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A break from reality: Recharge with these feel-good videos, shows and social media accounts

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Here’s our collection of TV episodes, YouTube videos and social media accounts to check out to generate some positive vibes following a harrowing week.

After a grueling election week, it’s time to recharge.

While the election has been exciting and monumental, it was also emotionally draining – not to mention COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. You may feel inclined to turn the news back on and follow pushback from President Donald Trump on the race results, but it may be better to turn on a happy show instead.

Here’s a compilation of videos, episodes and accounts that could help lift your spirits this week:

YouTube videos

Instructions for a Bad Day: Spoken word poet Shane Koyczan reminds us what it means to be human.

Open Like Never Before: A Coca-Cola advertisement focuses on the hope we can take from hard times.

We don’t have forever.: This compilation of movie clips and quotes reminds us of the fleeting quality of life.

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Alice Phoebe Lou, Walk on the wild side: Singer covers Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.”

The Most Beautiful Shots in Movie History: This video is suited for film nerds who want to enjoy the beauty of cinematography.

Experience Life – Robin Williams Motivation Tribute: Some of late actor Robin Williams’ best and most inspiring movie quotes.

Disney Motivational Quotes to Always Remember: A compilation of feel-good quotes from your favorite Pixar films.

TV episodes

“New Girl”
Season 6, episode 22 “Five Stars For Beezus”
Jess confesses her feelings for Nick, Schmitt and Cece receive exciting news and Winston connects with an important person from his life.

“Friends”
Season 2, episode 7 “The One Where Ross Finds Out”
It’s the moment we waited an entire season for – Ross and Rachel finally fall for each other for the first time.

“Queer Eye”
Season 4, episode 1 “Without Further Ado”
The “Queer Eye” crew travels to Jonathan’s hometown where they give his high school music teacher a makeover.

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“The Office”
Season 5, episode 14 “Stress Relief: Part 1”
A fire drill sends Stanley into a heart attack and Michael into panic.

“The Good Place”
Season 4, episodes 13 “Whenever You’re Ready”
The show’s finale follows its characters until the bittersweet end.

“Parks and Recreation”
Season 4, episode 6 “End of the World”
When a cult predicting the end of the world rents out a park to hold festivities, the Pawnee parks and recreation department contemplate their own lives.

“Gilmore Girls”
Season 3, episode 22 “Those Are Strings, Pinocchio”
Rory graduates from Chilton High School and marks a new chapter of her life.

“Schitt’s Creek”
Season 2, episode 2 “Family Dinner”
Moira and David struggle to cook a seemingly simple family meal while the rest of the family works to solve their own mini crises.

Social media accounts

Some Good News: An exclusively positive news outlet created by Jim, John Krasinski, from “The Office.”
Instagram
Twitter
TikTok
Facebook

Humans of New York: An account highlighting people around New York City.
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

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What About Bunny: An owner documenting her dog Bunny’s journey to “speak” with automated buttons.
Instagram
TikTok

My Day With Leo: A photographer altering images with cut-outs of celebrities’ heads.
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

This article appeared in the November 9, 2020 issue of the Hatchet.

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Iran pop singer silenced, but his song remains a protest anthem

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Shervin Hajipour's song "Baraye" draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life

Shervin Hajipour’s song “Baraye” draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life – Copyright Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)/AFP –

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Even though he has been silenced, Iranian pop singer Shirvin Hajipour’s impassioned song in support of protests over Mahsa Amini’s death in custody remains an unofficial anthem of the movement.

The song “Baraye” notched up 40 million views on Instagram before it was deleted when Hajipour was arrested, but he has since been freed on bail and has distanced himself from politics, likely as a condition for his release.

Baraye, the Persian word “For” or “Because”, is composed of tweets about the protests and highlights longings people have for things lacking in sanctions-hit Iran, where many complain of hardship caused by economic mismanagement.

It also draws on everyday activities that have landed people in trouble with the authorities in the Islamic republic.

“For the sake of dancing in the streets; Because of the fear felt while kissing; For my sister, your sister, your sisters,” the song’s lyrics say.

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“Because of the embarrassment of an empty pocket; Because we are longing for a normal life… Because of this polluted air.”

Baraye has been heard played loudly at night from apartment blocks in Iran to show support for protests sparked by Amini’s death on September 16, after the notorious morality police arrested her for allegedly breaching rules requiring women to wear hijab headscarves and modest clothes.

It was also sung with gusto by the Iranian diaspora at rallies in more than 150 cities around the world at the weekend.

In one clip shared by the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, a group of schoolgirls without headscarves is seen singing Baraye in class with their backs to the camera.

The tune was removed from Hajipour’s Instagram account shortly after his arrest but is still widely available on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube.

– ‘Because of forced Instagram stories’ –

Hajipour’s lawyer Majid Kaveh said he was released on bail at noon on Tuesday.

The reformist Shargh newspaper said his family had been informed of his arrest in the northern city of Sari on Saturday, in a report that cited his sister Kamand Hajipour.

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She had said in an Instagram post that her parents had been informed of his arrest in a call from the city’s intelligence ministry offices.

Shortly after his release, Hajipour was back on Instagram, but this time to apologise and distance himself from politics.

“I’m here to say I’m okay,” he told his 1.9 million followers on the platform.

“But I’m sorry that some particular movements based outside of Iran — which I have had no relations with — made some improper political uses of this song.

“I would not swap this (country) for anywhere else and I will stay for my homeland, my flag, my people, and I will sing.

“I don’t want to be a plaything for those who do not think of me, you or this country,” he added.

In response to his post, many on Twitter suggested the line “Because of forced Instagram stories” should be added to the lyrics of the song.

Human rights groups including Article 19 have repeatedly called on Iran to end its use of forced confessions, which they say are false and extracted under duress or even torture.

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In one recent case, a young Iranian woman, Sepideh Rashno, disappeared after becoming involved in a dispute on a Tehran bus with another woman who accused her of removing her headscarf.

She was held by the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and appeared on television in what activists said was a forced confession before being released on bail in late August.

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