Before Syracuse, There Was Mizzou

“‘It’s Little Dixie,’ Little told me. When he was driving down from Chicago with his father and uncle to start his master’s program, he said his uncle told him: ‘Stay away from white women down there.’ Little figured this was mostly a joke, but he knew there was some seriousness behind his uncle’s words. ‘I knew the history of Little Dixie and the University of Missouri being this hotbed of racist events,’ he said. He mentioned Lloyd Gaines and Lucile Bluford as well as Jon Burge, the former Chicago police chief, who attended Mizzou for one semester before returning to Chicago, where he was later accused of torturing hundreds of brown and black people in the ’70s and ’80s. (Though Burge was fired from the force in 1993, he was never prosecuted for the alleged crimes because of the statute of limitations.)

Author: Tomi Obaro
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Nov 26, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,696 words)

He Said, They Said.

Tony Robbins arrived at the summer camp as a star guest. He left with one accuser, two eyewitnesses, and dozens of others who would remember the day’s dark turn for decades.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Nov 22, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

How The Kremlin’s Assassins Sowed Terror Through The Streets Of London While British Authorities Scrambled To Stop Them

In this adaptation from her new book, From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West, Heidi Blake reports on Scotland Yard’s attempts to maintain the safety of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch living in Britain. From a poison factory, to a multitude of hired assassins, it seems Vladimir Putin will stop at nothing to silence his most vocal critics.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,384 words)

I Thought Wilderness Was A Place to Find Myself, Until I Spent Four Months Living In It

Leo Schwartz explores what he learned about nature during a back-breaking summer working on trails in the burned-out Oregon backcountry.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Oct 9, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,614 words)

The 2010s Have Broken Our Sense of Time

A watch that tells time? How quaint! We don’t need watches any more; we have algorithms now.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Oct 24, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,857 words)

Am I Writing About My Life, Or Selling Myself Out?

After people repeatedly recognize Shannon Keating and her girlfriend from a personal essay she published about a lesbian cruise, and in the midst of the furor over Natalie Beach’s essay about her friendship with Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway on The Cut, Keating wonders about the line between writer and influencer, and the ethics of writing about our lives and the people in them.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Sep 30, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,053 words)

Queering Barbie

“A good thing about owning Barbies if you’re a little queer girl is that you can look at their naked bodies and not feel like anyone will say anything weird to you for it.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 12, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,029 words)

Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It’s Made Him A Victim And A Star.

It would be a mistake to think the violence against Andy Ngo came out of some vacuum-sealed ideological intolerance toward conservatives. Ngo had been building to a dramatic confrontation with the Portland far left for months, his star rising along with the severity of the encounters.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jul 18, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,200 words)

Going Overboard

“I didn’t expect that spending a few days with a couple thousand lesbians on a floating hotel/casino/mall/amusement park would push me to radically reconsider the future I’d been carefully and painstakingly planning for myself.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jun 18, 2019
Length: 45 minutes (11,271 words)

A Sand County Photograph

The intentions behind the Nazi salute photograph seen around the world were hardly as sinister as they first appeared. But in Trump and Twitter’s America, as one small Midwestern town discovered, image is everything.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 2, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,700 words)