Danielle Dirks

5,230 Flips | 19 Magazines | 18 Likes | 21 Following | 1,930 Followers | @danielledirks | Danielle Dirks, PhD is an American sociologist, professor, and author. She loves margaritas and pit bulls and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist organisation

<i>It is pulling back the curtain on injustice and despicable deeds, says co-founder Alicia Garza</i><p><i>In 2012 George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood-watch</i> …

Black Lives Matter

Catholic League insists that it's only rape when priests "penetrate" children

Bill Donohue, the president of the ultra-conservative Catholic League, has called the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's report on the official coverups of …

Christianity

This 43-Year-Old Looks 23, Thanks to These Skincare Secrets

Here's what we can learn from her flawless skin regimen.<p>You'd be forgiven for thinking Lure Hsu is a teenager, or in her early 20s at a push.<p>However, the Taiwanese interior designer recently turned 43 years old. <i>Seriously</i>.<p>While we can presume genetics play the biggest part in Hsu's impossibly …

The 40 Best-Ever Recipes from Food & Wine

Of the more than 24,000 recipes we've published since 1978, these are the ones that were so memorable, so revelatory, and so delicious that we're …

Sparkling Wine

Student Sought Help After Rape and Suicide Attempt. Then Her Counselor’s Son Raped Her: Lawsuit

This is the fifth plaintiff who has opted to sue Stockton University over sexual assault by current or former students at the school.<p>Stockton …

Crime

Google wants to help your boss spy on you

On August 9, the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Google, the company who no longer tells its employees to not be …

Mobile Devices

The 13 Best Drugstore Products for Your Eyebrows, According to Makeup Artists

To define and fill in your brows, you don't have to splurge on a trip to the salon to get microblading and brow-tinting. Your local drugstore offers plenty of affordable brow grooming options — no matter what state your brows may be in. There are even amazing clear gels for those blessed with …

Makeup

Angry Louisiana cops strangle man to death after he asks to see his arrest warrant

Armando Frank, 44, refused to get off his tractor when stopped by police. He demanded to see an arrest warrant. But the cops arresting him didn't …

Crime

Barbie's Tuna Salad Recipe

"This is a really great tuna salad recipe I got from a friend who used it in her catering service business many years ago. The secret ingredients are …

Recipes

After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university classroom nearly 20 years ago.<p>At the time, the sister only told her provincial superior and her …

Chile

America's Insane Bail System Is Even Worse Than You Think

I grew up in Brooklyn in a neighborhood where we saw excess incarceration. But the system doesn't have to be this bad.<p>In Manhattan several weeks ago, a homeless man walked into a drug store and helped himself to a sandwich. When police arrested the man, who had been ordered to steer clear of the …

New York City

24 Beauty Products That Totally Belong In Your Travel Bag

A creamy highlighter stick, mattifying makeup-setting spray, lightweight CC cream, and other products that'll make you say, "Wow, how did I travel without these before?!"<p><b>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from</b> …

Makeup

This Reddit User's Crazy Before-and-After Stretch Mark Photo Is Going Viral

Stretch marks are natural. They're so natural that I've heard everyone from my sister to my cousins to my friends—even acquaintances—complain about …

Bodies believed to be those of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land after one man’s quest

Today the city of Sugar Land is a sprawling suburb southwest of Houston, home to Imperial Sugar Co., shopping malls and endless cul-de-sacs. But more than a century ago, it was a sprawling network of sugar cane plantations and prison camps. Sugar Land was better known then as the Hellhole on the …

Black History

When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity

“Each person comes into our group thinking they are a freak.”<p>It was AncestryDNA’s customer-service rep who had to break the news to Catherine St Clair.<p>For her part, St Clair thought she was inquiring about a technical glitch. Her brother—the brother who along with three other siblings had gifted …

Genealogy

NYPD gives the feds an ultimatum on Eric Garner: Charge the officer who choked him to death, or we will

Exactly four years ago, Eric Garner, a black man, died in a police chokehold after they approached him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. His final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry against police brutality and a slogan for the burgeoning Black Lives Matter …

Hate crimes are up in America's 10 largest cities. Here's why

Miami Beach police charged a man Monday with attempted arson after he threatened to burn down a condominium and "kill all the Jews" inside. On July 12, a woman beat a Hispanic man with a brick in Los Angeles and told him to go back to his country. In June, a man harassed a woman in Chicago in a …

Hate Crimes

Graduated From IKEA? 11 Affordable Shops You'll Love

We love IKEA for its Scandinavian style­-for-less reliability. To be more specific, we love how easy it is to get that empty one-bedroom apartment …

The White House’s biased and inhumane math on poverty

Isn’t it interesting, only three weeks after the Poor People’s Campaign rallies, our (possibly) billionaire president announces that only a “few” of us are actually poor [“President declares poverty defeated,” front page, July 15]?<p>I find it horrifying that a quarter-million of us meet anyone’s …

The White House

Beware of This Man: British pickup artist, all-around creep ‘Explorer Nick’ is in Hong Kong

Ladies of Hong Kong beware, a British internet creep and self-proclaimed “pickup artist” is in Hong Kong and is currently filming himself trying to …

Florida Man Jailed for Failing to Unlock His Phone

What started as a routine traffic stop has quickly escalated into a civil rights case in a Florida courtroom after a man was put behind bars this …

Black Lives Matter was born 5 years ago today. Is America better off?

The date was July 13, 2013.<p>Criminal justice reform advocate Patrisse Cullors sat at the edge of her bed in a Susanville, California, motel room, …

This Pattern-Perfect Home Captures the Essence of Summer

Interior designer Abbie Naber's California home takes indoor-outdoor living to the next level.<p>There are cool dining rooms, and then… there’s Abbie …

How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental For the Best Guest Experience

Whether you’re renting out a spare bedroom or an entire home, these furnishing tips can help elevate your holiday rental to the next level.<p>With the sharing economy in full swing, putting your property on the rental market is easier than ever. Furnishing that rental, however, isn’t always quite as …

Living Rooms

7 Studio Apartment Layouts That Always Work

Studio apartments come in all shapes and sizes, and usually, with tricky layouts. Fortunately, there are some tried and true furniture arrangements …

Mama's Deeply Chocolate Cake

Rich, moist, chocolatey, and really yummy! That’s my mama’s favorite dessert that she usually prepares for holidays and other special occasions. …

Chicago gun violence protesters close major interstate near downtown

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> Demonstrators marched Saturday on all five northbound lanes of Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway, bringing the interstate to a standstill after police officials who'd planned to keep the stretch partially open relented.<p>Hundreds of marchers, led by the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina …

Justice

Seven Secret Sources for Cheap (Free, Really) Artwork

After you shell out cash for furniture, rugs, sconces and duvet covers, the thought of paying even more for artwork is overwhelming. We hear you!

This Is the Secret to the Best Shrimp and Grits Ever

Shrimp and grits is one of the most iconic Southern dishes, served across the region from mom-and-pop diners to haute restaurants. Some versions are …

Here’s What Happened the Last Time the Left Got Nasty

History shows why Democrats shouldn’t take the low road.<p>This is definitely becoming a thing.<p>On Monday, a toddler-bearing mother confronted EPA chief Scott Pruitt at a Washington, D.C., teahouse and demanded he resign over allegations that he’s been using his office to line his pockets. And last …

Vietnam War