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Today, 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 @louispisanoTarot reader Malik Jamileh (@geniestartarot) is here for a very special new year reading.🧞🕯✨
 
Summed up in one word, Malik sees “hope” is ahead of us.
 
“I would say my signature is just being silly and finding ways to heal the soul through laughter while still learning. My biggest inspiration so far has been the people that I read for. I never thought I would be connecting with people from all over the world.” 
 
Video by @geniestartarotLeftovers… yummmm. 😋
 
Meet Reign (@thehungriestbengals), a Bengal cat who simply LOVES food.
 
“He learned the sound of the fridge opening and comes running from behind you and leaps into it whenever it is opened,” says his human Kira. “He likes to dig around for a snack and will typically grab whatever he can before he is picked up. Sometimes he'll find his wet food, other times he'll come away clutching a bag of lettuce because he was short on time.” #WeeklyFluff
 
Video by @thehungriestbengals✨ It’s time to welcome 2022 with Amanda Gorman’s (@amandascgorman) energy and her new, never-before-read poem. ✨

“New Day’s Lyric”

May this be the day
We come together.
Mourning, we come to mend,
Withered, we come to weather,
Torn, we come to tend,
Battered, we come to better.
Tethered by this year of yearning,
We are learning
That though we weren’t ready for this,
We have been readied by it.
We steadily vow that no matter
How we are weighed down,
We must always pave a way forward.

This hope is our door, our portal.
Even if we never get back to normal,
Someday we can venture beyond it,
To leave the known and take the first steps.
So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next.

What was cursed, we will cure.
What was plagued, we will prove pure.
Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,
Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,
Where we weren’t aware, we’re now awake;
Those moments we missed
Are now these moments we make,
The moments we meet,
And our hearts, once all together beaten,
Now all together beat.

Come, look up with kindness yet,
For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.
We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,
But to take on tomorrow.

We heed this old spirit,
In a new day’s lyric,
In our hearts, we hear it:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
Be bold, sang Time this year,
Be bold, sang Time,
For when you honor yesterday,
Tomorrow ye will find.
Know what we’ve fought
Need not be forgot nor for none.
It defines us, binds us as one,
Come over, join this day just begun.
For wherever we come together,
We will forever overcome.“I feel like being present is something that I learned to do a lot during the pandemic,” says artist Khalid (@thegr8khalid), whose latest single is titled “Present.” 💛🎶 
 
“I got to a point where I didn’t even know what I wanted to write about anymore, so having all this time allowed me to reflect on my thoughts, recharge and refresh. Now the music that I’m making, to me, is my most personal, and honestly the most fun music I’ve been making in a while.” 🎶✨🎶 
 
Go behind the scenes in Malibu with Khalid as he creates (and celebrates) the music video for the song.For 15-year-old actress Saniyya Sidney (@saniyyasidney), preparing to portray one of the world’s greatest athletes was no small feat.
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“I never played tennis before I did the movie. I’m left-handed, so I do everything with my left hand, and I had to step into Venus’ shoes and play with my right… that was probably one of the most challenging things.”

She’s talking about the legendary Venus Williams, one of the central characters in the film “King Richard” — officially in theaters and on @hbomax today. The movie is all about the Williams family and their road to becoming the tennis stars we know today.

#TakeABreak with Saniyya as she shows off skills she learned on set. “I hope this inspires you to pick up a new skill and jump out of your comfort zone.”#YoursToMake 

Let's see who we can be.“The most unique thing to me about jazz is that it’s limitless, it’s boundaryless, it’s a music that has no rules. The only rule is don’t follow the rules. People associate me with no limits. So in some ways, while people might think it’s weird that I sing jazz, I think it’s pretty spot on. I like to sing limitless music.” —Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)
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We’re on set today with the inimitable Lady Gaga and her jazz musician friends as they honor another dear friend, the recently retired music icon Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett), who dreamed of making a second album with Gaga before revealing his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis… proving that the power of music truly has no limits. This jazz tribute to Cole Porter, “Love For Sale,” is out today. 
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“I hope that when people listen to this record, they take away the power of love through relationships. What I’ve learned in the process of creating ‘Love For Sale’ with Tony is that even if somebody is struggling with something like Alzheimer’s, the absolute world is possible with the power of music. I feel like Tony’s a part of me, he’s a part of my heart, he’s a part of my soul and he’s a part of who I am. And he will be forever.”You know what they say… it takes a village!
 
It’s Emmys night (@televisionacad) and actress-comedian Meg Stalter (@megsstalter) is ready to make a grand entrance with a little help from her highly esteemed personal staff (aka her mom and two siblings). 💖💫
 
The “Hacks” breakout star is taking us along for the day as she prepares for the big moment.
 
She’s got the glam 💄, she’s got the red carpet rollout 📸, only one thing seems to be missing…
 
Check out our video to see if Meg will make it to the Emmys on @cbstv after all 🤞❤️😂
 
Video by @megsstalterWhat do you get when you combine your close friends, live animals and an epic swimming pool? For music artist LILHUDDY (@LILHUDDY), it’s a party definitely worthy of crashing. 🎉🐴👙
 
The 19-year-old is releasing his debut album “Teenage Heartbreak” this week, and we got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the music video of his favorite angsty anthem. ❤️
 
“I want people to know that I’m never just tied to one thing or one genre. To see people just enjoying a song that means so much to me is my only sole purpose with it,” says LILHUDDY.
 
Since IRL parties still aren’t a thing… enjoy living vicariously through LILHUDDY’s!