.

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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. 

The goal is (and has always been) a successful scripted, half-hour drama/comedy program.

on om&m

 
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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. 

The goal is (and has always been) a successful scripted, half-hour drama/comedy program.


Yes!, It's also a podcast!


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start listening with episode 1.1 here


Click here to start the series

Yes!, It's also a podcast!


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Listen to episode 1.1 here


Click here to start the series

Yes! It's also a podcast too!

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listen to episode 1.1 here!


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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available now!

S1:E1 - Thinking of a Master Plan
(the first 8 podcast episodes)


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.

Of Music and Men is more than just a podcast. Get your copy of the novella pilot everywhere digital books are sold, or get a physical copy right here at ofmusicandmen.com/store.

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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S1:E1 - Thinking of a Master Plan
(the first 8 podcast episodes)

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.

Of Music and Men is more than just a podcast. Get your copy of the novella pilot everywhere digital books are sold, or get a physical copy right here at ofmusicandmen.com/store.

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

S1:E2 - Nothing But a Number
(podcast episodes 9 - 15)


In episode two... 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.

"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 the being-a-grown-up part."

Of Music and Men is more than just a podcast. Get your copy of the novella everywhere digital books are sold. Due to COVID-19, the physical copy will be available later at ofmusicandmen.com/store.

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


Access your copy of episode two

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S1:E2 - Nothing But a Number
(podcast episodes 9 - 15)

In episode two... 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.

"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 the being-a-grown-up part."

Of Music and Men is more than just a podcast. Get your copy of the novella everywhere digital books are sold. Due to COVID-19, the physical copy will be available later at ofmusicandmen.com/store.

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


Access your copy of episode one

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


If you want to see your review or quote here, or actually inside the book, add it to Amazon or send it to us: contact@ofmusicandmen.com!




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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



If you want to see your review or quote here or actually inside the book, add it to Amazon or send it to us: contact@ofmusicandmen.com!


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“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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Hailing from our nation’s capital, Kayona Ebony Brown is a multi-hyphenate storyteller who grew up in a home that nurtured her eccentricities and unexpected interests of a “girl,” from her fascination with business-ownership to her obsession with sports and classic cars. Thus, she gives fuel to female-driven vehicles, emphasizing existential undertones that put unusual or unpredictable women at the wheel. Using drama to bake fresh narratives, her stories are always seasoned with other genres—fantasy, sports, music—which gives her work with both TV and feature scripts a common thread: she makes women of color just as acceptably flawed and admirably defective as the straight white men we always find a way to love.

Rejecting the presumed path of a Washingtonian (government work) in favor of art, Kayona started her career in entertainment as a radio DJ, which led to her running her own independent record company before graduating from university. Most recently, Kayona was the winner of the Roadmap Writer’s Diversity Initiative and the Commission on Arts and Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts grant for her Of Music and Men project (novella format)—a story inspired by her experiences as a young music industry entrepreneur in DC.

Kayona recently nabbed an EMMY Award for her work with CBS for Super Bowl LV content, and was nominated for several Emmys, including “Outstanding Writing” for BEFORE JACKIE, a sports feature starring Viola Davis. 

Kayona is represented by Anonymous Content and manager Ryan H. Cunningham, and Granderson Des Rocher, LLP by attorneys Anita Surendran and Andre Des Rocher.

You can find more info about her work on her website: kayonaebonybrown.com.

 

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 every day. 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 literary fiction, I would have to say William Faulkner and Toni Morrison have had the biggest impact on me artistically. Of contemporary authors, Zadie Smith inspires me a lot. In screenwriting, I'm a huge fan of Eric Roth and Aaron Sorkin. The influence and impression they've had on my screen-storytelling is nothing less than immeasurable.

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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