Q&A: E1

In this Q&A episode, Kayona answers questions about Of Music and Men, talks about her heroes Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Issa Rae, gives insight about the goal for the project, and provides details about how we got to this point.

1. What is the goal for this approach to the project?
2. Tell us how the podcast differs from the novellas, how the novellas differ from the TV scripts, but what they all have in common.
3. You start each episode with what you call a "cold open". How or why did you want to do this?
4. How would you describe your writing style?
5. The music is very important. Tell us about the journey (past, present, and future) of the music.
6. What can we expect moving forward?

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Of Music and Men was created to be a television series. Still working toward that, this project continues to grow. I decided to turn each of the those television episodes into its own novella. For this podcast, you're hearing those novellas broken up into sub-episodes that you get each week. The last eight podcast-episodes that you've heard make up the pilot for the TV show (and for that matter, the first novella).

Confused yet? lol

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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...

About your host

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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.