At a time when geeks are ruling pop culture, misogyny and discrimination at widely attended events like Comic-Con are still all too common. Could Melissa Anelli, a Harry Potter superfan turned entrepreneur, usher in a newer — nicer — type of fan convention?
Comedy duo Smosh prides themselves on producing videos like the ones they made in high school. But they’ve also created a digital empire that ensures their future in the industry, even as they approach their thirties. The secret of their success is simple — but shouldn’t be ignored.
A Canadian woman went to South Sudan hoping to help its women and girls weather violence. Instead, she experienced sexual violence herself. BuzzFeed News’ Jina Moore investigates her unfulfilled quest for justice.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Sarah A. Topol tries to solve the mystery of the Kazakh sleeping sickness. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused — deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government says it can do little to help. A BuzzFeed News investigation.
Radiation. Government conspiracy. Mass hysteria. There are plenty of theories as to why the residents of a tiny Kazakh mining region keep falling asleep for days at a time, but no answers. BuzzFeed News tries to stay awake.
After surviving one of the most high-profile and long-running school sex abuse scandals in history, a group of 32 men and women banded together to seek solace and justice — only to find that public outrage, a star attorney, and overwhelming evidence are no match for a legal process stacked against even the most privileged or traumatized.
How did a homeschooled, evangelical Christian from Chattanooga become an ISIS wife and mother?
The fight for an ancient skeleton shows how science undermines and exploits Native-American identity. It's just one reason we need more of us in the lab.
Major flaws in two massive trials of deworming pills show the importance of sharing data — which most scientists don't do.
Jasmine Kaiser and Lisa Scott are suing one of the world’s largest blood companies for turning them away for being transgender. The company insists all trans women are banned from donating under federal guidelines. Do federal officials agree? They won’t say.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Mary Ann Georgantopoulos uncovers the history of the Hulk Hogan sex tape saga. Read that and these other great stories from around the web.
Loretta Young made her name in Classic Hollywood as a great beauty — and for the cover-up of one of the industry’s greatest scandals: concealing a child, born out of wedlock, with Clark Gable, one of the era’s biggest stars. It wasn’t until recently that even Young learned the right words for what she’d been hiding for decades.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Sandra Allen tells the story of Teresa Sheehan and America's failing mental health care system. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
The United States trumpets education as one of its shining successes of the war in Afghanistan. But a BuzzFeed News investigation reveals U.S. claims were often outright lies, as the government peddled numbers it knew to be false and touted schools that have never seen a single student.
Notorious for blending the political and profane, denounced for its roots in Vodou, rabòday music is the defiant — and wildly popular — sound of a new, disaffected generation of Haitians. As the country prepares for long-awaited elections starting in August, stars of the genre have become unusually influential by turning public anxieties into dance-friendly anthems.
In 2008, San Francisco police were called to help transport a woman with mental illness to a hospital. Instead, they shot her seven times and she was charged with five felonies. This is the story of how police became our nation's mental health care workers, and how Teresa Sheehan's family has fought for her before the shooting — and since.
A decade ago Cosby gave a speech excoriating poor blacks for not living up to the promise of the civil rights movement. Here's a look back based on what we know now.
Inside the lightning-fast, wildly absurd, occasionally terrifying world of app-based teenage white supremacy.
Over the past two decades, Colombia’s Iglesia de Dios Ministerial de Jesucristo Internacional — La Ministerial — has built a massive following with almost 900 churches worldwide. The Ministerial calls itself a prophetic faith, but defectors call it a cult that targets immigrants to fill its charismatic leaders’ coffers.
For down time at the beach, barbecue, and everywhere in between, this collection of stories capturing the culture, politics, and people of the U.S.A. has got you covered.
This cross-country cash cow starring seven of America's biggest Vine and YouTube stars may have all the trappings of a traditional rock tour — long bus rides, concert hall stages in front of screaming fans, staying up late — but it's the clearest sign yet that the entertainment industry's star-making apparatus is being turned upside down.
In 2009, an American aid worker seeking to provide internet service for Cubans was thrown in jail for more than five years. Now, as relations with Cuba finally thaw, the imprisonment of Alan Gross remains a prime example of how promoting American values in countries that don't want them is a policy that is as well-intentioned as it is poorly executed.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Katie J.M. Baker goes to Mississippi, where a teen's bizarre and brutal murder has shaken her tiny, rural town. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
To his friends and associates, Clementa Pinckney, the pastor and state legislator slain in the Emanuel Church massacre, seemed destined for great things.
Six months ago, a teenager was burned alive in a tiny Mississippi town. Police say they still don’t know who killed her or why, leaving the mystery in the hands of amateur online sleuths who may be doing more harm than good. When does a private tragedy become a public pastime?
The London office of Reed Business Information sold critical data that helped sanctioned banks funding chemical and nuclear weapons in Syria and Iran make complex international transactions. A BuzzFeed News Investigation unravels the web.
The “Yemen Cyber Army” seemed to appear out of thin air to carry out one of the most audacious attacks of the year. BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel investigates who they are.
For decades the terrible crimes perpetrated against women under the Khmer Rouge were hidden from view. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore talked to the victims of the dictatorial regime who are now getting their day in court.
The Los Angeles school district's attempt to give all its students an iPad was a billion-dollar disaster. Baltimore County and its ambitious young superintendent hope to succeed where L.A. failed.
Students deemed too risky for campus are put on medical leave that can end up being permanent. How can schools balance students' rights with campus safety concerns?
This week for BuzzFeed News, John Lingan dives deep into the $360 billion bottled water industry. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
For 25 years, the self-proclaimed "Oscars of water" have been held in the tiny West Virginia town of Berkeley Springs. At a pivotal moment when the bottled water industry is booming but the national narrative is all about drought and environmental ruin, the stakes for perfecting the taste of nothingness have never been higher.
In New Hampshire, Sanders tells a worried supporter that Fox News is a problem, but it isn't the problem — that's "the mainstream corporate media."
Authorities seized half of the cash under anti-money laundering laws after the rapper allegedly failed to report it at an Italian airport Saturday.
David Ruhl died fighting a blaze in far Northern California. It is among dozens of fires burning across the West.
Trooper Brian Encinia was disciplined for "unprofessional conduct" in the fall of 2014, according to records obtained by the Associated Press on Friday.
"Psychedelics are an amazing thing," said the protest organiser while giggling.