Leafer Madness

Could kratom, a plant-based supplement signal the end of the opioid crisis?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,594 words)

I Believed In Michael Jackson’s Multicultural Dream

In an personal essay, the writer Min Li Chan reflects on the multiculturalism of Micheal Jackson’s later work and his historic concert in Malaysia in 1996.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jun 22, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,894 words)

Why I Still Fast During Ramadan

The poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib on the rituals of his faith that have, for him, fallen away, and those that have endured.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,082 words)

Meet The Black Women Upending The Romance Novel Industry

Bim Adewumni reports on three black women at Kensington Publishing who bring romance novels with black protagonists to the marketplace.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: May 1, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,038 words)

Paulette Jordan is Running for Governor. Who Will Follow Her?

Anne Helen Petersen profiles former state representative Paulette Jordan in her bid to capture the Democratic nomination for governor of Idaho. A member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Jordan could be the first country’s Native American governor and Idaho’s first Democrat to hold the office since 1995.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 26, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,022 words)

This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith recalls what it was like working as a young reporter in Belarus in 2001. One of his first major stories resulted in his source being beaten and thrown in jail — or so he thought, until he discovered the truth more than 15 years later.

Author: Ben Smith
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 8, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,300 words)

Leslie Jamison On The Lies She’s Told

Big lies, small lies, lies of omission. Leslie Jamison fesses up to how lying had become a way to avoid conflict, her flaws, and having to face up to and deal with her uglier emotions.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 3, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,989 words)

How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion

Joan Didion didn’t shy away from criticizing everything and everyone from The Sound of Music and J.D. Salinger, and she did it with flair and a voice all her own.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 2, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

I Walked From Selma To Montgomery

The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail is, at 54 miles, the shortest of America’s 19 National Historic Trails. It is also a hike in which the walking of it is a political act, and Rahawa Haile decides she has no choice but to hike it in the early days of the Trump Administration.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 1, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

Why Is Angels In America Still The Most Prominent Story Being Told About AIDS?

There is no denying that Tony Kushner’s play “Angels in America” is a profound work of art, but on the eve of yet another production (a Broadway run), Steven Thrasher raises a significant and frankly troubling question: as the play is (largely) filtered through the lens of white gay men, how many millions of experiences from gay people of color have been hidden from mainstream sight?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 30, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,288 words)