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The consensus is that it's been a rough year. We were white-knuckled as we rode through the roller coaster election cycle, losing Prince and David Bowie, witnessing escalating events in Standing Rock and a summer of bloody violence. Even the Olympic Games were odd, with sexism and lies. But at Fusion—where the mission is to amplify underrepresented voices—we had our work cut out for us, and we're really proud of the great pieces our writers and editors produced.

Here are sixteen of the best stories we published in 2016:

How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell, by Kashmir Hill

The quiet racism behind the white female Trump voter, by Katie McDonough


What it’s really like to be black on ‘The Bachelor’, by Molly Fitzpatrick

How I learned to orgasm after sex reassignment surgery, by Samantha Allen


Young, black, and internet famous: How this power couple conquered Vine and Instagram, by Kevin Roose

Welcome to Yellowbrick, a ‘rehab’ for stuck millennials that attempts to turn them into adults, by Molly Osberg


Your favorite Harambe memes are racist. It’s time to stop using them, by Charles Pulliam-Moore

How a death row inmate who’s been in prison since he was 15 finds meaning in daily life, by Casey Tolan


How Airbnb piggybacked on a communist program to make Cuba its fastest growing market ever, by Tim Rogers

Nearly all mass shooters have this one thing in common, by Taryn Hillin


Get rich or die vlogging: The sad economics of internet fame, by Gaby Dunn

On Prince, blackness, and sexuality, by Dodai Stewart


Queer Selena wants notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio bidi bidi gone gone, by Jorge Rivas

Bollywood's shameful history of blackface, by Isha Aran


Nameplate necklaces: This shit is for us, by Collier Meyerson

The pyramid at the end of the world, by Elmo Keep

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