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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