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Kelly Oxford is not an easy woman to introduce. An early star of Twitter and prolific Snapchatter, she’s an LA-based social media personality without any of the stereotypical trappings one might associate with a title like that. She’s a screenwriter working on a new yet-to-be-titled Hulu comedy; a mother of three kids (Sal, Henry, and Bea) so funny their witty one-liners have been Buzzfeed-a-fied multiple times; and a person outspoken about her experiences with...
BuzzFeed’s head of U.S. News, Shani O. Hilton has deeply shaped the journalist juggernaut that the digital media company has become in recent years. As the head of one of the youngest and most diverse newsrooms in the nation, she’s as well known for the great work BuzzFeed has published as for the extraordinary talent she has helped incubate. How did you become the editor you are? I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number...
When Saeed Jones smiles, he lights up the whole room. (His side-eye, similarly, is chilling.) When we first met in 2012, I knew him as a brilliant poet who loved Toni Morrison. (The author of Sula, Song of Solomon, is how—over a sticky, unsteady table in Botanica—we first connected.) Since then his light has illuminated steadily bigger rooms: On Twitter, where he wields emoji like a scalpel. As BuzzFeed’s founding LGBT editor, where he...
Heben Nigatu It’s impossible to undermine all the amazing things Heben Nigatu has achieved by saying she’s young—it just adds to the wow factor. So here goes: holy shit, Heben Nigatu is really young! At 24, she was one of the youngest people on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the media, an honor she received mainly for her work as co-host of the wildly successful BuzzFeed podcast Another Round, where she interviewed Hillary...

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