These days, you can find everything on the ‘Gram. From updates about your favorite artists to discovering the future of the culture in pretty much every corner of the app itself, no moment goes unnoticed in a mass media driven world. Instagram has long been a mainstay for photographers and video lovers alike, but the app also serves a very special purpose for musicians, celebrities and anyone who wants to get their voice heard and connect with each other.
This week’s edition of Instagram Flexin’ includes a Million Dollar Pledge achievement, the start of a new Westside Gunn album, a celebration for Mary J. Blige and an animated version of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Colin Kaepernick Surpasses “Million Dollar Pledge” Goal
When I started my #MillionDollarPledge and committed to donate $1,000,000 towards various programs – my original intent was to help the organizations on the ground doing much needed work within our communities. The goal was to help those helping others. To touch those impacting lives in a real way and to make sure that those in need benefited from the dollars donated. While on the journey, what I realized was the person that benefited the most from this pledge was myself. I've learned about and had the privilege to work with so many quality organizations fighting for Social Justice daily. I've met so many people that work with so many great non-profits that do amazing work. I've been humbled by the appreciation from places like Assata’s Daughters, United We Dream, and Standing Rock to name just a few of where my contributions from my pledge were able to help. The #MillionDollarPledge was never for me, or about me – It has, and always will continue to be for, and about the people. Perhaps what I've learned most is that we can all enact change. Not everyone has to donate monetarily. Some organizations need volunteers and time just as much as they need a donation. Head over to Kaepernick7.com to learn more about all the programs that have been a part of my #10for10 as well as my #MillionDollarPledge. While there, you can see where all the donations went as well as learn more about all these amazing organizations and how you can help contribute. We have work to do, and the only way to get it done is if we all work together.
The next brother and I have been friends for years and he's supported me from jump. One of the most incredible artists ever, he makes music for the soul and continues to uplift our communities in every way possible. Even while touring and recording, this multi-platinum artist gives back – @realcoleworld, thank you, brother! He decided to be part of the #milliondollarpledge #10for10 #encore and is donating $10,000 to Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle @lbsbaltimore, a grassroots think-tank which advances the public policy interest of Black people in Baltimore. Can't wait to hear and see what you got coming out next, J!! #ColeWorld See more about the Million Dollar Pledge on my site Kaepernick7.com!
J. Cole is the latest Hip Hop Star to donate to Colin Kaepernick’s “Million Dollar Pledge.” Other recent contributions have come from Diddy, Dr. Dre, Quavo, Trey Songz and more. What started out as a goal to reach $1 million in donations is now nearing the $2 million mark.
Westside Gunn Begins Work On New Album
The Flygod headed to NYC to begin work on his new album, Supreme Blientele. The album will feature contributions from Alchemist, Daringer, Benny and Roc Marciano, among others. WSG was also in the studio late last year with the man who made the classic Supreme Clientele, Ghostface Killah.
Mary J. Blige Celebration Dinner
Fresh Prince: An Animated Series
Will Smith caught wind of artist Howard Russell’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air animations and fan anticipation immediately began when the Fresh Prince himself showed interest in an animated version of the show.
Juicy J Welcomes Home New Baby Girl
Juicy J shared the first picture of his newborn baby girl. Congratulations to the family!
Black Panther Premiere
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE ! An idea whose time has finally arrived ! #BLACKPANTHER . Still feeling inspired … still feeling thankful … still trying to put into words how Ryan’s film has me feeling . Y’all just get y’all garbs and tickets and be in those seats come FEB 16th ! I am so proud of all of my friends , tears of joy . Missing a few but here ya go . #WondalandgoestoWakanda Swipe left
Azealia Banks Finds A New Home
Azalea Banks enjoyed a productive week when she inked a contract with E1 Entertainment. After being “left out” by the industry, Banks was in tears of joy and promised fans she will make them proud.
O.T. Genasis Living It Up In Dubai
O.T. Genasis crip walked all the way to Dubai to Kurupt’s “ Represent Dat G.C.”