My father was killed in the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi when I was only 5. It’s getting harder to remember what he was like when he was alive.
Growing up Evangelical, I saw church governance deployed to cover up everything from adultery to child sexual abuse. Including in my own family.
“The recent reemergence of mulatto identity isn’t about race, it’s about actively acknowledging a multiethnic reality in a simplistically racialized world.”
This week, BuzzFeed Ideas Editor Bim Adewunmi wrote a piece on the strange conformity of YouTube’s beauty tutorials. Read that and other essays from The Atlantic, The Fader, Grantland, and more.
Rebel Wilson isn’t the first Hollywood star to fabricate details of her past. But the reason she did so speaks volumes of the industry’s logic concerning what sort of bodies should appear on-screen.
Friday’s referendum on marriage equality is an opportunity for Ireland to make sure that no future generation of gay kids will feel the kind of pain, shame, and loneliness that I did.
I’m the guy who writes too-clever poems for special occasions. I come by it honestly. No, proudly.
As the child of Somali immigrants, I’ve inherited an obligation to send money to relatives I’ve never met. I consider it invaluable.
Your DNA may be up for sale. And the sale depends on an exaggerated picture of genetic power and destiny.
Before she died, my grandmother said she didn’t want us to give away her clothes — she wanted us to sell them. That’s been a little more complicated than I thought it would be.
Eight writers on money, the body, mom, and dad.
YouTube beauty videos are all variations on a predictable formula. Is that a bad thing – and what exactly do we want them to look like?
I was more concerned about how my celiac diagnosis looked to other people than I was about what it meant for me.
This week, BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen analyzed Anna Kendrick’s image for BuzzFeed Ideas. Read that and others from The Atlantic, The Awl, Vulture, etc.
“I love how you only blinked once when asked what it feels like to be middle-aged by a colleague who’s five years younger than you!”
After my mother died, nowhere felt like home – until I tried cooking the Gujarati food of my youth.
A decade after my second son was born I found myself unexpectedly pregnant again.
We all know that the women who surround us contain multitudes. Kendrick powerfully suggests that celebrities can as well.
“If they fixed the streets the children wouldn’t have rocks to throw in the first place.” A week in the media glare with the city’s teenage writers.
Mad Men’s Betty Draper has spent every day recovering from the quiet trauma of her deeply unfulfilling life. Here’s why we should celebrate her. Spoilers below.
This week, one woman wrote about letting go of her grief for her dead mom. Read that and other essays from xoJane and Medium.
Here’s how the men in my life reacted to the news that I’m not the straight girl they thought I was.
After eight years, I’ve finally started healing from my mom’s death. But losing my grief is almost as hard as losing her.
I always thought any problems between my mom and me were my fault. Then my mother-in-law helped me through a rough time, and everything changed.
On dick pics, ex-boyfriends, and growing old — but maybe not growing up.
Department leadership and the Fraternal Order of Police are poor spokespersons for your average police officer. That doesn’t mean you’ll like what we have to say.
I can’t make a living as an adjunct professor, so I got a job at a grocery store in my town. A tale of trying to be middle class in today’s America.