Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Excerpts from A Promised Land have put the former president in the hot seat — just imagine if he let these opinions fly in his best-seller

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6. On entertainment

5. On food

4. On war


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

With all of this talk of adviser selections, we ponder what’s in the president-elect’s cupboard

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6. A Danish cookie tin full of sewing supplies

5. Rahm Emanuel

4. Jerk seasoning

3. An air fryer


How Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ finds justice—and how network TV took that justice away

The summer of 1989 wasn’t just another summer, despite what Chuck D told us in “Fight the Power.” New York City was hot, and it only got hotter when Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing came out. Chronicling how sweltering, simmering racial tension boiled over on a Bed-Stuy Brooklyn block, the movie finally reaches its climax in the police murder of Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) and Mookie (Spike Lee) throwing a garbage can through the window of Sal’s Pizzeria. The events, like so many others in the movie, etched themselves into a generation’s memory. …


This Week in Racism

It’s an embarrassment of riches in our weekly roundup of the world’s most preventable disease!

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Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life. But no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we’re pleased to introduce our weekly racism surveillance machine. …


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

After proving himself during Nate Robinson’s boxing match, it’s time for the rap legend to branch out

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5. Bull riding

4. Bobsledding

3. Golf

2. Hockey

1. Basketball


In “America Taught Dave Chappelle That Millionaires Can Sharecrop Too,” Bonsu Thompson unpacks Chappelle’s most recent standup routine, in which the comic related his struggles with Comedy Central licensing Chappelle’s Show for streaming without giving him a cut of the revenue. “Whether the gap is money, notoriety, physical strength or civil rights,” Thompson writes, “in the United States especially, the lesser someone has the greater chance that they become prey.”


JUST RANKIN’ SH!T

We’ll take ‘Get That Game Show Host Money’ for $1,000, please!

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6. Neil deGrasse Tyson

5. Gucci Mane

4. That Guy in the Barbershop Who Gets Everything Almost Right


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Aluminum foil isn’t the only silver lining this year

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6. The annoying dieter

5. The Rip Van Winkle


JUST RANKIN’ SH!T

There are levels to this mystical Thanksgiving triple threat

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Photo illustration; sources: Glenn Koenig, Leena Robinson, Creativ Studio Heinemann/Getty Images

4. Turkey

Let’s keep it a buck: We only eat turkey because it’s tradition. There might be some great methods of preparing this main event of the meal—e.g., deep-frying that shit and going heavy with delicious seasonings—but there are far superior birds and meats out there. Here, the turkey is just the meat we cut through to get to what we actually want.

3. Stuffing

Sleeper hit! The stuffing may not be officially represented in the portmanteau, but it’s the nucleus. No turducken is complete without it. These are facts. …


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

Gratitude is great. All this other stuff? Not so much.

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5. Bad Detroit football

4. Political conversations with family at dinner

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