Quote To Start Your Week:
“For the feel of peace / For the sun after long nights / For women, life, freedom / For freedom / For Freedom / For Freedom.”
A translation of Iranian singer-songwriter Shervin Hajipour’s song “Bareye.” Hajipour won a Grammy for this song, becoming the first-ever recipient of the award for Best Song for Social Change. “Bareye” (which means “because of” or “for the sake of” in Farsi) has become an Iranian protest anthem. Hajipour was arrested after releasing the song but was later released on bail. “The 25-year-old singer faces charges of ‘propaganda against the regime’ and ‘instigating the violence,’ according to Human Rights Activists in Iran,” The Associated Press reports. Listen to “Bareye” here.
P.S. Looking for a quick Grammys catch-up? Harry Styles won album of the year and Beyoncé made history by becoming the artist to win the most Grammy awards ever. Check out the red carpet looks here. But we're thankful for Hajipour's story for much needed perspective.
🗓 THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday: President Biden will deliver his State of the Union address. For some background on what the annual speech is and why it matters, check out our overview from last year. You can watch it many places, including on the White House’s YouTube account. Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders will give the Republican response. Also, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will be interviewed by billionaire Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein in a highly-anticipated conversation. (P.S. The Carlyle Group is “one of the world’s largest and most diversified global investment firms.”) And, on this day in 1867, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the semiautobiographical series “Little House,” was born. One of our favorite quotes from her: “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”