Stories from a world in flux: our best deep-dives of 2020

Stories from a world in flux: our best deep-dives of 2020

Always moving — From in-depth essays to on-the-ground reporting in communities stretched across the globe, here are the pieces we’re most proud of this year.

In what has been a challenging year, Huck has always kept moving.

We’ve explore the underground drag scene of Caracas, we’ve hung out in Athens with Greece’s hip hop heavyweights. Months after a cataclysmic blast shook Beirut to its core, we spent time on the ground with the city’s young skateboarders, documenting how they’re rebuilding from the rubble. Elsewhere, in Nazaré, our Contributing Editor Jamie Brisick came face-to-face with the world’s biggest waves.

That’s naming just a few of our exploits in 2020. So to bridge the gap between now and the new year, here are our favourite stories from the past 12 months: a series of in-depth dispatches from a world in flux.

How Greek hip hop is thriving in the face of hostility 

Problems in Greece are far from over. But amid the turmoil and division, a group of young Athens artists have built a dynamic scene from the embers of crisis – one that serves as a direct rebuke to those seeking to other them.

Somewhere to go: the fight for London’s queer spaces

The capital has lost 58 per cent of its LGBTQ+ venues in the past decade. These spaces are vital, as a recent rise in hate crime makes painfully clear – but how much longer can they survive?

Beirut’s skate scene is rebuilding from the rubble

For those living in the Lebanese capital, the explosion was simply the tip of the iceberg. As the city grapples with the aftermath, a group of skaters are fighting to save their scene – because for them, it’s the only way to escape the pressures of everyday life.

TikTok activists want answers over a sinister US army base

There have been 28 deaths at Fort Hood, an army base in Texas, in 2020. Now, soldiers on TikTok are speaking up about the sexual assault, disappearances and deaths taking place at the base, but military TikTok remains a complicated place.

We must reclaim our right to roam the land

For centuries, land ownership has been concentrated in the hands of a wealthy elite, casting members of wider society as trespassers. Now is the time to take back the countryside.

Inside America’s LGBTQ+ gun lobby

In response to far-right bigotry, queer gun owners have been taking what they see as necessary steps to protect themselves – but will a Biden presidency offer any hope of a ceasefire?

Riding giants: the behemothic art of big-wave surfing

At the start of the year, writer and former pro surfer Jamie Brisick visited the world’s premier big-wave contest. What he discovered was an event of biblical proportions: a place where daredevil disciples put their lives in the hands of an ocean at its most majestically unpredictable.

The radical history of Southall, London’s Little India

When an 18-year-old was killed in a racist attack in Southall in 1976, it sparked the first and biggest youth-led movement of anti-racism the district had ever seen. Writer Sharan Dhaliwal reflects on the area’s rich political history and immense cultural pride.

Have we already forgotten the AIDS crisis?

In ignoring America’s last great pandemic, we are missing many vital lessons for dealing with coronavirus, argues writer Jack King.

The Caracas drag scene is a refuge for the city’s outsiders

As violence and turmoil continue to beset the Venezuelan capital, the drag community has positioned itself at the forefront of a DIY fightback – one that refuses to stand by and watch the city crumble.

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