"I don't know what it feels like to feel like a girl or feel like a boy." Lola Phoenix has a rare condition that stops male and female sex hormones being produced, but the NHS refuses to help. Phoenix tells BuzzFeed News what life is like when you're agender.
I thought I’d scooped the biggest viral story of the year — turns out, I’d fallen for an elaborate joke. Over a year later, still plagued by embarrassment and resentment, I sat down with Elan Gale, the guy whose fake midair fight nearly derailed my career just as it was starting.
When Kathy Phipps was relocated to a suburban Utah neighborhood after the storm, she was hailed by the media as an example of how the tragedy could turn into opportunity. But 10 years later, Kathy is back in Louisiana, scarred by what happened after the cameras went away.
This week for BuzzFeed News, John Stanton and Joel Anderson visit the Gulf Coast ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Read those and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Two decades in network news, 17 seasons as the host of Big Brother, five years on The Talk, and one of Hollywood’s most high-profile marriages has turned Chen into the obsession of millions.
Three years ago, Oracle founder Larry Ellison bought a Hawaiian island. He also unwittingly bought the Lana’i Animal Rescue Center and its 400 feral cats. BuzzFeed News pays a visit.
The first drug to treat low libido in women was just approved by the FDA. It might never have happened, experts say, if not for a media-savvy, pharma-funded advocacy group called Even the Score.
In the decade since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, an influx of billions of dollars and thousands of new residents has helped revitalize portions of the city. However, for some longtime residents like local MC and activist Domonique Meyers, the Crescent City is at risk of losing something much more valuable than what it has gained.
Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody inspired riots in Baltimore because it was all too familiar to all too many people. His short life was punctuated by a series of difficult and confounding encounters with the criminal justice system that were even more common than his death.
Billy McDonald rose to political power in a little Mississippi beach town on the strength of his resilience and colorful personality. But when Hurricane Katrina hit Pass Christian, it took everything from him and his city.
In 2005, I won the High School Mock Trial National Championships, a victory that was both huge and, to most people, meaningless. Ten years later, I returned to nationals to try and make sense of what that victory meant — and what this competitive celebration of our legal system even is.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Madison Pauly discovers why Taylor Woolrich wanted a gun. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
For four years, a Dartmouth student had been relentlessly stalked by an older man. The legal system couldn't protect her, so she wanted permission to carry a gun on campus. One year after becoming a gun-rights poster girl, Taylor Woolrich tells her story.
Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans didn’t even have a full-time public defender program. The one they built remains overwhelmed and underfunded.
After 20 years of acting — and finally realizing she hates it — Rose McGowan has become Hollywood's feminist whistleblower. To the industry, she says, "Fuck your rules."
Last year, Christian singer-songwriter Vicky Beeching announced she was gay. In the months that followed, she's fallen in love, been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, and been picketed, attacked, and boycotted. But, she tells BuzzFeed News, "I don't regret it for a second."
Millions of American kids have an incarcerated parent, which can trigger PTSD, depression, and other mental health disorders. A unique Brooklyn organization is trying to help, one family at a time.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Reggie Ugwu kicks it in the front seat with Rebecca Black. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Four years ago, she introduced the world to the most hated (and maddeningly unforgettable) song in a generation, was passed over by the music industry, and turned into a punchline — all before she was old enough for a learner's permit. Now 18, Rebecca Black is too famous to be normal and too normal to be famous. So what does she have to smile about?
M.C. was born with ambiguous genitalia, a rare condition that doctors addressed with surgery. Now, in a landmark lawsuit, M.C.'s parents are challenging the medical mainstream: Why does a surgeon decide what sex a child should be?
Co-living is the logical next step in the race to monetize the wantrepreneur lifestyle.
YouTube is exploding in India right now, and four comedians from Mumbai who go by the name All India Bakchod are leading the pack. But after causing a national scandal by organizing India’s first comedy roast, they’re discovering India might not be quite ready to laugh at itself yet.
It seems like nearly everyone in 2001's cult favorite returned for the new Netflix prequel series — but not me. How I survived fake summer camp, a daunting first kiss, and a career as a child actor.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Peter Andrey Smith dives deep into the murky rumors surrounding a murder in a tiny, Nova Scotian fishing village. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
After Katrina, animal rescuers saved thousands of NOLA’s cats and dogs — and in the process, elevated the status of pets in the eyes of the law.
Two years ago, in a small Nova Scotian village, a local troublemaker and lobster thief went missing, and three lobstermen eventually confessed to his vicious murder. Had this trickster finally gotten what was coming to him, or was the real story — and what it said about this community — something much more tragic?
Detectives bugging the phone of a businessman suspected of laundering millions for organised crime gangs heard him romancing the wife of a Bank of England insider to glean highly sensitive information. A BuzzFeed News investigation lifts the lid on a security scandal that the police and MI5 tried to keep secret.
As Tom Cruise makes the publicity rounds for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, there's no trace of his couch-jumping public implosion. But can those of us who knew him as the greatest star on earth ever shake the catastrophe of the last 10 years?
To the cops, Jabbar Gibson was just a low-level drug pusher. But to the residents of a New Orleans public housing complex, he’s the man who rescued them from Hurricane Katrina when no one else would.
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 officer "was literally gunned down" in what seemed to be "an unprovoked execution style killing of a police officer," the Harris County sheriff said.
The discovery came as four men appeared in court over the deaths of 71 refugees and migrants discovered in the back of a truck on Thursday.
The trio were originally convicted in 2014 of spreading false news and aiding terrorists, but won a retrial earlier this year. Saturday's unexpected conviction was met with shock and disgust by media and human rights groups.
Source’s familiar with the situation tell BuzzFeed News that Apple did not threaten Tidal with with a $20 million suit over Drake's performance at a Hurricane Katrina benefit, despite a claim to the contrary from Jay Z's streaming service.
At the DNC summer meeting, the frontrunner’s opponents recast themselves. After decades on the outside, Bernie Sanders is now the Democratic Party’s savior — and Martin O’Malley, a former party governors association chairman, is its renegade critic.