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At one point Belgian singer-songwriter Angèle ( @angele_vl ) hated the sound of her own voice, and now she’s a number one artist in both France and Belgium. 🎤🌟 After posting videos that received an outpouring of praise from strangers, she now performs for sold-out crowds around the world. Angèle’s songs speak to important issues — like women’s rights and climate change — empowering people to speak up and speak out. ✊❤️️✨ Learn more about the rising star on our latest episode of #ThreeMinuteAutobiography . Check it out right now on our IGTV.
For professional scooter rider Vincent Kudrna ( @vincentkudrna ), scootering is liberating. “I don’t have any coaches telling me what to do or where I need to be. What I do on a scooter is truly all up to me,” says the San Diego native. “I really connected with scootering because it combines all the best aspects of other action sports. You can grind like a skateboarder with the deck, do tail whips and bar spins like a BMX biker, and you can spin and move quickly like a Rollerblader,” he says. #ThisWeekOnInstagram Video by @vincentkudrna
Meet 21-year-old photographer and director Myles Loftin ( @mylesloftin ), an advocate for sharing stories of underrepresented communities and stories. “Probably more often than not I would say that I felt like an outsider in spaces. And I guess maybe that’s why I’m so passionate about making sure that people feel seen, because I know what it feels like to not be seen and to not feel comfortable in a space,” says the Parsons School of Design student. “I #ShareBlackStories through my photography, making sure to highlight the Black community as much as I can,” says Myles. “Also just through me existing. I am a Black story walking.” This Black History Month, we’ve partnered with @bet to #ShareBlackStories and support #Advocates doing amazing work on Instagram and beyond. New episodes drop every Tuesday in February. 🖤 Photo by @mylesloftin
“I feel like being a Black man in America, there are a lot of expectations that are put on you. Expectations about the way you should act in public, the way you should express your sexuality, the way you should dress — and it can often be a lot of pressure,” says 21-year-old photographer, director and student Myles Loftin. “But I also think that being a Black man in America means that there’s a lot of possibility. At least right now I’m seeing a lot of possibility for myself and for the members of my community to exist freely. And I feel like we’re really taking advantage of that right now in a really positive way.” This Black History Month we’ve partnered with @bet to #ShareBlackStories and support #Advocates doing amazing work on Instagram and beyond. To learn more about Myles, watch our latest episode.
As a young motocross racer, Adam Jones ( @adamjones760 ) practiced for his professional freestyle career long before he knew it would be his path. “My favorite part of racing used to be doing the biggest jumps I could on all the tracks,” says the eight-time X Games medalist, who is known for his signature backflip combinations. “I’ve always loved being in the air.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram Photo of @adamjones760 by @justin_brunnerphotography
Ricky Glaser ( @rickyglaser ) regularly skates the many (skate ) parks of his native Melbourne, but he loves to skate out in the streets, too. “Finding obstacles not designed for skating on can be a fun challenge and spark new creative ideas,” says the 28-year-old professional skateboarder, who has been skating since the age of 8. “When you’ve skated for as long as I have and have done so many different tricks, it can be fun to completely change your approach with an external prop like a skipping rope,” he says. 🛹 #ThisWeekOnInstagram Video of @rickyglaser by @andrewszczurko
The ⭐️s are aligned in Chicago, as the Windy City hosts the 2020 @nba All-Star Weekend. This year, we’re on the ground with @trailblazers point guard @damianlillard . While a recent injury is preventing the five-time All-Star from participating in the 3-Point Contest and the All-Star Game, Dame took center stage on Saturday night, rocking the mic under his hip-hop persona Dame D.O.L.L.A. 🎤. Check out today’s story to experience All-Star weekend. 🏀
For @mekdeskissi and @joshuakissi , it was love at first like. ❤️ The married couple met on Instagram in 2014 after Joshua’s photography account magically popped up on Mekdes’ Explore page. ✨ “When we first met each other on Instagram, our exchanges were in good fun,” Mekdes says. “It wasn’t until we became friends first that we explored anything more than that.” Last year, the couple tied the knot and celebrated with three ceremonies to honor each other’s Ethiopian and Ghanaian cultures. Video by @mekdeskissi
We’re on set with artist J Balvin ( @jbalvin ) as he shoots the video for the song “Rojo” off his upcoming album “Colores.” 🔥🔥🔥 “It’s a really intense video with a lot of feeling, and I know you’re going to love it,” says José. ❤️ It’s out on February 27, so go behind the scenes now on our IGTV.
Go behind the scenes of the video for “Rojo” — a song from artist J Balvin ( @jbalvin ) off his upcoming album “Colores.” “You’re gonna feel the red everywhere,” says José. “It’s a really intense video with a lot of feeling, and I know you’re going to love it.”
“I can still remember the mix of excitement, hope, anxiety and fear that accompanied me everywhere I went during my first year of college,” says former first lady Michelle Obama ( @michelleobama ). 💫💫💫 “If I could tell the girl in this photo one thing, it would be slow down and take a breath — you’ve got this. And that’s exactly what I want to say to all of you out there who are just starting college. You’ve got this, and I cannot wait to see where your journey takes you and everything you learn and achieve along the way.” 🙌🙌🙌 Join Mrs. Obama and four first-year college students in “A Year of Firsts,” a new IGTV series from @attndotcom and @reachhigher all about the first year of college. Check out the first episode, live now on @attndotcom . 💫 Photo by Kenny Bruce
Colette Stubbings’ ( @hallofstars ) “petal armor” started as a way to cope with anxiety. “I began wrapping my fingers in petals I collected from my dad’s garden. The process calmed me and made me curious about what other functional forms and designs these natural materials could mimic,” she says. 🌸🌱🌺 “I only use the plant parts themselves and then a spool of thread, binding layers to my hand by wrapping them as tightly as I can.” Photo by @hallofstars
Meet drag artist and performer Shea Couleé ( @sheacoulee ), an advocate for LGBTQ rights and body positivity. “I am a Black, gay drag queen who makes my living doing what I love,” says Shea. “In my life, the biggest hurdle I've had to overcome has been to just love myself. You can’t be good to anybody if you’re not good to yourself first.” “It’s important for me to #ShareBlackStories because I don’t feel that positive Black stories get shared enough! I feel like in 2020, celebrating my Blackness is just being unapologetic in my Blackness.” This Black History Month, we’ve partnered with @bet to #ShareBlackStories and support #Advocates doing amazing work on Instagram and beyond. New episodes drop every Tuesday in February. 🖤 Photo of @sheacoulee by @adamouahmane
“It’s important for me to #ShareBlackStories because I don’t feel that positive Black stories get shared enough!” says drag artist, performer and advocate Shea Couleé. “I feel like in 2020, celebrating my Blackness is just being unapologetic in my Blackness.” Shea came up in the Chicago drag scene and even competed on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “It’s fun to be able to go and create your own persona and your own rules and your own world onstage for three to five minutes,” says Shea. “I am a Black, gay drag queen who makes my living doing what I love.” This Black History Month, we’ve partnered with @bet to #ShareBlackStories and support #Advocates doing amazing work on Instagram and beyond. New episodes drop every Tuesday in February. 🖤
Shaun Teo’s ( @shaunteocreations ) world of customized cakes is filled with sculpted fondant characters, cake pop creations and buttercream flowers. “I get all sorts of weird request for cakes,” says the baker and cake designer. “I use buttercream to pipe florals and cacti to make these edible creations look as realistic as possible,” he says. “It’s a treat to the stomach, as well as the eyes! 🌵🌸🌵 #ThisWeekOnInstagram Photo by @shaunteocreations
Artist Brian Owens ( @browens_art ) creates large-scale pastels of flowers. “I like to introduce elements such as flour and honey to create interesting, texturized and palpable scenes, unlike typical floral still lifes,” says Brian. “I spend hours taking hundreds of photos in various positions and lighting until I ultimately choose the most compelling and use that as my reference.” His hyper-realistic art pieces can take months to complete, but “as much as I seek perfection in my own work,” he says, “it will never be more perfect than the natural world.” 🌹🐝 #ThisWeekOnInstagram Photos by @browens_art
What happens when you put Sir Elton John ( @eltonjohn ) and Jonathan Van Ness ( @jvn ) in a room together for the first time? Magic. ✨ It’s Oscars night ( @theacademy ) and we’re celebrating more than the legendary awards ceremony. ❤️️🧡💛💚💙💜 This year, Elton John is nominated for best original song for the first time in 25 years. And while he is at the ceremony, he’s called on the help of “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness to help host his Academy Awards Viewing Party. Now in its 28th year, the annual benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation ( @ejaf ) raises millions of dollars to fund HIV/AIDS projects around the world. ❤️️🧡💛💚💙💜 To learn more about the party, the foundation and the incredible people behind it all, head over to our story now!
Sean Charmatz’s ( @sean_charmatz ) art gives us LIFE. For the animation director and storyboard artist, “it all started as a child with my love for Pet Rocks, which were just stones with googly eyes glued on,” he explains, “but I felt like all of a sudden they had become alive.” “Creating worlds, stories, emotions and characters with a pencil and paper is magical to me,” he says. “I like sad and happy things and everything in between, so I make sure I’m always exploring all of the emotions a person can feel.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram Photo illustration by @sean_charmatz
Meet movement director and advocate Sherrie Silver ( @sherriesilver ). She’s best known for her work choreographing Childish Gambino’s iconic “This Is America” video, but has dedicated her life to giving back to others around the world — especially in Rwanda, where Sherrie was born. “Imagine if every single human got up and did a positive thing — even just give a compliment to somebody. How beautiful and bright the world would be,” says Sherrie, who splits her time between the US and the UK. “I want people to know that, as Black people, there is so much power in knowing what you can bring to the table, and bringing other people with you is even more important, doing it as a community.” “I #ShareBlackStories by sharing the stories and talents of different dancers around the world and the amazing things that they do,” Sherrie says. Learn more about Sherrie’s life and work, today on our story and new to our IGTV. ✨ This Black History Month, we’ve partnered with @bet to #ShareBlackStories and support #Advocates doing amazing work on Instagram and beyond. New episodes drop every Tuesday in February. 🖤