In 1955, an African-American boxer in New Orleans named Joe Dorsey sued the state of Louisiana for the right to fight against white opponents. What started out as a chance to advance his career wound up changing sports and culture in the state forever.
This week for BuzzReads, Steve Knopper tells the forgotten story of a New Orleans boxer who fought for civil rights. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
This week for BuzzReads, Victoria Beale reports on two children who conspired to kill — and asks whether their punishments were fair. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and the web.
In Washington state, a 10- and 11-year-old were sentenced to years in a detention facility after being caught with weapons and claiming they were going to murder other kids at their school. Where is the line between a childish game and a real threat?
Next week marks the publication of The Last Magazine, the late BuzzFeed reporter’s first novel — as well as the first anniversary of his death. We’re celebrating his work and his life with these chapters, chronicling a book party that totally in no way took place in the offices of Newsweek.
The Notebook and the other movies based on his books are all variations on the same theme. But the reason you can’t stop watching them is more complex than you think.
When I left London three years ago, I didn’t plan to return. Here’s why I’m glad to be home.
Finding something amazing to read doesn’t have to be so hard.
Therapeutic laughter is booming. Clubs are springing up all over the world. Are there really health benefits to laughing at nothing?
This week for BuzzReads, Max Blau profiles retired NBA great Dikembe Mutumbo and Ken Bensinger investigates the man who made soccer big in America. Read those and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Here is the source material for the profile of Chuck Blazer, the man who transformed American soccer while pocketing millions of dollars.
As the World Cup opens, a tale about winning dirty: How a swindling suburban soccer dad pocketed millions as he helped make the sport in the U.S a booming success.
Five years after his retirement, one of the greatest shot-blockers in NBA history is as visible as ever, thanks to a trademark finger-wag that helped him become an icon and clear a path for the league’s globalization.
Today, Minya Oh is the linchpin of Hot 97, rap’s most influential radio station. Getting there only took 20 years.
This week for BuzzReads, Tim Stelloh tells the stranger-than-fiction story of the unsolved murder of a thriller writer’s daughter. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
Lois Arquette wrote successful teen thrillers like I Know What You Did Last Summer under the name Lois Duncan until 1989, when her daughter was murdered. What followed was a twisted tale, with a potential police cover-up, a seedy criminal network, uncanny coincidences, and psychics — and a mother still trying to find answers.
Angelina Jolie has the best publicity game in Hollywood. Here’s how she does it.
This week for BuzzReads, Gregory Johnsen tells the gripping tale of a 2008 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Yemen — and how much worse it could have been. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
In September 2008, seven militants in Sanaa killed themselves and 12 others in the deadliest assault on a U.S. Embassy in a decade. And if not for an unlikely hero, things would have been unimaginably worse.
Nearly 13 years after my sister’s death, a reluctant Sunday visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together.
This week for BuzzReads, John Knefel rides along with the advocates who are fighting to make heroin use safer. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
With heroin use at epidemic levels, harm reduction — a bold, long-contested approach to treating addicts — is gaining political traction. But are we ready to make it easier to shoot heroin even if it means fewer deaths?
Four years ago, the promising Rutgers defensive lineman was paralyzed from the neck down during a game. Now he’s battling to win back his body while becoming an inspiration to many.
In Batanes, the northernmost islands of the Philippines, a small indigenous population routinely survives the most violent storms in the world. But in an era of unprecedented weather disturbances, can centuries-old methods of adaptation survive modernization and economic struggle?
One of the very few women judges in boxing history rose to the pinnacle of her sport, judging dozens of title fights, until two controversial decisions ended it all. This is the story of CJ Ross.
This week for BuzzReads, Laurel Fantauzzo reports from the most disaster-ready corner of the storm-ravaged Philippines. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
A romantic drama about young cancer patients doesn’t seem like it would spur the same fanaticism as The Hunger Games, but The Fault in Our Stars — in particular, John Green, who wrote the YA best-seller — is proof that teenage feelings are special effects too.
Our teen idols are “all heart, no libido” — so what happens when they grow up? Ricky Nelson, Rock Hudson, Zac Efron, and the impossible contradictions of masculinity.
This week for BuzzFeed, an investigation into why a gay teenager perpetrated an elaborate series of fake hate crimes against herself. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.