Natasha Trethewey Wants America To Have A Personal Reckoning

On the publication of “Monument,” Natasha Trethewey’s most recent collection of poetry, Hanif Abdurraqib interviews the former U.S. poet laureate about “history echoing into the present lived experience.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Dec 8, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,492 words)

Is There Such a Thing as Ballet That Doesn’t Hurt Women?

It’s a beautiful but demanding art form that traditionally accepts only a narrow range of body types and movements, and normalizes physical injury and the devaluing of women’s bodies.

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Published: Oct 12, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,015 words)

My Psychic Mom Taught Me That People Don’t Want The Truth. They Want A Good Story.

In a personal essay about growing up in Bogotá, Ingrid Rojas Contreras describes her mother’s work in divination as important to her own development as a writer.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Sep 5, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,004 words)

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.

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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?

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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)