After Emilie Inman was stabbed to death in Berkeley, the online far right seized on the case, not because of the brutality of the crime but because of the suspect’s gender identity, race, and leftist activism.
After reporting that her college teammates had raped her, Laura Dunn could have stayed in the shadows. Instead, she drove a movement.
In Milwaukee, and cities across the country, mental health workers partner with cops to heal those left in the wake of violence through a science-driven police reform that may be immune to Trump-era politics.
Tommie Woodward yelled, "Fuck that gator!" just before he was killed by one in Texas, and his death instantly became a national joke. For his family, grieving means having to rescue the person from the punchline.
Three women from across the US tell BuzzFeed News why they're joining the hundreds of thousands of women in Washington, DC, on Jan. 21.
BuzzFeed News reviewed 62 incidents of video footage contradicting an officer's statement in a police report or testimony. From traffic stops to fatal force, these cases reveal how cops are incentivized to lie — and why they get away with it.
In the early '80s, when he was a rising real estate mogul with dreams of being accepted into Manhattan high society, Donald Trump hired superstar decorator Angelo Donghia to turn his massive triplex into a tastefully appointed showcase of class and taste. You will absolutely believe what happened next.
Carol Pilon is one of a handful people on Earth who risk their lives by performing on the wings of airplanes flying 150 miles an hour hundreds of feet above the ground. And she's trying to mentor a new generation to carry on the dying — and deadly — art form.
ProDoula wants to revolutionize the touchy-feely doula profession — and make millions of dollars along the way. Who really benefits from the for-profit company’s goal to rebrand doula work from a fundamental right to a luxury service?
From the world's greatest gymnast to the world's youngest dictator, these were some of our favorite profiles of the year.
The 60-year-old son of a Holocaust survivor turned billionaire banking mogul is convinced that his remix of John Lennon's "Imagine" can save the world and that he can make his father's tragic story bigger than The Diary of Anne Frank. Ivan Wilzig, aka Sir Ivan, aka Peaceman, aka Mr. Mitzvah, has dedicated his life and a sizable chunk of his family's vast fortune to convincing literally anyone else.
After going public with allegations against her instructor, ballerina Lissa Curtis was unwittingly —and uncomfortably — thrust into the role of a spokesperson for sexual assault survivors. What her struggles offstage reveal about coming forward in 2016.
A BuzzFeed News investigation shows that the LAPD violated its own rule against cooperating with immigration agents, a scenario that may become more frequent if Trump targets undocumented immigrants.
A Queens doctor faces a manslaughter charge after his patient died following an abortion. The unusual case may offer an inadvertent glimpse into life without Roe v. Wade.
Whether she's comfortable with it or not, the Barefoot Contessa star has one of the most devoted fandoms among cookbook giants. An unprecedented look inside her picture-perfect empire.
Chabon's new novel, Moonglow, is being received this week with the kind of hype you'd expect for one of America's most successful living writers. He's a big deal. So why doesn't he act like one?
Carlos Carromero served his time for shooting and paralyzing a man in 1984. Thirty years later, the assault charge became a homicide.
Prestige science fiction features are winning over audiences and earning major Oscar attention like never before. The filmmakers behind the movies hoping to join their ranks, Arrival and Passengers, spoke with BuzzFeed News about how sci-fi could lead Hollywood into a better future.
During a violent protest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death, Devin Allen took an instantly iconic photo that made him the poster child for how social media is changing photojournalism as a career and an art form. Over a year later, he’s still hopeful that photography can help heal his city’s wounds — and his own.
For over 30 years, Tom Hanks has been one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars — the quintessential Dad. But that simple likability camouflages the political potency of Hanks and the brand of white, middle-class Dad he’s come to represent.
A BuzzFeed News analysis found that three big right-wing Facebook pages published false or misleading information 38% of the time during the period analyzed, and three large left-wing pages did so in nearly 20% of posts.
What, exactly, do all these presidential election forecasts do? And with just two weeks left, why are we still clicking them so compulsively?
ISIS fights back as Iraqi and Kurdish forces steam ahead toward the biggest city held by the militants.
The WikiLeaks founder is out to settle a score with Hillary Clinton and reassert himself as a player on the world stage, says BuzzFeed News special correspondent James Ball, who worked for Assange at WikiLeaks.
For the first time in history, Washington has accused a foreign government of trying to interfere with the US election. Sheera Frenkel investigates the Russian hacking group at the forefront of that claim — and finds they’ve been practicing for this moment for a long time.
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.
When meeting an ambassador is a problem, we’re in trouble.
Geert Wilders spent years arguing that Islam threatened gay rights in the country that gave marriage equality to the world. His party now leads polls in upcoming Dutch elections, and his battle cry is being copied by Donald Trump and France's Marine Le Pen.
How do you create sympathy for Trump’s spin doctor?
A wall goes up in Argentina and then anti-immigrant rhetoric spreads. Will it change the course of a region bent on tearing down borders?
The infamous mukhabarat is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to PR shop Weber Shandwick and lobbying firm Cassidy and Associates, Treasury documents show.
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