Chelsea Handler Says She’s Working on a ‘Very Funny’ Netflix Series About White Privilege

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Chelsea Handler and Netflix are getting back together to talk about race.
The streamer’s former talk show host revealed during an interview with BuzzFeed on Sunday that she’s working on a new book and a Netflix series about white privilege….

R Kelly Sex Abuse Documentary From BuzzFeed News to Air on Hulu

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Hulu and BuzzFeed News are teaming up on a feature length documentary on R. Kelly that will focus on multiple sexual abuse accusations against him.

The documentary will delve into the singer’s alleged systematic abuse and exploitation of young, and sometimes underage, women. It will also feature key figures from the R. Kelly story including unprecedented access to survivors and R. Kelly’s associates. It will air exclusively on Hulu.

BuzzFeed News is producing the film, which will be based on the reporting of music critic Jim DeRogatis and will be directed by Lyric Cabral. DeRogatis, who has covered the singer for more than two decades, wrote a bombshell story last year that painted Kelly as the leader of a “cult,” with the singer controlling every detail in the lives of several women living on his properties. Along with DeRogatis, Buzzfeed deputy national editor Marisa Carroll, who has edited and overseen BuzzFeed News’ coverage of the R. Kelly scandal, will spearhead the project.

Also Read: R Kelly Accuser Details Sex Abuse in First Interview: ‘I Was Just Waiting for It to Be Over’ (Video)

The project was developed by BuzzFeed News’ Linzee Troubh and Shani Hilton. Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook will serve as executive producers. Poitras directed the 2015 Oscar winning Edward Snowden doc, “Citizenfour.” The project was developed by BuzzFeed News’ Linzee Troubh and Shani Hilton.

Though Kelly was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008, sexual misconduct accusations have continued to surface. Spotify and Apple recently removed R. Kelly from its playlists following several accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

Kelly’s attorney, assistant, and public relations representative all ditched the singer last month after a new documentary accused him of running a “sex dungeon” that exploited underage girls. In the aftermath, Kelly said he was a “God-fearing man” who was being unfairly skewered by the media in an attempt to “destroy” his legacy.

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Lauren Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective in Talks to Back BuzzFeed News

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Emerson Collective, the social impact enterprise founded by Lauren Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is in talks to back BuzzFeed’s news division, Variety has been able to confirm. Talks between the two companies are said to be in very preliminary stages, and have not yet reached the stage of high-level business […]

Jeremy Piven Threatens Legal Action After Three More Woman Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct: Report

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Three more women are accusing actor Jeremy Piven of sexual misconduct, bringing the total to eight accusers, according to a report by Buzzfeed News today. Piven denied the accusations, and his lawyers have threatened legal action against the website, BuzzFeed writes.
In a written statement to the website, Piven says, “These allegations, which in one case goes back more than 30 years and the two others more than 20 years ago, are false. As evidenced by the lie detector…

President Trump’s Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS Over Russia Dossier

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A personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has filed two suits against BuzzFeed News and Fusion GPS, alleging that both defamed him when they participated in the dissemination and creation, respectively, of the Russia dossier, in which he is named. According to the suit, Cohen alleges that Fusion GPS and its founder Glenn […]

BuzzFeed News Lays Off Entertainment Staffers After Identifying ‘Holes’ in Harvey Weinstein Coverage

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BuzzFeed News is changing its approach to covering the entertainment biz — after top editors perceived the site trailed on coverage of the Harvey Weinstein scandal — and has laid off three members of the editorial staff with the new strategy. Departing the company are entertainment editor Jaimie Etkin, who had been with BuzzFeed News […]

BuzzFeed’s Live Election-Night Twitter Broadcast Draws 6.8 Million Total Viewers to Watch Hillary Clinton Lose

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BuzzFeed’s TV-style live-stream on election night Tuesday — distributed exclusively via Twitter — pulled in 6.8 million mostly millennial unique viewers from across the globe. The companies touted a young, mobile-skewing audience for BuzzFeed’s special, “Election Night Live: We did it America: 83% of logged-in live viewers were under 35, and 73% of all viewers were… Read more »

BuzzFeed Teams With Twitter for Election-Night Live-Streaming Special

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BuzzFeed has done plenty of live-streaming video on Facebook, but on Nov. 8 it will produce an election-night special that will be available exclusively on Twitter. Starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 8, BuzzFeed News will present live coverage from its New York City offices on Twitter, with the video accompanied by a feed… Read more »