What Just Happened?100 Days of Trump

Our Take: 100 Days

We know Trump’s 100 days were this past Saturday. We also know every outlet and person you’ve ever known with a Facebook account had something to say about it, and did. We considered being snarky and celebrating the fact that we’ve survived this hellscape of an administration so far but honestly? We don’t feel like laughing.

The past 100 days have been hard (and they continue to be with news constantly breaking, like the GOP’s healthcare reform getting past the House just yesterday). They have been painful and terrifying for so many people. They have been dangerous. Wonderfully though, people continue to fight and art continues to be made in spite of a government that has betrayed its promise of public service. Today, we wanted to talk about the past 100 days, but not in terms of what Trump did and did not do. We want to talk about everything else that has been happening in the past 100 days that is important and vital to our community but that hasn’t been heard as clearly over the rush of panic over this tweet or that executive order. 

We’re thinking a lot about invisibility at the Bitch HQ these days, so here is a list of 100 things that were not as visible in these 100 days as they should have been, that deserve your attention, or that we just want to remember and re-celebrate.

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1. Brown Girls appeared onscreen. [OpenTV]

2. The newly-announced Poetry Coalition gathered to defend the value of poetry and poets to American culture. [Academy of American Poets]

3. NASA and the National Parks Service went rogue. [NPR]

4. Jack Jones Literary Arts combatted the whiteness and elitism of the writers retreat by announcing their own retreat exclusively for women of color (with 11 fully funded scholarships to boot). [Jack Jones Literary Arts]

5. CultureStrike went to the real Coachella to talk to the immigrant communities that live in the Coachella valley year-round about their fight against environmental racism. [CultureStrike]

6. Beyoncé announced her Formation Scholars program. [Instagram]

7Get Out came out and Jordan Peele became the first Black director and writer to have a debut film hit over $100 million at the box office. [Bitch Media]

8. Moonlight won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. [Bitch Media]

9. Bill O’Reilly was fired. [New York Magazine]

10. Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal. [Bitch Media]

11. Tomi Lahren was banned from The Blaze. [New York Magazine]

12. Lemonade13thAtlanta, and O.J.: Made in America won Peabody Awards. [Hollywood Reporter]

13. An unprecedented number of women are planning to run for office. [New York Magazine]

14. The “Day Without a Woman” protests happened across the world. [Bitch Media]

15. Viola Davis finally got her Oscar. [Bitch Media]

16. Beyoncé announced that her family will be growing by two. [Bitch Media]

17. Hidden Figures busted box office expectations, and… [The Atlantic]

18. Hidden Figures author, Margot Lee Shetterly, announced two more books up her sleeve that we cannot wait to read. [Refinery29]

19. Serena Williams proved again she’s the GOAT. [Hindustan Times]

20. Punching a Nazi became the “meme to end all memes.” [The Washington Post]

21. More than 600 cities organized in the name of science. [MarchforScience.com]

22. Rocker Ike Reilly released bluesy anti-travel ban song, “Bolt Cutter.” [Rolling Stone]

23. Thanks, Netflix. Dear White People came back as a series. [Vulture]

24. #GoodMuslimBadMuslim duo won “Activists of the Year” award for APA Heritage Month. [Twitter]

25. Bye, Girls. The End. [Vulture]

26. Pioneering female artists emerged during women’s history month. [ArtNet]

27. The Associated Press added the singular use of “they” as an approved pronoun in its style guide. [Buzzfeed]

28. Ijeoma Oluo made it possible for us never to hear another mention of Rachel Dolezal again. [The Stranger]

29. I Am Not Your Negro aired in theaters across the country and was nominated for an Oscar. [Rotten Tomatoes]

30. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 1964 CRA extends protections to those experiencing bias based on sexuality. [Colorlines]

31. Lizzo gave possibly the best performance we’ve ever seen at SXSW. [NPR]

32. Ellen celebrated 20 years since her coming out episode… and Michelle Obama offered her personal congratulations. [People]

33. These gender-neutral swimsuits made summertime a whole lot better for a whole lot of people. [Kickstarter]

34. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Washington, D.C. filed its first lawsuit against Trump three days after his inauguration, accusing him of violating the emoluments clause. To date it has filed nearly 100 ethics complaints against the Trump administration. [New York Daily News] 

35. More people started listening to Representative Maxine Waters. [Twitter]

36. The Women’s March, in all of its complexities, was the largest single day of protests in American history. [WomensMarch.com]

37. Millions watched in health-insured awe as Paul Ryan failed miserably to destroy Obamacare. (Those were good times…) [The Washington Post]

38. Melissa McCarthy played Sean “Spicey” Spicer on SNL. The late-night comedy show posted its highest ratings in 20 years. [Youtube]

39. Sales of protest supplies, such as poster board and markers, went up (and stayed up) more than 30 percent. Foam board sales are up 42 percent. [Bloomberg]

40. Visits to sites of former Japanese-American internment camps, like Manzanar, reached an all-time high. [Mother Jones]

41. The folks at O’Miami broke the Google algorithm for an interactive community project designed to feature the poetry of incarcerated individuals. [Miami New Times]

42. Coverage of 26-year-old Brittany Chávez’s ShopLatinx, a database of 200 Latinx-owned businesses, picked up steam. [Remezcla]

43. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary reminded us that we’ve had a singular, gender-neutral pronoun since 1934. [Merriam-Webster]

44. Plus, their latest tweets have been deconstructing alternative facts. [Twitter]

45. Under the Raise the Age initiative, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a reform so that 16- and 17-year-olds will no longer be tried as adults in New York State. [RaiseTheAgeNy.com]

46. NYC mayor Bill de Blasio also committed to closing Rikers Island—finally. [The New York Times]

47. Kalief Browder, a teenager who committed suicide after being incarcerated in Rikers Island for a crime he didn’t commit, had his story told by Jay-Z on Spike TV. [IndieWire]

48. Speaking of Jay-Z, he partnered with The Weinstein Company and National Geographic for Race, a six-episode project that will explore inequality in the US. [Salon]

49. While the majority of late-night hosts treaded lightly through the election,Samantha Bee doubled down on her critique, making for some therapeutic viewing. [Twitter]

50. Langston Hughes’s Harlem home reopened. It now houses workshops and poetry slams. [Huffington Post]

51. Wednesday became television’s Blackest night with many networks airing shows created by or starring Black people. [Wall Street Journal]

52. Issa Rae announced the premiere date for the second season of Insecure. [Entertainment Weekly]

53. For the first time, four Black directors were nominated for the best documentary Oscar. [NPR]

54. One of them was Ava Duvernay, whose Queen Sugar TV adaptation was renewed for a second season. [Deadline]

55. By the way, for the second season in a row, all of Queen Sugars’s directors will be women. [Hollywood Reporter]

56. Speaking of women, Serena Williams announced that she’s pregnant. Her baby’s already a champion. [The New York Times]

57. Pete Souza began brilliantly using Instagram to throw subliminal shade at 45. He gained 1 million followers in the process. [Vox]

58. Shonda Rhimes joined the board of Planned Parenthood. It’s handled. [The Washington Post]

59. The ACLU raised $24 million in a single weekend. [Vanity Fair]

60. Thousands of demonstrators flooded airports to protest Trump’s thwarted Muslim ban. It worked. [NPR]

61. Civic engagement has also worked on the local level. Townhalls have been packed wall-to-wall with citizens eager to engage with their representatives. [The Atlantic]

62. Pro-skateboarder Lizzie Armanto was the first woman on the cover of Thrashermagazine in 24 years—and only the third woman ever! [Youtube]

63. The childhood home of Pauli Murray—trailblazing lawyer, civil rights activist, women’s activist, poet, and Episcopal priest—was put on the National Historic Landmark. [The Herald Sun]

64. Marley Dias got a book deal! [NBC News]

65. Malala Yousafzai was named the youngest ever UN Ambassador of Peace. [The Telegraph]

66. Tracey Tong, a 23-year-old Chinese-Peruvian woman, showed us all how to be an ally against Islamophobia. [Remezcla]

67. Vanity Fair spilled the beans! Comedian and actress Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey will executive, produce, and host a new, yet-to-be-named late night comedy show. [Vanity Fair]

68. Marissa Alexander finally walked free after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband in 2012. [Ebony]

69. Henrietta Lacks is no longer a hidden figure. She got the big screen treatment—finally. [HBO]

70. Oprah Winfrey played Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks, and got her acting groove back. [The Ringer]

71. Nashville named a popular street after suffragette Anne Dallas Dudley. [Nashville Patch]

72. Colson Whitehead’s book, The Underground Railroad, is being adapted by Barry Jenkins for Amazon. [The New York Times]

73. Speaking of the underground railroad, the first multidimensional portrayal of Harriet Tubman finally came to TV. The second season of Underground is everything. [The New York Times]

74. The U.S. Women’s hockey team won their overdue fair pay. [The Cut]

75. A week later, the U.S. U.S. women’s soccer team secured equal pay as well. [Think Progress]

76. A 5-year-old asked GAP for gender-neutral clothing. The CEO agreed. [The Washington Post]

77. Big Little Lies delivered one of the most realistic portrayals of intimate partner violence. [Vulture]

78. (And there may be a second season of Big Little Lies!) [Marie Claire]

79. Rachel Maddow got ahold of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. [CNBC]

80. Her ratings are still through the roof. [TV Newser]

81. Constance Wu. [The AV Club]

82. Harvard named Rihanna its Humanitarian of the Year. Her response was priceless. [The Washington Post]

83. New Mexico passed a law that allows residents to donate a portion of their state taxes to test a backlog of rape kits. [Taos News]

84. Texas is considering a similar bill. [Fox 7 Austin]

85. There was a surge in children’s book authors tackling race and police brutality, to critical acclaim. [The New York Times]

86. Tomi Adeyemi signed an impressive deal to bring her YA book Children of Blood and Bone to the big screen. [Teen Vogue]

87. Three abortion clinics in Texas reopened, including Whole Women’s Health, the stalwart in the Supreme Court fight over undue burden. [Statesmen]

88. Marco Rubio got booted out of his own office after ongoing protests for his evasive behavior with constituents. [Remezcla]

89. The National Conference of Sanctuary Cities established a coalition of local elected officials to defend immigrant residents. [Remezcla]

90. An ordinary citizen in the Bronx, New York created a successful campaign to bring an independent bookstore to the area. [New York 1]

91. The Brooklyn Museum opened the “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85” exhibit to honor black women in the Black Arts Movement. [GOOD]

92. The city of Seattle divested from Wells Fargo in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. [Los Angeles Times]

93. Several other cities followed. [The Nation]

94. Genet Lakew created a scholarship for Black immigrant students in need of funding. [generosity]

95. International Women’s Day was celebrated with renewed urgency. [Time]

96. Though there is a catch, New York became the first state to offer free state tuition. [USA Today]

97. Dawn Stanley led the South Carolina Gamecocks to a national title, becoming the second African-American woman to coach a NCAA basketball team to victory. [Chicago Tribune]

98. 19-year-old student Sabrina Rodriguez started the Instagram account LatinxReads, a virtual book club for those looking to read more Latinx authors that aims to “diversify the representation of Latinidad.” [Latina]

99. After going toe-to-toe with Sean Spicer, April D. Ryan joined CNN as a political analyst. [Twitter]

100. Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor in history to win an Oscar. [Fusion]



Want to add to the 100 days list?

With the news cycle playing 24-hour catch-up with Trump’s tweets we know our list didn’t catch everything that’s gone under the radar in the past 100 days. Got something to add? Let us know!


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