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“My paintings can be called visual music,” says painter and educator Kildren ( @kildren ), who creates both digital and analog pieces inspired by music and the people who make it. “All my paintings coexist with realistic parts and abstract elements,” he explains. “Balance is as important as composition.” But above all else, Kildren’s art, including this portrait of Korean-American rapper Jay Park ( @jparkitrighthere ), is made as a fan of the musicians he respects. #ThisWeekOnInstagram Illustration by @kildren

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Lia Kim ( @liakimhappy ) took her first dance class at 15 and hasn’t stopped moving since. “My dance style is a combination of popping, hip-hop, waacking, vogueing and contemporary,” says the choreographer, who first gained recognition by participating in street dance battles.⁣ ⁣ Lia is responsible for some of K-pop’s most iconic dance routines and co-founded the 1MILLION Dance Studio ( @1milliondance ) — which extends from its physical location in Seoul, South Korea, to a massive global audience online. “In Korea, there weren’t many opportunities given to dancers or choreographers. I felt it was incredibly important for the dancers to be able to have a place where they can truly be the artists, rather than being seen as backup dancers for singers and the support for other artists,” she explains.⁣ ⁣ “It’s an amazing feeling to see that people are watching my dances and feeling inspired to cover my choreography and upload their videos.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @liakimhappy

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#HelloFrom Ivalo, Lapland, Finland. We’re currently dreaming of this glass-domed building that offers the perfect vantage point to watch the northern lights at night.⁣ ⁣ Photo by @giuliogroebert

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Yes, she’s real. ⁣ ⁣ Meet October ( @littlebittyoctober ), an itty-bitty, wide-eyed Persian cat who — according to her human — is just as sweet as she looks. 👅⁣ #WeeklyFluff ⁣ Photo by @littlebittyoctober

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Visual artist and photographer Adeyemi Adegbesan’s ( @yung .yemi ) fantastical imagery examines the intersectionality of Black identity.⁣ ⁣ “My work is a celebration of Black cultural elements from across the diaspora,” says Adeyemi, whose work is heavily inspired by the concepts of Afrofuturism and Pan-Africanism. “I try to take elements that speak to my lived experience and weave it into a coherent narrative. I try to make work that portrays Black people in a way that is powerful, resilient and autonomous.”⁣ ⁣ I want people to see the diversity within the concept of ‘Blackness’. I think a lot of times the concept of being Black gets represented as this monolithic entity. My work is comprised by many different pieces and references that I use to represent a wide array of cultures, religions and aesthetics that are part of being ‘Black’.⁣ ⁣ I think both COVID-19’s disproportionately heavy effect on Black communities and all the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death have raised the general level of awareness of some of the barriers that the Black community faces. That’s led me to have a lot of conversations with people that weren’t previously receptive to those facts, which I’m encouraged by.⁣ ⁣ In terms of my artwork, I’m really trying to maintain my focus. These issues have always been in the forefront of my mind while I’m working, so I just want to keep that same energy moving forward.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram ⁣ ⁣ Illustration by @yung .yemi

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Author and independent curator Kimberly Drew ( @museummammy ) works at the intersection of art, design and activism. A special focus of her work is celebrating Black, indigenous, disabled and otherwise marginalized creatives.⁣ ⁣ “I want people to know the incredible abundance of diversity. I want people to know that they should always have an imagination about what’s possible when we learn from each other,” says Kimberly.⁣ ⁣ “2020 has taught me that many people weren’t paying attention to the racist, ableist foundations of our world. Many people didn’t hold themselves accountable to the work of dismantling white supremacy. Many people have been complicit. I hope we all continue to learn more about our shared responsibility for a better world.⁣ ⁣ I think it’s important that a platform like Instagram highlights, amplifies and makes space for Black creatives, because for far too long our voices have been unrightfully pushed to the margins. And, quite frankly, if you aren’t amplifying Black voices, you’re silencing them. It’s as simple as that.⁣ ⁣ The Instagram community should take on any opportunity to follow someone who may be different from them.”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram ⁣ ⁣ Photo of @museummammy by @tylersphotos

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For artist Arielle Bobb-Willis ( @ariellebobbwillis ), her camera is a tool for empowerment. Arielle’s colorful photographic compositions of contorted human bodies are a response to her battles with depression and also a celebration of “Black joy, self-preservation, empathy, sunny days and peace of mind.”⁣ ⁣ “I’m motivated by healing and the release of fear,” says Arielle. “I would say a big theme in my work is finding healthy ways to be yourself. Freedom is important to me. Working on getting to know myself allowed me to find the confidence to create whatever I want without the imaginary limits I had once accepted in my life.⁣ ⁣ It took a long time for me to give myself permission to be who I am. People will project their fears onto you and to me my work is a physical representation of what it means to reject that in every way,” she says.⁣ ⁣ “The world is filled with so many beautiful voices and perspectives. Limiting that is deeply problematic because it leaves the Black perspective in the hands of others, who have never experienced it. It’s important to understand that Black lives come in all shapes and sizes and we are more than what the world has pigeonholed us to be.⁣ ⁣ We are vibrant and it’s important to spotlight our stories because as you can see our diversity has been pushed to the side for too long. There’s immense power in your sensitivity, your vulnerability and your imagination. Please keep going, I know you can do it. ❤️”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @ariellebobbwillis

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#HelloFrom Point Reyes National Seashore. We’re currently dreaming of this moment, captured during a calm and foggy California morning at the Cypress Tree Tunnel.⁣⁣ ⁣ Photo by @markian .b

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Here are the faces of #Pride . Bold, bright and beautiful. 🌈💋✨⁣ ⁣ Meet @pradaolic , @watoniki , @sgairewood and @hibiscussseater . These LGBTQ+ makeup artists from around the world created new looks that represent how they #ShareWithPride , this June and beyond.⁣ ⁣ “I #ShareWithPride by recognizing the Black and brown queer folks who fought for LGBTQIA+ rights to this day,” says 19-year-old Myla ( @pradaolic ). “And also by unapologetically being myself and doing things that make me happy.⁣ ⁣ See how all these Pride looks were created and learn more about each makeup artist, right now on our story and IGTV.⁣ ⁣ Photos by @pradaolic , @watoniki , @sgairewood and @hibiscussseater

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In celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, makeup artists @pradaolic , @watoniki , @sgairewood and @hibiscussseater share amazing new looks inspired by the bold, bright and beautiful spirit of #Pride .

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“I’m Black and I’m proud. Let me say it loud.” ✨⁣ “Black Lives Matter is not a compound sentence.” 💯⁣ “The first step to enlightenment is awareness of the darkness.” 🗣⁣ ⁣ It’s on all of us to #ShareBlackStories like these and take action for racial justice. See more posts on our story and watch the full videos on their accounts. 🖤⁣⁣ ⁣ Video by @jessieb803 ; Photo by @browniepointsforyou ; Video by @oldchapcharity

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On today’s #WeeklyFluff , meet the gentle giant Julie ( @imatsol ). She's a Saint Bernard with a loving, calm and tolerant personality — no matter the playful antics of her more boisterous friends. (She’s babysitting. )⁣ ⁣ 🐶🐐🐕🐈⁣ Video and photo by @imatsol

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For these LGBTQ+ creatives, #ShareWithPride is not just something they do — it’s who they are. 🌈🖍📸🎨🎤📝✨⁣ ⁣ “I #ShareWithPride by existing. By not giving up my rights to life. By working and fighting and dreaming,” says Samuel Franca ( @samueldesaboia ), a painter who splits his time between São Paulo, Paris and Los Angeles.⁣ ⁣ This #PrideMonth , Samuel invites us to #ShareWithPride along with fellow creatives from all over the world, @kingtexas , @christineandthequeens , @kai_isaiah_jamal and @sonialazo .⁣ ⁣ See their work and hear the inspiration behind it, right now on our story.⁣ ⁣ Photo of @samueldesaboia ; Photo by @kingtexas ; Photo of @christineandthequeens ; Photo of @kai_isaiah_jamal by @viclentaigne ; Photo illustration of @sonialazo

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Sir Elton John ( @eltonjohn ) and Jonathan Van Ness ( @jvn ) are both powerful advocates from the LGBTQ+ community for those affected by HIV/AIDS.⁣ ⁣ Earlier this year, we sat down with the duo ahead of the annual Elton John AIDS Foundation ( @ejaf ) Academy Awards Viewing Party as they discussed how to be better allies to those affected by this disease.⁣ ⁣ On this very special episode of #Advocates , learn more from Elton and Jonathan on how to stand up for this community and how to treat one another with more love, kindness and respect. 💕

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Like father, like sons. 🎨⁣ Meet Thomas Romain ( @thomasintokyo ) who created the “Father and Sons’ Design Workshop” with sons Ryunosuke and Itsuki when they were 8 and 10 years old. “I was looking for a personal project to start working with watercolors when I noticed that my sons were drawing very cool characters. I decided to reimagine their characters with my own drawing abilities,” says the French animator, illustrator and creative director, who lives in Japan.⁣ ⁣ “I don’t give them requests because I want them to figure out by themselves what they would like to draw, and I want to be surprised as well,” explains Thomas. “Then I pick up the most interesting drawings as a starting point for my work. I try to be as faithful as possible to the original idea. Often, I add a background, or I stage the new characters with previous ones so that the picture tells a story and give the feeling that they are part of a large and coherent world.”⁣ ⁣ Happy #FathersDay to all the dads out there! 💫⁣ ⁣ Illustrations by @thomasintokyo

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These pancakes are easy to make, even for grown-ups. 😋⁣ ⁣ Meet Taku Sekine ( @taksekin ) and his newest sous-chef: his son! Together, they’re teaching us how to make yummy savory pancakes served with soy sauce, rice vinegar and LOVE. ⁣ ⁣ Since France went into lockdown earlier this year, Taku, owner of the restaurants @chevaldorparis and @dersouparis , has been cooking more at home, and his attentive 2-year-old son has picked up a few of his skills along the way. “He adds the ingredients little by little, which is a sign of a good chef,” Taku says. “Sometimes, he does my same gestures, so I’ve realized he has been looking at me very, very closely when I am working.”⁣ ⁣ Today, the cooking duo is here to share their pancake-making skills. Check out our story now to follow their recipe and share your creations using #TryThisAtHome .⁣ ⁣ Photo and video by @thesocialfood

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There’s no party like a @dnice party. And you’re all invited! 🕺 🎶 👯‍♀️ 🎉⁣ ⁣ With each of his live DJ sets, D-Nice creates the biggest, most inclusive dance party ever. It’s at your house, everyone’s on the guest list and you can wear whatever you want.⁣ ⁣ “Although I’m used to bringing people together, this is something magical,” says D-Nice, who’s worked in music since he was 15. Tonight, he’s celebrating his birthday by doing what he does best: bringing joy to the @verzuztv afterparty.⁣ ⁣ And because it’s Juneteenth, D-Nice is also reflecting on the legacy of this important date, which commemorates the liberation of the last enslaved African Americans.⁣ ⁣ “I’ve always felt a sense of pride knowing that I was born on such a significant day in African American history,” he says, “Each year, I spend the day not only reflecting on my life, but also the struggles that African Americans have endured in the past and continue to fight through today.”⁣ ⁣ Photo by @dnice

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“Juneteenth represents freedom, independence and the start of my ancestors’s journey to equality,” says 15-year-old actor and executive producer Marsai Martin ( @marsaimartin ). “I wish more people knew that it took over TWO YEARS for the word to spread about the end of slavery, which means that thousands of enslaved African Americans were in bondage longer than they should have been. Imagine anyone that died thinking they were a slave, when they were actually free.”⁣ ⁣ “For so long, so much of the history that has been taught was only from one perspective, and what was shared about Black people was slavery, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. We are so much more than just those stories.”⁣ ⁣ Today, we’re honoring Juneteenth, which commemorates the day — June 19, 1865 — that enslaved African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom. Check out today’s story to learn more. 🖤⁣ ⁣ Photo by @marsaimartin

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Food = power and @ghettogastro understands that. The four chefs behind the culinary collective put their own inventive twist on recipes they grew up eating.⁣ ⁣ “This is Black excellence right here. We’re taking back what’s ours and we’re remixing it,” says @chefp . “Using food as a tool to create a world we want to see.”⁣ ⁣ Today, @ghettogastro goes from their kitchen to the streets, as they deliver free meals in their hometown of the Bronx, New York. Their partnership with nonprofit @rethinkfood .nyc proves that food STILL brings people together, even when we’re six feet apart.⁣ ⁣ Tomorrow, @ghettogastro is going Live to cook their favorite recipes along with some famous friends, all in honor of Juneteenth. 🖤

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How will this moment live on?⁣ ⁣ Artists Shikeith ( @shikeith ), Muna Malik ( @themunamalik ), Sadie Barnette ( @sadiebarnette ) and Brad Ogbonna ( @bradogbonna ) created these powerful works that will help the world remember.⁣ ⁣ “Artists can bear witness through their work so that they can preserve for the future. Not just the ‘who, what, where, why, when,’ but something more personal, something more human,” Ru Hockley ( @rjkhckly ) says. An assistant curator at the @whitneymuseum , Ru has elevated art about protest and Black women-led social movements.⁣ ⁣ To commemorate Juneteenth tomorrow, she helped choose works that vividly capture this moment in art and history. See more of them on @design .⁣ ⁣ Art by @shikeith , @themunamalik , @sadiebarnette , and @bradogbonna

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Black is beautiful. Black is resilient. Black is powerful.⁣ ⁣ These posts from the Black community show us we all have a role to play in the fight for racial justice.⁣ ⁣ See more on our story and watch the full videos on their accounts. 🖤⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories ⁣ ⁣ Photo by @laetitiaky ; Video by @raquel_willis , Photo by @lord_kpuri ; Video by @juhhheyeyaaa

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This Pride Month, we’re sharing 10 self-care tips from the @trevorproject in the spirit of love, support and unity. 🌈✨⁣ ⁣ Brooklyn, New York-based illustrator Ohni Lisle ( @ohnilisle ) brought the advice to life in a style that celebrates the LGBTQ community.⁣ ⁣ “Before transitioning, illustration was a huge outlet,” Ohni says, “and now it’s a continued celebration of rendering in ways I find fun.”⁣ ⁣ Check out the illustrated tips right now on our story, and keep sharing your story using #ShareWithPride .⁣ ⁣ Illustration by @ohnilisle

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Speaking up has power. Actors @asanteblackk , @ethanherisse and @reed .shannon are proof. 🗣🖤⁣ ⁣ Watch the three friends talk about the misrepresentation of Black people in media as they share their own perspectives on the movement for racial justice that is sweeping the world.⁣ ⁣ “We have to face the issue head-on,” says Asante. “It’s uncomfortable. It’s all in our face. It’s all in our space. And there’s nothing that we can do to get it out of our space except for fight, fight, fight to make sure this never happens again. And that’s what we’ve been doing.”⁣ ⁣ Today on IGTV, learn more from the next generation of artists leading the way. And check out their new series “Speak Up” ( @speakup ) for more conversations that are sparking change. #ShareBlackStories

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Watch. Learn. Act. Repeat.⁣ ⁣ These powerful posts from the Black community embody resilience and hope — and encourage all of us to act for racial justice. 🖤⁣ ⁣ See more on our story.⁣ ⁣ #ShareBlackStories ⁣ ⁣ Video by @comptoncowboys ; Illustration by @temi .coker; Video by @cocoalizzy

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