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‘U Name It’ challenge turns Thanksgiving dinner into a dance-off

Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes...


David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Nov 16, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:08 pm CDT

It’s the question that plagues moms and grandmoms around the world: “What’s for dinner?” And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, the question has taken on near-existential importance. 

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Well, it turns out legendary gospel singer Shirley Caesar answered this question years ago in the most incredible way possible, and now the internet and Chris Brown have clued us in.

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U name it!!!!😂

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The clip caught on like wildfire and was quickly subjected to the inevitable remixes.

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Here’s a Beyoncé-themed remix of the remix.

By the way, if you feel like “dog” is kind of out place on a list of Thankgiving dishes, it might make you feel better to know that the clip is taken out of context. Ceasar was originally listing off things that were found on a farm. 

It’s worth checking out the original performance, in all it’s nine minutes of James Brown-esque glory. Ceasar’s amazing voice and heartfelt delivery are enough to convert the staunches of atheists… at least for the duration of the song.

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*First Published: Nov 16, 2016, 10:58 am CST