In a city wrestling with fast-rising housing costs and demographic change, a security guard’s attack of a poor black man at Whole Foods has come to represent what many black residents fear: Oakland wants them out.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen profiles Room actress Brie Larson. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Her breakthrough performance in Room has everyone talking about an Oscar and signals the end of her relative anonymity. Can Brie Larson survive becoming the next Jennifer Lawrence without losing her balance?
In the end, the paparazzi machine that came to dominate the early 2000s was no match for the Great Recession, celebrity revolt, and the rise of social media.
The legend of the Wild West's most infamous outlaw may seem straightforward, but the truth is anything but. Two small-town sheriffs, a passionate historian, and, now, a succession of TV specials raise the question: Who owns Billy the Kid's history?
Since aiding Lewis and Clark on their famed 19th-century expedition across the West, this Shoshone heroine has become a symbol for everything from Manifest Destiny to women’s rights to American diversity. Does it matter that we don't seem to know that much about her?
Few figures exemplify the West and, really, Americanness, more than John Wayne. How does the resilience of his image — and the thinly veiled bigotry, xenophobia, and sexism that structure it — point to the darkness at the heart of the Western myth?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Kendall Taggart and Alex Campbell uncover how Texas traffic courts flout the law by jailing people too poor to pay fines. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
What the $10 billion co-working company’s internal financial documents tell us about how a decacorn is built.
BuzzFeed News followed three bagmen from Lycamobile as they made "deeply suspicious" six-figure daily cash deposits at the Post Office.
The Las Vegas taxi industry used every political maneuver in its arsenal to keep Uber and Lyft off the strip. It didn't work.
Three stories about the most enduring legends of the Old West and the people who devote their lives to debunking — and defending— them
Two wildly popular British expat podcasters are obsessed with making good on the decades-old promise that America will care about soccer more than once every four years. And if it finally happens, they'll be a big reason why.
With every kind of spectacle imaginable available in our pockets at all times, why does a straitlaced seventh-generation tightrope walker think he can become the most successful entertainer alive? And why do his own relatives resent him for it?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Steve Kandell walks the high wire with Nik Wallenda. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Metro Narcotics in Oxford, Mississippi, makes frequent use of college-age informants. Chris Bland claims he murdered one of them for being a "snitch."
What’s at stake when police arrest women who they believe falsely reported rape? For Lara McLeod, it was her reputation, her mental health, and maybe even her baby nephew’s life.
Only a few years ago, Ellen Page thought she could never come out publicly. Now, her new movie Freeheld marks an important step in the marriage equality movement — and it's just the start of a new stage in her career.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Amanda Chicago Lewis discovers the pitfalls of medical marijuana. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Certain compounds in cannabis have serious medical potential for everyone from cancer patients to children suffering from seizures. But patients and parents have no way to distinguish the snake oil salesmen from the trustworthy companies.
At 6 years old, Jazz Jennings became one of the first openly transgender children ever to appear on television. Eight years later, she boasts a children’s book, YouTube fame, and a TLC reality show — but can she balance being the most famous transgender kid in the world with just being a kid?
Porn has long been a driving force in tech and internet innovation, but the industry now finds itself in unprecedented danger thanks to piracy and free "tube" sites. These are some of the pioneers who are trying to fight back.
Liam Lyburd, from Newcastle, was today sentenced to life in prison for buying a gun, gas canisters, and pipe bomb materials from the Dark Web with intent to shoot students at his former college. BuzzFeed News follows the trail and asks whether someone in future might succeed where he failed.
After more than a decade spent running sketchy online marketing schemes, JustFab's founders have made it big in Silicon Valley. But have they changed their ways?
When you do everything right and society hates you for it, that’s Anne Hathaway Syndrome. In The Intern, Hathaway acts out that conundrum — but will it make us like her?
A year ago, 43 students disappeared after they were attacked by the police in the middle of the night, and their relatives are still looking for answers. BuzzFeed News' Karla Zabludovsky tells the story of a year of grief for the Abraján family.
Amna Farooqi is a Pakistani-American Muslim who grew up in a “Pro-Palestine” household. How did she become the president of J Street U, the campus wing of the Pro-Israel lobbying group?
This week for BuzzFeed News, Michelle Nijhuis revisits America's long lost pipe dreams. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
The North American Water and Power Alliance was an audacious proposal to divert water to parched western states that would have cost hundreds of billions of dollars and pissed off Canada. But what if it had worked?
For 50 years, the name Tiger Beat has promised the same thing: beautiful teen idols. Today, the reboot of the magazine — with such unlikely backers as Kevin Durant and Nick Cannon — hinges on its ability to offer that same thing...in an only slightly updated package.
There's a statue venerating Ricky Williams outside the University of Texas football stadium. Sixteen years and one tumultuous pro career later, he's back on campus – with a very different purpose.
The gliding gadgets are suddenly everywhere, and someone is going to make a killing. Will it be the guy who patented them, the guy who imported them from China, or Mark Cuban?
Nicole Cronin was one of the hundreds of people who overdose in Palm Beach County every year. She came to South Florida for help, but instead found a rehab system with weak scientific backing that's riddled with fraud.
The HMS Erebus and a sister ship left England in 1845 to find the Northwest Passage. They were never seen again — until a team of Canadian searchers discovered the wreckage in the Arctic last year. What followed was a dispute over the facts of, and credit for, the historic find.
A lifetime of frustration has turned the breakout star of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat into the perfect poster child for Asian-American representation.
Young women with anorexia are now turning to apps like Instagram to find the support they feel like they aren't getting from professional health services. Through photos, these teenagers are creating a support network that they believe is saving lives, but is it doing more harm than good?
How did a 1972 exhibition game between Russia and Uganda become a crucible for Cold War tensions at the dawn of Idi Amin's brutal regime? Ask the former CIA agent who tried to embarrass the Soviets where they'd least expect it: on a basketball court in Kampala.
It's not unusual to find personal meaning in a stranger's tragedy. But would you buy a T-shirt or get a tattoo memorializing a child you've never met? Meet the well-meaning, sometimes obsessive followers who have, and the parents living through their deceased child's online afterlife.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Shaun Raviv revisits the Cold War by way of the basketball court. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.