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Growing up, Ava DuVernay ( @directher) would wait outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with her Aunt Denise and sisters to watch Academy Award presenters go into rehearsals. Today, she’s the first black female director to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Her film “13th” digs into the 13th Amendment, the change to the US Constitution ending slavery, and analyzes its entanglement with the criminalization of African-Americans today. “I’m grateful to all the activists and scholars who allowed me to interview them and feature their ideas and insights on this important issue,” says Ava, who interviews almost 40 people in the documentary, including social justice activists like Angela Davis and politicians Cory Booker and Newt Gingrich. “Each person was like a professor and I was a happy student in their masterclass.” Photo by @directher

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Weekend Hashtag Project: WHPcolorful The goal this weekend is to create photos and videos that pop with color. Here’s how to get started: Seek out environments with bright and bold colors that catch your eye. For example, if you attend a concert or parade, get close to the action to capture spirited moments and dazzling props. For portrait submissions, look for colorful personalities and striking fashion statements that stand out against everyday surroundings. Make color move with a video or Boomerang submission. Capture a bright painting coming to life, the flashing motion of neon lights or a burst of color emerging in an otherwise bland scene. PROJECT RULES: Please add the WHPcolorful hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week. Featured photo by @splendid_rags

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Comedian Jimmy Kimmel ( @jimmykimmel) will host the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night. As you can see from this moment captured in between rehearsals, it’s clear he’s taking his duties very seriously. Photo by @jimmykimmel

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A group of new friends who met on Instagram fell into our BoomerangOfTheWeek spot. Muhammad Dian ( @semuabaper_), an 18-year-old student who lives in Batam, Indonesia, captured this moment while exploring the country he loves. Do you love taking Boomerangs? Add BoomerangOfTheWeek to your caption. Yours might show up here on @instagram. Boomerang by @semuabaper_

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Favelagrafia ( @favelagrafia) is a photo collective, bringing together nine photographers living in nine Rio de Janeiro hilltop slums known as favelas. “The objective is to show the potential of these places and to tell the stories of important characters who make up the favelas,” says 29-year-old Josiane Santana dos Santos ( @eujosiie), a photographer, journalism student and one of the founders of the project. “We want to break down the barriers of prejudice and stereotyped visions that exist.” This is one of Josiane’s favorite photos, featuring her friend, a 23-year-old dancer named Ygor Raphael. “I made this photo to show the artistic and cultural potential that the Complexo do Alemão favela has, showing that our main weapon is art,” she says. For more stories from Brazil, follow @instagrambrasil. Photo by @eujosiie for @favelagrafia

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“RunwayForAll is about unconditional love and allowing anybody that has a talent to have an equal playing field. Diversity is beautiful.” —Naomi Campbell ( @iamnaomicampbell) One of the original supermodels, Naomi has walked in countless shows and has staying power in the industry. As for the keys to her success, Naomi credits her intuition and spirituality. “I’m so blessed to be able to work with the same people since I was 16 years old and have their support.” This story is part of an ongoing series featuring models who are redefining industry standards and making sure there’s room on the RunwayForAll. Photo by @iamnaomicampbell

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Josh Wool’s ( @joshwool) self-described approach to portraiture is incredibly slow and unapologetically simple. Using equipment and techniques that are more than a century old, the Brooklyn, New York-based artist painstakingly extracts his images from a process that begins with photographic plates and developing chemistry that he makes himself. From there, his portraits are crafted from a conversation, natural light when possible and the removal of any extraneous details or distractions. “The folks in these pictures are artists, musicians, photographers, creatives and friends,” says Josh. “There’s a certain intangible thing that draws me to choose the people I photograph. In most cases, it’s some aspect of their persona — sometimes it’s their strength, others it’s a sense of vulnerability. With others, it’s something I just can’t put my finger on, but I know I need to photograph them.” Photos by @joshwool

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While undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Brazilian artist Maritana Quaresma ( @maritanaquaresma) transformed her Instagram feed into a cancer diary. “I wrote and drew when I was sick. I didn’t wait until I felt better to write about it,” says the 29-year-old from Rio de Janeiro. After several non-Portuguese-speaking friends expressed concern over her illness, Maritana added English captions. “All over the world people were sick too, and they felt very strong when they saw my drawings. I started getting messages from here in Latin America, sometimes Europe, sometimes Asia,” she explains. “It was like I had a power that I didn’t realize, and I could make people feel good.” After two surgeries and six months of chemotherapy, Maritana is in remission. “I don’t regret it, even if I have my limitations. This is me.” Photo illustration by @maritanaquaresma

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Sugar and spice and everything nice — meringue kisses, fairy floss, buttercream icing, chocolate ganache, crystallized flowers, raspberry macaroons — that’s what Georgia’s Cakes are made of. “More is more,” says Georgia Green ( @georgiascakes), the 25-year-old baker churning out decadent, drool-worthy cakes in her London kitchen. “My cakes may look perfect, but if you smudge a bit of icing, stick some popcorn on it!” Working in a cafe upon her Le Cordon Bleu graduation, Georgia was commissioned to bake a cake for a high-profile client and realized she could strike out on her own. Now, she’s her sole employee, whipping up every single topping, batch of frosting and layer of cake herself. Swipe left on this post to see more of Georgia’s over-the-top cakes. Photos and videos by @georgiascakes

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Surprise! 🎉 Swipe left on the post above to see more. Starting today, you can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram. With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos. It’s easy to control exactly how your post will look. You can tap and hold to change the order, apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one. These posts have a single caption and are square-only for now. On a profile grid, you’ll notice the first photo or video of a post has a little icon, which means there’s more to see. And in feed, you’ll see blue dots at the bottom of these posts to let you know you can swipe to see more. You can like and comment on them just like a regular post. This update is available as part of Instagram version 10.9 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android on Google Play. To learn more, check out help.instagram.com.

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With just a few marker strokes, pro doodler Jon Burgerman ( @jonburgerman) turns two New York City traffic barrels into a couple of surprised characters. WHPiseefaces Photo illustration by @jonburgerman

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In Sicily, a bug-eyed face appears to be playing hide-and-seek behind a yellow car in this WHPiseefaces submission by Enza ( @enza8317).

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Andrés Carrión ( @andresete.geo) steps back from the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain, to reveal a big smile that greets passers-by. WHPiseefaces Photo by @andresete.geo

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Aravis Dolmenna ( @aravisdolmenna) set out to make a splash with this coffee-sipping character for WHPiseefaces. ☕️ Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from last weekend’s project. Photo by @aravisdolmenna

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Last weekend, 17-year-old Hannah Barker ( @nxtures) traveled from Essex to Margate, England, to attend Geek 2017 — a three-day gaming festival for all ages. For Hannah, a student and part-time Disney princess, work and play don’t look much different: “The cosplay masquerade was the highlight for me,” she says of the event, which housed retro games, virtual reality and more inside Dreamland, an amusement park that dates back to the 1800s. “I dressed up as Rapunzel. It’s the first costume I ever made myself. I’ve added lights and 1,000 rhinestones to the skirt by hand. Eventually, my dream is to design costumes for Disneyland.” Check out our story to see more of Hannah’s time at Geek 2017.

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Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s WeeklyFluff. Here’s Manny ( @yoremahm) — aka “The Selfie Cat” — who, as you can see, understands the power of a portrait. This rescued gray Tabby is often seen posing with canine pals and is always clawing to be the center of attention in his shots. Don’t miss any of this outdoor cat’s adventures. Follow @yoremahm stat.

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Love is in the air on the Canary Islands where Lydia Farray ( @alataalde) spotted a pair of pink angels strolling hand-in-hand. TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @alataalde

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This week was sentimental for friends Akihito Nagata ( @abu888) and Yurie ( @yuuuuuriiie), who began collaborating after they met on Instagram, because Yurie will be moving to Tokyo. “I love this circular window,” says Akihito. “It perfectly frames the cityscape of Osaka and the backlight creates solid silhouettes.” TheWeekOnInstagram Photo of @yuuuuuriiie by @abu888

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A self-described “crafty gal,” Holly Fox ( @hol_fox) always had a project. She bejeweled pumpkins, built gingerbread houses — and then she shifted her focus to cookies when she realized royal icing mixed just like paint. “I’m constantly thinking about composition and color,” says Los Angeles-based Holly, who became a graphic designer straight out of college. “My styling and cookie shapes reflect my graphic design style — nice and tidy. I’ve really tried to make colorful and clean my signature style!” She started posting sets of cookies three years ago and, according to Holly, she hasn’t slept since. 😉 MadeToCreate Watch our Instagram story to see Holly bake and decorate a batch of these beauties. Photo by @hol_fox

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There’s fun to be had no matter how cold it gets for the residents of Budakli village. Kenan Nihat Elçi ( @_kenannihatelci_) decided to pay a visit to the local thermal baths where he snapped this photo. “In cold weather, this has become an entertainment center for children,” he says. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @_kenannihatelci_

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