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“Mancino” in Italian translates as left-handed or, in boxing circles, “southpaw.” However, Raymond Michael Mancino, born in Youngstown, Ohio, on March 4, 1961, was neither a southpaw nor Mancino to the boxing fraternity. The orthodox pressure fighter soon became known as Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini in the professional ranks. Years ago, many Italian Ame...

You may have seen him at the movies, or at a play, or on the Internet, or maybe in the news while giving fiery words about the life of Vito Marcantonio. Regardless, you probably had the chance to see him or hear him, since he is continuously present in the entertainment life of New York, in one manner or another. Now you’ll have the chance to hear...

The Guglielmo Marconi Award, the Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America’s (OSDIA) highest honor, is named for the Nobel prize-winning Italian physicist who invented wireless telegraphy. It is presented biennially to an Italian American who has made significant contributions to the United States. This year’s honoree is U.S. Representative Thomas...

The Italian American ONE VOICECoalition (“ONE VOICE”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, continues its new initiative to bring interesting facts about the Italian American experience in America with concise, interesting and fact-filled videos. Dubbed “The ONE VOICE Minute” the second edition, released today, con...

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was born on May 12, 1925 in St. Louis Missouri to Italian immigrant parents. He started playing baseball in the local legion leagues, where he learned the fundamentals of batting and catching. Originally, Yogi Berra was overlooked by the St. Louis Cardinals in favor of his friend Joe Garagiola Sr., however that was some...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce, for the fourth year, it is funding a scholarship in partnership with Accademia Teatro alla Scala, one of the most renowned institutions for training professionals in the performing arts, and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP), an internationally recognized...

The most interesting thing about Ron Howard’s “Pavarotti” isn’t so much its celebration of the world’s most famous tenor, but rather the story of how that tenor brought his craft into the cultural mainstream. “Pavarotti” is the story of opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, who rose from humble Italian obscurity to blossom into one of the world’s most...

This week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour is one for the ages, when most of the gang reassembles in New York City for the chance to spend an incredible day with America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani.  Known for leading one of the most transformative eras in the history of America’s great metropolis, Mayor Giuliani sat down with us for over tw...

Originally called “Figli d’Italia,” the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® was established in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City on June 22, 1905, by Vincenzo Sellaro, M.D., and five other Italian immigrants who came to the United States during the great Italian migration (1880-1923). Their aim was to create a support system...

The 500X also happens to come with all-wheel drive as standard, disconnecting rear axle, and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Revisions include different bumpers, full-LED headlights and fog lamps, adaptive cruise control, and Front Park Assist. Customers who prefer a more individual 500X can choose the Urbana Edition, priced at $895 more than...

Martin Scorsese’s latest movie, Rolling Thunder Revue is out on Netflix and it chronicles the concert tour by Bob Dylan of the same name in 1975-1976. In the film, Dylan’s penchant for theatrical performance is on full show as he appeared on stage in the makeup of a clown. But, it’s the music, which is the focus, as Scorsese says. The director of s...

John Domini’s The Color Inside a Melon is published today. He shares five novels of Italian-American immigration, noting, “The Great American Novel, that creature of legend, could only be a novel of immigration. Newcomers—willing or otherwise—created this catchall of a country, and the ongoing wrangle of assimilation defines both the Bohemians of W...