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Alright, you know what time it is 🌮🍕🎶⁣ ⁣ It’s Vote Early Day in the US. Get the info you need at our link in bio. ✉️🗳⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Video by @coolman_coffeedan

Alright, you know what time it is 🌮🍕🎶⁣
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It’s Vote Early Day in the US. Get the info you need at our link in bio. ✉️🗳⁣ ⁣⁣
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Video by @coolman_coffeedan
76234 2191 4 hours ago

Wait for it... 😍⁣ ⁣ It’s Vote Early Day in the US. Get the info you need at our link in bio. ✉️🗳⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Reel by @iamromnyaakia

Wait for it... 😍⁣
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It’s Vote Early Day in the US. Get the info you need at our link in bio. ✉️🗳⁣ ⁣⁣
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Reel by @iamromnyaakia
98356 4189 5 hours ago

It’s a sister thing. ✨ ⁣ ⁣ It’s also Vote Early Day in the US. Get the info you need at our link in bio. ✉️🗳⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Reel by @munera.aaa, @anisa_aa4 and @fatiima.aaa

It’s a sister thing. ✨ ⁣
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It’s also Vote Early Day in the US. Get the info you need at our link in bio. ✉️🗳⁣ ⁣ ⁣
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Reel by @munera.aaa, @anisa_aa4 and @fatiima.aaa
114068 5316 6 hours ago

Hello, cat pyramid.⁣ ⁣ On today’s #WeeklyFluff, meet Simba, Milo and Amy (@amy_simba), three British shorthairs who together make one pile of happiness.⁣ ⁣ Video by @amy_simba

Hello, cat pyramid.⁣
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On today’s #WeeklyFluff, meet Simba, Milo and Amy (@amy_simba), three British shorthairs who together make one pile of happiness.⁣
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Video by @amy_simba
1104996 27070 24 hours ago

“I didn’t have the opportunity to choose to be an activist, activism chose me.”⁣ ⁣ Meet Luis Jonathan Hernandez (@jona.nyc), who #Advocates and organizes at the intersection of racial justice and violence prevention.⁣ ⁣ “I was forced into doing this work out of survival,” says 18-year-old Luis. “Growing up with loved ones in and out of the system, and gun violence being a normal occurrence, I had very limited options on how to respond to my circumstances. I chose to speak out, and demand safety and justice at every level possible.⁣ ⁣ My vision and hope for the future is a world in which young people can grow up in safe and just environments. There’s a constant need for true safety in our communities; safety that looks like an abundance of resources, attacking the root causes of issues like gun violence, and dismantling systems of oppression that have existed in our society for too long.⁣ ⁣ Through the lens of liberation, my vision for the future is a world in which Black and brown young folks aren’t incarcerated, under-resourced or over-policed. Rather, my hope is that young folks have the opportunity and the resources to thrive in their schools, homes, communities and in the world as a whole.”⁣ ⁣ #Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣ ⁣ Reel by @jona.nyc

“I didn’t have the opportunity to choose to be an activist, activism chose me.”⁣
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Meet Luis Jonathan Hernandez (@jona.nyc), who #Advocates and organizes at the intersection of racial justice and violence prevention.⁣
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“I was forced into doing this work out of survival,” says 18-year-old Luis. “Growing up with loved ones in and out of the system, and gun violence being a normal occurrence, I had very limited options on how to respond to my circumstances. I chose to speak out, and demand safety and justice at every level possible.⁣
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My vision and hope for the future is a world in which young people can grow up in safe and just environments. There’s a constant need for true safety in our communities; safety that looks like an abundance of resources, attacking the root causes of issues like gun violence, and dismantling systems of oppression that have existed in our society for too long.⁣
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Through the lens of liberation, my vision for the future is a world in which Black and brown young folks aren’t incarcerated, under-resourced or over-policed. Rather, my hope is that young folks have the opportunity and the resources to thrive in their schools, homes, communities and in the world as a whole.”⁣
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#Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣
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Reel by @jona.nyc
145792 3089 27 hours ago

“I see my neighbors as relatives, and good relatives help each other.”⁣ ⁣ Meet Kinsale Hueston (@kinsalehues). She #Advocates for indigenous rights and mutual aid, where individuals belonging to a community take action to address the needs within that community.⁣ ⁣ “After spending a summer helping fundraise for mutual aid-powered COVID-19 relief on the Navajo Nation, I took time off from school to work to help tenants stay housed during the pandemic.⁣ ⁣ My job included a project installing a new community fridge at a people’s kitchen downtown in partnership with LA Community Fridges. When I learned more about the community network that was running these fridges, I started doing runs myself and taking in random donations so I could keep these fridges stocked. @friendsandfridges was born from that, and we do regular drops to connect with the people running these fridges and to talk to the neighbors who use them.⁣ ⁣ These networks have existed for a long time, especially in indigenous communities. The amazing Diné women from @orendatribe and ADABI Healing Shelter are practicing a form of communal care that has existed since basically time immemorial — it takes kinship and connection and a holistic care for each other.”⁣ ⁣ #Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣ ⁣ Reel by @kinsalehues

“I see my neighbors as relatives, and good relatives help each other.”⁣
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Meet Kinsale Hueston (@kinsalehues). She #Advocates for indigenous rights and mutual aid, where individuals belonging to a community take action to address the needs within that community.⁣
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“After spending a summer helping fundraise for mutual aid-powered COVID-19 relief on the Navajo Nation, I took time off from school to work to help tenants stay housed during the pandemic.⁣
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My job included a project installing a new community fridge at a people’s kitchen downtown in partnership with LA Community Fridges. When I learned more about the community network that was running these fridges, I started doing runs myself and taking in random donations so I could keep these fridges stocked. @friendsandfridges was born from that, and we do regular drops to connect with the people running these fridges and to talk to the neighbors who use them.⁣
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These networks have existed for a long time, especially in indigenous communities. The amazing Diné women from @orendatribe and ADABI Healing Shelter are practicing a form of communal care that has existed since basically time immemorial — it takes kinship and connection and a holistic care for each other.”⁣
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#Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣
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Reel by @kinsalehues
195296 8697 2 days ago

“Hold truth to power. Hold those in power accountable by fighting for what is just, for all.”⁣ ⁣ Meet Padmini Gopal (@climatekarma). She currently lives in Accra, Ghana, where she #Advocates for climate justice.⁣ ⁣ “Growing up, I was almost always drawn towards understanding human interactions better,” explains Padmini, who is originally from India. “But it was some courses that I took during undergrad that really opened my eyes to and got me interested in the way we humans interact with, or rather exploit, our Earth, our only home.⁣ ⁣ My hope for the future is that those who are the most responsible for current and historical global emissions are soon held accountable and quickly transition to carbon neutrality. Their actions inevitably affect the communities here in Ghana, like many others in the Global South.⁣ ⁣ Seeing and recognizing how many communities here in Ghana and my home country India have for times immemorial lived in harmony with nature and its cycles and have maintained deep connections to their land — that inspires me. It reminds me of what many of us have lost or never had, a connection with Mother Earth, and the vital need to help re-create that for others through the work I do.”⁣ ⁣ #Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣ ⁣ Reel by @climatekarma

“Hold truth to power. Hold those in power accountable by fighting for what is just, for all.”⁣
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Meet Padmini Gopal (@climatekarma). She currently lives in Accra, Ghana, where she #Advocates for climate justice.⁣
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“Growing up, I was almost always drawn towards understanding human interactions better,” explains Padmini, who is originally from India. “But it was some courses that I took during undergrad that really opened my eyes to and got me interested in the way we humans interact with, or rather exploit, our Earth, our only home.⁣
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My hope for the future is that those who are the most responsible for current and historical global emissions are soon held accountable and quickly transition to carbon neutrality. Their actions inevitably affect the communities here in Ghana, like many others in the Global South.⁣
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Seeing and recognizing how many communities here in Ghana and my home country India have for times immemorial lived in harmony with nature and its cycles and have maintained deep connections to their land — that inspires me. It reminds me of what many of us have lost or never had, a connection with Mother Earth, and the vital need to help re-create that for others through the work I do.”⁣
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#Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣
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Reel by @climatekarma
280929 10749 3 days ago

Blink and you may miss one or ✌️ of Anastasia Pilepchuk’s (@nastia_pilepchuk) dreamlike masks. 👀⁣ ⁣ See more of her creations and learn about her inspiration and process on our story and on IGTV.⁣ ⁣ #HiddenGems

Blink and you may miss one or ✌️ of Anastasia Pilepchuk’s (@nastia_pilepchuk) dreamlike masks. 👀⁣
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See more of her creations and learn about her inspiration and process on our story and on IGTV.⁣
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#HiddenGems
268985 7426 3 days ago

Artist Anastasia Pilepchuk (@nastia_pilepchuk) creates out of this world masks inspired by nature and guided by a creative process rooted in adventure.⁣ ⁣ In today’s episode of #HiddenGems, Anastasia opens the doors to her studio and invites us into her magical 🌏 of masks.⁣

Artist Anastasia Pilepchuk (@nastia_pilepchuk) creates out of this world masks inspired by nature and guided by a creative process rooted in adventure.⁣
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In today’s episode of #HiddenGems, Anastasia opens the doors to her studio and invites us into her magical 🌏 of masks.⁣
183669 2916 3 days ago

“All I really want people to know is that your differences are your superpower.”⁣ ⁣ Meet Tilly Lockey (@tilly.lockey). She #Advocates for body positivity and equality, especially in the disabled community.⁣ ⁣ “Growing up, I always had to explain myself,” explains 15-year-old Tilly, who lost her hands to meningitis when she was a baby. “Lots of people would just constantly assume things about me like, ‘Oh, well, she wasn’t able to do this, she mustn't be able to do that.’ It really got on my nerves because I’m a very independent person.⁣ ⁣ I don’t have hands, so I wasn’t going to be able to write, draw or do anything along those lines. I’ve gone down the route of prosthetics. Originally, I was given a glove and told that I kind of had to hide away. So that was definitely motivation for me to just be, like, ‘Why do I want to hide away? That’s not what I want to do. I want to embrace my differences.’⁣ ⁣ I’ve worked with prosthetic companies throughout my life, and now I’m working with a company called Open Bionics. We’ve made a bionic Hero Arm, which is basically made to accentuate those differences, which is why I love it so much. I like to think of these bionic arms now as more than a medical device — they help you both mentally and physically, which is a huge improvement.⁣ ⁣ I wouldn’t take my disability and what happened to me when I was so young back for the world, because it’s made me the person I am today.”⁣ ⁣ #Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣ ⁣ Reel by @tilly.lockey⁣

“All I really want people to know is that your differences are your superpower.”⁣
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Meet Tilly Lockey (@tilly.lockey). She #Advocates for body positivity and equality, especially in the disabled community.⁣
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“Growing up, I always had to explain myself,” explains 15-year-old Tilly, who lost her hands to meningitis when she was a baby. “Lots of people would just constantly assume things about me like, ‘Oh, well, she wasn’t able to do this, she mustn't be able to do that.’ It really got on my nerves because I’m a very independent person.⁣
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I don’t have hands, so I wasn’t going to be able to write, draw or do anything along those lines. I’ve gone down the route of prosthetics. Originally, I was given a glove and told that I kind of had to hide away. So that was definitely motivation for me to just be, like, ‘Why do I want to hide away? That’s not what I want to do. I want to embrace my differences.’⁣
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I’ve worked with prosthetic companies throughout my life, and now I’m working with a company called Open Bionics. We’ve made a bionic Hero Arm, which is basically made to accentuate those differences, which is why I love it so much. I like to think of these bionic arms now as more than a medical device — they help you both mentally and physically, which is a huge improvement.⁣
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I wouldn’t take my disability and what happened to me when I was so young back for the world, because it’s made me the person I am today.”⁣
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#Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣
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Reel by @tilly.lockey⁣
334216 10552 4 days ago

Dance and history are both made by movements. ✨💫⁣ ⁣ For Black History Month, celebrated in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands in October, professional dancers Taitlyn and Kaylee Jaiy (@thejaiytwins) created a routine to music by @sonsofkemet and inspired by Black culture’s enduring legacy.⁣ ⁣ “It’s so important to honor and celebrate Black history, especially in 2020,” Taitlyn says. “It’s a time for so many to come together, learn and hopefully create change for a brighter future.” #ShareBlackStories⁣ ⁣ Reel by @thejaiytwins

Dance and history are both made by movements. ✨💫⁣
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For Black History Month, celebrated in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands in October, professional dancers Taitlyn and Kaylee Jaiy (@thejaiytwins) created a routine to music by @sonsofkemet and inspired by Black culture’s enduring legacy.⁣
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“It’s so important to honor and celebrate Black history, especially in 2020,” Taitlyn says. “It’s a time for so many to come together, learn and hopefully create change for a brighter future.” #ShareBlackStories⁣
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Reel by @thejaiytwins
450538 10396 4 days ago

“I frequently receive messages from trans folks saying that my story, work or presence has saved their life. This means the world to me. It is the sole reason I do the work. I find myself in tears each time I hear this.”⁣ ⁣ Meet Schuyler Bailar (@pinkmantaray). He’s a full-time educator and #Advocates for transgender rights, awareness and inclusion. “Growing up, I never saw myself in the world, so when I became the first transgender athlete to compete for an NCAA D1 men’s team in 2015, I decided to share my story because I want kids like me to know that I exist — not ‘I’ as in Schuyler Bailar, but ‘I’ as a trans athlete who not only exists, but also thrives. I want them to know they can exist and thrive, too.⁣ ⁣ Although most people logically understand one trans person cannot possibly represent all trans people, I think I’m often expected to represent entire communities anyway. And I cannot do this. Trans people are far more diverse than my story can demonstrate. This work should always raise the voices of those most marginalized, specifically Black and brown trans women.⁣ ⁣ Most people spend a great deal of time focusing on difference. This isn’t always bad — these differences can be beautiful and are often ways of distinguishing ourselves. But we should value common ground — the experiences and characteristics that tie us together — over everything because this is where our humanity truly thrives.”⁣ ⁣ #Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣ ⁣ Reel of @pinkmantaray by @ehsanimami

“I frequently receive messages from trans folks saying that my story, work or presence has saved their life. This means the world to me. It is the sole reason I do the work. I find myself in tears each time I hear this.”⁣
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Meet Schuyler Bailar (@pinkmantaray). He’s a full-time educator and #Advocates for transgender rights, awareness and inclusion. “Growing up, I never saw myself in the world, so when I became the first transgender athlete to compete for an NCAA D1 men’s team in 2015, I decided to share my story because I want kids like me to know that I exist — not ‘I’ as in Schuyler Bailar, but ‘I’ as a trans athlete who not only exists, but also thrives. I want them to know they can exist and thrive, too.⁣
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Although most people logically understand one trans person cannot possibly represent all trans people, I think I’m often expected to represent entire communities anyway. And I cannot do this. Trans people are far more diverse than my story can demonstrate. This work should always raise the voices of those most marginalized, specifically Black and brown trans women.⁣
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Most people spend a great deal of time focusing on difference. This isn’t always bad — these differences can be beautiful and are often ways of distinguishing ourselves. But we should value common ground — the experiences and characteristics that tie us together — over everything because this is where our humanity truly thrives.”⁣
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#Advocates highlights people around the world who are sparking positive change. ✨⁣
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Reel of @pinkmantaray by @ehsanimami
230785 7740 5 days ago

“Thrive and fight.” 💕⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Four-time Olympian Chaunté Lowe (@chauntelowe) repeats these words during challenging times.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “No other woman in American history has jumped higher than me,” says the @usatf team member. Chaunté is training for her fifth Olympic Games in Tokyo while she fights breast cancer.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “I am a warrior,” says the mother of three who was diagnosed in the summer of 2019. “I fight hard for myself but even harder for other people. I believe that the most important thing you can do with your life is to actively show genuine love to your fellow man, especially the oppressed and the brokenhearted. I feel the strongest when I am filled with the joy that comes from my heart.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ As far as #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth goes, Chaunté wishes more people understood their risks and options. “The danger for being diagnosed with breast cancer in America throughout a woman’s life is 1 in 8,” she says. “Early detection gives you more options for treatment. I wish more people knew their breasts better than they know their own face.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Photo by @chauntelowe

“Thrive and fight.” 💕⁣⁣
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Four-time Olympian Chaunté Lowe (@chauntelowe) repeats these words during challenging times.⁣⁣
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“No other woman in American history has jumped higher than me,” says the @usatf team member. Chaunté is training for her fifth Olympic Games in Tokyo while she fights breast cancer.⁣⁣
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“I am a warrior,” says the mother of three who was diagnosed in the summer of 2019. “I fight hard for myself but even harder for other people. I believe that the most important thing you can do with your life is to actively show genuine love to your fellow man, especially the oppressed and the brokenhearted. I feel the strongest when I am filled with the joy that comes from my heart.”⁣⁣
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As far as #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth goes, Chaunté wishes more people understood their risks and options. “The danger for being diagnosed with breast cancer in America throughout a woman’s life is 1 in 8,” she says. “Early detection gives you more options for treatment. I wish more people knew their breasts better than they know their own face.”⁣⁣
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Photo by @chauntelowe
15890 6 days ago

#HelloFrom California Street in San Francisco, California.⁣ ⁣ We are dreaming of the hilly streets in the storied city, where the old trolleys climb and descend against the backdrop of the Bay Bridge. ⁣ ⁣ Even when it’s raining. ☔️ ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @mindz.eye⁣

#HelloFrom California Street in San Francisco, California.⁣
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We are dreaming of the hilly streets in the storied city, where the old trolleys climb and descend against the backdrop of the Bay Bridge. ⁣
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Even when it’s raining. ☔️ ⁣
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Photo by @mindz.eye⁣
8616 6 days ago

Now THIS is a family portrait.⁣ ⁣ Meet Wilbur (@wilbur_allen_bashar). He’s a Ba-Shar — part basset hound, part Shar-Pei — with an affinity for bow ties and a love for the “Dumplings,” his guinea pig friends, Market Price and Rumpadump.⁣ ⁣ “They genuinely all get along,” says their human Jen. “Wilbur has grown so close to the Dumplings that he seems to think he’s just a guinea pig himself.”⁣ ⁣ #WeeklyFluff⁣ ⁣ Photo by @wilbur_allen_bashar

Now THIS is a family portrait.⁣
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Meet Wilbur (@wilbur_allen_bashar). He’s a Ba-Shar — part basset hound, part Shar-Pei — with an affinity for bow ties and a love for the “Dumplings,” his guinea pig friends, Market Price and Rumpadump.⁣
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“They genuinely all get along,” says their human Jen. “Wilbur has grown so close to the Dumplings that he seems to think he’s just a guinea pig himself.”⁣
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#WeeklyFluff⁣
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Photo by @wilbur_allen_bashar
24620 8 days ago

For Sebastian Yatra (@sebastianyatra), it’s not a fiesta without the fam. 🎉 Today, the Colombian singer celebrates his birthday — and the last day of #LatinxHeritageMonth – with a party that is both familiar and fun. 🎺🎂🎶⁣ ⁣ Reel by @sebastianyatra⁣

For Sebastian Yatra (@sebastianyatra), it’s not a fiesta without the fam. 🎉 Today, the Colombian singer celebrates his birthday — and the last day of #LatinxHeritageMonth – with a party that is both familiar and fun. 🎺🎂🎶⁣
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Reel by @sebastianyatra⁣
14949 9 days ago

Artist Preta Wolzak’s (@pretawolzak) textured mixed-media pieces focus on hard issues, including gender equality, representation and race. Her collections “Ma Petit Inuite” and “Arctic Charade” (pictured) confronts the impact of humans’ behavior on our planet and the effects of climate change.⁣ ⁣ “I am driven by my irritation of how we are treating the globe, like tourism at Antarctica and the Arctic and mining for resources in those particular areas which are so vital for the balance in the world,” says Preta, who incorporates embroidery, sequins, acrylics and leather into her work.⁣ ⁣ “I love to use acrobats in my work, who seem to stand for joyfulness, carelessness, sparkle, like what tourism looks like on first sight. People need entertainment and they see the world as one big amusement park.⁣ ⁣ The acrobats stand for the foolish behavior of mankind ruining its environment, which now even threatens to spread out to the last untouched areas of our planet: the North and South Pole.⁣ ⁣ I think it’s better that people get my message through humor and joyfulness. It can be serious, humorous and aesthetic at the same time.⁣” ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Art by @pretawolzak

Artist Preta Wolzak’s (@pretawolzak) textured mixed-media pieces focus on hard issues, including gender equality, representation and race. Her collections “Ma Petit Inuite” and “Arctic Charade” (pictured) confronts the impact of humans’ behavior on our planet and the effects of climate change.⁣
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“I am driven by my irritation of how we are treating the globe, like tourism at Antarctica and the Arctic and mining for resources in those particular areas which are so vital for the balance in the world,” says Preta, who incorporates embroidery, sequins, acrylics and leather into her work.⁣
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“I love to use acrobats in my work, who seem to stand for joyfulness, carelessness, sparkle, like what tourism looks like on first sight. People need entertainment and they see the world as one big amusement park.⁣
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The acrobats stand for the foolish behavior of mankind ruining its environment, which now even threatens to spread out to the last untouched areas of our planet: the North and South Pole.⁣
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I think it’s better that people get my message through humor and joyfulness. It can be serious, humorous and aesthetic at the same time.⁣”
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Art by @pretawolzak
20407 10 days ago

Artist Stitchguy’s (@stitchguy) intimate portrayals of gay couples play with traditional motifs of art and embroidery. His black and white linear representations of the male body are often surrounded or intertwined with bold colors from nature.⁣ ⁣ “I am constantly exploring my style of expression within a classical aesthetic. The depiction of plants in embroidery is a classical theme, and this is also important to me,” says the Japanese artist, who studied fashion in art school, then worked in the industry after graduation.⁣ ⁣ “I moved away from fashion for a while, due to a strong desire to create artwork that could express more personal aspects. My strengths lay in using needle, thread and cloth, so I started studying embroidery anew and began to make gay embroidery art.”⁣ ⁣ Inspired by the artist’s own memories, the work draws on Stitchguy’s personal experiences as inspiration for its broader LGBTQ+ focus. “All of my works are very lovingly and carefully made.⁣” ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Art by @stitchguy

Artist Stitchguy’s (@stitchguy) intimate portrayals of gay couples play with traditional motifs of art and embroidery. His black and white linear representations of the male body are often surrounded or intertwined with bold colors from nature.⁣
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“I am constantly exploring my style of expression within a classical aesthetic. The depiction of plants in embroidery is a classical theme, and this is also important to me,” says the Japanese artist, who studied fashion in art school, then worked in the industry after graduation.⁣
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“I moved away from fashion for a while, due to a strong desire to create artwork that could express more personal aspects. My strengths lay in using needle, thread and cloth, so I started studying embroidery anew and began to make gay embroidery art.”⁣
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Inspired by the artist’s own memories, the work draws on Stitchguy’s personal experiences as inspiration for its broader LGBTQ+ focus. “All of my works are very lovingly and carefully made.⁣”
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Art by @stitchguy
63569 11 days ago

No paint is used in the making of these portraits. All of Bisa Butler’s (@bisabutler) large-scale appliqué artworks are made up of tiny pieces of fabric — cut, sewn and quilted on a long arm sewing machine.⁣ ⁣ “My work celebrates the African American tradition of quilting and portrays the beauty, strength, pride and dignity of Black people. I am inviting a re-imagining and a contemporary dialogue about age-old issues, still problematic in our culture, through the comforting, embracing medium of the quilt.⁣ ⁣ I am telling the story of ordinary people — Black people — whose stories have been deliberately ignored, misconstrued or outright denied.⁣ ⁣ My subjects stand in defiance against racist stereotypes and show African Americans as people who value family, community, education and hard work.⁣ ⁣ I hope people view my work and see the expressions of joy, the vibrancy of colors and the quiet dignity of my portraits. I am expressing what I believe is the equal value of all humans. I hope when people see my work they can see a reflection of themselves and come to terms with the truth of the matter — all people are created equal.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Art by @bisabutler

No paint is used in the making of these portraits. All of Bisa Butler’s (@bisabutler) large-scale appliqué artworks are made up of tiny pieces of fabric — cut, sewn and quilted on a long arm sewing machine.⁣
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“My work celebrates the African American tradition of quilting and portrays the beauty, strength, pride and dignity of Black people. I am inviting a re-imagining and a contemporary dialogue about age-old issues, still problematic in our culture, through the comforting, embracing medium of the quilt.⁣
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I am telling the story of ordinary people — Black people — whose stories have been deliberately ignored, misconstrued or outright denied.⁣
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My subjects stand in defiance against racist stereotypes and show African Americans as people who value family, community, education and hard work.⁣
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I hope people view my work and see the expressions of joy, the vibrancy of colors and the quiet dignity of my portraits. I am expressing what I believe is the equal value of all humans. I hope when people see my work they can see a reflection of themselves and come to terms with the truth of the matter — all people are created equal.”⁣
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Art by @bisabutler
12688 12 days ago

“I want to be the best me. And to be the best me, I have to fully embrace who I am,” says Olympian Markus Thormeyer (@lilmarquenis), a 23-year-old competitive swimmer and student at the University of British Columbia.⁣ ⁣ While training with Team Canada for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Markus came out to his teammates.⁣ ⁣ “I wasn’t being who I am, even to some of my closest friends,” he says. “I didn’t want to go to the Olympics and not be me because then I wouldn’t perform to the best that I could.”⁣ ⁣ Markus credits coming out with making him more confident and focused, both in and out of the pool.⁣ ⁣ “It just felt easier, living felt easier every day. You don’t realize how much it adds up until after when you don’t have to do it anymore. You’re like, ‘Wow, I have the energy to be me.’”⁣ ⁣ Earlier this year, Markus shared his story to inspire other young athletes to embrace their authentic selves.⁣ ⁣ “I was always looking for role models growing up. When I did find a story about a gay athlete it was inspiring,” he says. “If one gay kid reads my story and is inspired, that’d be a win for me.”⁣ ⁣ In honor of #NationalComingOutDay, we’re sharing Markus’ story as we continue to celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community who #ShareWithPride. 🏊‍♂️🌈✨⁣ ⁣ Photo of @lilmarquenis by @emilyoverholt

“I want to be the best me. And to be the best me, I have to fully embrace who I am,” says Olympian Markus Thormeyer (@lilmarquenis), a 23-year-old competitive swimmer and student at the University of British Columbia.⁣
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While training with Team Canada for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Markus came out to his teammates.⁣
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“I wasn’t being who I am, even to some of my closest friends,” he says. “I didn’t want to go to the Olympics and not be me because then I wouldn’t perform to the best that I could.”⁣
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Markus credits coming out with making him more confident and focused, both in and out of the pool.⁣
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“It just felt easier, living felt easier every day. You don’t realize how much it adds up until after when you don’t have to do it anymore. You’re like, ‘Wow, I have the energy to be me.’”⁣
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Earlier this year, Markus shared his story to inspire other young athletes to embrace their authentic selves.⁣
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“I was always looking for role models growing up. When I did find a story about a gay athlete it was inspiring,” he says. “If one gay kid reads my story and is inspired, that’d be a win for me.”⁣
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In honor of #NationalComingOutDay, we’re sharing Markus’ story as we continue to celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community who #ShareWithPride. 🏊‍♂️🌈✨⁣
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Photo of @lilmarquenis by @emilyoverholt
10807 13 days ago

#HelloFrom Vase Rock, located just off Liuqiu Island in Pingtung County, Taiwan.⁣ ⁣ We are dreaming of this raised coral rock painted with drone light from above. Over time, Vase Rock eroded at its base from the clear waters below, which are also home to endangered green sea turtles. 🐢⁣ ⁣ Photo by @makclickz

#HelloFrom Vase Rock, located just off Liuqiu Island in Pingtung County, Taiwan.⁣
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We are dreaming of this raised coral rock painted with drone light from above. Over time, Vase Rock eroded at its base from the clear waters below, which are also home to endangered green sea turtles. 🐢⁣
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Photo by @makclickz
7085 13 days ago

Have no fear, Charlot’s (@charlot_cat_ ) here!⁣ ⁣ This European shorthair has a distinguished look — note that aristocratic French hairstyle and distinctive mustache — and a playful personality.⁣ ⁣ #WeeklyFluff⁣ ⁣ Video by @charlot_cat_

Have no fear, Charlot’s (@charlot_cat_ ) here!⁣
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This European shorthair has a distinguished look — note that aristocratic French hairstyle and distinctive mustache — and a playful personality.⁣
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#WeeklyFluff⁣
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Video by @charlot_cat_
17642 15 days ago

“You don’t have to wait until it’s the ‘right time’ to get started because you’re the only person who can create your reality.”⁣ ⁣ For 18-year-old Greisy Hernandez Gutierrez (@greisyhh), her reality is advocating for mental health resources for Gen Z and people of color with her organization @laschicaschulas. It also means voting in the US presidential election on November 3.⁣ ⁣ “Voting is a tangible way to get your voice heard and advocate for marginalized communities. My grandma is approaching retirement after years of working overtime and I’m motivated to vote for representatives that prioritize healthcare and workers’ rights.”⁣ ⁣ If you want to make a difference but aren’t sure how, Greisy suggests making it personal. “Start local with the issues affecting your community and reach out to organizations already doing work around this. I promise you’ll find at least one to contribute to.”⁣ ⁣ This week, we’re sharing voices of young activists voting for the first time in a US presidential election. You can register to vote, check your status, learn how to vote by mail and more at our link in bio. ✨⁣ ⁣ Photo by @greisyhh

“You don’t have to wait until it’s the ‘right time’ to get started because you’re the only person who can create your reality.”⁣
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For 18-year-old Greisy Hernandez Gutierrez (@greisyhh), her reality is advocating for mental health resources for Gen Z and people of color with her organization @laschicaschulas. It also means voting in the US presidential election on November 3.⁣
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“Voting is a tangible way to get your voice heard and advocate for marginalized communities. My grandma is approaching retirement after years of working overtime and I’m motivated to vote for representatives that prioritize healthcare and workers’ rights.”⁣
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If you want to make a difference but aren’t sure how, Greisy suggests making it personal. “Start local with the issues affecting your community and reach out to organizations already doing work around this. I promise you’ll find at least one to contribute to.”⁣
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This week, we’re sharing voices of young activists voting for the first time in a US presidential election. You can register to vote, check your status, learn how to vote by mail and more at our link in bio. ✨⁣
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Photo by @greisyhh
8955 15 days ago

“I plan to show the world that my Marajoara, Tapajônica and Black culture has an incredible power to transform people.” 🙌⁣ ⁣ Labo Maurício Lopes de Oliveira (@laboyoung) uses natural materials to create wearable art. Each piece represents his identity and a sense of Black joy.⁣ ⁣ “It is important to celebrate Black joy because in the midst of structural problems like racism and colonialism, we need to remember how important our culture is, how rich it is and remember that it keeps us alive," says Labo, who lives in Belém do Pará in the Brazilian Amazon.⁣ ⁣ Watch our IGTV to see some of Labo’s stunning looks and learn more about what brings him joy.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣ ⁣ Photo of @laboyoung by Bruno Coutinho

“I plan to show the world that my Marajoara, Tapajônica and Black culture has an incredible power to transform people.” 🙌⁣
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Labo Maurício Lopes de Oliveira (@laboyoung) uses natural materials to create wearable art. Each piece represents his identity and a sense of Black joy.⁣
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“It is important to celebrate Black joy because in the midst of structural problems like racism and colonialism, we need to remember how important our culture is, how rich it is and remember that it keeps us alive,
13000 16 days ago

Home. ❤️ For artist Labo Maurício Lopes de Oliveira (@laboyoung), it’s the force behind his wearable pieces created from natural materials like leaves and coconut straws.⁣ ⁣ “My work is how I enhance my Black, Marajoara and Ribeirinha culture,” says Labo, who lives in Belém do Pará in the Brazilian Amazon.⁣ ⁣ “It started in my childhood, through games I played with my mom where we built a playful world — creating games and toys from objects we found in our backyard, either foliage or seeds. These memories are with me even today and it’s where I still find inspiration for creation and experimentation.”⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories

Home. ❤️ For artist Labo Maurício Lopes de Oliveira (@laboyoung), it’s the force behind his wearable pieces created from natural materials like leaves and coconut straws.⁣
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“My work is how I enhance my Black, Marajoara and Ribeirinha culture,” says Labo, who lives in Belém do Pará in the Brazilian Amazon.⁣
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“It started in my childhood, through games I played with my mom where we built a playful world — creating games and toys from objects we found in our backyard, either foliage or seeds. These memories are with me even today and it’s where I still find inspiration for creation and experimentation.”⁣
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#ShareBlackStories
3540 16 days ago

“Young people have the power in this movement. We are the ones inheriting this country.”⁣ ⁣ Sanna Legan (@sannalegan) is a 20-year-old student, artist and social justice activist on a mission to get young people to vote in the 2020 US election. “This is the beginning of my generation creating a stronger, more just and kind world.”⁣ ⁣ Her advice for young people who want to make a difference? “Volunteer, protest, promote impactful work and hold your community accountable. Find out your city councilperson, congresspeople, governor and senator. Call their offices, write letters, create petitions and educate yourself about issues. Above all, never underestimate your own personal power to make change.”⁣ ⁣ This week, we’re sharing voices of young activists voting for the first time in a US presidential election. You can register to vote, check your status, learn how to vote by mail and more at our link in bio. ✨⁣ ⁣ Photo of @sannalegan by @lake.lewis

“Young people have the power in this movement. We are the ones inheriting this country.”⁣
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Sanna Legan (@sannalegan) is a 20-year-old student, artist and social justice activist on a mission to get young people to vote in the 2020 US election. “This is the beginning of my generation creating a stronger, more just and kind world.”⁣
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Her advice for young people who want to make a difference? “Volunteer, protest, promote impactful work and hold your community accountable. Find out your city councilperson, congresspeople, governor and senator. Call their offices, write letters, create petitions and educate yourself about issues. Above all, never underestimate your own personal power to make change.”⁣
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This week, we’re sharing voices of young activists voting for the first time in a US presidential election. You can register to vote, check your status, learn how to vote by mail and more at our link in bio. ✨⁣
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Photo of @sannalegan by @lake.lewis
6273 16 days ago

“Shake things up.” 👊⁣ ⁣ Malavika Kannan (@malavika.kannan) is a 19-year-old author and activist who’s doing just that. And she’s ready to vote in the US election on November 3.⁣ ⁣ “I vote for family and neighbors, to protect our health amidst this epidemic. I vote for my fellow girls of color, my sisters and homegirls, to promote our right to live and thrive joyfully and safely. I vote for my own future, free of the looming threat of climate change.”⁣ ⁣ Malavika has been making a difference by starting @homegirlproject, an organization that builds power among girls of color, and writing “The Bookweaver’s Daughter,” her feminist fantasy novel.⁣ ⁣ “As young women, our stories have tremendous power — to reclaim agency, to disrupt harmful narratives, to build empathy and to imagine better futures. I aspire to help more girls tap into our power, demand our worth and uplift our sisters in the process.”⁣ ⁣ This week, we’re sharing voices of young activists voting for the first time in a US presidential election. You can register to vote, check your status, learn how to vote by mail and more at our link in bio. ✨⁣ ⁣ Photo of @malavika.kannan by @sophia.manolis

“Shake things up.” 👊⁣
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Malavika Kannan (@malavika.kannan) is a 19-year-old author and activist who’s doing just that. And she’s ready to vote in the US election on November 3.⁣
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“I vote for family and neighbors, to protect our health amidst this epidemic. I vote for my fellow girls of color, my sisters and homegirls, to promote our right to live and thrive joyfully and safely. I vote for my own future, free of the looming threat of climate change.”⁣
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Malavika has been making a difference by starting @homegirlproject, an organization that builds power among girls of color, and writing “The Bookweaver’s Daughter,” her feminist fantasy novel.⁣
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“As young women, our stories have tremendous power — to reclaim agency, to disrupt harmful narratives, to build empathy and to imagine better futures. I aspire to help more girls tap into our power, demand our worth and uplift our sisters in the process.”⁣
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This week, we’re sharing voices of young activists voting for the first time in a US presidential election. You can register to vote, check your status, learn how to vote by mail and more at our link in bio. ✨⁣
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Photo of @malavika.kannan by @sophia.manolis
15259 16 days ago

Relatable 🙋‍♀️⁣ Informative 📝⁣ Hilarious 😹⁣ ⁣ The best memes are one — or all — of the above. Check out our story and @memeinsider for more posts and creators that are taking memes to a whole new level.⁣ ⁣ Video by @itsjakeberg; Illustration by @ohhappydani; Video by @ploxyzero

Relatable 🙋‍♀️⁣
Informative 📝⁣
Hilarious 😹⁣
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The best memes are one — or all — of the above. Check out our story and @memeinsider for more posts and creators that are taking memes to a whole new level.⁣
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Video by @itsjakeberg; Illustration by @ohhappydani; Video by @ploxyzero
5221 17 days ago

Where were you when… ⁣ The bottle cap challenge hit 😲 ⁣ All your friends started sharing Area 51 memes 👽⁣ The 10-year challenge took over 👀⁣ It’s Instagram’s birthday today 🎉 and to celebrate, creator Taylor Cassidy (@taylorcassidyj) is taking us on a trip down memory lane with some of the most iconic Instagram moments ever. 🔥

Where were you when… ⁣
The bottle cap challenge hit 😲 ⁣
All your friends started sharing Area 51 memes 👽⁣
The 10-year challenge took over 👀⁣
It’s Instagram’s birthday today 🎉 and to celebrate, creator Taylor Cassidy (@taylorcassidyj) is taking us on a trip down memory lane with some of the most iconic Instagram moments ever. 🔥
10565 18 days ago

“Today is Instagram’s birthday and we want to give huge thanks to you — everyone who uses Instagram around the world. Every day you inspire us by how you create trends that push culture forward.⁣ ✨⁣ Since Instagram started, you’ve come here to connect with friends, explore interests and be entertained. Along the way, you created a global community — one that did more and mattered more than we ever dreamed. You’ve transformed industries, sparked iconic cultural moments, supported each other, raised awareness about important issues and turned your passions into a living. ⁣ ✨⁣ Today I’m also thinking a lot about where Instagram is going. To keep up with what’s next, we have to adapt too. Over the coming months, you’ll see some updates on Instagram — like a Reels and shopping tab and a better messaging experience. We’ll share more ways to help creators make a living and small businesses sell their products. ⁣ ✨⁣ Through these changes, you all remain the heart of Instagram. We’re focused on keeping you safe and building new features that fight bullying, improve equity, address fairness and help you feel supported. I’m excited about how these changes will help you create the next wave of culture, and I can’t wait to see how you’ll inspire us next.”⁣ ⁣ —Adam Mosseri (@mosseri), Head of Instagram⁣ ⁣ Art by @naima.almeida

“Today is Instagram’s birthday and we want to give huge thanks to you — everyone who uses Instagram around the world. Every day you inspire us by how you create trends that push culture forward.⁣
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Since Instagram started, you’ve come here to connect with friends, explore interests and be entertained. Along the way, you created a global community — one that did more and mattered more than we ever dreamed. You’ve transformed industries, sparked iconic cultural moments, supported each other, raised awareness about important issues and turned your passions into a living. ⁣
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Today I’m also thinking a lot about where Instagram is going. To keep up with what’s next, we have to adapt too. Over the coming months, you’ll see some updates on Instagram — like a Reels and shopping tab and a better messaging experience. We’ll share more ways to help creators make a living and small businesses sell their products. ⁣
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Through these changes, you all remain the heart of Instagram. We’re focused on keeping you safe and building new features that fight bullying, improve equity, address fairness and help you feel supported. I’m excited about how these changes will help you create the next wave of culture, and I can’t wait to see how you’ll inspire us next.”⁣
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—Adam Mosseri (@mosseri), Head of Instagram⁣
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Art by @naima.almeida
21980 18 days ago

#HelloFrom Lake Tamblingan, Bali. 💭🍃 We are dreaming of this atmospheric location where the pristine lake, ancient flooded temples and surrounding lush rainforest combine to create this calming scene. Photo by @justkay

#HelloFrom Lake Tamblingan, Bali. 
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We are dreaming of this atmospheric location where the pristine lake, ancient flooded temples and surrounding lush rainforest combine to create this calming scene. 

Photo by @justkay
16475 20 days ago

“I come from a family of Mexican-American women who have worked for generations to leave their family with more than they had,” says Cristina Martinez (@sew_trill), a Black and Mexican-American contemporary artist whose bright and beautiful depictions of women of color are inspired by her own family. “My mother, grandma ‘Nana’ and great-grandmother are Mexican-American women whose perseverance and strength are constant themes in my art, which focuses on the ever-evolving cycle of growth and blooming amidst diversity.” This #LatinxHeritageMonth, we’re celebrating Latinx voices that represent the beauty and power of their culture. Read Cristina’s letter to the women in her family below and check out our story to see her art in full bloom. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨⁣⁣ “To the Family Roots/My Support System, Mom, Grandma 'Nana' and Great-Grandma: Individually and collectively, you possess a fierce ambition to not only survive but thrive. As the roots of our family tree and Mexican-American women, you have harnessed an unshakeable vision and invisible yet tangible strength to grant your family with more opportunities than you were afforded. Single mothers raising children on their own is no easy feat. Nana, you in particular, after the passing of your mother when you were only 7 to working in the fields as a young girl to later raising six children on your own — this independent nature motivates me on a daily basis to carry on our family name and legacy to inspire not only my children, of Black and Mexican roots, but the many Black and brown children around the world who will need watering for the many years of blooming ahead of them. When I struggle with daily tasks or when inner growth seems just out of reach, I recall each of your individual and collective struggles. You give me the clarity and focus to know my own strength even in my darkest moments. It is the memories and stories of Great-Grandma and the fight in you, Nana and Mom, that I pour onto my canvas each and every day, collectively telling the enduring and evolving story of perseverance, independence and growth.” —@sew_trill Collage by @valheria123

“I come from a family of Mexican-American women who have worked for generations to leave their family with more than they had,” says Cristina Martinez (@sew_trill), a Black and Mexican-American contemporary artist whose bright and beautiful depictions of women of color are inspired by her own family.

“My mother, grandma ‘Nana’ and great-grandmother are Mexican-American women whose perseverance and strength are constant themes in my art, which focuses on the ever-evolving cycle of growth and blooming amidst diversity.”

This #LatinxHeritageMonth, we’re celebrating Latinx voices that represent the beauty and power of their culture. Read Cristina’s letter to the women in her family below and check out our story to see her art in full bloom.

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“To the Family Roots/My Support System, Mom, Grandma 'Nana' and Great-Grandma: Individually and collectively, you possess a fierce ambition to not only survive but thrive. As the roots of our family tree and Mexican-American women, you have harnessed an unshakeable vision and invisible yet tangible strength to grant your family with more opportunities than you were afforded. Single mothers raising children on their own is no easy feat. Nana, you in particular, after the passing of your mother when you were only 7 to working in the fields as a young girl to later raising six children on your own — this independent nature motivates me on a daily basis to carry on our family name and legacy to inspire not only my children, of Black and Mexican roots, but the many Black and brown children around the world who will need watering for the many years of blooming ahead of them. When I struggle with daily tasks or when inner growth seems just out of reach, I recall each of your individual and collective struggles. You give me the clarity and focus to know my own strength even in my darkest moments. It is the memories and stories of Great-Grandma and the fight in you, Nana and Mom, that I pour onto my canvas each and every day, collectively telling the enduring and evolving story of perseverance, independence and growth.” —@sew_trill

Collage by @valheria123
8925 21 days ago

Black bears or Samoyed brothers?⁣ 🐾🐾🐾🐾⁣ Today’s #WeeklyFluff features Felix and Finley (@felix_n_finley), two pups who are double trouble.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @felix_n_finley

Black bears or Samoyed brothers?⁣
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Today’s #WeeklyFluff features Felix and Finley (@felix_n_finley), two pups who are double trouble.⁣
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Photo by @felix_n_finley
17035 21 days ago

All of us after hearing that @beyonce harp cover. 😇 ☁️ 😹⁣ ⁣ Check out our story right now to discover more things that will have you feeling like you’re floating in the clouds.⁣ ⁣ Photo illustration by @smwallday; Video by @calleysunshine; Illustration by @melita_tirado

All of us after hearing that @beyonce harp cover. 😇 ☁️ 😹⁣
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Check out our story right now to discover more things that will have you feeling like you’re floating in the clouds.⁣
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Photo illustration by @smwallday; Video by @calleysunshine; Illustration by @melita_tirado
12348 22 days ago

“One of the things I love most about fashion is using it to announce that I’m here and I’m confident and I want to take up space and be unapologetic.” 🙌⁣ ⁣ Author, plus-size style blogger and freelance journalist Stephanie Yeboah (@stephanieyeboah) is serving looks and dropping truths about the power of Black joy — right now on our IGTV and story.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣ ⁣ Photo of @stephanieyeboah by @danascruggs

“One of the things I love most about fashion is using it to announce that I’m here and I’m confident and I want to take up space and be unapologetic.” 🙌⁣
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Author, plus-size style blogger and freelance journalist Stephanie Yeboah (@stephanieyeboah) is serving looks and dropping truths about the power of Black joy — right now on our IGTV and story.⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣
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Photo of @stephanieyeboah by @danascruggs
11386 23 days ago

“I try and be as unapologetically Black and Black-looking as possible,” says author, plus-size style blogger and freelance journalist Stephanie Yeboah (@stephanieyeboah). “It’s all about having that pride — wanting people to know, ‘This is where I’m from, this is my culture, this is my heritage and I love it and it’s beautiful.’”⁣ ⁣ Stephanie just published a book called “Fattily Ever After” — a love letter to plus-size Black women.⁣ ⁣ “I want people to come away feeling unstoppable. They can be powerful and confident regardless of the flaws and scars or stretch marks or cellulite or hyperpigmentation. They can work through that and see themselves as the prize and see themselves as beautiful.”⁣ ⁣ Watch our IGTV to see how Stephanie celebrates Black joy, especially in this moment. “It’s important — especially considering the current climate surrounding Black women — that we find whatever joy we can, even in the smallest of things. Black women matter. Our lives matter, and it’s important that our voices and conversations are heard.”⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤

“I try and be as unapologetically Black and Black-looking as possible,” says author, plus-size style blogger and freelance journalist Stephanie Yeboah (@stephanieyeboah). “It’s all about having that pride — wanting people to know, ‘This is where I’m from, this is my culture, this is my heritage and I love it and it’s beautiful.’”⁣
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Stephanie just published a book called “Fattily Ever After” — a love letter to plus-size Black women.⁣
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“I want people to come away feeling unstoppable. They can be powerful and confident regardless of the flaws and scars or stretch marks or cellulite or hyperpigmentation. They can work through that and see themselves as the prize and see themselves as beautiful.”⁣
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Watch our IGTV to see how Stephanie celebrates Black joy, especially in this moment. “It’s important — especially considering the current climate surrounding Black women — that we find whatever joy we can, even in the smallest of things. Black women matter. Our lives matter, and it’s important that our voices and conversations are heard.”⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤
4838 23 days ago

“When I speak, I don’t speak on behalf of the entire population of Black female athletes. We might share similar experiences, but we all have unique stories. I just hope that people listen to the stories of all Black women and don’t generalize. The more voices that are heard, the better.”⁣ ⁣ Professional soccer player Tziarra King (@tziarraking) plays for @utahroyalsfc and is making her voice heard loud and clear in her @nwsl rookie season.⁣ ⁣ “For me, being a Black woman in soccer means being in spaces where most people don’t look like you or relate to your experiences. But it also means breaking down barriers and inspiring a younger generation of Black girls to chase their dreams. I fight for little girls who look like me, think like me and will experience similar things that I have. I fight to let them know that they belong in whatever space they desire to be in.⁣ ⁣ It can be exhausting, especially right now, trying to get people to understand your perspective. Regardless, I wouldn’t change who I am for anything in this world. I love being a Black woman.” ⁣ ⁣ Head to @nwsl today as they share more perspectives and voices from Black athletes and advocates in their league.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe⁣ ⁣ Photo of @tziarraking by @bukunmigrace

“When I speak, I don’t speak on behalf of the entire population of Black female athletes. We might share similar experiences, but we all have unique stories. I just hope that people listen to the stories of all Black women and don’t generalize. The more voices that are heard, the better.”⁣
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Professional soccer player Tziarra King (@tziarraking) plays for @utahroyalsfc and is making her voice heard loud and clear in her @nwsl rookie season.⁣
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“For me, being a Black woman in soccer means being in spaces where most people don’t look like you or relate to your experiences. But it also means breaking down barriers and inspiring a younger generation of Black girls to chase their dreams. I fight for little girls who look like me, think like me and will experience similar things that I have. I fight to let them know that they belong in whatever space they desire to be in.⁣
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It can be exhausting, especially right now, trying to get people to understand your perspective. Regardless, I wouldn’t change who I am for anything in this world. I love being a Black woman.” ⁣
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Head to @nwsl today as they share more perspectives and voices from Black athletes and advocates in their league.⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe⁣
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Photo of @tziarraking by @bukunmigrace
16153 24 days ago

Professional tennis player Sloane Stephens (@sloanestephens) is much more than an athlete at the top of her sport.⁣ ⁣ She’s a daughter. A sister. A friend. A businesswoman. An activist.⁣ ⁣ “To be a Black professional athlete in America is a great opportunity to be seen and heard as a Black woman. I feel it’s our responsibility to use it wisely,” she says. “People see us on TV and sometimes forget we’re more than just an athlete,” she says.⁣ ⁣ “Everything that has happened this year has been really emotional. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of the other unjust murders broke my heart, but they also encouraged me to use my voice and my platform to get involved. It’s been inspiring to see all different kinds of people have hard conversations about issues that have been prevalent for far too long, to educate themselves and others and to take action. We still have a lot more to do, but it’s progress,” says Sloane.⁣ ⁣ Beyond advocating for social justice, Sloane started the @sloanestephensfoundation to help kids dream big and succeed, on and off the court. “Tennis is very often considered a rich, white sport, so there are a lot of kids out there who don’t feel like it’s for them. I hope that those kids see me, or Serena [Williams], or Frances [Tiafoe] or Naomi [Osaka], and they’re encouraged to pick up a racket and follow their heart.”⁣ ⁣ Check out the @wta today as they share more perspectives and stories from Black athletes and advocates in their league.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe

Professional tennis player Sloane Stephens (@sloanestephens) is much more than an athlete at the top of her sport.⁣
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She’s a daughter. A sister. A friend. A businesswoman. An activist.⁣
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“To be a Black professional athlete in America is a great opportunity to be seen and heard as a Black woman. I feel it’s our responsibility to use it wisely,” she says. “People see us on TV and sometimes forget we’re more than just an athlete,” she says.⁣
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“Everything that has happened this year has been really emotional. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of the other unjust murders broke my heart, but they also encouraged me to use my voice and my platform to get involved. It’s been inspiring to see all different kinds of people have hard conversations about issues that have been prevalent for far too long, to educate themselves and others and to take action. We still have a lot more to do, but it’s progress,” says Sloane.⁣
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Beyond advocating for social justice, Sloane started the @sloanestephensfoundation to help kids dream big and succeed, on and off the court. “Tennis is very often considered a rich, white sport, so there are a lot of kids out there who don’t feel like it’s for them. I hope that those kids see me, or Serena [Williams], or Frances [Tiafoe] or Naomi [Osaka], and they’re encouraged to pick up a racket and follow their heart.”⁣
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Check out the @wta today as they share more perspectives and stories from Black athletes and advocates in their league.⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe
25839 25 days ago

“I’m a Black woman before anything else. I’m still part of my community, which is hurting right now. I can’t just workout, practice and try to be the best in my sport. I have to use my platform and represent my community. I have to speak out as a woman and as a Black woman.”⁣ ⁣ For A’ja Wilson (@aja22wilson), the recently crowned MVP of the @wnba, work doesn’t begin and end on the court. The 24-year-old @lvaces player and social justice advocate is committed to fighting for equality for future generations.⁣ ⁣ “I love it because young Black girls can turn on the TV and watch me do what I love and be inspired to be me, or to be better than me. It means a lot to me that I have the opportunity to be a professional athlete at all. I don’t take that for granted. Off the court I’m still doing what I love for a cause that’s bigger than me, in fighting for the continued visibility of women who are victims of police brutality and for justice on their behalf. I fight for the next generation of Black girls, so that their opportunities are limitless, and they are valued as they should be.”⁣ ⁣ Head to @wnba today as they share more perspectives and voices from Black athletes and advocates in their league.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe

“I’m a Black woman before anything else. I’m still part of my community, which is hurting right now. I can’t just workout, practice and try to be the best in my sport. I have to use my platform and represent my community. I have to speak out as a woman and as a Black woman.”⁣
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For A’ja Wilson (@aja22wilson), the recently crowned MVP of the @wnba, work doesn’t begin and end on the court. The 24-year-old @lvaces player and social justice advocate is committed to fighting for equality for future generations.⁣
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“I love it because young Black girls can turn on the TV and watch me do what I love and be inspired to be me, or to be better than me. It means a lot to me that I have the opportunity to be a professional athlete at all. I don’t take that for granted. Off the court I’m still doing what I love for a cause that’s bigger than me, in fighting for the continued visibility of women who are victims of police brutality and for justice on their behalf. I fight for the next generation of Black girls, so that their opportunities are limitless, and they are valued as they should be.”⁣
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Head to @wnba today as they share more perspectives and voices from Black athletes and advocates in their league.⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤 #SeeMe
31326 26 days ago

#HelloFrom Pfullingen, Germany. We are dreaming of taking in the mountainous view from the Schönbergturm observation tower — aka Pfullinger “Onderhos,” which means underpants in Swabian German. The tower gets its nickname due to its unusual shape and color. 🙃⁣ ⁣ Photo by @hannesstier⁣

#HelloFrom Pfullingen, Germany. We are dreaming of taking in the mountainous view from the Schönbergturm observation tower — aka Pfullinger “Onderhos,” which means underpants in Swabian German. The tower gets its nickname due to its unusual shape and color. 🙃⁣
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Photo by @hannesstier⁣
19857 27 days ago

Comedy creator LeJuan James (@lejuanjames) knows firsthand the joy of growing up with immigrant parents, but he also acknowledges the struggles they endured.⁣ ⁣ “It takes an incredible amount of courage to come to a foreign country. For my parents, it was probably the most difficult thing they’ve ever done,” says LeJuan, whose real-life experiences with his Dominican and Puerto Rican family are the inspiration for his comedy.⁣ ⁣ “The hardships my parents endured coming to a country with a language barrier all for my siblings and me to have a better future, it really makes me appreciate living in America,” he adds. “This is why I want to continue celebrating all of our parents because they should receive the flowers now while they can still smell them.”⁣ ⁣ This #LatinxHeritageMonth, we’re celebrating Latinx voices that represent the beauty and power of their culture. Read LeJuan’s letter to his immigrant parents below and check out our story to see some of his family-inspired skits that will have you saying, “jajajajaja.”⁣ ⁣ ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨⁣⁣ ⁣ “My greatest honor is being the child of first-generation immigrant parents. For many of us in the Latinx community, the word sacrifice is all too familiar when speaking of our parents. They’ve left everything they’ve ever known behind in their home countries for us to have a shot at a better life, better education and better future. So with this, I would like to thank all the incredibly courageous parents who have made this enormous sacrifice for us. During this Latinx Heritage Month we celebrate you, the parents.” —@lejuanjames⁣ ⁣ Collage by @valheria123

Comedy creator LeJuan James (@lejuanjames) knows firsthand the joy of growing up with immigrant parents, but he also acknowledges the struggles they endured.⁣
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“It takes an incredible amount of courage to come to a foreign country. For my parents, it was probably the most difficult thing they’ve ever done,” says LeJuan, whose real-life experiences with his Dominican and Puerto Rican family are the inspiration for his comedy.⁣
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“The hardships my parents endured coming to a country with a language barrier all for my siblings and me to have a better future, it really makes me appreciate living in America,” he adds. “This is why I want to continue celebrating all of our parents because they should receive the flowers now while they can still smell them.”⁣
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This #LatinxHeritageMonth, we’re celebrating Latinx voices that represent the beauty and power of their culture. Read LeJuan’s letter to his immigrant parents below and check out our story to see some of his family-inspired skits that will have you saying, “jajajajaja.”⁣
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“My greatest honor is being the child of first-generation immigrant parents. For many of us in the Latinx community, the word sacrifice is all too familiar when speaking of our parents. They’ve left everything they’ve ever known behind in their home countries for us to have a shot at a better life, better education and better future. So with this, I would like to thank all the incredibly courageous parents who have made this enormous sacrifice for us. During this Latinx Heritage Month we celebrate you, the parents.” —@lejuanjames⁣
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Collage by @valheria123
7708 28 days ago

On today’s #WeeklyFluff, Rover (@rover_thecat), an independent and graceful domestic shorthair rescue cat, shows off his meow-deling talents and his determined catwalk stomp.⁣ ⁣ Videos by @rover_thecat

On today’s #WeeklyFluff, Rover (@rover_thecat), an independent and graceful domestic shorthair rescue cat, shows off his meow-deling talents and his determined catwalk stomp.⁣
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Videos by @rover_thecat
41493 29 days ago

On March 13, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police in her home in Louisville, Kentucky. On Wednesday, none of the officers were found responsible for her death.⁣ ⁣ Journalist Elaine Welteroth (@elainewelteroth) shares her reaction.⁣ ⁣ 🖤⁣ ⁣ “Breonna liked to write down her goals on sticky notes that she posted on the walls of her home. This was going to be HER year.⁣ ⁣ Breonna had plans to buy a home, to get engaged, to have a baby, to get matching motorcycles with her mom. She had just bought herself a new car, a 2019 Dodge Charger (her mom says it was her baby).⁣ ⁣ Breonna was an essential worker — she worked to sustain lives. She was an EMT and she worked in the ER. Her dream was to become a nurse.⁣ ⁣ Breonna was an old soul (like me); she loved to sing the blues with her grandma. Her mom called her the glue of their family: ‘She don’t care what is happening, she is going to make sure we get together and have a game night or have a cookout or have something.’⁣ ⁣ Breonna is not a meme or a headline or a hashtag… she was someone’s daughter, grandbaby, friend and future fiancée.⁣ ⁣ Her humanity is our humanity. Her justice is our justice. That’s why [Wednesday’s] rulings feel like a gut punch. And the collective trauma fatigue is only heightening by the day. To equate her murder with a petty crime exacerbates why #BlackLivesMatter is our rallying cry and why it will continue until the pain stops.⁣ ⁣ Today, I choose to celebrate Breonna — no matter what despair may say. I choose to lift up her humanity. To show her face and tell her story. Because even if it was hard to believe in better, with history as our teacher — she deserved so much better than this. #SayHerName #BreonnaTaylor ”⁣ ⁣ 🖤⁣ ⁣ Rest in power.

On March 13, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police in her home in Louisville, Kentucky. On Wednesday, none of the officers were found responsible for her death.⁣
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Journalist Elaine Welteroth (@elainewelteroth) shares her reaction.⁣
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“Breonna liked to write down her goals on sticky notes that she posted on the walls of her home. This was going to be HER year.⁣
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Breonna had plans to buy a home, to get engaged, to have a baby, to get matching motorcycles with her mom. She had just bought herself a new car, a 2019 Dodge Charger (her mom says it was her baby).⁣
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Breonna was an essential worker — she worked to sustain lives. She was an EMT and she worked in the ER. Her dream was to become a nurse.⁣
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Breonna was an old soul (like me); she loved to sing the blues with her grandma. Her mom called her the glue of their family: ‘She don’t care what is happening, she is going to make sure we get together and have a game night or have a cookout or have something.’⁣
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Breonna is not a meme or a headline or a hashtag… she was someone’s daughter, grandbaby, friend and future fiancée.⁣
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Her humanity is our humanity. Her justice is our justice. That’s why [Wednesday’s] rulings feel like a gut punch. And the collective trauma fatigue is only heightening by the day. To equate her murder with a petty crime exacerbates why #BlackLivesMatter is our rallying cry and why it will continue until the pain stops.⁣
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Today, I choose to celebrate Breonna — no matter what despair may say. I choose to lift up her humanity. To show her face and tell her story. Because even if it was hard to believe in better, with history as our teacher — she deserved so much better than this. #SayHerName #BreonnaTaylor ”⁣
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Rest in power.
17711 29 days ago

Photographer Ziqian Liu’s (@ziqianqian) ethereal self-portraits seek balance and harmony, and her innermost longing for perfect order.⁣ ⁣ “I started shooting this way about two or three years ago,” says Ziqian. “I was very anxious at that time. I found that taking pictures would slowly release my negative emotions. My style was gradually formed in the process of shooting. I found that the minimalist pictures would make my heart calm.⁣ ⁣ Humans and other creatures of nature live in the same world; we breathe the same air, depend on each other, are tolerant of each other. I try to find a kind of balance and symbiosis between humans and nature in my works, because only in this kind of state can beauty be most embodied.⁣ ⁣ My deepest desire is symmetry and perfect order. In my work, the images in the mirror represent the idealized world I hope for. The integration with the outside just reminds me to respect and recognize the imbalance in the real world, but also to adhere to my own inner order and principles.⁣ ⁣ My work is always created indoors. I think in the space we are most familiar with our emotions can be fully released. Through talking with ourselves, we can get to know our innermost true self. So I think enjoying loneliness is also the process of discovering beauty.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Photos by @ziqianqian

Photographer Ziqian Liu’s (@ziqianqian) ethereal self-portraits seek balance and harmony, and her innermost longing for perfect order.⁣
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“I started shooting this way about two or three years ago,” says Ziqian. “I was very anxious at that time. I found that taking pictures would slowly release my negative emotions. My style was gradually formed in the process of shooting. I found that the minimalist pictures would make my heart calm.⁣
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Humans and other creatures of nature live in the same world; we breathe the same air, depend on each other, are tolerant of each other. I try to find a kind of balance and symbiosis between humans and nature in my works, because only in this kind of state can beauty be most embodied.⁣
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My deepest desire is symmetry and perfect order. In my work, the images in the mirror represent the idealized world I hope for. The integration with the outside just reminds me to respect and recognize the imbalance in the real world, but also to adhere to my own inner order and principles.⁣
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My work is always created indoors. I think in the space we are most familiar with our emotions can be fully released. Through talking with ourselves, we can get to know our innermost true self. So I think enjoying loneliness is also the process of discovering beauty.”⁣
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Photos by @ziqianqian
13627 31 days ago

“We are triggered by how information and technology transforms networks, cultures, societies, relationships, behaviors and interactions between people,” says Jeroen Barendse, the founder, design and art director for design studio RNDR (@rndr.studio), a Netherlands-based company that develop tools for interactive media, creating work like installations, data visualizations and generative identities that almost exclusively use their own open source framework.⁣ ⁣ In March, RNDR launched Quarantine Stories, an online platform and collaborative resource collecting personal stories of people in isolation during COVID-19 as an effort to document the effects of social distancing.⁣ ⁣ “The project started from the simple premise that the view from our window is what connects all individuals currently living in isolation around the world and is the starting point to tell a personal story that touches upon being in quarantine,” explains Jeroen. “Sharing experiences on a large scale helps readers and contributors to avoid the sense of loneliness and encourages the expression of feelings.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Video by @rndr.studio

“We are triggered by how information and technology transforms networks, cultures, societies, relationships, behaviors and interactions between people,” says Jeroen Barendse, the founder, design and art director for design studio RNDR (@rndr.studio), a Netherlands-based company that develop tools for interactive media, creating work like installations, data visualizations and generative identities that almost exclusively use their own open source framework.⁣
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In March, RNDR launched Quarantine Stories, an online platform and collaborative resource collecting personal stories of people in isolation during COVID-19 as an effort to document the effects of social distancing.⁣
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“The project started from the simple premise that the view from our window is what connects all individuals currently living in isolation around the world and is the starting point to tell a personal story that touches upon being in quarantine,” explains Jeroen. “Sharing experiences on a large scale helps readers and contributors to avoid the sense of loneliness and encourages the expression of feelings.”⁣
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Video by @rndr.studio
11201 32 days ago

Welcome to performer, artist and model Ellen Sheidlin’s (@sheidlina) twisted fantasy world, where imagination runs wild and creativity plays out through her surreal imagery and absurd beauty looks.⁣ ⁣ “My art covers sensitive issues like bullying, self-acceptance, body positivity,” says Ellen, who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. “I make sculptures, paint, sew clothes and organize interactive exhibitions. The videos are images that come to life, and these are cartoons in which I am the heroine, both a villain and a savior.”⁣ ⁣ Everything Ellen creates is shot IRL with her husband — and without a big team or huge budget. “Everything is very modest; we make props in the workshop; my husband takes photos of me and I process them. The shooting takes two minutes and the preparation takes three days,” she says.⁣ ⁣ “The internet for me is like a picture book in my childhood,” says Ellen. “Every social network has influenced my artist identity — every app, every filter.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Photos by @sheidlina

Welcome to performer, artist and model Ellen Sheidlin’s (@sheidlina) twisted fantasy world, where imagination runs wild and creativity plays out through her surreal imagery and absurd beauty looks.⁣
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“My art covers sensitive issues like bullying, self-acceptance, body positivity,” says Ellen, who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. “I make sculptures, paint, sew clothes and organize interactive exhibitions. The videos are images that come to life, and these are cartoons in which I am the heroine, both a villain and a savior.”⁣
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Everything Ellen creates is shot IRL with her husband — and without a big team or huge budget. “Everything is very modest; we make props in the workshop; my husband takes photos of me and I process them. The shooting takes two minutes and the preparation takes three days,” she says.⁣
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“The internet for me is like a picture book in my childhood,” says Ellen. “Every social network has influenced my artist identity — every app, every filter.”⁣
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Photos by @sheidlina
11824 33 days ago

And now for the look you’ve been waiting for... it’s actor Billy Porter (@theebillyporter), a dynamic force. He made history last year as the first openly gay Black man to win best lead actor in a drama at the Emmy Awards. This year, he’s been nominated again for his work as the character Pray Tell on the TV show “Pose.” ⁣ ⁣ “Never in a million years, as a gay Black man who came out in the 80s during the AIDS crisis, did I imagine that a show like ‘Pose’ and a character like Pray Tell could exist,” says Billy, who is known to make a statement through perspective and style. ⁣ ⁣ “I would describe my style as free. I’ve worked a long time to find a space where I don’t care what other people think about me. That’s a real interesting and hard place to get to,” says Billy. “I’m there. I’m free.” ⁣ ⁣ Cheer on Billy and the other amazing nominees at the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards (@televisionacad). ⁣ ⁣ Photo of @theebillyporter by @luckychurch

And now for the look you’ve been waiting for... it’s actor Billy Porter (@theebillyporter), a dynamic force. He made history last year as the first openly gay Black man to win best lead actor in a drama at the Emmy Awards. This year, he’s been nominated again for his work as the character Pray Tell on the TV show “Pose.” ⁣
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“Never in a million years, as a gay Black man who came out in the 80s during the AIDS crisis, did I imagine that a show like ‘Pose’ and a character like Pray Tell could exist,” says Billy, who is known to make a statement through perspective and  style. ⁣
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“I would describe my style as free. I’ve worked a long time to find a space where I don’t care what other people think about me. That’s a real interesting and hard place to get to,” says Billy. “I’m there. I’m free.” ⁣
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Cheer on Billy and the other amazing nominees at the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards (@televisionacad). ⁣
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Photo of @theebillyporter by @luckychurch
6895 33 days ago

What will fashion icon and two-time nominee Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) be wearing to this year’s Emmy Awards? ⁣ ⁣ Florals? 🌸⁣ Bold colors? 💥⁣ Statement piece? 🔥⁣ ⁣ Whatever it is, we know it will be fierce. Check back later for the grand reveal ahead of the big night.⁣ ⁣ Reel of @theebillyporter by @luckychurch

What will fashion icon and two-time nominee Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) be wearing to this year’s Emmy Awards? ⁣
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Florals? 🌸⁣
Bold colors? 💥⁣
Statement piece? 🔥⁣
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Whatever it is, we know it will be fierce. Check back later for the grand reveal ahead of the big night.⁣
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Reel of @theebillyporter by @luckychurch
8478 34 days ago

#HelloFrom Moab, Utah. We’re dreaming of this Mars-like landscape where human-made solar evaporation ponds — and matching blue skies — contrast with red desert rocks and table-top cliffs. ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @watchluke

#HelloFrom Moab, Utah. We’re dreaming of this Mars-like landscape where human-made solar evaporation ponds — and matching blue skies — contrast with red desert rocks and table-top cliffs. ⁣
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Photo by @watchluke
7225 34 days ago

Prickly or plush?⁣ ⁣ On today’s #WeeklyFluff we are curling up with Liam (@radotink_hedgehog), a pygmy hedgehog who officially found his comfort zone.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @radotink_hedgehog

Prickly or plush?⁣
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On today’s #WeeklyFluff we are curling up with Liam (@radotink_hedgehog), a pygmy hedgehog who officially found his comfort zone.⁣
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Photo by @radotink_hedgehog
17115 36 days ago

School is back in session (kind of) and Benito Skinner (@bennydrama7) wins “Most Likely to Make You Laugh Till it Hurts.” 👏 👏👏⁣ ⁣ See him portray some of his hilarious characters on IGTV now. And if you’re in need of an after-school treat, check out our story. 😂⁣ ⁣ Video by @bennydrama7

School is back in session (kind of) and Benito Skinner (@bennydrama7) wins “Most Likely to Make You Laugh Till it Hurts.” 👏 👏👏⁣
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See him portray some of his hilarious characters on IGTV now. And if you’re in need of an after-school treat, check out our story. 😂⁣
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Video by @bennydrama7
5025 36 days ago

The spirit of ubuntu. For South African hair artist Nikiwe Dlova (@nix_indamix), it’s what she loves about being part of the Black community.⁣ ⁣ “Even when you don’t have much yourself, but when your neighbor or a stranger is asking for help, we’re always there to assist each other,” says Nikiwe. “It emphasizes social unity and generosity of spirit, which is beautiful to see because you’re not alone and you can’t do everything yourself.”⁣ ⁣ Today on our IGTV, Nikiwe shares what Black joy means to her, along with some stunning hair looks.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣ ⁣ Photo of @nix_indamix by @danascruggs

The spirit of ubuntu. For South African hair artist Nikiwe Dlova (@nix_indamix), it’s what she loves about being part of the Black community.⁣
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“Even when you don’t have much yourself, but when your neighbor or a stranger is asking for help, we’re always there to assist each other,” says Nikiwe. “It emphasizes social unity and generosity of spirit, which is beautiful to see because you’re not alone and you can’t do everything yourself.”⁣
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Today on our IGTV, Nikiwe shares what Black joy means to her, along with some stunning hair looks.⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣
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Photo of @nix_indamix by @danascruggs
9371 37 days ago

One look at Nikiwe Dlova’s hair art and you know it’s something special.⁣ ⁣ “I celebrate Black joy through my hair art by showcasing how versatile our hair can be in every shape or form, color or texture,” says @nix_indamix, who’s from Soweto, South Africa. “Whenever I think of Black joy, I think of my Xhosa culture, how vibrant it is, how people see beauty in the simplest things.”⁣ ⁣ “It’s so important to celebrate Black joy because it brings us together and we become a force when we’re moving together. We become powerful.”⁣ ⁣ Watch our IGTV and story to see how Nikiwe celebrates Black joy through her art. ✨🖤⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories

One look at Nikiwe Dlova’s hair art and you know it’s something special.⁣
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“I celebrate Black joy through my hair art by showcasing how versatile our hair can be in every shape or form, color or texture,” says @nix_indamix, who’s  from Soweto, South Africa. “Whenever I think of Black joy, I think of my Xhosa culture, how vibrant it is, how people see beauty in the simplest things.”⁣
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“It’s so important to celebrate Black joy because it brings us together and we become a force when we’re moving together. We become powerful.”⁣
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Watch our IGTV and story to see how Nikiwe celebrates Black joy through her art. ✨🖤⁣
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#ShareBlackStories
4012 37 days ago

Sharmadean Reid (@sharmadeanreid) works to celebrate and support the entrepreneurial spirit of women. Since 2017, her platform Beautystack (@beautystack) has helped independent beauty and wellness professionals visually market their services and connect with new clients.⁣ ⁣ “My motivation was my own experience as a young salon owner who was trying to hack her away around the existing tools to facilitate our clients’ user journey,” says Sharmadean, who founded the East London salon WAH Nails, which re-imagined nail art and shaped the global trend.⁣ ⁣ “Black women have historically always found ways to hack a system that wasn’t designed for them in order to survive. It’s important to support Black-owned businesses because when you move from survival mode to thriving mode, you create mental space for innovation and ideas. Moving from fight or flight tendencies to adapt and create means a more dynamic economy with richer opportunities,” she says.⁣ ⁣ “I hope to inspire achievement and economic empowerment. And I won’t rest until the gender pay gap is closed.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Photo by @sharmadeanreid

Sharmadean Reid (@sharmadeanreid) works to celebrate and support the entrepreneurial spirit of women. Since 2017, her platform Beautystack (@beautystack) has helped independent beauty and wellness professionals visually market their services and connect with new clients.⁣
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“My motivation was my own experience as a young salon owner who was trying to hack her away around the existing tools to facilitate our clients’ user journey,” says Sharmadean, who founded the East London salon WAH Nails, which re-imagined nail art and shaped the global trend.⁣
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“Black women have historically always found ways to hack a system that wasn’t designed for them in order to survive. It’s important to support Black-owned businesses because when you move from survival mode to thriving mode, you create mental space for innovation and ideas. Moving from fight or flight tendencies to adapt and create means a more dynamic economy with richer opportunities,” she says.⁣
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“I hope to inspire achievement and economic empowerment. And I won’t rest until the gender pay gap is closed.”⁣
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Photo by @sharmadeanreid
12197 38 days ago

“I’m proud of where we come from and that my parents stayed true to themselves,” says Brazilian-American artist June Canedo de Souza (@june_canedo), whose family migrated to the US when she was 9 years old.⁣ ⁣ “Leaving Brazil wasn’t an easy decision and they’ve always had dreams of returning. I hope to help them make that happen. This is a generalization, but Brazilians always dream of returning home.”⁣ ⁣ This #LatinxHeritageMonth, we’re celebrating Latinx voices that represent the beauty of their culture. Read June’s letter below for more about her experience and watch our story to learn about her book “mara kuya,” a series of photos that tell the story of migration and family separation.⁣ ⁣ ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨⁣ ⁣ “I don’t remember the face of the man who took me from Minas Gerais to New Jersey, but I remember that first plane ride. How the blonde American woman with the little red hat on her head sat me up front and made me feel important with the crayons and the orange juice. I got to the US by morning and 20 years later, the only thing I can remember about Jersey is the feeling of cold air pinching against my skin. It was November when I got to South Carolina. The air was warm and sweet and I became the first Brazilian third grader in Horry County. Taken over seven years, the images in ‘mara kuya’ are to assure my 9-year-old self that the sharp edges will smooth eventually. Feeling the time go by, I am still doing my best.” —@june_canedo⁣ ⁣ Collage by @valheria123

“I’m proud of where we come from and that my parents stayed true to themselves,” says Brazilian-American artist June Canedo de Souza (@june_canedo), whose family migrated to the US when she was 9 years old.⁣
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“Leaving Brazil wasn’t an easy decision and they’ve always had dreams of returning. I hope to help them make that happen. This is a generalization, but Brazilians always dream of returning home.”⁣
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This #LatinxHeritageMonth, we’re celebrating Latinx voices that represent the beauty of their culture. Read June’s letter below for more about her experience and watch our story to learn about her book “mara kuya,” a series of photos that tell the story of migration and family separation.⁣
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“I don’t remember the face of the man who took me from Minas Gerais to New Jersey, but I remember that first plane ride. How the blonde American woman with the little red hat on her head sat me up front and made me feel important with the crayons and the orange juice. I got to the US by morning and 20 years later, the only thing I can remember about Jersey is the feeling of cold air pinching against my skin. It was November when I got to South Carolina. The air was warm and sweet and I became the first Brazilian third grader in Horry County. Taken over seven years, the images in ‘mara kuya’ are to assure my 9-year-old self that the sharp edges will smooth eventually. Feeling the time go by, I am still doing my best.” —@june_canedo⁣
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Collage by @valheria123
10815 39 days ago

Letters to mi gente. 💌⁣ ⁣ Mexican-American artist Cristina Martinez (@sew_trill), Dominican and Puerto Rican comedian LeJuan James (@lejuanjames) and Brazilian-American artist June Canedo de Souza (@june_canedo) share a letter to “mi gente” – to their families, their ancestors or their younger selves – as a way to honor their heritage.⁣ ⁣ Read their full letters throughout #LatinxHeritageMonth, celebrated in the US starting today and until October 15.⁣ ⁣ Collage by @valheria123

Letters to mi gente. 💌⁣
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Mexican-American artist Cristina Martinez (@sew_trill), Dominican and Puerto Rican comedian LeJuan James (@lejuanjames) and Brazilian-American artist June Canedo de Souza (@june_canedo) share a letter to “mi gente” – to their families, their ancestors or their younger selves – as a way to honor their heritage.⁣
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Read their full letters throughout #LatinxHeritageMonth, celebrated in the US starting today and until October 15.⁣
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Collage by @valheria123
4719 39 days ago

Haile Thomas (@hailethomas) is a 19-year-old activist, author and CEO of The HAPPY Org (@thehappyorg), a nonprofit organization that promotes youth empowerment through holistic education. One of its initiatives is to provide free plant-based nutrition and wellness education in underserved communities.⁣ ⁣ “My work is rooted in empowering others to nurture their mental, physical and spiritual health through nourishing foods and intersectional self-care and vulnerability,” says Haile, who is the youngest certified integrative nutrition health coach in the United States.⁣ ⁣ “The most important issues to me blend into an overall theme of making mental, physical and spiritual wellness accessible for all human beings and creating a more compassionate and ethical world. The topics of social justice, sustainability, food apartheid and holistic education are most definitely interconnected.⁣ ⁣ This year, we’ve witnessed the power of painful, yet beautiful, Black vulnerability. It has pushed us to learn and grow individually and collectively. Each of us is exceptionally influential just by simply living our lives.⁣ ⁣ Through sharing our truths, a certain liberation of spirit is granted that helps other Black people feel seen in our shared experiences and capable of sharing about them — whether that’s to heal, raise awareness, educate, communicate raw emotions or express the endless manifestations of our collective magic.⁣ ⁣ That’s the power of our stories.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Photo of @hailethomas by @alexseyreyes

Haile Thomas (@hailethomas) is a 19-year-old activist, author and CEO of The HAPPY Org (@thehappyorg), a nonprofit organization that promotes youth empowerment through holistic education. One of its initiatives is to provide free plant-based nutrition and wellness education in underserved communities.⁣
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“My work is rooted in empowering others to nurture their mental, physical and spiritual health through nourishing foods and intersectional self-care and vulnerability,” says Haile, who is the youngest certified integrative nutrition health coach in the United States.⁣
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“The most important issues to me blend into an overall theme of making mental, physical and spiritual wellness accessible for all human beings and creating a more compassionate and ethical world. The topics of social justice, sustainability, food apartheid and holistic education are most definitely interconnected.⁣
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This year, we’ve witnessed the power of painful, yet beautiful, Black vulnerability. It has pushed us to learn and grow individually and collectively. Each of us is exceptionally influential just by simply living our lives.⁣
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Through sharing our truths, a certain liberation of spirit is granted that helps other Black people feel seen in our shared experiences and capable of sharing about them — whether that’s to heal, raise awareness, educate, communicate raw emotions or express the endless manifestations of our collective magic.⁣
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That’s the power of our stories.”⁣
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Photo of @hailethomas by @alexseyreyes
6153 39 days ago

“The key to Black liberation is economic power,” explains 17-year-old founder, CEO and social justice advocate Trinity Simone (@mstrinitysimone). “When you support a Black-owned business, you support a force that will fuel the dreams and aspirations of those committed to doing the work and advancing our people.”⁣ ⁣ “Black Vibe Tribe (@blackvibetribe) prides itself in being a vessel of Black expression, an homage to our ancestors and a love letter to the culture and community that has shaped our lives,” says Trinity, who launched the brand at 14 years old with a line of statement T-shirts. “My ancestors were able to wield our people to movement with their words. That was the spark that I needed to light the fire within me to create words that empowered us to take action.”⁣ ⁣ Trinity is also the founder of The Youth Will Be All Write (@theyouthwillbeallwrite), a social justice initiative that provides imprisoned youth with a creative outlet for expression with the donation of composition notebooks. ⁣ ⁣ “I have aspirations that my work will fuel a generation to become more aware of the trials and tribulations Black people face in this society and motivate them to construct viable solutions to face and fight them. I want my people to know that we descend from greatness and are capable of achieving, surviving and overcoming any and all evil that faces us.⁣ ⁣ The ongoing racial injustice and outrage my community has been faced with further fuels me to continue the work of healing, protecting, nourishing and uplifting my people through it all.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Photo by @mstrinitysimone

“The key to Black liberation is economic power,” explains 17-year-old founder, CEO and social justice advocate Trinity Simone (@mstrinitysimone). “When you support a Black-owned business, you support a force that will fuel the dreams and aspirations of those committed to doing the work and advancing our people.”⁣
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“Black Vibe Tribe (@blackvibetribe) prides itself in being a vessel of Black expression, an homage to our ancestors and a love letter to the culture and community that has shaped our lives,” says Trinity, who launched the brand at 14 years old with a line of statement T-shirts. “My ancestors were able to wield our people to movement with their words. That was the spark that I needed to light the fire within me to create words that empowered us to take action.”⁣
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Trinity is also the founder of The Youth Will Be All Write (@theyouthwillbeallwrite), a social justice initiative that provides imprisoned youth with a creative outlet for expression with the donation of composition notebooks. ⁣
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“I have aspirations that my work will fuel a generation to become more aware of the trials and tribulations Black people face in this society and motivate them to construct viable solutions to face and fight them. I want my people to know that we descend from greatness and are capable of achieving, surviving and overcoming any and all evil that faces us.⁣
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The ongoing racial injustice and outrage my community has been faced with further fuels me to continue the work of healing, protecting, nourishing and uplifting my people through it all.”⁣
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#ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣
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Photo by @mstrinitysimone
17858 40 days ago

#HelloFrom the Atlantic Road in Norway. We are dreaming of a road trip along this coastal road that stretches across the ocean. The Atlantic Road is made up of a series of bridges and causeways built on several small islands and islets that connects the island of Averøy with the mainland.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @skeye_photo

#HelloFrom the Atlantic Road in Norway. We are dreaming of a road trip along this coastal road that stretches across the ocean. The Atlantic Road is made up of a series of bridges and causeways built on several small islands and islets that connects the island of Averøy with the mainland.⁣
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Photo by @skeye_photo
17707 41 days ago

She’s got the lewks. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On today’s #WeeklyFluff, we’re gearing up for fashion month with Tika (@tikatheiggy) — an elegant Italian greyhound with a celebratory sense of style.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “Tika is equal parts derpy and diva. She’s very much a lady and gets exactly what she wants, but we’ll also catch her with her tongue hanging out doing the silliest of faces,” says her human Thomas. “Her Instagram page is a safe space for everyone, and she is a proud ally of the LGBT+ community.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Video by @tikatheiggy

She’s got the lewks. ⁣⁣
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On today’s #WeeklyFluff, we’re gearing up for fashion month with Tika (@tikatheiggy) — an elegant Italian greyhound with a celebratory sense of style.⁣⁣
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“Tika is equal parts derpy and diva. She’s very much a lady and gets exactly what she wants, but we’ll also catch her with her tongue hanging out doing the silliest of faces,” says her human Thomas. “Her Instagram page is a safe space for everyone, and she is a proud ally of the LGBT+ community.”⁣⁣
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Video by @tikatheiggy
24720 43 days ago

Let the good vibes roll. 🤩⛸🌟💯⁣ ⁣ Roller skater Travis Reynolds (@rollertravisreynolds) shares how skating = Black Joy to him. ⁣ ⁣ “Skating represents Black joy because it’s the ultimate freedom and it gives you that on-a-cloud feeling. It has been a part of Black culture for decades.”⁣ ⁣ Watch our IGTV to hear more from Travis and see some of his 🔥🔥🔥 tricks. ⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣ ⁣ Photo of @rollertravisreynolds by @danascruggs

Let the good vibes roll. 🤩⛸🌟💯⁣
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Roller skater Travis Reynolds (@rollertravisreynolds) shares how skating = Black Joy to him. ⁣
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“Skating represents Black joy because it’s the ultimate freedom and it gives you that on-a-cloud feeling. It has been a part of Black culture for decades.”⁣
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Watch our IGTV to hear more from Travis and see some of his 🔥🔥🔥 tricks. ⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣
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Photo of @rollertravisreynolds by @danascruggs
10480 44 days ago

For Travis Reynolds (@rollertravisreynolds), roller skating represents Black joy. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “Black joy to me is when you find that thing that ignites your spirit, the thing that lights you up, the thing that brings you out,” says the skater from Houston, Texas. “Skating does that for me.” ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Travis also finds joy in his community of Black skaters. “The love is just unbelievable. There’s nonstop celebrating of each other. We just pass it around. We watch each other’s growth and celebrate all of it.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Watch our IGTV to catch some good vibes with Travis — and prepare to smile big. 🤩⛸💫⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Video by @rollertravisreynolds

For Travis Reynolds (@rollertravisreynolds), roller skating represents Black joy. ⁣⁣
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“Black joy to me is when you find that thing that ignites your spirit, the thing that lights you up, the thing that brings you out,” says the skater from Houston, Texas. “Skating does that for me.” ⁣⁣
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Travis also finds joy in his community of Black skaters. “The love is just unbelievable. There’s nonstop celebrating of each other. We just pass it around. We watch each other’s growth and celebrate all of it.”⁣⁣
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Watch our IGTV to catch some good vibes with Travis — and prepare to smile big. 🤩⛸💫⁣⁣
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#ShareBlackStories 🖤⁣⁣
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Video by @rollertravisreynolds
5595 44 days ago