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320px Little Rock integration protestIn honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s service, Longform Stories is pleased to present an extensive collection of articles, social media content, and other resources surrounding the topic of "Black Lives Matter".  

Included are a number of historical writings in order to compare how the racial issues prevalent from 50 years ago are so very similar to what we are seeing today.  It is with this in mind that we point to both present day longform stories as well as look back to the 1960's and 1970's for historical perspective.

 

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What Happens When a Cop Does Wrong?

Los Angeles Free Press (1970)

 

 

atlanticThe Case for Reparations

The Atlantic (2014)

 

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New York’s epic white backlash: How a horrid 1960s relic is still with us today

Salon (2015)

 

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Gawker (2013) 

 

LAFPFour Part Series "Black Lives Matter"

Los Angeles Free Press (1960's and 1970's)

 

 

salonMy struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

Salon (2014)

 

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Longform Stories Article Suggestion: Is it just me or are we experiencing a bit of deja vu? A compelling longform article from Salon comparing the racial unrest with regards to the police of 50 years ago to what we are seeing in today's news.

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List of Best Longform Stories & Articles (Business & Technology) - 2014: It was July 21, 2014, almost exactly two years to the day since Mayer took over, arriving at headquarters to an unfurled purple carpet and Shepard Fairey-style “HOPE” posters bearing her face. During those 24 months, Mayer eliminated dozens of products and rebooted others. She acquired 41 start-ups and even hired Katie Couric. But just one week earlier, Mayer announced the company’s lowest quarterly earnings in a decade.

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Whether or not you believe the founders of Reddit sort of lucked in to being acquired really early you do have to admit - it's a heck of tale. Reddit no doubt changed the way content online is generated, but how did they do it?  Many have discribed Reddit as a traditional message board on steriods although it is so much more.  

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List of Best Longform Stories & Articles (Crime & Culture) - 2014: It's not hard to make a list of things that could easily have derailed Zach Galifianakis's world-changing "Between Two Ferns" interview with President Obama. The entire premise, for starters.

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There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets - until it wasn't.

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A Longform Stories Top 10: We've heard the rumors almost since the moment he walked off the set of his legendary Comedy Central show in 2005 at the height of its popularity and disappeared: Dave Chappelle was re-emerging. Going on tour. Getting a new TV show. But this summer, something happened. Ten shows at Radio City, all sold out in hours, all brilliant. 

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Vemma, the wildly popular energy drink company, may or may not be a pyramid scheme, but it'll definitely be on your college campus soon.

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Longform Stories Top 10 Article: It is shortly past four in the afternoon and Hugh Hefner glides wordlessly into the library of his Playboy Mansion West. He is wearing pajamas and looking somber in green silk. The incongruous spectacle of a sybarite in mourning. To date, his public profession of grief has been contained in a press release: “The death of Dorothy Stratten comes as a shock to us all.

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One of the world's richest men and founder of Oracle, the software company, on what drove his decision to purchase and entire island - in Hawaii no less.  A wonderful tale of his plans to bring back some sense to the native people living there.

 

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It’s 1975 and two college dropouts are racing to create software for a new line of “hobbyist” computers. The result? A company called “Micro-Soft”—now the fifth-most-valuable corporation on earth. In an adaptation from his memoir, the author tells the story of his partnership with high-school classmate Bill Gates, until its dramatic ending in 1983.

 

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There's never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. 

 

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 The Instagram story will surely inspire aspiring tech entrepreneurs around the world. Answers by Systrom on the leading Q&A site, Quora, offer glimpses of how the 28-years-old entrepreneur managed to build a $1 billion startup in just 2 years.

 

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From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century.

 

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For more than half a century Jack Wilkinson's office supply store stood on the corner of Allegheny Street and Cherry Alley in my hometown of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. When I was a little girl, we'd make frequent visits—not to stock up on supplies for my dad's hardware store or my mom's classroom and volunteer activities, but at my request.

 

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