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All Day Podcast: 11/22/16

Turkey Day, Kanye West’s hospitalization and Havana nights for The Undefeated’s Brent Lewis

10:03 AM I got greens, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, lambs, rams, hogs, dogs, chicken, turkeys, rabbits. You name it!

Thanksgiving is upon us, y’all! That means the phrase above from the legendary Shirley Caesar, which was recently mixed with a trap beat that’s been blowing up on social media the last few weeks is even more fun to sing.

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We certainly talk about our plans for Turkey Day on this week’s podcast, and also discuss rapper Kanye West, who decided to cancel the remaining dates on his Saint Pablo Tour before checking into a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Undefeated senior photo editor Brent Lewis also joins the show to recap his recent trip to Cuba for an assignment that, at this time, is top secret, but stay tuned.

Also, both Clinton and I went to the Washington Redskins-Green Bay Packers game last Sunday night. My night yielded an interesting plot twist that allowed me to learn this simple lesson: When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your mama.

Give it a listen, and if you have any feedback or show ideas, feel free to email us at allday@andscape.com.

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg finally hit their stride

Thankfully, the Turkey Day episode is the most compelling yet

7:30 PMIt took three episodes, but this show has finally taken off, and VH1 is rewarding its stars for it. Martha and Snoop’s Pot Luck Dinner is being renewed for a second season. But it didn’t always appear it was going to work.

The first episode was clunky. Seth Rogan looked out of place, Ice Cube was a bit too ham-handed of a guest, and it just didn’t work. They made fried chicken, and had it not been for the fact that you weren’t just going to cancel this show off the top because of who was on it, you had a decent case to. Also, an hour was too long. The second episode improved with Rick Ross and Ashley Graham as guests. Ross spent quite a bit of time openly hitting on Stewart, opening up the comedy angle of sexual tension on the set. Still, though, it was awkward.

It took a second to get used to the whole live crowd and gimmicky setup that involved them being on separate Iron Chef-style teams, creating different dishes for everyone to sample and judge. As someone who has long followed the friendship of Snoop and Stewart, I was all-in on this show from a non-gimmick standpoint, early. So, when it landed and it was all gimmicks, there was some disappointment. This week, they put it all together. A half-hour is perfect.

Of course, it helps that it was the Thanksgiving episode. It’s hard to screw that up. If nothing else, Stewart’s holiday game is incredible. If you never pay attention to her otherwise, I guarantee you she’s got some tips that can help you out from a home entertainment standpoint this time of year. Also, the recipes were better this time around. Naya Rivera, 2 Chainz and Chris Bosh — not to mention two turkeys on the side of the stage. There were weed jokes, sex jokes, and, in general, it appeared that they finally figured out the pacing that makes the most sense.

When the idea of this program was first announced, I had visions of Snoop and his squad taking bong hits with Martha’s hoity crew in some New England farmhouse and having a good time dancing to hip-hop in a country setting for b-roll. Heck, that still would be a good show. The two of them being one another’s chef assistants (as they’ve done before) could have highlighted their on-camera energy.

For many people, it was easy to poke fun at this show. Many had no idea that these two even knew each other, never mind had some kind of chemistry. Sure, is it an old-school Hollywood show with famous people showing up to hang out with other famous people to keep their collective personal brands thriving? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be entertaining, and now, it certainly is. Next week, it’s breakfast for dinner, which means that I know what I’ll be eating on Monday night.

Daily Dose: 11/22/16

Kanye West’s rough stretch ends with a hospital trip

1:00 PMIt’s the time of year when gift guides start proliferating, which are always fun. And once we get into gift guide territory, we move to my favorite days on the calendar: end-of-year lists!

Kanye West’s last two weeks have been very eventful. Ever since his wife, Kim Kardashian, was robbed in Paris, the artist has been unraveling, to an extent. The extended rants on stage, cutting short of shows, insulting any and everyone who might have upset him in the past, it’s been rather ugly. He canceled the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour, then the real bombshell dropped later Monday afternoon. West is in the hospital, and the speculation is that it’s for a psychiatric evaluation.

While most of the U.S. is celebrating Thanksgiving, think about this: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be fighting for its homeland. While many marketing schemes push the narratives of Indian and Pilgrim harmony, along with other general concepts of harvest and family, there’s an actual fight between the latest generations of those two groups. ABC News reports on why Native Americans don’t trust the government: broken promises.

Many people don’t need cash in their lives. Between cellphones, apps and cards, the concept of paper money is just not a risk worth taking. One such service that makes that lifestyle easier is Venmo, which allows you to share small amounts of money with friends or whomever. I use it to pay rent, for example. But because people are always trying to be “funny,” VICE‘s Andy Verderosa found out the hard way that “Isis” is not an OK payment category.

When getting rid of football coaches, the Texas Longhorns love to make it awkward. Remember how poorly they handled the situation with Mack Brown back in 2013? Yeah, it was not pretty, whatsoever. The situation bordered on unbecoming for a program of that stature, but that’s just big-time college football these days. Now, they are doing the same dance with Charlie Strong. Is he fired or not? ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reports on the latest machinations.

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Coffee Break: Need a holiday gift for the sneakerhead in your life? Well, in case you forgot, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Space Jam, which comes along with a re-release of the Jordans he wore in said movie, as well. This box, however, includes a whole lot more than just those.

Snack Time: The “alt-right” vs. “white supremacist” discussion is still raging in some parts of media Twitter, but you can watch this video shot in Washington, D.C., over the weekend and judge for yourself.

Dessert: Your boy Zayn Malik is outchea trying to change the haircut game.

Dave Chappelle lands new Netflix specials

News comes on the heels of his popular ‘Saturday Night Live’ hosting gig

4:15 PMWho knew that when Chris Rock made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live the week of the election in which Dave Chappelle was host, that it was really just an elaborate Easter egg promotion for a new Netflix special?

Back in October, it was announced that Rock would be doing two specials with the streaming television service. More importantly, he was going to be getting $40 million to do it. At the time, it was an eye-popping number for several reasons. It was an outlier on the economic and distribution scale for a comedian, even one of Rock’s stature. Everyone’s got a comedy special now, so for a streaming service to invest that kind of cash into what is basically two programs was a bit of a shocker.

Why does this matter? It’s not about keeping up with the Joneses between two people in the same field, necessarily. The last time someone threw a bunch of money, which seemed at the time out of step with everything in the business, Chappelle turned it down, walked away and eventually ended what some people call the best comedy sketch show ever. Basically, considering what that show was about, the whole situation changed him. For perspective, The Nutty Professor, a movie that Chappelle was in, had an entire budget of $54 million.

All that aside, this is incredible news for Chappelle fans. There are people in this world — and by that I mean me — who believe that HBO’s 2000 special Killing Them Softly is the best standup special ever. So, save his erratic touring schedule that’s led to mixed results for those who attended, 2005’s Block Party was his last significant major production appearance. Three whole specials is basically all you could ask for.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be one original new production along with two from what they called Chappelle’s “vault.” Financial terms have yet to be disclosed, which is probably better for all involved, considering the past. Either way, Rock, if you had anything to do with this, thank you, fam.

Daily Dose: 11/21/16

Things take a turn in North Dakota

1:45 PMI went to an NFL game Sunday night as a fan. I didn’t see any fights and the team I was rooting for won, but there were these guys. And, I had no problems sitting during the superfluous pregame music.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Dakota Access Pipeline, Sunday night was a huge wakeup call. In a scene that looked like the days of the Jim Crow South resurfacing on Native American land in North Dakota, police turned water hoses on people who are protesting to keep their own water safe. Aside from that stinging irony, it was a vicious attack on demonstrators who were only fighting with their bodies. ABC News reports, but this was no clash between sides, to be fair.

It was an interesting weekend for the president-elect and vice president-elect. The latter decided to go see a performance of Hamilton on Broadway and found himself being directly addressed from the stage. The situation drastically upset Donald Trump (he demanded an apology), but Mike Pence, not so much, in fact. Then, on Saturday Night Live, there was further lampooning of the president-elect that once again set him off. ABC News details how Trump doesn’t particularly know how comedy works.

Thanksgiving is coming up, which means it’s time to start thinking about food. If you’re lucky enough to be one of those people whose family always has a bountiful feast on Turkey Day, then you know what your favorite dishes are in addition to ones that you’d rather just not deal with at all. The question is, collectively: What is the best possible combination? FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey is going to tackle the question, but needs your help.

So, there’s an NFL game happening in Mexico on Monday night. The Texans take on the Raiders in Mexico City, which has hosted a league tilt before, albeit in the preseason. Considering what’s happening in this country regarding politics and all the rhetoric about building walls and the like, this is a heck of an opportunity for Mexicans to let Americans know how they feel about it. That aside, football is plainly just pretty ripe to grow down there, according to ESPN’s Steve Wulf.

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Coffee Break: Not all parts of the movement are well-thought-out or smartly organized. Some go even further and are outright ahistorically disrespectful to a lot of people. Such is the case with these “I’m not my grandparents” shirts that are apparently circulating for sale.

Snack Time: If you needed another visual trick to distract you from the state of the world right now, this pair of flip-flops is once again dividing the internet, not dissimilar to The Dress.

Dessert: This makes us even more sad about Sharon Jones.

What Are Those?! Podcast: 11/17/16

The latest in sneaker news, the rise of Jordan Brand and a chat with Stance’s Tzvi Twersky

12:56 PMWelcome to The Undefeated’s What Are Those?! Podcast, where we’ll give you a weekly taste of what’s poppin’ in both the world of kicks and sports fashion.

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This week, I’m joined by The Undefeated’s editor for audience development Marcus Matthews — a real O.G. sneakerhead — and we kick things off by breaking down the three following headlines that caught our eye in recent sneaker news.

  1. Neo-Nazi site calls New Balance “official shoes of white people
  2. Student buys Air Jordans for classmate being bullied over his shoes
  3. Nike’s self-lacing HyperAdapt sneaker will cost you $720

We also sit down with Undefeated style writer Jill Hudson to talk about her latest story on Michael Jordan’s Jordan Brand empire, which Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is certainly leading into the future. And last but not least, I catch up with Tzvi Twersky, Stance’s category director for baseball and basketball, to chop it up about the company’s production of socks, Allen Iverson’s legacy in fashion culture and Tzvi’s extensive sneaker collection.

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If you missed our pilot episode, definitely give it a listen. And if you have any feedback or show ideas, feel free to email us at allday@andscape.com.

Daily Dose: 11/18/16

Kanye West has officially lost the plot

12:25 PMThe homey Aaron Dodson’s new podcast is officially up and moving, and he’s got another edition out. If you don’t know about What Are Those?!, you need to get on it. Listen here.

I have no idea what’s going on with Kanye West. Sure, it’s been a tough year. He’s been publicly beefing with Jay Z, his wife was assaulted in Paris and now his concerts turned therapy sessions have gone wild. On Thursday at a concert in California, he told an entire crowd of people that had he voted, his vote would have gone to Donald Trump. He then resurfaced his claims of running in 2020, which at this point is exactly what this country deserves. This dude is doing the absolute most. ABC News reports.

Let’s review what’s going on with the Trump White House. He’s decided to tap Michael Flynn as the national security adviser. He’s also decided that Mike Pompeo is his guy for the CIA. To top things off, he’s offered the job of attorney general to Jeff Sessions, who was the first Republican senator to endorse Trump, so apparently that move paid off. Meanwhile, Trump is also trying to stick his son-in-law in office, which might cause a problem, because nepotism is a thing, and people don’t want that.

In this country, some people view drug addiction as a psychological choice, rather than a physical problem. And for some people, who tend to believe that the criminal justice system is actually designed to reform and reshape lives, they think that sending someone to jail is a smart way to bring about change. But for parents, dealing with an addicted child is a nightmare. They take desperate measures to try to make a difference in ways that they haven’t before. One dad sent his heroin-addicted daughter to jail. VICE reports on how that story ends.

The Lamar Jackson show is over. It was fun while it lasted. Watching him roast defenses all over the East Coast was a tremendous ritual this season. All he did was score touchdowns, and we all loved it. But, that’s all over now. They got completely dumptrucked by Houston on Thursday night, and it wasn’t particularly close. They looked like a squad that was waiting to get exposed, and it happened. His Heisman Trophy hopes probably aren’t over, but if I’m being honest, I would have rather seen them play for the title, anyway. ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. reports.

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Coffee Break: If you’re wondering what’s going on in various coffee shops these days, I’ll tell you. Grown men are screaming at people because they didn’t get their lattes on time, and people are recording these interactions. I’ll let you fill in the blanks on why all this went down, but you can also just watch it here.

Snack Time: Donald Glover put another song out, and from the looks of it, that album is going to be superfire. Also, The Weeknd put out two snippets. We think the same will be the case with his album, but we don’t really know yet.

Dessert: Klay Thompson is an absolute goon, and we’re here for it.