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  • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (Photo Credit: ABC)
    Let’s face it: the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony won’t be remembered as an Italian-American night, yet we owe a few rare highlights in an otherwise soporific TV gala to some Italian American artists. Thank you Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Nick Vallelonga (through the surprise victory of “Green Book”). Also, a shout out to Bob Persichetti and Italian Sara Pichelli for their “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which won Best Animated Feature.
  • Boccadasse, a former fishermen’s village now part of Genoa, Liguria.
    Living the Italian Dream: Part IV. Marilyn Ricci went to Italy to meet her Italian relatives and then decided to settle in Chiavari. 100% Italian-American raised within a huge Italian-American family, in 2015 she founded a travel company that assists others like her to find their Italian town or region of origin.
  • Boston Public Library (detail) Sacco & Vanzetti demonstration in Boston, March 1, 1925
    Consider nominating a 1927 immigrant recording protesting on behalf of Sacco and Vanzetti to the National Recording Registry.
  • Art & Culture
    Amy Riolo(January 03, 2018)
    A journey through DC’s Italian roots while enjoying its contemporary Italian-centric culture. The city’s strong ties to the Italian sense of beauty have remained steady through modern times.
  • Meet artist Margaret Ricciardi, born 103 years ago in Brooklyn to immigrants from Calitri (Avellino). Joining her in as she recounts her family memories and her life as an artist, is Margaret’s niece, Laura Erikson. This interview is a preview, part of the Second Season of the I-ITALY TV SERIES "Grandparents and Grandchildren in Italian America." And stay tuned for the full video.
  • Joseph Guagliardo, national president of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian-American Organizations
    Joseph Guagliardo, national president of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian-American Organizations, recounts how the “Columbus Controversy” started in New York and explains why it touches all Italian Americans, “both the blue-collars and the bluebloods,” as he says. He emphasizes that his family came to the U.S. in 1906 and had nothing to do with American slavery or what Columbus did 550 years ago—on which, he notes, scholars still disagree. “We came looking for a better life. We learned about Columbus in school here, and it became our thing.”
  • Barnes & Noble Announces More Than 100 Italian-American Authors Marching Up Fifth Avenue in the Columbus Citizens Foundation's Annual Columbus Day Parade. Chairman and Founder of Barnes & Noble Leonard Riggio Is this year's Grand Marshal and created the theme "A Celebration of Italian-American Authors" Barnes & Noble Will Hand Out 50,000 Copies of The Constitution of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence for Free at the Parade. Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, had this to say; "The Columbus Citizens Foundation is so honored to have Leonard Riggio as this year's Grand Marshal in our 73rdannual parade. His celebration of Italian-American authors and his creation of this year's Parade theme are both clear indications of the Parade's intention of celebrating Italian-American culture and achievement."
  • "Italics." There are more than 250 million people around the world who belong to a community that began with Italy. Many of them don’t speak Italian, don’t live in Italy, and perhaps haven’t even been there. Despite this, they feel as if Italy is a part of their being. This “Italian” identity outside of Italy began thanks to emigration, but it has since developed into something more. Piero Bassetti—a renowned entrepreneur, politician, and public intellectual—defines this feeling as “Italicity.” Bassetti presented his new book and manifesto, "Let’s Wake Up Italics!" at the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

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