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Bonus - Personality types and updates

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 bachelorettehood; the only problem is, she’s in the wrong place for entertainment pursuits, not to mention, the country's worst city for single women: Washington, DC.

I talk about "diversity" (real LIFE) on the page versus diversity on the screen--and the word “diversity”. I explore this through making Tk a lesbian woman instead of keeping that character as it was first made in male form because I wasn't doing a good job of giving the LGBTQIA community enough representation in this story.

And I have fun revealing the females characters' personality types using 16personalities.com as reference. Visit our Pinterest for more on their style.
  1. Tk - Kenya’s artist, started as male, changed to female (diversity is not just race) - wanted to show a different type of female friendship, from Baltimore but has lived in DC since after college and UMD, is married with a kid (artsy upbringing, was never “in”) - ISTJ
  2. Ty - divorcing when we meet, post-doc to become psychologist, Ivy league educated (Princeton), comes from very old money (african), liberal heart but conservative in most ways (religious), southern sensibilities, mature/grownup - INFJ
  3. J - beauty is your first thought, Latina (El Salvador/DR), knows her roots but grew up being seen as American Black in Chicago, Howard summa cum laude, journalist for a female lifestyle mag (arts and culture), sex-positive (gets to know people through sex) - ESTP
  4. Kenya - defined by her ambition (most likely to succeed), college dropout of Prince Hall U (like NYU, private, top-tier), only one of the girls from DC (like most people here), has unique interests (various interests) and finds it difficult to connect with most men because of this, not easily distracted - ENFJ

Music for this episode is “Weightless” by LIQWYD

About the Podcast

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Of Music and Men
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 into the life of Kenya Shaw,...

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Kayona Ebony Brown

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. Thus, she gives fuel to female-driven vehicles, emphasizing existential undertones, putting unusual or unpredictable women at the wheel.

Using drama to bake fresh narratives, her stories are always flavored with other genres—fantasy, sports, music—which gives her work with both TV and feature scripts a common thread: she makes female leads 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 is the recipient of multiple awards for her writing and filmmaking, as she continues to build her career independently.