Welcome to another A2A Long Reads, a weekly roundup of the most in-depth and thought-provoking longform journalism pieces (according to me, of course). This week’s long reads are courtesy of The New Yorker, Outside Magazine, The California Sunday Magazine, Atavist Magazine and C-Ville Weekly.

Before the law

This long read from The New Yorker was the catalyst which, in 2014, brought national attention to the story of Kalief Browder. Following the premiere of TIME: The Kalief Browder Story on Netflix last week, the article quickly resurged on social media. A gripping piece of investigative journalism, it tells the story of how a broken justice system left a Bronx teen on Rikers Island for over 1,000 days without trial. Three years later, every word of this piece is still worth the read.

The college try

California has made great strides to open higher education to students from low and middle-class income families. Despite the state’s progress, many college students face insurmountable financial barriers to attain a post-secondary education. For those who manage to beat the odds, bleak employment opportunities after graduation often leave them questioning the value of their education. Told through the experiences of two young women, this long read calls attention to a growing issue among today’s students.

The road goes on forever and the story never ends

Following his very public and scandalous fall from grace, Lance Armstrong is trying to tell a new narrative. Unlike the one he quickly lost control of, this new narrative is built on remorse, humility and lessons learned. In this new story, the old Lance Armstrong– furious, arrogant and unapologetic– is gone. It’s a captivating story but question is, does the world believe it?

Close to home

For most of us, Emancipation Park will always be associated with last month’s deadly white nationalist rally. For many Charlottesville residents however, it is simply known as home. C-Ville Weekly returned to Emancipation Park to meet with nearly two dozen park residents, to hear and share their stories. Mostly unemployed or working low-paying jobs, the residents’ perspectives are adding to an already intense and complicated conversation about public spaces, equality and equity.

Love thy neighbor

Shawn Katusabe is both a gay man and devout Catholic. Forced to flee his native Uganda after being publicly outed, he arrived in California as a refugee in pursuit of a new life. Despite the persecution he faces from other evangelicals, he remains committed to his faith and forgiving those who condemn him. In his words and pictures, Atavist Magazine shares his story.

These are the week’s best long reads According to Adrienne. If you’ve got a piece you think I’d be interested in, send it to info@accordingtoadrienne.com.

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