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Artist Jon Batiste (@jonbatiste) is a whole vibe. 🎶 He’s heading to the Grammy Awards (@recordingacademy) with 11 different nominations — the most of any nominee this year. 🤯👏

But before Jon’s performance at the awards, he met up with friends in New York City for one of his self-proclaimed “love riots.”

“Love riots are like chaotic, fun, impromptu musical parades. It started as something I would do in transit from one place to the next, whether on the way to the recording studio or to rehearsal or even just to the market,” says Jon. “It borrows from the second-line tradition of my hometown New Orleans, typically starting with a few people and gathering folks along the way. I love the feeling of ceremony and sense of community that it brings.”

Meet Jon’s community and hear his soulful sound from the subway to the studio before tonight’s show in Las Vegas.🤍🏳️‍⚧️ “Growing up, I never really saw anyone who truly represented me in mainstream media. Trans Day of Visibility is important because it reminds trans people that they are not alone. There are so many people within our community who are making the world a better place. This day represents being bold and thriving in a world that is not always the most welcoming or safe for us.” —Writer and creator Devin Halbal (@devinhalbal)

Video by @devinhalbalWait for it...

Pounce into the weekend with Bowie (@bowie_the_siberian), who loves a good game of hide-and-seek or a playful attack.

#WeeklyFluff

Video by @bowie_the_siberianCat-puccino time.
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Vinny (@vinny_the_blue_cat), a British blue shorthair, loves frothy drinks made from special cat milk.

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We're on set with Nigerian artist Omah Lay (@omah_lay) who teamed up with Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) for their new single, “Attention.”

“One thing I hope people take away from this song especially is the emotion, the realness,” says Omah, known for his Afro-fusion beats. “It’s always about me telling a story.”For ceramicist Lisa Asano (@lisa_asano), every new vessel is a new journey. The creation process, the final product and what happens to a piece once it’s in someone’s hands — every step along its way is one worth celebrating.

“Black joy to me is just the most contagious joy. I feel like it’s the most fulfilling and happiest joy that you could ever feel. I’m lucky to say that I’m able to experience that type of joy in my life.”

This Black History Month, we’re continuing to #ShareBlackStories and celebrate Black joy in all its glory.

Video by @lisa_asanoJoy for Jordan Parker (@jpcharisma) means taking time for himself to do things he loves. Even better when that time is spent with butterflies. 🦋

“Every time you see them, they grab your attention,” says the butterfly gardener. “They’re just so elegant and so beautiful.”

This Black History Month, we’re continuing to #ShareBlackStories and celebrate Black joy in all its glory.Yasmeen “Yaz” Wilkerson (@yaz.so.mean) surfs and skateboards around the world, spreading joy wherever she travels.

“What do I love about these sports? Everything. I love the way they make me feel. The lessons and teachings that I’ve learned in skateboarding and surfing, I definitely take and use in my daily life — whether it’s the art of determination, expression or how to communicate not only with other people, but with yourself.”

This Black History Month, we’re continuing to #ShareBlackStories and celebrate Black joy in all its glory.💦 Rub-a-dub-dub,
one cat in the tub! 💦

Meet Winnie (@showeringkitty), a 5-year-old rescue tabby who goes with the flow. “Winnie loves to go into the tub and under the faucet or showerhead,” says her human Enza. “She does this first thing in the morning and calls for me to come and turn on the water, often while I’m still in bed.” 😂

Video by @showeringkittyToday, we’re on set and behind the scenes with artist Shawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) as he films the video for his new song “It’ll Be Okay.” 🎶❤️🎶

“I was just really craving to make music that felt super honest and super raw and was going through some hard stuff at the time. Being able to just walk around Toronto — which is where I usually go back to process things and where you’ll find me in my most intimate moments — it feels like a perfect place and video for the song,” says Shawn of his hometown. ✨Blowin’ in the wind. 
 
On today’s #WeeklyFluff we are heading into the big outdoors with brother and sister goldendoodles Mia and Milo (@goldendoodledoos), who are getting a natural blow out. 
 
Video by @goldendoodledoos“As history has informed us, our stories are often told for us and reinterpreted in inauthentic ways. It’s great when it comes directly from the source, all the aspects of it — our Blackness, our wins, our losses, our joy, our trauma. Nobody can tell our stories but us, and from that, we start to build the future.” —Writer Louis Pisano (@louispisano)

A self-proclaimed “child of the internet,” Louis credits their passion for fashion to growing up online. “Some people are embarrassed to talk about how much they’re obsessed with the internet, but not me,” says Louis, who lives in Paris and is originally from NYC. “I fully embrace it. It’s like a calming and often infuriating constant presence in my life since I was a kid and has made me who I am today.”

For Louis, representation and inclusivity is an act of rebellion. “It’s a rebellion against everything we’re told that fashion and the industry was. [It’s] writing the next chapter for the next generation.”

Today on our story, Louis takes us around Paris and shares a few favorite fashion accounts.

#ShareBlackStories

Video by @louispisano