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BEES! 🐝

Nintendo dropped the latest Animal Crossing direct and we got our first view of the new deserted island. No new furniture, but the bees can kill you! BTS’s music video for ON featured the UCLA marching band and some incredible diversity. Harry Styles attended the Brit Awards in the brightest yellow suit we’ve ever seen. This is Tumblr’s Week in Review.

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. BTS
  3. Birds of Prey
  4. Critical Role
  5. The Witcher
  6. Steven Universe Future
  7. Harley Quinn | Birds of Prey
  8. Pokémon
  9. Artists on Tumblr
  10. Boku no Hero Academia
  11. SKAM France
  12. Jaskier | The Witcher
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog
  14. Sonic | Sonic the Hedgehog
  15. SKAM España
  16. Harry Styles
  17. Geraskier | Geralt of Rivia & Jaskier, The Witcher
  18. Parasite
  19. Doctor Who
  20. Nintendo
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#BlackExcellence365 Spotlight: Dee Williams

We’re back with our third spotlight of the year: @shotbydee, a Brooklyn-based photographer. We sat down with Dee as she discussed her creative process and how we can continue to support Black female photographers.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did your passion for photography start?

My name is Dee Williams, and I am a portrait photographer with an emphasis on documenting Black and LGBTQIA+ life. My overall goal is to disrupt the white male gaze within the photo industry. 

My passion for photography started in high school. I was influenced by my uncle, who had a point and shoot film camera and took photos of EVERYTHING. The joy that I saw in his face whenever he showed me his developed film is what sparked my interest. In high school, I was that girl who always had a camera on me and had thousands of photos on my Myspace and Facebook pages.

Black female photographers have been pioneering our creative industries but are still hugely underrepresented. What have you found that works in increasing that visibility?

Social media will always be a free and easy way to increase visibility. Consistency works, and the luck of that one huge follower RT’ing your work also helps (LOL). Entering online contests is a great way to get new eyes on your work, from photo editors or curators. Lastly, submitting your work to sites that center and uplift photographers of color. A few examples are Diversify Photo and Women Photograph. I have gotten many bookings via being seen on these websites, or a specific editor recommending me for a gig.

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Your particular shooting style is portraiture. What kind of beauty do you find in portraits?

I love getting up close and personal in people’s faces. Black people are so beautiful! It is honestly a blessing being able to capture the essence of a person’s existence in a photograph. Skin texture, blemishes, eyes, jawline, etc.—I find beauty in everything, to be honest.

How do you embody the mission of #BlackExcellence365 in your everyday work?

I embody the mission of #BlackExcellence365 by waking up every day and doing one thing that brings me joy. In a society with systems in place that want to see you fall down, focusing on your internal joy is excellence in itself. Sharing that joy with others around you is the next step in keeping that going for the whole 365.

How has Tumblr enabled you to showcase your work and connect with other Black creatives?

Aside from being my safe space and favorite social media platform, Tumblr is where my photography gets the most views, reblogs, and comments. I get so much love on this platform. It is my mood board, my getaway from other toxic platforms, and a place in which I have found work from some of the most amazing Black creatives. I’m in my own Black creative world on Tumblr, and I wish everyone could enjoy what I do on Tumblr.

Thank you, Dee, for sharing your talent and your love of portraits with us. Make sure to check out and support Dee’s work, Tumblr. What are some of your favorite portraits of Black people? Use the tag #BlackExcellence365 for a chance to be reblogged to Action.

This interview has been condensed for clarity.

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#BlackExcellence365: Brandon Briscoe

We have another gem today for our Spotlight series. We got a chance to talk to @bebriscoe, a visual artist and actor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Below, he shares his journey in visual art, his sources of inspiration, and how Tumblr inspired his love of photography.

Tell us about yourself. Where did your passion for graphic design and photography start?

My name is Brandon Briscoe, aka “Briscoe.” I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was very fortunate to receive the opportunity to find my passion for the visual arts at an early age. Having that exposure as a child truly ignited my passions for graphic design, photography, theatre, and all other art forms. My love for photography began on Tumblr. When I was in high school, I would see all these incredible photos and people showing off their Canon and Nikon cameras. My mother and grandmother purchased me a Canon for Christmas, and I took it everywhere. 

Your graphic designs show monumental Black artists such as André 3000, Sade, and Pharrell. Where does this inspiration come from?

The inspiration comes from artists I was stimulated by in my upbringing. André 3000 really encouraged me to be myself. It is okay to be idiosyncratic; it is wonderful. My mother introduced me to Sade’s music, and it was always playing at home. Her music reminds me of my mother and her journey as a Black woman. I also grew up listening to Pharrell Williams. I look up to him and cherish his contributions to music, fashion, and culture. I draw stimulus from figures who shaped my artistic vision and exude unapologetic Blackness. Being Black is beautiful, and you are capable of anything with this identity.

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How do you embody the mission of #BlackExcellence365 in your everyday work?

My definition of art is to create something that defies space and time. I want the art I produce to outlast my own existence, to motivate people for successive generations. My Blackness is salient in the designs I create, in the photos I take. It is a characteristic I refuse to erase. My art is a reflection of my reality as a Black man in modern America. It also contributes to a diverse BLACK experience. Through my craft, I want to extend the conversation of the Black experience and its multifaceted essence in every space that I enter. I cannot determine when and where to represent my Blackness. It is the cape that will never be excluded from my identity, and I am okay with that.

How has Tumblr allowed you to showcase your work and connect with other Black creatives?

Tumblr was the first platform to penetrate my mind with other artists and creatives. It introduced me to some of my biggest influences, such as Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, KAWS, and Tyler, The Creator. It sustained my education and awareness of diverse areas of art on a macroscopic level. Later, Tumblr became a primary outlet for networking with and accessing other Black creatives. The artists and creatives I have met on Tumblr genuinely supported my vision as an artist. Tumblr is a safe space that promotes self-expression without hesitation. I remain active on my Tumblr to this day, and I still discover spur from Black creatives. You won’t find an individual connection like that on any other platform. Tumblr does not exhibit space to promote your art. It is an expanse to live your art. And I will always love it.

Thank you for sharing your story, Brandon. We’re glad that Tumblr has been useful for exploring yourself and finding other Black creatives. Tumblr, what are some of your favorite Black creatives? Use the #BlackExcellence365 tag to share with us.

This interview has been condensed for clarity.

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It’s essential to understand your voting rights and what to do if you are a first-time voter. Part of this is being aware of how voter suppression is currently affecting thousands of citizens who have the right to vote. The history of voter suppression in the United States is as old as the United States. 

To help spread understanding and prompt discussion, we paired with  Black Girls Vote (@blackgirlsvote) to help answer your questions. @blackgirlsvote is a nonprofit, grassroots organization focused on engaging, educating and empowering women of color to leverage their voting power to transform the democratic process. Their posts will be going live today, from 12 p.m. EST to 1 p.m. EST.

Check out all their answers right over here!

Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson is the founder and CEO of Black Girls Vote. Nyki’s life and work experience, combined with her interest in politics, was birthing ground for the delivery of her biggest project yet, Black Girls Vote, Inc. As the CEO, Nyki manages fundraising, numerous community and government initiatives, and events. Nyki graduated with a degree in business administration and a minor in leadership studies. 

Natasha Murphy is the Chief of Staff of Black Girls Vote. She assists the Founder and CEO with the organization’s strategic operations. Natasha earned her Master of Science in Public Health, a Health Policy degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, magna cum laude from Howard University. 

Lauren Wyatt serves as Advocacy Lead for Black Girls Vote, Inc. By day, she is a corporate paralegal with a background in political science, legislative affairs, and compliance. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Art in Political Science from Delaware State University and is currently obtaining a dual Masters of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Management and Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. 

Nia Duggins is part of the Black Girls Vote Advocacy Team. She is a policy expert, political strategist, and innovative thought leader with a broad range of experience working on many issues, including voting rights and election administration matters. Nia is a graduate of Bennett College and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

ICYMI, there are some great responses about voting rights from the @blackgirlsvote team from their Issue Time earlier this week. Go on and give it a peek. 

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Mobile push notifications are a great way to keep you connected to your community on Tumblr without having to constantly check for likes, reblogs, or new followers. 

Unfortunately, if you’ve ever had a Tumblr post quickly gain a ton of notes while your mobile push notifications were on, you probably ended up turning them off completely or maybe even deleted the post. We’ve seen it happen again and again. Not great, Bob.

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You shouldn’t have to sacrifice seeing how your community regularly interacts with your Tumblr just because responses to one post in particular are flooding your phone. So we (finally) made it better. 

You can now mute mobile notifications for individual posts

It’s easy, and there are a few ways to do it.

  • From a push notification: If you’re on an iOS device, press and hold on the push notification, then tap “Mute.” If Android is your style, just pull down the notification to expand it and see the same button. 
  • From the post: Tap the meatballs menu (●●●) in the upper right-hand corner, mosey your finger over to “Mute” and then confirm your decision. You can also unmute the notifications on this post by following the same steps and tapping “Unmute” instead.
  • From your activity feed: Tap that cute little messaging bubble at the bottom of your dashboard. Navigate to the Activity tab, track down an activity line item from the post people just won’t stop reblogging, and then press and hold until you’re given the option to tap the “Mute” confirmation button. 

Muting notifications only mutes the push notifications sent to your phone

You’ll always see every post activity line item on your dashboard and in the activity section, even if you turn off or mute push notifications. That way you’ll still have all of the information regarding who’s engaging with your post with none of the disruptive notifications popping up on your device.

Don’t see these beautiful new buttons? Make sure you’re running version 15.3 or later of the Tumblr app. 

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Gotta go fast.

Tumblr’s second favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day, came and went. We love y’all so much, we made you these really special valentines for the second year in a row! Sonic the Hedgehog premiered in theaters and was actually good. We don’t know about you, but we’re all still talking about Bong Joon Ho making his Oscars kiss. This is Tumblr’s Week in Review.

  1. Birds of Prey
  2. Oscars
  3. Critical Role
  4. The Witcher
  5. Boku no Hero Academia
  6. Valentine’s Day
  7. Harley Quinn | DC universe
  8. Artists on Tumblr
  9. SKAM France
  10. Sonic | Sonic the Hedgehog
  11. Parasite
  12. BTS
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog
  14. Jaskier | The Witcher
  15. Pokémon
  16. Star Wars
  17. Geraskier | Geralt of Rivia & Jaskier, The Witcher
  18. Steven Universe Future
  19. Geralt of Rivia | The Witcher
  20. Good Omens
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#BlackExcellence365 Spotlight: Andrea K. Castillo

Our next spotlight is a Belizean-American artist and entrepreneur, @andreakcastillo. We got a chance to talk to her about her company, Cas Rum Beverages, and how she has collaborated with other WOC brands to support her entrepreneurial endeavors.

Tell us about yourself. How did you start Cas Rum Beverages?

I am a Brooklyn-born, Belizean-American artist and entrepreneur. I’m the founder of lifestyle blog A Life In The Day of Andrea and content creation company AKCreative. I also run a bottled rum cocktail company called Cas Rum Beverages. 

Cas Rum Beverages was born out of necessity. One Christmas season a few years back, I was super broke, so I wanted to make something to give as gifts to family members. I found a recipe for rum popo, which is our version of spiked eggnog, and got to bottling. I received great feedback and was told by friends immediately that they would buy it, so I started to sell it. 

Over the years, I have added a rum punch and rum sorrel to my lineup and eventually made my business official in 2019.

What are some of the wins you’ve had being a business owner?

As a business owner, my wins have revolved around working with friends and my community. I am going into my third year of selling Cas Rum Beverages at an annual event at the Embassy of Belize in Washington, DC. In the past year, I have collaborated with various WOC brands to provide cocktails for their launch parties. I presented my business at Twitter HQ in NYC and Complex in LA. I also filed my first trademark, which is very exciting!

With AKCreative, I have been building up my client-base for copywriting and photography services. I am always excited when the next client is a friend or former colleague of mine.

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Cas Rum Beverages has collaborated with POC-centered space, Ethel’s Club, located in Brooklyn. What has that experience been like for you?

Becoming a house member of Ethel’s Club has been one of the best business decisions I have made all year. I reached out on Twitter to Naj, the founder, about serving Cas Rum Punch at the grand opening parties. We built a relationship over the months, and once applications were open for the club, I applied right away. Soon after being accepted, I was asked to provide a few bottles of my rum punch for the opening, and received great feedback! Since then, the club has continued to purchase from me for members’ events. I really appreciate the support I receive from the Ethel’s Club community because they encourage me to do more and grow, and are with me along the way.

How do you embody the mission of #BlackExcellence365 in your everyday work?

I am a firm believer in supporting your own, and for me, supporting fellow Black-owned businesses takes precedent. My circle is filled with so many incredible small business owners, artists, musicians, photographers, directors, lawyers, teachers, etc. I never have to look far for my next purchase, consultation, photoshoot, or anything for that matter. 

I am always listening and connecting dots, so I am constantly referring to the services, content, and products of my circle to those that seek them. I’m the ultimate hype woman in this way.

How has Tumblr allowed you to showcase your work and connect with other Black creatives?

I created my Tumblr as a complement to my blog and called it In The Mind Of Andrea. Over the years, it has been a space for me to share more personal writing, poetry, and photography without judgment. It has felt like a more welcoming space for me, overall. Tumblr has really shown me how creative, informative, and positive our community is, and has sparked many conversations that have led to IRL meetings.

Thank you for sharing your journey, Andrea! It’s exciting to see new Black-owned businesses on the rise, and the support other brands are giving you. Tumblr, what are some Black-owned businesses your support? Use the tag #BlackExcellence365 to share.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the @fandom team! We made you these Valentine’s Day cards featuring some of your favorite fandoms so you can share the things you love with the ones you love.

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It’s Time To Register To Vote

That’s right! If you live in the U.S and are eligible to vote, you might be thinking that voting deadlines aren’t til closer to the general elections on November 3rd. Though that may be correct for some states, you might want to check your state’s voter registration deadline in time for the primaries. 

For those who don’t know what the primaries are, the primary election is a process in which you select your preferred candidate for the party’s nomination by voting through a secret ballot. Before you head out to register, it’s important to understand the difference between an open and closed primary so that you know what kind of process you’re signing up for:

  • An open primary means you can vote for a preferred candidate no matter which party you are affiliated with. For example, if you are an Independent, you can vote for either a Republican or Democratic primary, regardless of party membership.
  • A closed primary means you can only vote for a preferred candidate within the party you are affiliated with. For example, if you are registered as a Democrat, you can only vote in the Democratic primary.

If you want to make your mark in the primaries, you need to know your state’s type of primary and its and registration dates. Each state has a different deadline for already registered voters and new voters. These can range from days to weeks or months. You can double-check your state’s deadlines here and register to vote in the new registration portal that our partner When We All Vote, @WWAV created for us. If you are already registered to vote, make sure you update your address and party affiliation. 

Getting involved in your local and state races can be incredibly impactful. It allows you to make changes that will affect you directly. Whether you are a registered voter or non-eligible, know that you can make a difference, no matter how small. If you have any questions or you’re not sure about something, please check out this nifty resource @WWAV has put together.

Are you ready, Tumblr? Let’s make a difference.

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#BlackExcellence365 Spotlight: Aundre Larrow

Hey Tumblr! Our first #BlackExcellence365 Spotlight of 2020 is Aundre Larrow (@aundrelarrow), a Brooklyn-based visual artist whose work has been featured on Adobe, Walmart, Verizon, and more. We got a chance to talk to him about his favorite projects, including his @teenvogue​ series showcasing the lives of formerly incarcerated women.

Tell us about yourself. When did your passion for photography start?

My name is Aundre Larrow and I’m a black artist based in Brooklyn, New York hailing from South Florida. I’m a Jamaican immigrant, an only child, and a Triscuit lover.

I started taking photos on borrowed film cameras from friends until I turned 15 and my theater teacher gave me his old Minolta SRT 101 as a gift. After that I would use my money from working at Old Navy and whatever I could talk my mom into donating to buy film and get it processed at the Walgreens a mile walk away. The passion started when I realized I could freeze moments I held dear and capture them. I loved getting my film back. I loved sharing it; Making little yearbooks and giving them to friends. I still have some of those prints in my childhood room.

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Your work tells many stories, primarily of Black bodies which some photographers find it difficult to capture. What inspired you to make your series about shooting against darker skin tones?

Whew, I don’t know what it is about the phrase Black bodies, but it always hits me hard. I read an article on Mic. And it got me thinking.

I thought back to this teachable moment I had after college. I was interning at the Gainesville Sun. The photo editor had tasked me with taking portraits of the high school athletes in the fall feature, but I didn’t use a hair light. When I came back with the images, he looked at me sideways like “what’re you doing?” We can’t tell where their hair stops. (To make matters worse, I had used a black backdrop.)

I later learned from trial and error, from assisting photographers like Coty Tarr, and from studying the work of folks like Michele Walker, Joshua Kissi. Street etiquette paved the way for me at bevel, TBH.

You recently did a story with Teen Vogue featuring formerly incarcerated women. How did that project impact you and the work you create?

Maaan. You don’t know yourself until you’re in a small room listening to women discuss how painful it is, not being able to see their kids for months and months. One woman explained to me that one parent had abused her, and the other was enraged that she reported it. These women built new identities for themselves while separated from everything they knew. These two quotes will always stick with me:

“When I got out, it wasn’t like a walk in the park or whatever. When you’re in penitentiary, there are certain hours of the morning that you have to stand up to be counted. So I would automatically wake up and stand up. Sometimes, I would get up and lock myself in the bathroom. I spent 18 years in a room with a toilet and a sink. This was the closest thing, you know, to feeling safe. Can’t nobody get to you. It wouldn’t be until my kids would start knocking like, ‘Hey, are you okay?’”

And: 

“Our struggle has been from the beginning of time. Like I said, we’re a nurturing species. This doesn’t go for just the Black mother or person. Everybody, every racial background, has their own struggle. But, I think we’ve been beaten, raped, and downtrodden for so long that our will to survive and save the world has become like our bank.

You might not be my son, but if I see you in trouble, I am going to help. If I see the police run up on you, I’m going to throw myself in front of you. If I can save somebody’s son, I am going to do it because that’s how we’ve been built.

We, you know, from the slave ships, we were the ones singing them love songs, belly to belly and all the feces and stuff. We held on and kept everyone together and told them, ‘I love you and just hold on ’cause we gon’ make it.’”

How do you embody the mission of #BlackExcellence365 in your everyday work?

Existing is a form of resistance, no?  No, but for real, excellence is something I can’t determine for myself. I simply try to embody the process of creation. 

How has Tumblr allowed you to showcase your work and connect with other Black creatives?

Tumblr has brought so so many Black creatives together. Just to name a few, @skinnywashere, @stewyiscool, and Tutes; Tumblr OGs telling the New York story for so many of us to follow along. That community will last forever. Those connections are unbreakable.

When I interviewed @lawrenceagyei he spoke so fondly of finding the work of Joshua Kissi and how it inspired him. It brought a smile to my face 

Tumblr gave me the ability to shoot Fashion Week and a platform to share the full story. It’s one of the best things about the platform. Photo stories pop because you decide the weight of each image. It’s easy to share, reshare and show BTS.

Thank you for sharing your story, Aundre! 

Tumblr, do yourselves a favor and make sure to check out his photography and follow his journey. And, hey, we wanna hear from you. What other Black Tumblr artists or activists should we spotlight? Use the tag #BlackExcellence365 to let us know.

This interview has been condensed for clarity

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Mind over mayhem.

Our new favorite break-up movie of all time, Birds of Prey, was released in theaters. Anyone else craving a breakfast sandwich on ciabatta? A new one-off Death Note arc featured Donald Trump and lots of apples. The Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship concluded on Sunday in a victory for the US women’s soccer team. This is Tumblr’s Week in Review.

  1. The Witcher
  2. Critical Role
  3. Birds of Prey
  4. Boku no Hero Academia
  5. BTS
  6. RWBY
  7. Jaskier | The Witcher
  8. Oscars
  9. Marvel
  10. Pokémon
  11. Geralt of Rivia | The Witcher
  12. Geraskier | Geralt of Rivia & Jaskier, The Witcher
  13. Death Note
  14. Artists on Tumblr
  15. United States women’s national soccer team
  16. Harley Quinn | DC universe
  17. The Good Place
  18. Steven Universe Future
  19. Star Wars
  20. SKAM France
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Once upon a time in Hollywood, four little women, two popes, and one Irishman walked into a bar…

This Sunday, the best of the film industry will gather to honor, well…the best of the film industry in a little known event called The Academy Awards. For the 92nd year in a row, the recipients of the tiny golden man mysteriously named Oscar are chosen by people who are not you. 92 years and not once have they asked your opinion. Outrageous.

That’s why we like to take this time of year to show off what the Oscars would look like if you had a vote. 

The @fandom​ team analyzed a full year of celebrity-driven data, starting from January 20, 2019. Every tagged original post, reblog, search, and liked post related to the nominees were counted, weighted appropriately, and is wrapped up neatly for your leisurely (or frantic) perusal below.

Let’s get on with the cold, hard data

We look at engagement data holistically, not tied to any one property. Though Scarlett Johansson dominated the conversation overall, it’s not just because of her roles in this year’s Marriage Story or JoJo Rabbit. It’s also because she’s Black Widow, which doesn’t even come out for another three months. In case you didn’t know, you folks really do love Marvel that much. Though she received 69.02% of the engagements in the leading actress category and 55.92% in the supporting actress category, a quick look at her tag shows you have a lot to say and GIF about all these films. It’s worth noting Adam Driver also had a big year outside of Marriage Story, too. Wow, data! 

Here’s how everything else broke down:

Best Supporting Actor

5. Joe Pesci, The Irishman | < 1%
4. Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes | 4.86%
3. Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood | 13.37%
2. Al Pacino, The Irishman | 21.40%
1. Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood | 60.37%

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Best Supporting Actress

5. Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell | < 1%
4. Laura Dern, Marriage Story | 3.99%
3. Florence Pugh, Little Women | 15.24%
2. Margot Robbie, Bombshell | 24.85%
1. Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit | 55.92%

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Best Leading Actor

5. Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes | < 1%
4. Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory | < 1%
3. Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood | 6.05%
2. Joaquin Phoenix, Joker | 27.28%
1. Adam Driver, Marriage Story | 66.57%

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Best Leading Actress

5. Cynthia Erivo, Harriet | < 1%
4. Renée Zellweger, Judy | < 1%
3. Charlize Theron, Bombshell | 8.04%
2. Saoirse Ronan, Little Women | 21.15%
1. Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story | 69.20%

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Best Director

5. Sam Mendes, 1917 | < 1%
4. Martin Scorsese, The Irishman | 7.59%
3. Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood | 26.15%
2. Todd Phillips, Joker | 26.94%
1. Bong Joon Ho, Parasite | 39.32%

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Best Animated Feature Film

5. I Lost My Body | < 1%
4. Missing Link | 2.26%
3. Klaus | 10.71%
2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World | 35.24%
1. Toy Story 4 | 51.79%

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Best Picture

9. Ford v Ferrari | < 1%
8. The Irishman | < 1%
7. 1917 | < 1%
6. Jojo Rabbit | 3.29%
5. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood | 5.04%
4. Marriage Story | 5.59%
3. Parasite | 6.50%
2. Little Women | 18.39%
1. Joker | 58.99%

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For even more Oscars action, be sure to follow along on the #oscars tag on Sunday for all the latest from the ceremony.

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It was forking good while it lasted.

It was a week of endings. We said goodbye to The Good Place, BoJack Horseman, and one of our favorite pairings on redacted. The 62nd annual Grammys happened and Billie Eilish left with her arms full of awards. My Chemical Romance tickets sold out in the year 2020 and our 13-year-old selves are feeling some kind of way. This is Tumblr’s Week in Review.

  1. RWBY
  2. BTS
  3. The Good Place
  4. The Witcher
  5. Critical Role
  6. Doctor Who
  7. Jaskier | The Witcher
  8. Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. Boku no Hero Academia
  11. Pokémon
  12. Artists on Tumblr
  13. Steven Universe
  14. Geraskier | Geralt of Rivia & Jaskier, The Witcher
  15. My Chemical Romance
  16. Grammy Awards
  17. BoJack Horseman
  18. Geralt of Rivia | The Witcher
  19. Reylo | Rey & Kylo Ren, Star Wars
  20. Sebastian Stan
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Happy Black History Month, Tumblr! 

Black excellence should be celebrated 365 days a year—not just during February. That’s why #BlackExcellence365 was born exactly one year ago today. Since then, it’s been a year-round Tumblr celebration of Black artists, politicians, social justice advocates, musicians, and more. 


There is no #BlackExcellence365 if there is no intersectionality. Last year Kawther Inuwa from Muslim Girl Army’s (@muslimgirlarmy) sat down to tell the community about her experiences in being a Nigerian Muslim woman who works as a social activist. 18 Million Rising (@18mr), an Asian American activist group, informed the world how the Asian American community can show solidarity with Black communities. Southerners On New Ground revealed how their pro-Black, pro-queer, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker organization were intent on helping LGBTQ+ visibility and safety in the Southern states in America. 

Why stop now? Let’s kick off #BlackExcellence365 2020!

Black history is every day.

This isn’t just about honoring the past and celebrating the present, it’s about bettering the future, too. That’s why #BlackExcellence365 2020 will feature a number of Q&A Issue Times throughout the year. We’re partnering with a few leading organizations like Black Girls Vote (@blackgirlsvote), Planned Parenthood Action Fund (@ppaction), and 18 Million Rising (@18MR). Stay tuned here for the opportunity to ask these folks a question.

You can also look forward to Artist Spotlights that highlight Black artists on Tumblr who are doing incredible things. Aundre Larrow (@aundrelarrow) will reveal his experience as a photographer whose work focuses on Black bodies. Visual artist Gianni Lee (@giannilee) will give us an inside look at his experience in the art world. 

If you’re a Black creative who wants to get featured in a reblog on one of our official Tumblrs like @art, @music, @fashion, @entertainment, @books, @gaming, @kpop, and @staff, let us know! Just tag your post #BlackExcellence365 so we can find it. This celebration means so much more if it includes you and your work.

Make sure to stay tuned on @action to see all of the upcoming highlights we couldn’t mention here yet. There are 52 weeks of #BlackExcellence365 2020 left, after all. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽

Oh, and follow the #black history month to engage with what the Tumblr community is creating. Seeing the selfies, art, music, and everything else created by all of you is a real treat.

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How’s your 2020 going, Tumblr? In a perfect world, your year is going great; Your skin is clear, you’re getting a full eight hours of sleep, you’re not at risk of feeling the effects of voter suppression, climate change is nothing to worry about, and your reproductive rights are never challenged. 

But this isn’t a perfect world. Over the past 12 months, people with power have carefully interpreted laws to throw citizens off of voting rolls, we’ve become more aware of how desperately we need to save our planet, and reproductive rights are a constant battle around the world. This year, we’re committed to bringing important discussions on issues like these to your dashboard. 

We’re calling it #Issues2020. 

It’s not too late to make a change. That’s the crux of #Issues2020. The power is in your hands. Whether you’re gearing up for the U.S. presidential election, in the UK organizing in your community, engaging with the French Senate elections, following the South Korea legislative elections, or participating in any of the many, many elections happening around the globe this year, it’s never too late for civic engagement in your community. At the local, national, and global levels, there are ways to make a difference. You can call your political leaders to support or oppose an issue, endorse a candidate, organize a rally, lead a respectful discussion with your friends, volunteer to phone bank, and so much more. 

We want to give you a space to learn from others while teaching them, too. You can be a valuable resource. To help that along, we’re partnering with six powerful organizations to hold Q&A sessions here on Tumblr.

They’re called Issue Times, and they’ll be held throughout the year:

  • February - Voting rights with Black Girls Vote (@blackgirlsvote)
  • April - Mass incarceration and immigration with 18 Million Rising (@18MR)
  • June - Reproductive rights with Planned Parenthood Action Fund (@ppaction)
  • July - Gun reform with March For Our Lives
  • August - Climate change with TBD
  • October - LGBTQ+ Youth activism with It Gets Better (@itgetsbetterproject)

In addition to our upcoming Issue Times, we’re partnering with other organizations that keep people informed on things that matter. When We All Vote (@whenweallvote) will provide you with resources on registering to vote right on your dashboard if you go follow ‘em.

These organizations are here to help foster discussion, teach all of us how to be better citizens and neighbors, and outline what we’re up against. To make sure you get a chance to ask them your question, follow their Tumblrs as well us here on @action.

This isn’t a perfect world, but we can make improvements. It’s up to all of us. If you’re allowed a voice to safely use, use it. If you can vote, vote. Do it for yourself, for your loved ones, and for the people around you who may not be able to vote themselves.

What kind of commitment can you make this year for your community, Tumblr? What issues are you fighting for? Let us know in a post. Tag it #Issues2020 so other people can easily find it to hear your story and feel a little inspiration. 

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alwaysanexplorer:

Hi @staff - is there a way to show messages older than 24 hours with a cap of let’s say 10 messages or so? At times, it’s not possible for some to login daily, so they may miss out on something valuable and it would help improve the group participation in general.


Thanks,

staff:

You got it. Good news! No question marks or interrobangs about it.

You can now turn on push notifications for all new messages in any group chat you’re a member of. Just tap the group chat name at the top of the group chat screen and toggle that baby on.

Never miss a message again.

reguess1997:

Good news!‽?

Good news, @alwaysanexplorer (and the rest of you). 

Tumblr can have little a update, as a treat

When we make big tweaks and updates to the platform, we usually announce it right around the time it goes live for all of you. 

Today we also want to try out something new and let you know one of the things coming down the pipeline in the near future. Being transparent about updates before they happen is a bit of a balancing act, but we hope it gets you excited and encourages you to keep giving us feedback.

Choose to keep group chat messages for up to 168 action-packed hours

Soon you will no longer be able to get annoyed that the messages in your group chats automatically disappear after 24 hours with no way to change that setting. Over the next few weeks, we’ll slowly roll out an update that will give all group chat owners the option to keep messages viewable in their group chats for 24 hours, 72 hours, or one week. Ahh, the beauty of options.

Owners will be able to change this setting whenever they want once the functionality fully ramps. Upon saving the change, all members will see a message in the group chat that indicates what changes have been made.

Increasing how long messages can stay in group chats you own will be as easy as 1-2-3.5.

1. Lovingly tap the group chat name at the top of the group chat page to open up group chat settings.
2. Delicately tap the “Edit” button next to “Keep messages.”
3. Rapturously make a swift decision to keep messages alive in your group chat for 24 hours, 72 hours, or an entire friggin’ week.
3.5. Tap “Save.”

Some of you might have the update already. Bask in the glory of immediate satisfaction. If you don’t have the option yet, keep your eyes peeled—it’s coming to you soon! Soak in the glory of anticipatory delight. 

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Say hello to a smoother posting experience

Now when you tap the compose button (that little pencil) in the app to create a new post, you’ll be brought to a fresh blank canvas. The post flower that used to pop up has been removed from the app, leaving you with the simple blank canvas to do whatever you wish. All of your familiar post options are still there, and now they’re easier to access. They just have a new home at the bottom of your screen, waiting to be tapped whenever you need them.

What’s changing?

Not much! The toolbar is the same ol’ thing you’ve come to know and love. You can still create and arrange (and rearrange) photosets, add audio and video, make or add your own GIFs and Loops from the camera or video button, or search for existing GIFs on Tumblr with the GIF button. The biggest improvement? Your recently saved photos, GIFs, and videos from your camera roll are now shown in the mini media picker right below post canvas. This makes it even easier to add that stuff to a post. Just tap ‘em to add ‘em.

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The space for a title didn’t go away—now it can be anywhere you want, and you can have as many titles as you want. Your whole post can be just titles if you wish. We don’t advise that at all, but it’s up to you. Just tap into the text you want to turn into the title, then tap the Aa text button to cycle through the text styles. You can also long-press the Aa button to bring up a neat little menu of those same text styles—but hey, you knew that already.

Quick question: why?

This makes posting on Tumblr a smoother experience. And, well, since mid-2018, the post flower actually hasn’t had much to do with how your posts are categorized in your archives or what forms of media you can add to your post. A post with a video in it will be categorized as a video in your archives, no matter what other type of media accompanies it. Posts with photos and no video will be categorized as photo posts. Posts with audio and no photo and video will be—you guessed it—sorted as an audio post. Removing the post flower is simply removing a barrier between you and your post canvas.

Anything else?

Nah, that’s it. Happy posting, folks!

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