In March 2012, a human rights organization’s documentary about a central African despot became the most viral video of all time, and the ensuing furor resulted in its leader’s bizarre public meltdown. On the second anniversary of the phenomenon, everyone involved is still figuring out what it all means.
This week, we profile four women who are fighting for feminist change within their conservative religions: Orthodox Judaism, Mormonism, Catholicism, and Islam. Read that series and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
By one common reading of the Holy Qur’an, a Muslim woman must choose between rejecting her faith and rejecting the notion of equality. This Kuala Lumpur-based journalist and activist has been working to find a third option.
Long whispered about in Mormon feminist circles, the ordination of women is now decidedly in the public eye, thanks to a D.C.-based attorney.
Widely considered one of the architects of Catholic feminist theology, the 72-year-old nun and professor has often clashed with institutional leaders — including the future pope — in her fight for equality in the clergy.
How do you follow a historic achievement that was called a “radical and dangerous departure from Jewish tradition”? By starting a school to help train the first generation of female Orthodox Jewish clergy in the hopes they can do the same.
There’s always been a thin line between investing and gambling, and one firm turned the concept into a multimillion-dollar industry until the government shut it down. As number crunchers like Nate Silver become cultural touchstones, how does Intrade’s fate predict the future of how we process the world?
“Be chill and don’t be a downer, act like a dude but look like a supermodel.”
This week for BuzzReads, Tim Chester explores the geeky world of hardcore medieval combat. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
Battle axes! Bloodshed! Bureaucracy! Middle Ages war reenactment is taking a turn for the violent as a new breed of weekend warriors — don’t call them LARPers — grapple with dangerous weaponry, entrenched nationalism, and a bit of institutional corruption and chaos.
On the stoner classic’s 25th anniversary, an extra from the movie goes back in time and realizes how spending a few days in a mall with Keanu Reeves altered her own history.
This week for BuzzReads, Andrew Rice examines the rise and demise of a website that allowed you to gamble on current events. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
On the day of the Super Bowl, Bill Krackomberger spent a lot of time driving around, a lot of time looking at his phone, and a little time thinking about a painful bet on Christina Aguilera’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” three years ago.
This week for BuzzReads, McKay Coppins spends a day and a half with the Donald as he — yet again — talks about running for office. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
Over the course of 25 years, he’s repeatedly toyed with the idea of running for president and now, maybe, governor of New York. With all but his closest apostles finally tired of the charade, even the Donald himself has to ask, what’s the point? On the plane and by the pool with the man who will not be king.
The director’s rebuttal to Dylan Farrow’s allegations that he molested her depicts his ex, Mia Farrow, as a deceitful, manipulative, hate-mongering witch who brainwashed his child. A close examination of his own statements paints a different picture.
This week for BuzzReads, Miriam Elder discusses Pussy Riot, the Russian activist group everybody’s heard of but few understand. Read her story and these other great features from around BuzzFeed and the web.
Men’s figure skating has always been caught between its public image and its conservative culture. But with anti-LGBT policies haunting the Sochi Olympics, the sport’s biggest stars are under more pressure than ever to set the record straight.
At just 26, Pierce Brown’s debut novel, Red Rising, is already being hailed as the next YA fantasy series turned blockbuster movie franchise. So why isn’t he more freaked out?
With all eyes on Russia, two members of the country’s most notorious band of shit-stirrers are free after nearly two years of political imprisonment and enjoying the rock-star treatment during their first trip to the U.S. But the group’s unlikely journey from art-school project to international icons shows just how rotten Russia has become and how much the mission has changed.
This week for BuzzReads, Blair Braverman discusses the “don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude that surprisingly pervades professional men’s figure skating. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
This week for BuzzReads, Dorian Lynskey discusses the implications of the murder of a Greek rapper by a member of their Neo-Nazi party. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
In September, a rapper known as Killah P was stabbed to death on a busy Athens street by a member of Golden Dawn, Greece’s thriving fascist party. For a country torn apart for years by nationalist violence and economic austerity, this was either a breaking point or the beginning of a whole new wave of trouble.
“I would like to send you a memory.” Buried deep within the internet’s most notorious comment section lies a treasure trove of personal stories that prove the power of pop music better than any video ever could.
After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old.
This week for BuzzReads, the first Michael Hastings Fellow, Gregory Johnsen, reports on the most dangerous sentence in U.S. history. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.
A Q&A on race, comedy, and society with the co-creator of Chappelle’s Show on the eve of his own Comedy Central stand-up special. “Everyone’s racist, white people just make laws about it — that’s the big difference.”
At age 56, an unknown, wheelchair-bound writer from Virginia published a gothic teen-horror classic and became a phenomenon. Seven years later, she was dead, yet her name and legacy have lived on in nearly 70 subsequent books. For the first time ever, her family and colleagues tell the story of V.C. Andrews’ unlikely rise to immortality.