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Zak Cheney-Rice

Features Writer, New York Magazine

Zak Cheney-Rice is a features writer for New York, where he has covered race, politics, culture, and law enforcement, particularly in the South, since 2018.

  1. the system
    The Government’s Telling Response to Tyre Nichols’s DeathThe reforms being considered would probably not have prevented his killing. But officials have gotten better at preempting outrage.
  2. the system
    Tyre Nichols and the End of Police ReformHis death is evidence that cosmetic change can’t excise the rot of American law enforcement.
  3. the system
    The Uprising That Ran OutThe death of Keenan Anderson marks the end of an era.
  4. the system
    A Cosmologist’s Case for Staying Put on EarthThe many heterodoxies of Chanda Prescod-Weinstein.
  5. the system
    The Very Revealing 15 Minutes of Byron DonaldsIn a Republican soap opera, there’s always room for a Black conservative.
  6. games
    Are We Willing to Prevent Another Damar Hamlin?The dangers of football are obvious. But Americans can’t stop watching.
  7. the system
    Brittney Griner’s Hollow HomecomingIt’s a relief she’s back. Now free the others.
  8. early and often
    Raphael Warnock Is the Exception in Georgia, Not the RuleThe pastor turned politician defied the odds again, but Georgia is still barely a purple state.
  9. the system
    Herschel Walker Is the Last Republican StandingHis runoff campaign goes all in on Trumpism.
  10. the system
    Speaker of the EstablishmentHakeem Jeffries is poised to become House Democrats’ next leader, but that’s not necessarily a sign of progress.
  11. early and often
    The GOP Won’t Moderate. Just Look at Georgia.Raphael Warnock may pull off a victory, but Republicans are doubling down on extremism.
  12. the system
    The Rebirth of Kanye WestMeet the new face of Black conservatism.
  13. the system
    The Future of Black Politics Is at Stake in GeorgiaThe legacy of the civil-rights movement may hinge on Raphael Warnock’s reelection campaign.
  14. fall preview
    Danielle Deadwyler Put Her Whole Body in ItPlaying Mamie Till-Mobley took over her life. But the actress never does anything halfway.
  15. the sports section
    Is New York Still the Center of the Basketball Universe?A new documentary, ‘NYC Point Gods,’ suggests it’s not.
  16. the system
    How Democrats Bolstered the Post-Roe Enforcement RegimeWhen funding the police backfires.
  17. in conversation
    Larry Wilmore Knows No BoundsHe’s kept the golden age of Black TV comedy alive for three decades. He’ll make any network eat its words.
  18. games
    Can Men Be Friends?What fantasy sports reveal about the limits of male intimacy.
  19. the system
    America’s Impenetrable Fog of InnocenceWhy it’s so hard for so many to see the causes of the Buffalo mass shooting clearly.
  20. encounter
    What’s Wrong With Identity Politics?Philosopher Olúfemi O. Táíwò’s new book reclaims the concept from elite power brokers.
  21. the system
    Protests Are Wrong Until They’re RightAnimal-rights activists have been ridiculed for interrupting the NBA playoffs. They’re in good company.
  22. the system
    Why Is the Firing Squad Making a Comeback?South Carolina’s push to bring back an archaic execution method says a lot about the state of capital punishment today.
  23. the sports section
    Everybody Hates the LakersHow the NBA’s most storied franchise fell from myth to reality.
  24. the system
    Can Republicans Commit Voter Fraud?The revealing case of Mark Meadows.
  25. sports
    Brian Flores and the Paradox of the Black NFL CoachEven if Flores’s discrimination suit were to succeed, what would he gain?
  26. black lives matter
    Black Athletes and the Value of a BodyWhy the world of professional sports embraced Black Lives Matter.
  27. kyrie irving
    Kyrie’s BackIt was only a matter of time.
  28. politics
    Why Did Keisha Lance Bottoms Quit?The mayor of Atlanta was a rising star in Democratic politics. Then the crime wave hit.
  29. criminal justice reform
    Biden’s Low Marks on Crime Are Killing ReformThe prospect of meaningful change has never looked bleaker.
  30. criminal justice
    This Wasn’t About Jussie SmollettThe actor’s trial was a proxy for a very different fight.
  31. 2022 elections
    How Trump-y Can the 2022 Georgia Governor’s Race Get?Probably very.
  32. ahmaud arbery
    The Legal Uses of BlacknessWhy attorneys in the Ahmaud Arbery case did — and didn’t— invoke his race.
  33. george floyd
    Minneapolis Kept Its Police Department. But We’ll Be Here Again.The defeat of Ballot Question 2 wasn’t as decisive as it looked.
  34. critical race theory
    ‘Critical Race Theory’ Has Been a Winner for DecadesGlenn Youngkin’s victory is just the latest iteration of an age-old campaign tactic.
  35. kyle rittenhouse trial
    The Kyle Rittenhouse Judge Gave Voters a GiftBruce Schroeder’s controversial ruling produced something that people rarely have when they choose judges: information.
  36. kyrie irving
    The Nets Really Don’t Want ThisThe team’s best-laid plans are no match for one stubborn anti-vaxxer.
  37. public safety
    The Police’s Farcical War on Vaccine MandatesIt turns out cops may not have a special appreciation for the sanctity of life after all.
  38. iraq war
    Colin Powell Doesn’t Need You to Defend HimThe former secretary of State was perfectly comfortable with his bloody legacy.
  39. republicans
    Tim Scott Knows What He’s DoingWhy Republican donors are so excited about the South Carolina senator.
  40. january 6
    Trump Doesn’t Care How Ashli Babbitt DiedThe grim reality behind the ex-president’s “happy birthday” message to the slain Capitol rioter.
  41. california oil spill
    California’s Oil Leak Is Part of a Larger Disaster in the MakingAnd America has barely begun to tackle it.
  42. sad cops
    Policing Isn’t Supposed to Be FunWhy politicians can’t allow “demoralized” cops to dictate the agenda.
  43. covid vaccine
    What NBA Players Owe Each OtherThe emphasis on individual choice among vaccine skeptics points to a larger problem with the NBA’s politics.
  44. 9/11: 20 years later
    What Dead Prez Got Right About 9/11The rap group represented an alternative vision of the Bush era.
  45. middle east
    John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Will Explain the Middle East to You NowWhy Donald Trump’s goons may never go away.
  46. what reckoning?
    The Senate Wants to Give Us a Lot More CopsLast year’s so-called reckoning with race is curdling into a bipartisan love fest for the police.
  47. politics
    It’s Andrew Cuomo’s Turn to Face JusticeThe disgraced governor has favored tough-on-crime policies — except for people like him.
  48. politics
    What Cori Bush Taught the LeftTo move the Democrats, you have to humiliate them.
  49. the system
    Why Joe Biden’s Racial Justice Agenda Is StalledHe faces resistance from moderate Democrats. But he’s also tied his own hands.
  50. power
    What the Congressional Black Caucus Lost When It Won PowerThe CBC’s campaign to stop Nina Turner from entering Congress reveals a lot about its priorities.
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