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Leading the Chicago Cubs Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies in home runs (4), RBI (16), slugging percentage (.806) and on-base plus slugging (1.206), Team Italy slugger Robel Garcia is currently third in batting average (.323). Playing second and third base defensively, the 26-year-old infielder is making his second attempt to break into MLB afte...

The AIFIC Board of Directors regret to inform our supporters that on March 29th a decision was taken to dissolve the organization. AIFIC is proud of its achievements since its inception and of creating a two way bridge between Italy and the United States through cultural exchanges among young artists of both countries.  After various attempts to re...

A new book is forthcoming from Sanniti Publications. It’s a novel called Family Matter (cover photo above). I have been working on this novel for several years, and after numerous revisions, it’s now where I want it. As the title suggests, it’s a family story, or rather several of them which form the “matter” of which Family Matter is made. They ar...

In “Italianitá,” William (Bill) Giovinazzo explores the culture and history of Italians and Italian Americans – from the time when the Greeks colonized Italy to the influx of Italian immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries to John Travolta strutting his stuff in a New York disco. Giovinazzo describes “Italianitá” or the essence of being Italian,...

Pixar is casting voices for an upcoming animated film. We’re looking for female and male actors age 10 – 15 years old. The characters are fun, energetic, and adventurous kids from Italy. We’re looking for actors who: Can speak with or naturally have an Italian accent. Feel comfortable speaking a few words or sentences in Italian. Are enthusiastic,...

The Italian American One Voice Coalition, a national organization dedicated to defending Italian Americans against bias and defending their heritage, is campaigning to save Columbus Day in Vermont. The group is based in Bloomfield NJ. Andre DiMino, Communications Director of the organization, was a guest on WDEV Radio Vermont and the Gene Valicenti...

In the letters Christopher Columbus wrote about his exploration of the islands he landed on and traveled through in 1492, he describes the land, people and climate he encountered. He doesn’t mention his journey across the Atlantic – that seafaring information was in a journal that has its own scrutiny. As with the letters, the journal was also hand...

According to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the U.S. Direct Investment outflow to Italy has reached an amount of $6.75 billion dollars in 2018. This value, which does not correspond to the cumulative level of investment (stock), represents the yearly outflow registered in 2018 and it has not been subject to seasonally...

Writer and poet Frances Mayes lives the kind of life most of us can only dream about. Wandering through Italy, she and her husband, Ed, came upon a villa in the Tuscan town of Cortona. They bought and restored the villa, an effort she chronicled in her deeply charming best-seller Under the Tuscan Sun, which was later made into a film starring Diane...

One of the most common news stories about the Catholic Church in recent years involve parish closures. These events often gain local attention and time from time get coverage nationally. When the story is national, the closure(s) sometimes seems as if this is something generalizable. The national data seem to fit this characterization with the Chur...

There was no Little Italy near the small suburb of Dallas where I grew up. Instead, there was Buca di Beppo. Among my classmates, Buca di Beppo was the go-to destination for birthday parties. The atmosphere was always raucous, the platters of food were so massive that they demanded sharing, and ogling at the sundry black-and-white photos of Italian...

On March 14, 1891 a mob of anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 people hung, shot and clubbed 11 Italian immigrants outside Parish Prison in New Orleans. This was the largest recorded mass lynching in American history. Nine of the immigrants had been charged with the murder of the city’s police chief, David Hennessy. A lawful trial had been held and the j...