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The Uncut Lifestyles Podcast
94 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Growing Up on Stage and the Importance of Empathy (Feat. Chhavi Verg)
First Zoom episode! Chhavi Verg was Miss NJ 2017 and a solid contender in the Miss USA 2017 competition. She's from Edison, NJ, and she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Marketing. Turning to the entertainment industry, she took up modeling, acting, and speaking. Recently, she spoke at a Rutgers TEDx event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mK4QsmDwgA&ab_channel=TEDxTalks. In this episode, we talk about New Jersey pride, pageantry, health and fitness, and personal growth during the pandemic. Chhavi has plenty of stories and feelings about the lack of South Asian representation in popular media, women's awards, and going to LA to pursue acting. She's good vibes all around. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chhaviverg/. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnML88-i4o1DtB2aThdJkFw. Website: https://www.chhavivergofficial.com/.
77 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
Silver Springs, Mushrooms, and Son of an Ice Cream Man (Feat. Martin Amini)
Comedian Martin Amini had an interesting childhood growing up in Silver Springs, Maryland. He's half-Bolivian and half-Iranian, which has heavily influenced his comedy and stage presence. He's been doing stand-up comedy for about nine years, and he's well established in the DMV (DC, MD, VA). Martin spent some time in the LA comedy scene and has been at live shows with Bill Burr, Andrew Schulz, etc. He also has his own live comedy show, The Overachievers Comedy Show, and is currently doing live comedy at his venue in DC. His venue frequently features comedians and other artists to showcase the city's talent. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/martinamini/. Twitter: https://twitter.com/MartinAmini. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdk6UfBnrpIyk8yvWWba8tQ. The wild mushrooms show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLQFt1WDMGw&ab_channel=MartinAmini.
60 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Recklessness in Tampa Bay, Confederate Flags, and Crocodile Penises
Tre grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida, and he's here to tell us that every "Florida Man" story we've heard is true (not really). But, Florida is a wild place. Tre loves it, but it comes with its own problems: racism, people shitting on the street, and, of course, crocodiles. Tre recounts his rowdy middle school years, and we talk extensively about retractable crocodile penises and homelessness. Tre's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatistre/.
77 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Comedy Writing, Hecklers, and "Offensive" Jokes (Feat. Dom Grayer)
Dom Grayer is a comic in the DMV area (DC, VA, MD) and has been doing stand-up comedy for four years. He's also the co-producer of The Heavyweights Comedy Show, a showcase in DC that brings together the funniest local comedians. In this episode, we talk about writing jokes, the nerve-wracking art of stand-up comedy, and, of course, bombing on stage! Imagine standing in the spotlight on a stage with 200+ people staring at you, waiting for you to say something funny. Sounds intense, right? Shoutout to the Arlington Drafthouse in Arlington, VA: https://www.instagram.com/arlington_drafthouse/?hl=en. Dom's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dgray_comedy/. The Heavyweights Comedy Show: https://www.instagram.com/theheavyweightsdc/.
89 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
The Philosophy of Real Estate (Feat. Zaryab Choudhry)
Zaryab Choudhry is a real estate investor and real estate agent in the D.C./Virginia/Maryland (DMV) area. He's currently a part of Corner House Realty (https://www.cornerhouserealty.com/), a brokerage based in Maryland, and he's done a total of five real estate deals since he started three years ago. Zaryab has done approximately five million in sales just in 2020 alone. In this episode, we chop it up! He walks me through his journey, and we talk house flipping, renting, and being a landlord. We end talking about taxes and greed. He's also in the process of acquiring a commercial property, a fried chicken and halal food spot in southwest D.C. called District Crunchy! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dmv.zary/.
64 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Traveling, The Human Voice, and Thicc States
Daniel W. is a California native who loves to travel! He's been to Russia, Vietnam, and several other places. In this episode, we break down some of his trips to get a sense of what exploring other countries means to him. We also have a wild conversation about the thicc-ness of various states, countries, and what that says about them. Also, if you were wondering what states are the worst, you're in the right place. Daniel's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielwillens/.
61 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
Backpacking, Spider Stories, and Saying Yes to Everything
Featured in this episode is Amy Lyons, a law student in Washington, D.C. who's had quite thrilling adventures in her lifetime. She has climbed the Patagonia mountains in South America and Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, and many others. Our conversation revolves around her various backpacking experiences and bugs (I know right, I'm terrified). Also, Amy says 'yes' to almost everything, which is how she creates such memorable experiences. We end by reflecting on the value of the words 'yes' and 'no' in our lives. Amy stresses the importance of seeking new experiences and saying 'yes.' Amy's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snoop_ly0ns/.
39 minutes | Aug 22, 2020
Veganism, Keyboard Activism, and Fruitarianism
Have you ever thought about going vegan? In this episode, my cousin, Abhi S., details his vegan lifestyle. Learn about how his decision to go vegan has impacted him. We go through some common arguments against veganism, talk a little about keyboard activism via J. Cole's "Snow On Tha Bluff," and finish with a short discussion on fruitarianism.
64 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Being an Influencer, Dealing With People's Opinions, and Miss NJ 2019 (Feat. Priya Soni)
Priya Soni is an influencer, model, author, YouTuber, and much more. She's honestly done a lot. She wrote a book when she was 16, started modeling in college, and took that modeling experience to Miss New Jersey 2019! She didn't place, but she says participating in the pageant made her happy. The central theme of this episode is this: do what you want and don't let anyone's opinions get in the way of what you enjoy. Priya's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/priyaxsoni/. Priya's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC259tU6qkp23ay1ICHRrPww/featured.
40 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Khan Event Group and Quarantine Side Hustles (Feat. DJ Khan)
Want to know how to flip above-ground swimming pools and exercise equipment? Ask DJ Khan! But seriously, because live entertainment is on the decline due to COVID-19, entertainers need to find other ways to generate income. DJ Khan talks about his company, Khan Entertainment Group, and the conflicts he encountered along his DJ journey (hint: it involves Indian uncles). Sheraz Khan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khanyeezy_/. Khan Event Group Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khaneventgroup/.
65 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
"Tell Her She's Lovely," Liferesume, and Imperfect Action (Feat. Dhara Singh)
Dhara Singh is an Indian American writer based in Piscataway, New Jersey. She's the author of "Tell Her She's Lovely: An Anthology," a beautiful anthology of poems that showcases the journey of a woman transformed by internal validation. She is the founder of Liferesume, a company based on the principles of guidance and authenticity, helping find your true self. We talk about her experiences at Columbia Journalism School, J.P. Morgan Chase, Yahoo Finance, and several other artistic and professional endeavors. Her story will empower you to take action, or, as she would say, imperfect action. Dhara Singh's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dsinghx/. "Tell Her She's Lovely": https://www.amazon.com/Tell-Her-Shes-Lovely-Anthology/dp/1650835604. Liferesume: https://www.instagram.com/liferesume.co/.
67 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Workplace Stories, Valuing Yourself, and Judging Job Postings
Nikita P., Rutgers University alumna, talks about her career, hardships she endured along the way, and the importance of valuing yourself. She shares some hilarious workplace stories that I empathize with. I also share some terrible experiences I've had in the past with employers, along with some good ones. We give great advice along the way and judge some LinkedIn job postings. Buzzsprout link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=636505.
59 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Relationships, Toxic Masculinity, and Double Standards
Jeff K. and I talk about our past relationships. Jeff recalls several situations that made him and others around him uncomfortable. I talk about being bullied in elementary school and how the negative use of the word 'gay' is a big issue. We speak from our experiences and try not to make any generalizations about people. Men should have healthy conversations about relationships and masculinity with other men, such conversations need to be normalized.
55 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
"A Brown Boy's Heart," Freestyle Rap, and 'Feel Good' Music (Feat. Ay B. V.)
In this episode, Indian American artist Ay B. V. talks about how he started rapping, his biggest influences, his sound, and how an artist's image affects the music. He breaks down his freestyling, his thoughts on the rap industry, and his writing process. He drops a quick freestyle at the end (while I beatbox).
49 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
What Does it Mean to be Spiritual?
My friend Jean talks about her relationship with religion and spirituality. We differentiate them both from each other and acknowledge that they are also embedded within one another. I go back-and-forth with her trying to understand more about her spiritual experiences and how they've shaped her life. We talk about the movie Midsommar, going to Church, performing rituals, and praying. Buzzsprout link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=636505
35 minutes | Jun 27, 2020
From Walgreens to Film School
This episode features Abraham N., a film student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He talks about his experience living in California, and his experience writing screenplays. Expect to learn a little about film/T.V. and get ready for a great, casual conversation.
51 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
Let's talk about Islam!
I've always been fascinated by different religions and their philosophies, so I sat down with my friend, Farwa S., to talk about Islam, its tenets, and its practices. She talks about her experience with the faith and how her understanding of it has evolved as she has gotten older. She also tells great, relatable stories, check her out!
21 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
#BLM, Qualified Immunity, and Shitty Arguments - A Monologue
This episode details some of the arguments against #BlackLivesMatter and debunks them by citing logical fallacies that are the foundations of such arguments. A discussion on qualified immunity and policing follows.
46 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Hiking and Staying Active For Dummies (Feat. browndudehikes)
Divas Singh, aka browndudehikes, illustrates how he maintains his active lifestyle. He's a nature-lover and an avid hiker. In this episode, he explains how he got started hiking, why everyone should do something outdoors, and how hiking has helped him stay active (and how it can help you). He believes that we stare at our screens all day, so putting them down and taking a walk on a trail has immense value. He's the first brown boy to get it hiking. Instagram: browndudehikes. YouTube: browndudehikes
55 minutes | Feb 22, 2020
Ayo DJ, Spin That! (Feat. DJ RKG)
DJ RKG, aka DJ Rahul K. Gandhi, breaks down the nitty-gritty of DJing and provides some insight into the evolution of the modern-day DJ. We talk about his journey into the entertainment industry as a young adult and how much his mentor influenced him to actually become a DJ. Some DJs use turntables, and others simply just click a button; in this episode, we talk about the different kinds of DJs, how technology has changed DJing, and how much work DJs actually put in to make a night memorable. DJ RKG's Instagram: dj.rkg. Hit him up for your next celebration or birthday bash!
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