How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War

“If you want to know what happens to a country that has opened itself entirely to Facebook, look to the Philippines.”

Author: Davey Alba
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,522 words)

We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage

A wide-ranging piece of investigative journalism — the result of four years of research — on widespread abuse and in some cases, the killing of children at St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage in Vermont and other orphanages, in the 20th century.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 27, 2018
Length: 108 minutes (27,057 words)

I Shouldn’t Have To Lose Weight For My Wedding. So Why Do I Feel Like A Failure?

In this searching personal essay, writer Scaachi Koul conflictedly interrogates her inability to ignore societal pressure and stop wishing she were thinner — along with her inability to get thinner in time for her upcoming wedding, for which her dress is too small.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 11, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,530 words)

The New Gwen Stefani Is A Lot Like The Old One

“Stefani has always been a study in contrasts: a sexy tomboy; a rock star who loves her man and her manicures. So why are we still surprised every time she tells us who she is?”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,684 words)

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)