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Daily Dose: 11/28/16

Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies at 90

11:39 AMHey y’all, hope your Thanksgivings went well! We recorded a podcast before the break, if you missed it. Download here or listen here.

Across the globe, Fidel Castro’s reputation was infamous. While he was lauded by some people for standing up for what some viewed as his country’s people, he was also notorious for the human rights violations his government imposed on them. As a politician, he was obviously a character. But his death marks an interesting point in Cuban-American relations, considering what President Barack Obama has done. Here’s a look at Castro’s life in pictures over the years and in Havana, and the crowds that are lining up to pay homage to the late dictator.

Donald Trump couldn’t make it through the weekend without something. After Jill Stein and others mounted campaigns to potentially recount votes in some states, the president-elect went on a couple tweet storms in which he not only claimed that “the people had spoken” — which, if you understand anything about the electoral college, is not true — but also lobbed the notion that millions of people illegally voted for Hillary Clinton. This is known as doubling down, in the business. ABC News’ Katherine Faulder explains.

Today’s a great day if you like shopping. The thrill of shopping online is that you can literally not move and outfit your entire place with enough useless junk to make you feel like you’re not alone through the holidays. In all seriousness, though, it is pretty fun. Today’s the biggest day for that nationally, but there are some downsides. No. 1, always beware the okey doke. There are no shortage of fools who will fall for anything, just because it’s on their screen. There’s a larger question here, though. With so many early deals, does Cyber Monday matter?

It was a rough day for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. While they were being handed their 12th loss of the season, courtesy the New York Football Giants, things went awry when Odell Beckham Jr. decided to openly taunt the crowd with a rather famous impression. Instead of his usual kicking net antics, he went full LeBron James, hitting his signature powder toss as well as big shot reaction. All of this happened in Cleveland. Meanwhile, after the game, head coach Hue Jackson legit shed a tear on the podium because he’s just had enough of losing.

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Coffee Break: Dylann Roof is the kid who shot and killed a bunch of people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, then had a bunch of police officers take him to Burger King after he got arrested, because he might be hungry. Now, he apparently wants to represent himself at trial. A judge has granted him that opportunity. Major wow there.

Snack Time: We’ve all seen a lot of racist foolishness in our lives, but this one story from Richmond, Virginia, is just beyond insane. Apparently, two men walked into a CVS looking for cheese. What happened next is really odd.

Dessert: Remember those $66 collard greens? Well, someone reviewed them, and it was hilarious.

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! (more…)

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.