What a week! While Puerto Rico was without water and power, our president attacked black athletes exercising their constitutional rights, further goaded North Korea, unveiled a new Muslim-country travel ban, and pushed a tax plan massively benefitting the wealthy. Also, Twitter insanely started allowing 280-character tweets, which in addition to being aesthetically unnerving will probably be the literal death of us.
Here's what got us through it all!
Cardi B Dethroning Taylor Swift on the Billboard Hot 100
Taylor Swift likes to think of herself as apolitical, but it's no secret that neo-Nazis worship her as their Aryan goddess. And since Swift has yet to denounce her white supremacist fan base, it felt especially symbolic when Cardi B -- a black feminist, daughter of immigrants, and former stripper from the Bronx -- took her No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Bodak Yellow."
Schadenfreude aside, Cardi's win made history for several reasons: She's the first female rapper to hit No. 1 without a feature since Lauryn Hill in 1998, and her come-up has been entirely self-made. There was no Lil Wayne to her Nicki Minaj, no T.I. to her Iggy Azalea, no Biggie to her Lil' Kim: She grabbed the public's attention with her outsized personality on social media and Love & Hip-hop and held it on the strength of her music. While Swift adopts a vindictive persona with "Look What You Made Me Do," Cardi continues to win hearts and minds (even Taylor's) with her bubbly sense of humor and keep-it-realness. —Nastia Voynovskaya