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Richard Orlando Biondi was born in Endicott, New York, in 1932 to Rose and Michael Biondi, a homemaker and a fireman.   Growing up in the Italian neighborhood known as the Nob, Dick described himself as a kid who was always yakking.  A devout Catholic, he intended to enter the priesthood.   But things changed when eight-year-old Dick, while spendin...

Every year, The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum selects and funds eight documentaries that depict and explore the Italian-American experience for the benefit of future generations. The number of applications received nearly doubled from last year, and the committee was inspired by the host of resonant topics covered within the proposed f...

When most people want to donate something, they go to the Salvation Army because Salvation Army has spent years branding themselves as the place to go if you want to donate something. There are thousands of charities out there. Some are arguably more charitable than the Salvation Army. So why do we go to the Salvation Army? Because no one sees any...

When even Michele Obama publicly declared her obsession with My Brilliant Friend and Elena Ferrante’s other books, known as the Neopolitan Novels, as did Hillary Clinton, Jonathan Franzen, James Franco, Elizabeth Strout, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ethan Hawk, James Wood, Stoya, and many others – a collection of characters ranging from the first lady to a famou...

The United States and Italy strengthened their ongoing commitment to the bilateral relationship during the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue, November 19-20, 2018. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte launched the dialogue at the White House on July 30 to focus on improving security and stabilization efforts...

Il primo container di olio Evo italiano garantito dalla blockckain salperà a inizio di dicembre con destinazione Stati Uniti. Questa è la fine della prima puntata di una bella storia di made in Italy che sa valorizzarsi con la tecnologia e che avrà un seguito. Un progetto italiano pensato, avviato e concluso a tempi record per tutelare l’olio extra...

"Cappuccino with aubergines? C’mon madame, don’t do that... More touch! ". An expression, the latter one, which in Italian means "bad dead people" but that pronounced in English sounds like the Roman dialect expression “Mortacc’”, a sort of mix between a curse and a exclamation of amazement. Can we still laugh at stereotypes about Italians in the U...

Dan Peterson, a short, white-haired, 82-year-old man who looked perfectly Italian in a puffy vest over a sharp gray suit, took his courtside seat before a recent Olimpia Milano basketball game. “Buonasera, coach!” his fans said. They wanted handshakes. They wanted selfies. They wanted to say they had met Dan Peterson. Peterson is one of the most ov...

FamilySearch International announced free access to over 150 million Italian historical genealogical records—the largest online collection of its kind. The unprecedented initiative is the result of collaboration between FamilySearch, the Italian government, the Italian State Archives (Direzione Generale per gli Archivi or DGA), and many other archi...

It was well after dark on a Saturday night in January 1963 when the Don Shirley Trio took the stage in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The program of show tunes, jazz and classical music, the local paper reported, was “brilliant and exciting and warmly received by the large crowd.” But its famed leader and pianist, Don Shirley, who was black, knew his welcom...

Saying the blessing on Thanksgiving in my family can take a long time. First of all, there are a lot of us — my two brothers, three stepbrothers, wives, kids, aunts, uncles and, until they passed a few years ago, my grandparents. Saying the blessing on Thanksgiving, Christmas or other rare occasions when the 15 to 20 of us are together usually invo...

Giuliano Gerbi, chi era costui? Sì, il fratello di mio padre Antonello, braccio destro del banchiere Raffaele Mattioli. Ma oggi il suo nome non dice nulla ai più. Eppure ci fu un tempo in cui tutti lo conoscevano: in particolare quando l’EIAR (la RAI di allora) lo incaricò di seguire come principale radiocronista il Tour de France, in programma dal...