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.
After six years playing a college student on Community — and eight playing a ‘60s housewife on Mad Men — Alison Brie is ready to show she’s more than the sum of her characters’ conservative, type-A parts.
Scott Jones loved being a correctional officer at California's High Desert State Prison. Then he watched his colleagues commit enough abuses that he saw no choice but to break the code of silence, turning himself into a pariah in a neighborhood called CO Row.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Albert Samaha details the tragic story of a prison correctional officer who reported inmate abuse. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
“America killed us, and it said 'we didn’t kill civilians,'” a relative of one victim said. BuzzFeed News speaks to survivors on the border.
Edward Snowden's exposés of the National Security Agency's global surveillance sparked calls to roll them back around the world. But in Russia, where he claimed asylum, Vladimir Putin's censors seized on his revelations to justify unprecedented control over the internet — and expand the Kremlin's surveillance state in the very manner he so feared.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Jesse Hyde uncovers the dark underbelly of one of America's friendliest cults. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Gulfside Assembly — the only place where black Americans could visit a coastal beach during Jim Crow — was once known as a civil rights mecca. Just as it was to make a comeback, Hurricane Katrina laid ruin to the retreat, leaving a dedicated few struggling to keep it from fading into historical obscurity.
For decades, the freewheeling hippies of Jesus People USA — "God's forever family" — forged one of the most influential movements in Christianity. They were also Jaime Prater's family, until he made a documentary exposing the commune's darkest secrets.
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.
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.
Rami Malek went from "hey, it's that guy" to the breakout star of the season as Elliot Alderson on USA's new hit dark drama.
Jessie was born in jail, grew up in the projects, and spent time behind bars as an adult. Now, he hopes his budding coffee business can keep him on track.
Even after fleeing the Gambia with life-threatening wounds from his time in prison, Alieu Sarr still isn't safe.
Emails exchanged between the Israeli and Italian companies, which were leaked by Wikileaks, shows how they have built partnerships to develop and distribute surveillance software to nation states.
"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.
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.