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In a recent interview with Tidal, Jay-Z opened up about his feelings towards the Grammys. In particular, he had some thoughts about why Beyonce’s Renaissance was snubbed for Album of the Year at last night’s show.
Beyonce’s Renaissance was a genuinely iconic piece of music history, and it should have won AOTY. But the record’s snub was an insult to the Recording Academy, and to Black artists.
Beyonce won four awards at this year's Grammys, but she did not win the prestigious Album of the Year award. Instead, it went to Harry Styles for his third studio album, "Harry's House." This marks the fourth straight year that Beyonce has not been awarded the AOTY award and her fans aren’t happy about it.
Beyoncé, as you may know, is not only one of the most famous and accomplished artists in history, but also the most awarded artist in the Grammys’ storied history with a whopping 32 golden gramophones to her name from her solo career and start with Destiny's Child. Her 32 wins surpassed the total held by late classical conductor Georg Solti, and she has now topped that number with her 32nd Grammy win on Sunday night.
The singer, who has a reputation for being shut out in major categories, is no stranger to the music industry’s notoriously luddite voting bloc, but this year’s Grammys felt more like a show that was ready to give Beyonce some of her due. That meant a lot of focus on her and, for that matter, the fact that no Black woman has ever won album of the year in the 21st century.
Thankfully, she did win in the best dance/electronic music album category, which put her over the top as the most-awarded artist of all time with an impressive 32 golden gramophones to her credit. She took home the honors for best R&B song, best dance/electronic recording and best traditional R&B performance, making it clear that she is now a deservedly mighty icon in both music and popular culture.
She even did a little self-deprecation when accepting her award. “I know that I have a long way to go, but this is a moment of remembrance, to recognize all the work you did, especially with the people you are closest to,” she said. She then added, “It has been an incredible journey.”
When she won the trophies, Beyonce walked away with a framed picture of herself, her husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy, a symbol of her continued commitment to family. She even gave a shoutout to her father, the late Jay-Z.
This is a huge deal for Beyonce’s fans, who have seen her dominate every category she has been nominated in for the past two decades, but who have always had to wait to see her win. Her latest album, “Renaissance,” was an ingenious queer-pop masterpiece that pushed boundaries and defied expectations with its unconventional release strategy and streaming record.
Her album has become a cultural shifter and a critical cultural touchstone, as evidenced by her single “Formation,” which pushed for greater police accountability and has been an important political statement on race in America. The song and video are both still generating debate, inspiring conversations on the world’s biggest stage.
When the Grammys decided to expand its best album award to include songwriters, producers and engineers, they made it clear that the winner needed to command respect from many different fields. This seems like a good rule of thumb, but it hasn’t been consistently followed for many years. It’s a problem that the Academy has been trying to fix, and it’s one that Beyonce and Jay-Z have long been vocal about.
During a Tidal interview with Elliott Wilson, the company’s chief content officer, Jay-Z said that he thought Beyonce deserved to win Album Of The Year at this year’s ceremony. He also reflected on his own history with the Grammys, including when he boycotted the 1999 awards in protest after his album Hard Knock Life didn’t get nominated for album of the year.
In his interview, Jay-Z explained that he thinks Beyonce deserved to win because she has a unique voice that’s not heard very often among the nominees. He pointed to how Beyonce’s work has inspired artists to create new mashup projects, such as The Grey Album and Jaydiohead.
He also noted that Beyonce is an extremely influential artist, and her work has shaped music culture in a way that few have. It’s something he’s tried to do with his own work, too.
It’s hard to imagine that Jay-Z would be upset if Beyonce won her fourth album of the year at the Grammys. That’s because he’s been nominated for that same award four times and never won, despite being a huge hit with the masses.
But the fact that he wasn’t nominated this year is a big deal. It’s a slap in the face for Beyonce, as well as all other Black artists who have gotten overlooked over the years by the Grammys.
According to Billboard, the Academy has been under fire from a number of major acts in recent years. It’s a list that’s filled with artists who have taken the Grammys to task for a variety of reasons, including their inability to give Black artists due credit and their lack of diversity.
This list includes artists such as Taylor Swift, Kehlani, Aiko and Alicia Keys. It also includes 50 Cent, who has been nominated for 14 Grammys since 2004 but won just once in 2010 for rap performance.
He’s also been the subject of a number of critiques in the past, including his decision to skip the 2017 Grammys in support of Frank Ocean, who failed to receive any nominations at that year’s ceremony. He said that he felt like “the Grammys are out of touch with the industry.”
The Weeknd, on the other hand, was shut out of the awards in 2021, and he’s been an outspoken critic of the Grammys ever since. He’s vowed to boycott the ceremony moving forward. He’s been joined by Kid Cudi, Tinashe and Scooter Braun, as well as other artists. He’s even written a letter to the Recording Academy on social media, asking them to make sure that artists of color are given fair consideration when nominating for the Grammys.
The Grammys are a massive event that is filled with some of the best music from some of the greatest artists around the world. Whether they’re new artists or long-time veterans, winning an award is a huge step forward for any artist. It can open doors and lead to even greater success, which is why the awards show has been a staple in pop culture for so many years.
But one of the most prestigious awards at the Grammys is Album Of The Year, and Beyonce’s snub for her record-breaking 2022 album Renaissance is an inexplicable slap in the face that should be a wake-up call to the Recording Academy. Despite winning four other awards on Sunday night, Beyonce was shut out of the coveted AOTY category, an omission that’s become all too familiar for the superstar.
Beyonce has been nominated in the AOTY category four times and has never won. And, according to Tidal magazine’s Elliott Wilson, JAY-Z is not pleased that his wife was snubbed for the third time in a row.
He says that the snub has made him feel like the Grammys are being "unfair" and he wants to see them change their way of doing things. This is especially true for the AOTY category, which has a history of overlooking Black women.
That’s why the rapper says he’s begging the Grammys to make the AOTY category a race. He also wants the awards to make the AOTY winner the album that’s made the most impact in their genre.
In a recent interview with Tidal, JAY-Z discussed why he felt his wife should have won Album Of The Year for her groundbreaking 2022 album Renaissance. He said that she should have won because it was a spectacular, holistic project that celebrated Blackness and queerness in a way that only she could do.
His wife’s AOTY snub is a sign that the Recording Academy is not listening to the voices that are pushing for them to be better, and it should be changed as soon as possible.
The Grammys should be a show that’s inclusive and not a show that is only dominated by the music industry’s most elite. Despite being the biggest star in music, Beyonce’s Album Of The Year snub is not just a slap in the face for the artist, it’s an insult to the Grammys themselves and their failure to understand that they should be a show that celebrates diversity in its own right rather than one that only serves as a platform for white and male musicians.
The Grammys are not a racist organization, but they do have a bias towards English speaking and English music. This is a subtle but important fact that Black people and other people of color know all too well. It’s one of the reasons why Beyonce’s AOTY snub has gotten so much attention and has been a point of conversation since she first became the most nominated artist in Grammy history.
Even before Beyonce's album of the year snub Jay-Z said Grammys'missed the mark' and made him "very angry."
The music industry awards ceremony takes place each year, but there's little to no explanation about its inner workings. Keep reading to find out who nominates and selects the winners of the most coveted award at the show.
Even before Beyonce's album of the year snub Jay-Z said Grammys'missed th'
When it comes to the awards show, Jay-Z is a firm believer that the Academy has to do a better job. In fact, he was a vocal supporter of the boycotting of the Grammys in 1999, citing how the organization hasn't always been fair to him.
At the 65th annual Grammy Awards last night, Beyonce became the most-awarded artist in history with 32 wins across her career. She also received a number of other accolades, including the Record of the Year and Best R&B Performance for her single "Formation."
However, she was snubbed for her fourth straight album of the year win. Styles took home the big prize for his third studio album Harry's House, which sold 332,000 album-equivalent units in its first week of release and topped the Billboard 200 chart.
The snub sparked a lot of anger online, with many feeling that Beyonce had deserved the award for her groundbreaking 2022 release Renaissance. The song-heavy, holistic project praised Blackness and queerness in a way that few other projects have managed to.
While Styles did have some traction in the industry, the Album of the Year is an award that has been given to a lot of artists who aren't known as pop superstars. Similarly to the Oscar for Best Picture, Album of the Year needs to be awarded to artists who command respect from multiple branches of the music industry.
In order for an album to win Album of the Year, it must be listened to by all the members of the Recording Academy. This is because the award includes songwriters, producers, engineers and featured artists, not just a singer or a group of songs. It also has to appeal to a wide range of audiences, and it needs to speak to a variety of genres.
In a recent interview with Tidal, Jay-Z expressed his disappointment that his album 4:44 didn't win the big award in 2018. He said the Academy missed a golden opportunity to give his project a well-deserved nod. He added that the album was a huge success and earned him plenty of nominations, including album of the year.
Even before Beyonce's album of the year snub Jay-Z said that the Grammys aren't for everyone. The award show is a tad shady on the ground and off the air. The most important aspect of the glitzy ceremony is that no one knows exactly who will be handed the top prize, who will be responsible for what or when. The Recording Academy's governing board is tasked with this daunting task. The award show's apologists like to claim that all is fair in a free-for-all. This shady business is the source of much ire amongst members of the media and the unwitting public. Despite this the snobs have yet to be swayed from their halo of respect and loyalty. It's a shame because the awards are an effective marketing tool for many artists whose talents can be tucked away in the basement.
Every year, the Grammy Awards are the center of endless discussion about what went wrong, what could have been better, and who is being overlooked. The event has a long and storied history of surprises, upsets, and controversies that have no doubt left fans aghast.
One of the biggest controversies of recent years was Daft Punk's 2014 album of the year win for Random Access Memories. The duo's robot-heavy homage to Eighties disco was awarded the top prize, and it also picked up three more honors. But the record's winning streak came to a screeching halt this week when it was announced that the band will not be returning for a new LP.
This isn't the first time a major act has failed to follow up on a Grammy-winning album of the year. In fact, it's a trend that has only started since 2004, when the Recording Academy decided to introduce an award for dance/electronica albums.
In the past decade, several acts have stepped down from their throne for this reason: Renaissance and Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, both of which were nominated for Album of the Year, were ignored; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar have both been shut out of this category; and a few other artists whose albums were not eligible have also had to wait a long time to see their work honored at the ceremony.
Thankfully, this year's nominees have made things slightly more interesting. The aforementioned Daft Punk's win is a testament to how well the genre has been recognized by the Grammys, and it also shows that the jury is finally ready to take a chance on music that doesn't have a straight, traditional musical lineage.
It's too early to tell whether this will be another landmark moment in the Grammys' history, but it is certainly an important one for both the EDM world and the industry as a whole. We look forward to seeing how this one plays out in the coming months and years.
During his career, Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in many blockbusters and biopics. His performances in these films have earned him multiple awards and accolades.
He is best known for his roles in The Aviator (2004), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Revenant (2015). He has also won 3 Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for his work in these films.
The 1997 epic romantic disaster film Titanic smashed box office records, earned more Academy Awards than any other movie at the time and has aged very well. James Cameron's production drew praise from critics for its dazzling special effects and compelling story, and the soundtrack was also a huge hit.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starred as Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson, two people who fell in love during the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage. They were joined by a talented cast that included Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher and Gloria Stuart.
It was a shock to the system when the ship sank, but it was also a wakeup call to mankind's complacency. The film's message stayed relevant for 20 years, and it has since inspired other movies.
Leonardo DiCaprio was last seen in the Netflix hit 'Don't Look Up'. It gathered positive reviews and was nominated for four Oscars.
Martin Scorsese's film stars DiCaprio as Howard Hughes, a billionaire who became a reclusive eccentric. The movie features many violent airplane crashes.
In addition, it includes references to drugs and alcohol. There are also some scenes that depict Hughes' struggles with OCD.
It isn't a flawless film, but it does provide an entertaining look at one of the most influential figures in American history. It's a good choice for audiences interested in the life of Howard Hughes.
As a result, DiCaprio's career has seen him take on a wide range of roles. In 1993, he received an Oscar nomination for his performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape and has since been known for his leading roles in Titanic, The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Based on the memoir written by Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street is a darkly comedic portrayal of unrestrained Wall Street hedonism and greed. It’s a ruthless tale that was made into a film by Martin Scorsese, who has been at the helm of some of Hollywood’s most memorable mob movies.
While the true-life story of Belfort and his brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont was fictionalized in The Wolf of Wall Street, it still conveys many of the underlying truths. It's a movie that isn't afraid to be honest about the sex, drugs and dwarf-tossing that were part of Belfort's life.
One of the most successful movies of recent years, The Revenant was a critical and commercial hit. It earned DiCaprio his first Academy Award for Best Actor and also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.
The film tells the story of frontiersman Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), who sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack. He must use his survival skills to get back to civilization.
Aside from DiCaprio, the movie also features Tom Hardy and Forrest Goodluck as Glass's hunting companions. It was directed by Alejandro Inarritu and filmed in Calgary, Alberta, and Argentina.
DiCaprio had researched Glass’s story and learned how to do complex long takes, but the actor says he found his performance based more on instinct than preparation. He even ate raw bison and stripped naked in subzero temperatures on location.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood. He has worked in a variety of genres from crime drama Catch Me If You Can to epic historical drama Gangs of New York. He also collaborated with Martin Scorsese for the first time in this film.
Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is set during the late 1960s and revolves around an actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) who made a hit TV western series, Bounty Law. However, his career is hitting the skids and he is not sure whether to pursue a new line of work or to continue acting.
DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, who had starred in a TV western series called "Bounty Law." The actor has been struggling to make a successful transition into the movie industry, and has a stunt double named Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). This character is meant to be a "crutch" for him, and Rick and his friend share a friendship that seems to have no end.
DiCaprio is a highly respected and versatile actor. His films range from crime dramas to historical epics, as well as science fiction and psychological thrillers. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and won three.
He has starred in a number of films, including Django Unchained (2012), Inception (2010) and Shutter Island (2010). He also has a number of movies in production, including the crime thriller The Black Hand.
Django Unchained is directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz.
In addition to the main cast, a number of supporting actors also appear in Django Unchained. Among them are Tom Wopat, Omar J. Dorsey, Don Stroud and Bruce Dern.
Django Unchained is a fantastic film that features an exceptional cast and a powerful script. It is also a must see for fans of Western movies.
Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a sci-fi action thriller set in a world where there is technology that allows people to share dreams. This is used by corporate spy “extractors” to invade their targets’ minds and steal valuable information.
DiCaprio plays the main character, Dom Cobb, who is an experienced thief of dreams. His inner torment over the loss of his wife Mal (Marion Cotillard) is an important part of the film’s narrative.
He is hired by wealthy businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe) to perform an exceptional feat of reverse extraction – planting a desired idea in a target’s mind. In exchange for the job, Saito promises to clear his criminal record.
Shutter Island is a thriller based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Deputy U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels, who investigates a psychiatric hospital on an isolated island in Massachusetts.
The movie has been praised for its claustrophobic atmosphere and gloomy mood. It is a psychological thriller that is full of twists and turns.
The film's climax is particularly tense. The story focuses on a man (DiCaprio) who suffers from hallucinations and migraines. This causes him to question the truth behind the disappearance of a woman named Rachel.
Baz Luhrmann's interpretation of the classic novel, The Great Gatsby, was polarizing among both critics and audiences. Despite some negative reviews, the film ended up earning $353 million worldwide.
The main character is Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a wealthy man who lives in a mansion next to Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). He has a hedonistic life that involves parties, bling and women.
The story revolves around Jay Gatsby's obsession with a lost love, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). She becomes his mistress and he is determined to rekindle their romance.
After his break-out performance in Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in a number of other popular films. He joined Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York in 2002, and the pair went on to make other movies together, including Shutter Island and The Aviator.
Director Martin Scorsese focuses on the earliest days of organized crime in America in this stunning historical drama, which depicts the birth of American gangs and their remorseless leaders. Daniel Day-Lewis is magnificent as Bill the Butcher, and DiCaprio is excellent as Amsterdam Vallon, the young son of one of his rivals.
The film is visually impressive, and Scorsese really brings the streets of 19th century New York to life. The city was not the clean, orderly place it is now, and its scabrous alleyways and streetscapes are reproduced to great effect by Michael Ballhaus' cinematography.
Born on September 16, 1950 in Keyser, West Virginia, Gates' father worked as a paper mill janitor and his mother cleaned houses. He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1968.
Gates received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1973. He then spent a year in Africa, working as an anesthetist at a hospital. He then went on to earn a master’s and doctorate from Clare College, Cambridge.
Gates is an American historian, author, film director, and producer. He was born in Keyser, West Virginia, on September 16, 1950. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Society for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH).
He has written many books on American history and culture. His works have been published in various countries and have been honored with numerous awards. In addition to writing, he is a documentary filmmaker. He has made over a dozen films, including several biographical documentaries.
Since 2012, Gates has been the host of PBS’s Finding Your Roots. In the series, he traces guests’ family lineages using genealogy, historical, and genetics research. He also hosts several other shows on the same topic.
In his career, Gates has been a professor at Yale University and Harvard University. He has a Ph.D. in History from Clare College, Cambridge. He has also received 55 honorary degrees. He has also been awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
He is the author of Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow. It was named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2019.
His other books include The Schomburg Library of Women Writers: A Biography and The Black Experience in America. He has also written for The New Yorker, Time magazine, and The Washington Post.
Gates is the father of two daughters, Liza and Maggie. He was married to Sharon Lynn Adams in 1979, but they divorced in 1999. He then married historian Marial Iglesias Utset. She is a professor of history at the University of Havana and has an extensive academic background.
Despite his fame, Gates prefers to keep his personal life private. He has not publicly disclosed his marital status, but he has been known to date women from time to time.
In addition to his work as an author and filmmaker, Gates is a public speaker and educator. He has appeared on television and in print media to discuss issues related to race, racism, and multiculturalism. He is also a renowned expert in African-American history and literature. He has received numerous awards, including the National Humanities Medal.
A professor of English at Harvard University and a leading cultural critic, literary scholar, and historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is known for his groundbreaking work in African history and culture. As the director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Gates is a prolific writer, cultural critic, and film maker. He is also a host of television series such as Finding Your Roots on PBS and Faces of America on PBS, which examines the genealogy of prominent figures.
Born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia, Henry Louis Gates Jr. grew up in nearby Piedmont. He attended Piedmont High School and Potomac State College before transferring as an undergraduate to Yale University, where he received a degree in history. After graduating summa cum laude, Gates won fellowships to study at Clare College of Cambridge University in England. While in Cambridge, Gates studied under the Nigerian playwright and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.
During his time at Cambridge, Gates began to explore the literary roots of African-American literature. He discovered Our Nig, the first novel written by a black person in the United States and was able to obtain the manuscript of another early novel, The Bondswoman’s Narrative. As a result of his scholarship, Gates was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow, the so-called “genius award.”
After receiving his PhD in English language and literature from Cambridge in 1979, Gates became a research assistant at the Cambridge Museum of African Art. He continued to study African literature and the connections between Africa and the Caribbean.
As an educator, Gates has focused on building academic institutions dedicated to advancing Black culture. He has been an advocate for social justice and has fought for Black intellectual equality throughout his career.
Gates is a prolific author and is considered one of the world’s foremost writers in the fields of African history and literature. He has authored or co-authored twenty-four books, as well as created twenty-one documentaries. He is a recipient of numerous awards and has been featured in various publications. He is also a popular television host, and his series Finding Your Roots has been on PBS since 2012.
A literary critic, historian, educator, and public intellectual, Henry Louis Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. His work includes uncovering the earliest known literature of African-American writers, and appreciating this history as part of the canon of Western literature. He has written and edited several books, as well as several documentary films and television series.
His latest project is a two-part PBS series examining Reconstruction, the period after the Civil War when America’s post-war gains were lost. The series will air April 9 and 16.
He has a wide range of interests, including history, literary criticism, and the theory of race. He has written and co-written several books on these topics, as well as many essays about culture.
When he isn’t working on his writing projects, Gates often speaks out about social issues that affect people of color. He has testified in an obscenity case involving rap music and has been a vocal opponent of gang violence. He was also a frequent commentator on the Fox News show The Five and has been a guest on numerous shows across TV, including FRESH AIR.
As a result, he has made a name for himself as an important voice in the discussion of race in the United States. He has been called on by many different organizations and institutions for his expertise, such as the New York Public Library, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Gates has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a National Humanities Medal and a MacArthur Fellowship. He has also been ranked among Time’s 25 Most Influential People and Ebony magazine’s Power 150 list.
The author of more than 40 books and a series of acclaimed documentary films, Gates is a widely regarded cultural authority on African-American history. He has a prestigious position as a member of the Harvard faculty and is a founding fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Gates is married twice and is father to two children, Liza and Maggie. He and his wife, Marial Iglesias Utset, both have a Ph.D. in Historical Sciences from the University of Havana. She is also a published author, with her book A Cultural History of Cuba During the U.S. Occupation, 1898-1902 highlighting how Cuban nationalism was born during the brief United States occupation of the island.
Gates is an eminent scholar and public intellectual who has made significant contributions to the field of African American history and culture. He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard. He has published or co-authored 25 books, including “The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism” and “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow,” a New York Times Notable Book of 2019.
Gates was born in Keyser, West Virginia, to Henry Louis Gates Sr. and Pauline Augusta (Coleman) Gates. He grew up in Piedmont, West Virginia, and was educated at Yale and Clare College, Cambridge, where he received his BA and MA degrees. He later earned a Ph.D. at Harvard and taught at the university for many years.
A prolific scholar and public intellectual, Gates’s writing has illuminated the rich cultural heritage of African Americans. He is a winner of the National Humanities Medal, a MacArthur Genius Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Prize for his books on African American history. He is the author of numerous essays, articles, and reviews on a wide range of topics. He has also authored or co-authored several books on African American literature and culture, including “The African American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Century” and “Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.”
He has been on the faculty at Harvard since 1991 and has served as the department chair. He has also taught at a number of other universities.
The arrest of Gates on July 16 after a citizen called 911 to report a possible break-in at Gates’ home has been met with a national debate over racial profiling, a subject that has dominated headlines this week. In the wake of Gates’s arrest, President Obama expressed his disapproval, stating that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates and calling on the United States to “stop using our law enforcement agencies as a racist instrument.”
Gates has been a prominent figure in African American culture for more than 30 years, making significant contributions to the study of African American history and culture. He is a recipient of 40 honorary degrees and has written or edited seven books on a range of topics, including slavery, race, feminism, dialect, and identity. He has also acted as a spokesperson for cultural diversity and has been the host of several documentary series, including “Wonders of the African World,” which aired on PBS in 2003.
Actor Joe Manganiello presents a very personal story of his great-grandmother, Terviz "Rose" Darakjian, surviving the Armenian Genocide. It is a devastating and heartbreaking experience that was made even more so by her being forced to witness it over and over again.
During this time, she was made to relive horrible memories, punished and murdered over and over again. It was the most excruciating and painful experience of her life.
The Armenian Genocide was a mass atrocity in which more than a million people were killed by the Ottoman government. The genocide was perpetrated during World War I, and was a part of the conflict that led to the death of millions of people across Europe.
The genocide was based on the belief that the Armenians threatened the security of the Empire. It began in 1915, shortly after the Empire entered World War I. The Armenians, who were mostly Christian, were viewed by the Turks as a threat to their religion, their culture and their economy.
In response to these threats, the Ottoman government passed laws that restricted Armenians’ rights and properties. These restrictions resulted in the deaths of many Armenians as they were forced to leave their homes and businesses, often without any food or water.
As the war continued, the Armenians were subjected to increasingly brutal actions by the Turkish government. This included the indiscriminate killing of Armenians in local massacres, as well as the deportation of their families and property to remote regions that were unsafe for them.
At the same time, the Armenian population was subjected to widespread propaganda that portrayed them as a danger to the Turkish nation and to Turkey’s national interests. These messages were designed to deter Armenians from joining the Ottoman army or enlisting in any other organization.
By 1915, the number of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire had dwindled to about 1.5 million. This was a small minority in the Ottoman Empire, which was a vast territory encompassing parts of Eastern Anatolia (today’s Turkey), West Asia, North Africa and Southeast Europe.
However, the Turks did little to protect their citizens from attacks by other ethnic groups in their region, such as Kurds and Turkmen. This resulted in the Armenians forming their own self-defense groups, which attempted to defend the lives of the Armenian people.
The Turkish government used these self-defense groups as a pretext to launch an anti-Armenian campaign that resulted in the massacre of the entire Armenian population. This included women and children.
Slavery, a term used to describe the practice of using human beings as property, has long been an international issue. It was banned globally in 1981, but many people continue to be enslaved in various ways around the world today.
Slaves were generated in a number of ways, but they were most commonly captured in wars or on slave-raiding expeditions. They were also sold into slavery by their parents or other relatives. Slavery can also be the result of a person being sold into it to pay off debts.
The most common enslaved people were domestic slaves, whose work was primarily in the household of the owner. They were generally considered to be the lowest level of the hierarchy, and they often merged with their owners’ families. They could serve as a source of food, shelter and clothing for their masters, or they might be married or have children.
They were subject to a number of regulations designed to keep them obedient and under control. Their lives were governed by a strict set of laws called the Slave Codes, which prohibited them from testifying against their owners in court, making contracts, gathering without white permission, traveling beyond their own plantations, visiting homes of free blacks or whites, acquiring firearms, and possessing anti-slavery literature.
One of the most dehumanizing conditions that enslaved people endured was the constant threat of sale. Even if they had a benevolent master, they knew that financial loss or other personal crisis would lead to their emancipation and forced sale at auction. This was particularly true of women, whose husbands and children were sometimes taken away from them.
Abolitionists campaigned to end the practice of slavery in many countries, including the United States. This was particularly important in the South, where the vast majority of enslaved African Americans lived.
Throughout history, slavery has come in various forms, from the domestic type that dominated the South to the exploitative practice of modern-day human trafficking. Slavery is a problem that affects people of all backgrounds and nations.
People can become enslaved in many ways, but it usually occurs as the result of poverty and exclusion. The most vulnerable are women and children, and those who are unable to defend themselves or their families. They may be pressed into dangerous work in dangerous conditions, such as seamstresses in sweatshops or child soldiers.
In his newest episode of PBS’s Finding Your Roots, actor Joe Manganiello presents a harrowing story about his great-grandmother survivor of the Armenian Genocide. It's the latest revelation in a series that previously told Edward Norton that his 12th great-grandmother was Pocahontas, and it also reveals that Manganiello is descended from slaves.
The World War I was a devastating global conflict that shattered empires, created new nations, and shaped a new order in the world. Its brutal realities and the terms imposed by the Treaty of Versailles shocked Germany and contributed to conditions that led to the rise of the Nazi Party in the decades following the war.
During the war, art and literature portrayed gruesome images of the horrors experienced by combatants in trenches and in barracks. The grim reality of the war was portrayed as a tragedy, a human catastrophe, and a moral failure. This type of representation reflected how the war affected people's sense of self, their sense of morality, and their sense of society as a whole.
One of the many stories the team discovered on Manganiello's mother's side involved his ancestor Rose Darakjian. During the Armenian Genocide, Rose and her husband were murdered by the Turks in front of their children. Then, she strapped her last child to her back and fled the village. She swam across the Euphrates River to seek refuge, but she discovered that her baby had drowned during the swim, according to Gates.
After fleeing the village, she lived in a cave with other refugees until she was eventually picked up by German military. There, she was impregnated by a German officer, and gave birth to a half-German baby, the actor explains.
This week's episode also explores the impact of the war on the United States, and the aftermath that followed it. The war sparked debates over gender identity and gender roles, and many Americans struggled to accept the new standards that were emerging. Some embraced them, while others harshly rejected the changes. The repression that ensued after the war left a lasting mark on the nation.
The American Revolution was an extraordinary event that changed the world, but its effects weren't just limited to America. Many other nations began their own political movements after the Revolution, which reflected some of its guiding principles -- natural human rights, popular sovereignty, balanced government, the rule of law, and more.
The French Revolution, for example, grew out of America's Declaration of Independence, which was adopted as a template by revolutionaries in France. In addition, the American Revolution created a democratic republic, a form of government that would be emulated by other countries for decades to come.
While the Revolution's mythology today distorts its actual importance, it paved the way for some of our greatest social and political developments. It set the stage for debates about slavery, one-man-one-vote, and universal suffrage.
Another impact of the Revolution was its effect on Native Americans. The new United States of America opened up western settlement to land-hungry settlers, which caused most Indian tribes to lose their lands in the war's aftermath.
Despite the devastating losses in the backcountry, many Indians did participate in diplomatic relationships with the new nation, hoping to regain some of their lost lands. Some even fought in the Revolutionary War against British Regulars.
Joe Manganiello, the actor who appeared in a "Finding Your Roots" episode alongside former pro football player Tony Gonzalez, was surprised to find out that his great-grandmother was an Armenian Genocide survivor. After her husband and seven of her eight children were killed, she escaped with her eighth child by swimming across the Euphrates River. Her baby drowned on her back, but she made it to the other side alive.
He also learned that his fifth great-grandfather, Plato Turner, was an African child slave brought to the US during the peak of slavery and freed when the nation abolished it. He joined the Continental Army and fought alongside Blacks for the colonies against the British in non-segregated units.
During the season, several celebrities were presented with family mysteries they had been puzzled over for years. Edward Norton, Julia Roberts, and Claire Danes all found surprising new revelations about their ancestry. Watch the exclusive clip above to see if the mystery in Manganiello's lineage makes you want to dig into your own family tree.