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How Fashion Nova Built An Entire Fashion Company Completely On Instagram

By recruiting thousands of social media influencers, an LA fashion label has boomed to more than 600 staff in just three years.<p>The photos are all over Instagram: Uniformly curvaceous women squeezed into tight, strategically ripped jeans, body-conscious velvet dresses, and lace-up bodysuits.<p>But the …

Reality TV

Tumblr Thinks Mary Poppins and Willy Wonka Belong In Harry Potter And Honestly It’s Great

Seriously, if you're a Potterhead you need to read these.

Mary Poppins

It Looks Like Beyoncé Sneakily Dropped A Clue About The Sex Of Her Twins

QUEEN OF SUBTLE CLUES.

Urban Culture

Here's How Deported Grandmother Irene Clennell Is Dealing With Her New Life In Exile

Clennell was put on a plane to Singapore on Sunday, leaving behind her British husband of 27 years. BuzzFeed News was with her as she navigated her first few days.<p>SINGAPORE — Irene Clennell has the nervous energy of someone who cannot remember when they last slept properly. Her gaunt face suggests …

County Durham

Frustrated Snap Social Influencers Leaving For Rival Platforms

Snapchat's top influencers have felt neglected for years. Now some are pushing their followers to other platforms, including Instagram and YouTube.<p>During a November 2014 trip to Los Angeles, Boston-based Snapchat "creator" Mike Platco stopped by Snap's Venice, California, offices to say hello. At …

Social Media

The Justice Department Is Taking A Step Back From Efforts To Protect Transgender People Under Existing Law

The department withdrew a request on Friday that a federal court limit an injunction that has halted enforcement of existing civil rights laws to provide protections for transgender people. An independent federal agency, however, continued to press ahead in its pro-transgender legal position in …

LGBTQI

Black Men And Women Are Beautifully Celebrating Themselves With The "Black Gay Slay" Hashtag

They came. They slayed. They conquered.

LGBTQI

Facebook's New Head Of News Has Close Ties To Conservative Politics

Campbell Brown, a former TV news anchor and education reform activist, has personal and professional links to Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee for Education Secretary.<p>Facebook has chosen Campbell Brown, a former television news anchor who worked most recently as an education reform activist, as its …

Mainstream Media

Medium’s “Renewed Focus” Left Some Publishers In The Dark

"We’ve heard nothing officially from the company about the future," Kelley Calkins, co-founder of the Medium publication partner The Establishment, said.<p>Like most of its publishers, Kelley Calkins learned of Medium’s decision to lay off staff and upend its ad business via a blog post, with no …

Journalism

A guide to staying online if the internet or social media gets blocked in your country

For digital rights activists, an important milestone came in 2016 with the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on promoting and protecting the freedom of users online. Yet, 51 intentional disruptions of the internet and electronic communications took place in the first 10 months of …

Privacy

Donald Trump Showed His Hand In 1999, But No One Was Looking

When Trump almost ran for president in 1999, he did it for reasons — and using tactics — that don’t look very different from his 2016 campaign. Trump didn’t change: We did.<p><b>Here is a partial list</b> of the things that happened to Donald Trump in 1999: 1) He finalized his divorce from second wife Marla …

Donald Trump

Why Westerners keep joining the fight against ISIS

A Briton and a Canadian have become the latest Western volunteers to die fighting the Islamic State group alongside Kurdish militants, their families and military authorities confirmed Tuesday.<p>Ryan Lock, a 20-year-old chef from Chichester, England, and Nazzareno Tassone, a 24-year-old parking …

Republicans Are Readying A Push To Defund The United Nations

The call for defunding the UN follows the Obama administration's decision to abstain from vetoing a UN resolution that many lawmakers — including Democrats — see as anti-Israel.<p>WASHINGTON, DC — House Republicans are working on legislation to reduce or eliminate United Nations funding over the …

United Nations

This Controversial Company Wants To Disrupt The Birth World

ProDoula wants to revolutionize the touchy-feely doula profession — and make millions of dollars along the way. Who really benefits from the for-profit company’s goal to rebrand doula work from a fundamental right to a luxury service?<p><b>Denise Foreman cringes</b> when she thinks about the doula she used …

Pregnancy

Aeropostale, PacSun, Disney, And Others End On-Call Scheduling

Six big retailers have agreed to halt the controversial practice in stores nationwide after a multi-state investigation by authorities.<p>Six major retailers have agreed to stop using on-call scheduling after an inquiry by nine attorneys general, including New York's Eric Schneiderman. The change will …

Rhode Island

Lands' End Again Looks to the Luxury World for New CEO

Only a few months after firing a CEO with deep roots in the world of luxury, Lands’ End (le)has again tapped an executive with experience in upscale …

How Trump’s White House Could Mess With Government Data

Outright manipulation may be unlikely, but there are subtler things the administration could do.<p>Numbers and data are a backbone of modern life. We …

Fast Fashion: How a Zara Coat Went From Design to Fifth Avenue in 25 Days - WSJ

By<p>Patricia Kowsmann<p>Patricia Kowsmann<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@kowsmann<p>A black, high-collar women’s wrap coat, fastened with a metal ring, was hung out for sale one recent morning at Zara’s flagship store in New York.<p>“Customers asked for hardware this season,” the manager said, holding out …

Clothing

Net neutrality advocates brace for fight with Trump

Donald Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet, but net neutrality advocates are already bracing for a fight to save the Internet -- again.<p>On Tuesday, President-elect Trump named Roslyn Layton as the third adviser on a "landing team" to handle the transition process at the Federal Communications …

Net Neutrality

Evan McMullin Isn't Just Running For President — He's Literally Building A New Party

The conservative Mormon candidate is on the verge of beating Trump and Clinton in deep-red Utah. But his campaign has bigger plans after 2016.<p>SALT LAKE CITY — Evan McMullin sat at a conference table in his modest campaign headquarters here one morning last week, struggling to pick which …

Republicans

Apple Is Delaying Its New Wireless AirPod Headphones

The new Bluetooth headphones, announced in conjunction with the iPhone 7, were supposed to ship in October.<p>Apple has delayed shipping its new AirPods headphones, announced in conjunction with the headphone-jackless iPhone 7 in early September. The cordless Bluetooth headphones, which cost $159, …

Tech Trends

Luxury retailers are abandoning New York's Fifth Avenue

Availability is rising across the borough, according to Cushman & Wakefield's third-quarter report on Manhattan real estate released on Wednesday.<p>Vacancies rose year-on-year in every submarket that the company tracks, and climbed to 15.9% on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 60th streets. That's the …

Real Estate

Uber Has Spent Almost $1 Million On Lobbying This Year

But Google remains the Beltway's top-spending tech company.<p>In the first three quarters of 2016, Uber spent nearly $1 million lobbying Congress, traffic safety regulators, and other federal agencies, the most the company has ever spent, according to lobbying disclosures filed Thursday and throughout …

Tech Industry

Heritage Foundation Recruiting Via Email For Potential Trump Administration

The conservative think tank has taken a cold-call approach.<p>The Heritage Foundation is cold-emailing potential candidates to serve in a potential Donald Trump administration, according to a copy of one of the emails obtained by BuzzFeed News.<p>The influential conservative think tank sent out a …

Donald Trump

In "Closing Argument" Speech, Trump Focuses On Grievances

The speech was billed as an exciting new plan and it was mostly just more of the same.<p>GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania — Donald Trump’s speech in the historic town where the Union won a decisive battle in the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg Address, was billed as a major policy …

Donald Trump

Group Plans Anti-Clinton “News” In Black Press

American Media Institute denies a political agenda. But the effort would target swing states, sources say.<p>WASHINGTON — A right-leaning nonprofit has proposed an 11th-hour effort to place news articles critical of HIllary Clinton and other Democrats in black newspapers in the runup to the November …

Journalism

A First: Clinton Attacks A Down-Ballot Republican

After months of refraining from criticizing Senate Republicans — a disciplined messaging effort designed to refrain from alienating potential independent or Republican voters — Hillary Clinton sharply critiqued Pat Toomey on Saturday.<p>PITTSBURGH — Hillary Clinton did on Saturday night what she …

Government

Take This 30-Day Butt Challenge Because Strong Buns Are Happy Buns

Quick caboose-centric workouts you can get behind.<p>You can add each day's workout to your current exercise routine, do them at home while you're watching TV, or even squeeze them into your lunch break.<p>Keep in mind that form, stability, and control are your priorities throughout the challenge. The …

Hips

Clinton Calls For Scrutiny Of AT&T's $85 Billion Takeover Of Time Warner

The acquisition would be one of the largest media deals of all time — if Washington allows it.<p>Hillary Clinton is calling for close scrutiny of AT&T's $85 billion attempt to buy Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO and Warner Bros, joining a chorus of Democrats and Republicans raising questions about …

Time Warner

The Stories Behind America’s Transgender Progress In The Law

A former law professor now on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a transgender woman who just “knew it was wrong” when she lost a job offer have changed the course of transgender history. The first article in a BuzzFeed News series on transgender rights in America.<p><b>As soon as Friday,</b> …

LGBTQI