'Mr. Robot' took home a Golden Globe, but the creator's speech was the win of the night.

The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards had much to offer in the way of memorable moments.

From Rachel Bloom's joyful fist pump to Denzel Washington's four-minute advertisement for reading glasses. And who could forget the nudge felt round the world?



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But one acceptance speech stood out in the best way and had fans cheering in every corner of the globe.

Freshman series "Mr. Robot" won the coveted award for Best Television Series-Drama, topping "Game of Thrones" and ratings darling "Empire."

Ecstatic creator and showrunner Sam Esmail accepted the award, thanking the cast, crew, and his fiancee, actress Emmy Rossum, who introduced him to the show's star, Rami Malek.

Esmail holds the statuette on stage at the Golden Globes. The show's star, Malek, stands on the far right. Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images.

Esmail also took a moment to appreciate his family in the United States and Egypt, saying "shukran," which is "thank you" in Arabic.

It was a seemingly small moment, but for many Arab-Americans hungry for representation, it was one that couldn't come too soon.

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Here's Esmail, an Egyptian-American writer and director, accepting one of Hollywood's biggest awards for the show he created, which also stars Malek, an Egyptian-American leading man.

Needless to say, fans on social media were beyond excited.



But Arab-German filmmaker and director (and Twitter must-follow) Lexi Alexander may have said it best.

The evening was another poignant reminder about the importance of representation in Hollywood.

If fans want to see more diverse narratives and characters on the small screen, then a major shift needs to occur behind the scenes. As actress Viola Davis said in her passionate acceptance speech at last year's Emmy awards, "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."


GIF from the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards/Fox.

So here's to Sam Esmail and the growing band of writers, directors, producers, and executives from traditionally underrepresented groups taking their spot at the table.

They're changing minds, setting new norms, and creating some of Hollywood's most unforgettable characters and stories in the process.

Christian Slater (third from left) also snagged a Golden Globe for "Mr. Robot" for Supporting Actor in a Series Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television. Photo by Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Take a minute to watch Esmail's speech in its entirety. Warning, you may cheer/cry without warning.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

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Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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