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The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces its support of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s official statement, issued on Friday, April 12, apologizing for the largest mass lynching in United States history. The proclamation relates to the 1891 lynching of 11 Italian immigrants who were accused of murdering Police Chief David Henne...

The winds of change swept through the Sacramento Kings organization on Thursday, when lead executive Vlade Divac decided to relieve Dave Joerger of his head coaching duties. Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton is one of the front-runners for the position, but San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina would reportedly be highly interested in...

Taking ownership of a bygone controversy, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell formally apologized Friday to the families of 11 Italian immigrants who were lynched in the city more than a century ago. She condemned anti-immigrant violence of all forms. Cantrell blasted the long-ago attack before an enthusiastic crowd of 50 at the American Italian Cult...

Sleuthing through dusty old papers and online newspaper archives, Charlotte Cox believes she has uncovered unknown details about the history of what we now call Fiesta San Antonio. And playing a lead role in the century-old drama was Pompeo Coppini, the Italian-born sculptor perhaps best known for the Alamo Cenotaph and the Littlefield Fountain at...

In this week’s special edition of the Italian American Power Hour host John Viola, just back from the Big Easy, presents a special travel journal sharing his multi-year relationship with one of his favorite Italian American events of the year, the Annual St. Joseph’s Day Weekend in New Orleans, LA. This year, John had the honor of serving as the ev...

A historical marker on the lawn of Our Lady of the Lake Church along oxbow Lake Chicot's shoreline sums up a melancholy episode from the end of the 19th century: "In 1895, Austin Corbin, a New York banker and land developer, working with immigration officials, brought 100 families from north central Italy to grow cotton at Sunnyside, a plantation l...

In the shadow of the city skyline, among a large cluster of Victorian-era houses, Italian Houstonians reminisced on their history and how their families came to become established within Sixth Ward and Greater Houston. Archaeology Now held the Ciao Houston Heritage Tour on Saturday afternoon, teaching attendees about Houston’s 1900s Italian communi...

“These sneaking and cowardly Sicilians, the descendants of bandits and assassins, who have transported to this country the lawless passions, the cut-throat practices, and the oath-bound societies of their native country, are to us a pest without mitigations…These men of the Mafia killed Chief Hennessy in circumstances of peculiar atrocity…Lynch law...

Sunday, May 19, 2019. 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT. Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045. Early bird registration $25, by April 19 (limited availability!). Regular price online $35. At the door $40. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its second annual Houston Pasta Festival — a celebration of Italy’s gift to t...

If you've got Italian on the mind, a recent opening is need-to-know. Called Redfish Pizza, the newcomer is located at 4221 Williams Blvd. Striving to provide "fresh, quality food at a reasonable price," according to the business's website, Redfish Pizza was filmed by the American Road Trip crew for its Netflix special and recognized as one of Kenne...

The transformation of Borgo Food Station into Mina Ristorante is almost complete. Chef Monica Fallone and her husband and business partner Luis Mancera will debut their new Italian restaurant on Monday, April 8. “I have always created spaces where I can present my Italian family’s traditional recipes to friends and restaurant-goers that love to eat...

Although Progresso is now known for its selection of canned soups, the company got its start by selling canned Italian foods to Italian Americans living in New Orleans. Now, the company also produces chili, stock, beans, balsamic vinegar, breadcrumbs, and more. Read on for eight facts you might not know about Progresso. 1. PROGRESSO'S HISTORY DATES...