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Allison Interviews

Allison Interviews

By Allison Kugel
My name is Allison Kugel, and over the past decade, I’ve interviewed hundreds of celebrities and public figures. My interviews are revealing, fun, and above all else, human.

I’ve had a front row seat with some of the most accomplished people on this planet, and it’s truly been a gift; a gift I now want to share with you through this podcast.

I’ll be interviewing some amazing artists and pop culture figures, and including some of my signature questions, like, “What did you come into this life to learn, and what did you come here to teach?”

I hope you’ll take this ride with me and enjoy!
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S2: E9 Dame Dash Talks Astroworld, Sean Diddy Combs, Smoking Weed, Therapy
Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOTAqng5TB22edmQTBkwQw Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theallisonkugel/ Allison Interviews Blog - www.allisoninterviews.com Support the Allison Interviews Podcast - https://anchor.fm/allison-interviews/support Allison’s Memoir, Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record - https://amzn.to/2ZxJvUE Damon Dash is an entrepreneur, and hip hop and cultural icon best known as one of the founders of the former Roc-A-Fella Records, along with Jay Z and Kareem Burke. He helped to launch the careers of Jay Z and Kanye West, among others. His Dame Dash Studios recently struck a deal with popular streaming network, FOX Soul, to run his original content on the platform. Dash’s fiancée, Raquel “Rocky” Horn, just released her first children’s book inspired by the couple’s young son, Dusko Goes to Space, available on Amazon.com.  Damon Dash recently made an appearance in the health documentary, They’re Trying to Kill Us, discussing people of color and the conspiracy to keep them unwell through lack of access to healthy food choices and healthy lifestyle choices.  Follow on Instagram @duskopoppington and @raquelmhorn. 
36:29
December 7, 2021
S2: E8 YouTuber Jennifer Vaughan Talks Being New Face of HIV Advocacy
Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOTAqng5TB22edmQTBkwQw Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theallisonkugel/ Allison Interviews Blog - www.allisoninterviews.com Support the Allison Interviews Podcast - https://anchor.fm/allison-interviews/support Allison’s Memoir, Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record - https://amzn.to/2ZxJvUE About Jennifer Vaughan Jennifer Vaughan is an HIV+ YouTube and social media personality, advocating for HIV education, reduced HIV stigma, and better access to healthcare for HIV+ people around the world. Her popular YouTube channel features in-depth content with story times about her own HIV story, the 16 HIV symptoms that led to her 2016 diagnosis, healing from AIDS, her advocacy work, destigmatizing HIV, biggest HIV misconceptions, and sharing the latest health information about the HIV virus with the public. Her YouTube and TikTok content has a combined 20 million+ views. Jennifer has also been the subject of a documentary film about her HIV journey and a feature article in Cosmopolitan Germany. Follow Jennifer: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/JenniferVaughan Jennifer’s Story - https://youtu.be/TD8kvM-CV8Y TikTok - https://bit.ly/3cZu4Yx Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jennifervaughanhiv/ Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/don-t-stop-me-now/id1532628075 *This episode includes some sexually explicit and adult themes, not appropriate for kids.
01:11:37
November 30, 2021
S2: E7 Jodie Sweetin Talks Full House Fame, Sobriety, John Stamos, Single Moms
Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOTAqng5TB22edmQTBkwQw Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theallisonkugel/ On the Allison Interviews Blog - www.allisoninterviews.com  Support the Allison Interviews Podcast - https://anchor.fm/allison-interviews/support Jodie Sweetin is an entrepreneur, actress, producer and author, who garnered the love of millions in her role as Stephanie Tanner on ABC’s long-running, hugely popular sitcom “Full House,” which still airs in syndication, and the widely popular Netflix spinoff “Fuller House.”  The return of “Fuller House” was a favorite all five seasons across numerous generations and most recently won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Premium Comedy Series, the Kids Choice Award for Favorite Family TV Show as well as the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Comedy in 2016, 2018, 2019 along with being nominated for Choice TV: Chemistry in 2018 and Choice TV: Comedy in 2019 and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2018.  Last year, Jodie ventured into the world of podcasts with the launch of “Never Thought I’d Say This.” Jodie, along with her best friend and life coach Celia Behar, hilariously tackle all areas of parenting and give unfiltered advice to listeners.  Currently in its fourth season from Audioboom, Jodie and Celia share war stories and parenting taboos from the frontlines of single motherhood, talking to special guests about the issues all parents face. Follow Jodie Sweetin: https://www.instagram.com/jodiesweetin/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/neverthoughtidsaythis/?hl=en https://linktr.ee/NeverThoughtIdSayThis
50:03
November 22, 2021
S2: E6 YouTuber Jessica Kent Talks Being Pregnant in Prison
Catch up with Allison Kugel YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOTAqng5TB22edmQTBkwQw Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theallisonkugel/ On the Allison Interviews Blog - www.allisoninterviews.com  Support the Allison Interviews Podcast - https://anchor.fm/allison-interviews/support Jessica Kent is a celebrated YouTuber who recounts her story and experiences with drug use, selling drugs and arms on the black market, being incarcerated while pregnant and detoxing from drugs, and all things prison culture from the scary and surreal to the quirky and fascinating. Everything from prison hacks, prison food, prison fights, and prison relationships… nothing is off the table. Jessica also covers her experiences with emotional resilience, getting clean, remaking her life, getting her daughter out of foster care and gaining full custody of her daughter. Jessica Kent’s YouTube Channel, Instagram, and TikTok social media accounts have a combined following of 2 million. She is one of the most viewed and followed “prison YouTubers” on the internet. Jessica Kent also advocates for prison and criminal justice reform and sobriety, working closely with the non-profit organization, Groups Recover Together, a community-based initiative to help people get off of opioids and recover from addiction through providing Suboxone to reduce cravings, weekly meetings help by a licensed counselor, and fast access to affordable treatment. Visit www.joingroups.com or call 888-858-1723. Follow Jessica Kent YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/JessicaKent TikTok –  https://www.tiktok.com/@jesken12?lang=en Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jesken12/
01:17:55
November 16, 2021
S2: E5 Aizzah Fatima Talks Americanish Film and Muslim Girls: DTF
Catch up with Allison Kugel on YouTube, Instagram, and at www.allisoninterviews.com Aizzah Fatima is an award-winning writer, actor, comedian, and producer. She has been featured on NPR, The Guardian, Woman’s Hour (BBC), The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time Out, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. She wrote, produced, and starred in the feature film Americanish which won the audience award at the prestigious CAAMFest, where it world premiered as the closing night film in May 2021. Aizzah’s film, Americanish, also won the Grand Jury Prize at Heartland International Film Festival. As a producer she has worked with James Franco’s company Rabbit Bandini. She starred opposite Annette O’Toole in her award winning short film Stuff. Her short film Off Duty is currently airing on Alaska Airlines and on Ruku. Her TV pilot Muslim Girls DTF: Discuss Their Faith is the winner of the 2020 Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award, 2020 Yes, And...Laughter Lab, and an ISF Film award.  Aizzah Fatima’s solo play Dirty Paki Lingerie has been produced in NYC, Toronto, Italy, Turkmenistan, Pakistan (four city tour U.S. State Dept.), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, United Kingdom (15 city tour), and at universities across the U.S. Visit https://www.americanishfilm.com/ and follow Aizzah Fatima at https://www.aizzahfatima.com/. 
47:19
November 4, 2021
S2: E4 Mathew Knowles on Music, the Racial Divide and Getting Vaxxed
Mathew Knowles on Music, the Racial Divide and Getting Vaxxed Catch up with Allison Kugel: on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theallisonkugel/ on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOTAqng5TB22edmQTBkwQw and at https://www.allisoninterviews.com/ Mathew Knowles is an author, professor, lecturer, motivational speaker, music executive, artist manager, entrepreneur, cancer survivor, and health advocate. In music, Mathew Knowles has sold over 450 million records worldwide. He has architected the careers of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, and Solange; and has worked with legends such as Chaka Kahn, O’Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many others. Dr. Knowles possesses an MBA in Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture, Ph.D in Business Administration and recently attended Harvard's Professional Development courses in Ethical Leadership and Developing Cultural Intelligence. He currently holds a professorship at Point Blank Music School – Los Angeles, University of Houston, Prairie View A&M University and The Art Institute. He is currently an ambassador for the National Minority Health Association’s Flex for Checks program at thenmha.org/flexforchecks. Get vaccinated, stay safe, get paid. Join the fight for health equity at thenmha.org/donation. Follow Mathew Knowles here: https://mathewknowles.com/
48:19
October 27, 2021
S2: E3 Oscar, Grammy Nominated Stephan Moccio Talks The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion.
Catch up with Allison Kugel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theallisonkugel/ on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOTAqng5TB22edmQTBkwQw and at https://www.allisoninterviews.com/ One of the most compelling writers in music today, Stephan Moccio possesses a rare power to express incredibly complex and nuanced emotions through melody. In recent years, the classically trained pianist, composer, producer, and arranger has shown his melodic ingenuity in such iconic hits as Miley Cyrus’s seven-times-platinum “Wrecking Ball,” garnered three Grammy nominations, and received an Oscar nod for co-writing The Weeknd’s seven-times-platinum “Earned It”—all while establishing himself as a highly esteemed recording artist. Moccio’s new album Lionheart affirms him as a truly singular force who’s redefining the possibilities of piano music. Produced by Moccio and recorded in solitude at his home studio, Lionheart continues the intensely intimate narrative begun on his acclaimed album Tales of Solace—a 2020 release whose top five tracks have surpassed 100 million combined streams to date, bringing the total streaming count of his work as a solo artist to nearly 400 million. Follow Stephan Moccio on Instagram @stephanmoccio and stephanmoccio.com.
42:36
October 21, 2021
S2: E2 Danica Patrick Talks Conquering Racing, Ignoring Sexism, The Bible.
Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com As a racecar driver, Danica Patrick broke barriers and set records with her on-track performance. Danica joined the mainstream ranks by succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports. Danica was named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list, has graced the cover of many prestigious publications and was featured in pictorials in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in a record-setting 14 Super Bowl commercials, 13 of which were for longtime partner, GoDaddy.  In 2005, Danica stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500. She became the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic race. In 2008, Danica made history again becoming the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series with her victory in the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 race. In 2013, as Danica transitioned to the NASCAR Cup Series, she made headlines around the world with her record-setting performance in the 55th Daytona 500 race. She became the first woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying 500 and then finished in eighth place, the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the “Great American Race.”  In 2018, Danica closed out her time in racing with the “Danica Double,” and competed in two marquee events that were cornerstones of her career: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.  In 2018, she shattered another glass ceiling when she became the first female host of the ESPY’s – ESPNs Sports Award show,  Moving into her next chapter, and retired from racing, Danica Patrick authored the book, Pretty Intense, and has a popular podcast under the same name. Danica also serves as the sole proprietor of Somnium (www.somniumwine.com), a vineyard in Napa Valley, California. Follow on Instagram @DanicaPatrick.
39:34
October 14, 2021
S2: E1 Jewel Shares the Surprising Talent That Made Her a Music Superstar.
Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, and 2x New York Times Bestselling author.  As a wellness, nutrition and mindfulness expert she is passionate about mental health, equal rights, and inspiring at-risk youth. Throughout her career, Jewel has amassed 33 music awards and nominations from The Grammys, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and the Country Music Awards. She has won 21 times for various categories including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Favorite Female Artist. Jewel has earned four Grammy Award nominations and has sold more than 30 million albums. Shop the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of Jewel’s 1995 breakthrough, multi-platinum certified album, Pieces of You.  Join Jewel’s mental health community at JewelNeverBroken.com Log on to TheWellness-Experience.com to attend Jewel’s World Mental Health Day Summit and Concert Virtual Event on Sunday, October 10, 2021. This virtual event is FREE to attend.  Follow Jewel on Instagram @Jewel.
45:38
October 7, 2021
Master P Talks Rap Feuds, Conscious Parenting, Owning Black Superheroes
S1: E10 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Master P is a multi-platinum selling rap artist with 100 million albums sold, worldwide, a rap pioneer and multi-hyphenate performer and businessman.  In this episode of "Allison Interviews," Master P talks about his days being the opening act for the late Tupac Shakur early in his music career, how owning a Black superhero film franchise is on his bucket list, dangerous rap feuds and the feud between Kanye West and Drake, fathering and raising 9 kids, following in Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie footsteps ala "Kindergarten Cop," and his upcoming film, #Unknown," dropping exclusively on Amazon Prime October 1st.  #Unknown, starring Master P, Judd Nelson, Tom Sizemore, Denise Boutte, and Hal Ozsan; and produced, written, and directed by LazRael Lison, premieres October 1st, exclusively on Amazon Prime.  Follow Master P on Instagram @masterp and follow filmmaker LazRael Lison @lazrael_lison.  Watch the trailer for #Unknown: https://youtu.be/I8BqTI7EEd0
41:13
September 7, 2021
Robin Givens Talks Surviving Domestic Violence, Motherhood, Fake News
S1: E9 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Robin Givens is known for roles in 80s sitcom Head of the Class, the 1989 mini-series The Women of Brewster Place, 1992's Boomerang co-starring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry, and most recently roles on The Fix, Riverdale, and the 2019 OWN Network soap, Ambitions.  Givens will appear in Season 3 of the CW's Batwoman.  She is just as famous for a string of heavily publicized relationships with Eddie Murphy, Brad Pitt, and most notably, Mike Tyson, back in the 80s and early 90s.  Watch Robin Givens in the Season 3 premiere of Batwoman on the CW Network, October 13, 2021.
38:23
August 31, 2021
Shania Twain on Teaching Son Eja About Feminism, Wanting an Oscar Win, Living Off the Grid
S1: E8 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Shania Twain is the best selling female country music artist of all time with more than 100 million albums sold, worldwide.  Twain brought the country music genre into the mainstream with 1997's "Come On Over" album, creating a unique brand of country-pop, developed by Twain and her ex-husband, music producer Robert Jon "Mutt" Lange.  In recent years she made her film acting debut alongside John Travolta in the 2019 film, "Trading Paint," followed by the 2020 release, "I Still Believe," with Gary Sinise.  Shania Twain will be resuming her Las Vegas residency at Zappos Theatre in December 2021.  Follow her on Instagram @shaniatwain and visit shaniatwain.com/vegas. 
19:44
August 24, 2021
Deepak Chopra Unpacks Depression, Alarming Suicide Rates, Importance of Community for Mental Health
S1: E7 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation.  Chopra is an Adjunct Professor of Urology at Mount Sinai, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Central Florida, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization.  He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers.  Follow on IG and Twitter @DeepakChopra and on IG @Chopra
37:32
August 17, 2021
Karen Gravano Talks Dad Sammy The Bull, John Gotti and Families of the Mafia
S1: E6 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Karen Gravano is the daughter of former Gambino Crime Family Underboss, Salvatore "Sammy The Bull" Gravano.  Karen Gravano's father, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, made headlines in 1992 when he cooperated with the United States Government, providing court testimony that was instrumental in bringing down the Italian Mafia and convicting his then boss, John Gotti.  Karen Gravano starred in the VH1 hit reality show, Mob Wives, for six seasons where her family's past was heavily chronicled.  Her memoir, Mob Daughter, released in 2012, recounts her life growing up as the daughter of Sammy "The Bull."  Karen Gravano now produces and stars in the MTV reality show, Families of the Mafia.  Follow her on Instagram @karengravano
31:08
August 10, 2021
Leon Talks Madonna, Tupac and Co-Parenting with Cynthia Bailey
S1: E5 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Leon is one of the most prolific actors of the past three decades with notable and acclaimed roles in films including: Above the Rim, Cool Runnings, The Five Heartbeats, The Temptations biopic, the Little Richard biopic, Waiting to Exhale, Ali and Cliffhanger; and notable television roles in Oz and City on a Hill.  His recent projects include the BET+ series A Luv Tale, the BET series Games People Play, and the upcoming film A Day to Die opposite Bruce Willis.  Catch up with Leon on Instagram @wwwjustleon and JustLeon.com
23:26
August 2, 2021
Michael Phelps Talks Overcoming a Tough Childhood, The Emotional Toll of Winning, Revamping Olympics
S1: E4 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympic swimmer in the sport's history, with a total of 28 medals, He has earned a total of 23 gold medals.  Phelps has been the Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year," and he holds 21 Guinness Book of World Records for his swimming prowess. His multiple product endorsement deals have included: Speedo, Visa, Wheaties, Under Armour, Omega, Silk Soy Milk, and more.  Phelps' HBO Sports documentary film, "The Weight of Gold," premiered in 2020 and documents the ups and downs of life for athletes, leading up to, during, and after the Olympic games, with a slant on mental health.  The Michael Phelps Foundation promotes water safety, healthy living, and the pursuit of dreams. Follow @mpfoundation.  This episode was recorded in 2020 during quarantine.
31:51
July 27, 2021
RZA Talks About Wu-Tang Clan, Working with T.I. and Five Percent Nation
S1: E3 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com RZA is the founding member and leader of iconic rap collective The Wu-Tang Clan, as well as the group's producer.  His solo albums, including his latest solo album, Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, have been released under his alter-ego Bobby Digital.  Now, a filmmaker and film director, RZA's recent film, Cutthroat City, starring Kat Graham, T.I., Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Ethan Hawke, and Terrence Howard was released earlier this year on Netflix.  Catch up with RZA on Instagram and Twitter @RZA.
27:51
July 20, 2021
Tara Reid Talks Working on DMX's Last Film, Forgiving the Tabloid Media, and Freezing Her Eggs
S1: E2 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Tara Reid has been a pop culture staple since her classic cameo appearance in the film, The Big Lebowski and her role as Vicky in the American Pie films.  Additional film credits include Josie and the Pussycats, Urban Legend, My Boss's Daughter, Van Wilder, Dr. T & the Women, and the hit Sharknado film franchise.  Catch Tara in the soon to be released films, Doggmen opposite the late DMX, Memoirs of a Fighter with Eric Roberts, and Masha's Mushroom with Vivica A. Fox and Beverly D'Angelo.  Catch up with Tara on Instagram and Twitter @TaraReid.
28:55
July 12, 2021
Tommy Lee Talks Past Lives, Drumming Upside Down, and Flying Squirrel Suits
S1: E1 Catch up with Allison Kugel: YouTube, Instagram and www.allisoninterviews.com Tommy Lee is the iconic drummer for multi-platinum selling heavy metal rock group, Motley Crue, which has sold 100 million albums worldwide.  Tommy's latest solo album, ANDRO, featuring collaborations with Post Malone, Push Push, PLYA, King Elle Noir, Killvein, Moon Bounce, Lukas Rossi, PAV4N, Brooke Candy, Shotty Horroh, Tyla Yaweh, Mickey Avalon, and Lukas Rossi is out now.  Catch up with Tommy Lee on Instagram @TommyLee and at TommyLee.com.
25:04
July 12, 2021
Allison interviews
Hi, my name is Allison Kugel, and over the past decade, I have interviewed more than three hundred celebrities and public figures from film, television, music, politics, sports, health, and pop culture. My interviews are in-depth, revealing, fun, informational, and above all else, they are human. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to have a front row seat with some of the most notable and accomplished people on this planet and my career has truly been a gift; a gift that I now want to share with you through my Allison Interviews… podcast. All of my interviewees have had unique journeys, of course, but if there is one thing nearly all of them have in common, it is their ability to visualize and manifest their dreams and goals into this physical 3D world. In Allison Interviews… I’ll be interviewing some amazing artists and pop culture figures, and including some of my signature questions, like, “What did you come into this life to learn, and what did you come here to teach?” Whether you’re at the gym, on the couch, at your office, or walking the dog, I invite you to take this dynamic ride with me and I hope you enjoy my interviews!
03:04
July 8, 2021