Cuban santero Rudy Guardiola has hundreds of "godchildren" in New York and around the US. Like the religion itself, many of its followers, including young people who were drawn to Santeria over trendier forms of spirituality, are in a constant struggle to survive. At Rudy’s botanica, they find safety, healing, and hope.
"Are there black countries?"
The anti-Islam group ACT for America has a direct line to Donald Trump. Now, it has seized on allegations of a hideous crime in Idaho’s Magic Valley to spread its reach among regular Americans.
To investors who lost millions of dollars, Brent Brown is a con man who used a restaurant franchise as his personal piggy bank. But Brown defiantly insists he's been wrongly vilified and just needs a little more time to make everything right, he swears.
“I want to show young Muslim women in the US that it’s possible to be American and wear a hijab and to be stylish, all at once."
Years ago, his grandfather set in motion a cycle of imprisonment that has trapped his family. Now Sheldon Johnson must carry the burden of his name.
Forget about drones, forget about dystopian sci-fi — a terrifying new generation of autonomous weapons is already here. Meet the small band of dedicated optimists battling nefarious governments and bureaucratic tedium to stop the proliferation of killer robots and, just maybe, save humanity from itself.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Michelle Dean investigates a possible case of Munchausen syndrome that ended in murder. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Dee Dee Blancharde was a model parent: a tireless single mom taking care of her gravely ill child. But after Dee Dee was killed, it turned out things weren’t as they appeared — and her daughter Gypsy had never been sick at all.
In the hysteria following the murder of a New Orleans police chief, 11 Italian-Americans were lynched by a vigilante mob angry about the city's influx of immigrants. Here's how the past and future of American nativism may not be that different.
This weekend, BuzzFeed's features team is curating the Digg homepage. Check out that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Albert Samaha details a web of police intimidation and retaliation. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
For 14 years, Kari Brandenburg was the district attorney of the biggest county in New Mexico, like her father before her, and was a loyal ally to the police. But when she charged two officers for the shooting death of a mentally ill man in 2014, the department's revenge was swift and severe.
Over the last three decades, massive sulcata tortoises have become a popular American family pet. Meet the people who made that happen — and the ones that are begging you not to buy one.
Three of the former Libyan dictator’s top officials are living comfortably in Britain despite being wanted in Tripoli for allegedly embezzling millions from the collapsed state – and the UK authorities have done nothing to help investigate.
To understand Drake’s proximity to reggae, and all tings Caribbean, it’s important to acknowledge who shapes the culture of Toronto. But is that enough?
The conservatism of Goldwater, Reagan, and Buckley and its romantic notions of limited government dominated Republican politics for half a century. The rise of Trump marks a seismic shift for those of us for whom this wasn't just a philosophy — it was an identity.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Cat Ferguson tells a cautionary tale about tortoises. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Before the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner took to the streets in protest, there was Iris Baez, a homemaker who became an activist after an NYPD officer killed her son Anthony in 1994.
At a time when Hollywood is finally developing the kinds of projects for actors of color that had traditionally been out of reach, Tessa Thompson’s ascent to the A-list isn’t just welcome — it’s necessary. How can she embody this pivotal cultural moment without being defined by it?
Employees at a textile factory that made Trump shirts report dangerous, abusive conditions — harsh even for Honduras.
In Baton Rouge, local activists want public officials to draw an unequivocal distinction between them and murderous madmen. “They’re trying to tag [Micah Johnson] and Gavin Long with the black community."
From political power brokers to the entire island of Manhattan, a varied cast of taunting insiders has inadvertently driven Donald Trump's lifelong revenge march toward the White House. This is what it's like to be one of them.
After its difficult road to theaters, Ghostbusters has finally come out. Director and co-writer Paul Feig and co-writer Katie Dippold talked to BuzzFeed News about why the movie became a cause célèbre among misogynists. Spoilers abound!
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anita Badejo meets soon-to-be superhero Tessa Thompson. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Soldiers versus police versus a mob in the newsroom of Turkey’s most-watched news channel — and dozens of reporters to document it all.
Even after the voices go quiet, people with schizophrenia struggle to focus and think clearly. Can computerized brain training solve a problem that drugs have not?
At the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley, small teams of anonymous, diehard music fans race to solve the music industry’s toughest problem.
Right after he took office, Barack Obama promised to do away with torture. But documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show for the first time how a harsh interrogation tactic thrived on his watch in Afghanistan. Human rights advocates said it could be inhumane and illegal.
Any elite athlete is under pressure to excel. World champion gymnast Simone Biles is under pressure to be inevitable.
As Europe struggles to handle its refugee crisis, people running from the 14 year-long war in Afghanistan find themselves left on the outside. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore reports from Lesbos, Greece.
Ken Roh moved to the United States from South Korea 43 years ago. Now, he’s running a pro–North Korea website, the most visible of a small group of Pyongyang’s devotees in the U.S.
To be black in America is to exist in haunting, mundane proximity to death at all moments.
Television’s obsession with the tiny house “revolution” is lighting up conversations about class, race, and even the politics of housing regulation.
A federal jury cleared the first seven people to face trial in connection with the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge in January.
It may be Amazon's most beloved product — literally.
After a BuzzFeed News report, administrators agreed to start footing the bill to improve campus sexual assault investigations. Experts say the university would've been the first to impose a Title IX fee on students.
The LAPD is looking into a report that Kardashian allegedly threatened a friend of Blac Chyna's after pictures of the two kissing surfaced.
Police say they have not determined a motive in the brutal killing of two Texas roommates by a middle school science teacher.
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