This book is a marvelous opus which deserves to be recognized for its innovative approach to the topic of Anti-Italianism. As William J. Connell affirms, "The essays in this volume were written... with the idea of looking very hard at the experiences Italian Americans have had with issues of discrimination and stereotyping." And it does so with a c...

Il cinema, quella macchina meravigliosa e un po' magica che ha cambiato, influenzato, educato e diseducato intere generazioni nel corso dell'ultimo secolo.   Come tutti i media, il cinema nasconde delle insidie, specie per lo spettatore pigro o ingenuo: informazioni romanzate, parziali, unilaterali, a volte dolosamente scorrette, sono state...

The federal monitor overseeing reforms to the NYPD have proposed federal rules for NYPD training which will include an old Italian stereotype. New recruits will get intense training on how to avoid expressing stereotypical assumptions that spotlight minorities or other groups, or that set them apart from others.   According to the New Y...

The first Italians who came to the US during the mass migration age spent their first years basically without any right. Some of them because they considered themselves "birds of passage": they came to the US with the full intent of making money and then come back to Italy. Some of them because they weren't interested in losing their Italian citize...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition has added Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Foods to its "Wall of Shame". Johnsonville Foods has been singled out for continuing to air a commercial for its 'Family Brats' that features a character resembling Tony Soprano. The spot depicts a family barbeque and is riddled with worn out organized crime refere...

In a bid to challenge Italian stereotypes, two young Italians set up a dedicated Twitter account, which is run each week by a different person. The Local spoke to the founders of 'I am Italy' to find out how they are revamping Italy's image. "We're evolving from the 'mafia, spaghetti, mamma' image of the average Italian, to a country that is becom...

With the exception of Louis Zamperini in 2014 "Unbroken", it has been almost impossible to find Italian American positive characters in the Hollywood storytelling of last decades. While Italian Americans have proved their talent and their hardworking attitude with an exceptional positive contribution to American society, economy, culture in any pos...

by Cookie Curci   With the exception of a few films or TV series, today's Italian-American actors have become little more than a cookie-cutter image of the nefarious mobster. Italian American film characters have been limited to the roll of mob boss or Mafia hit men. With the popularity of HBO's "The Soprano's" and the constant resurgence of...

Don't sweat the small stuff... It's a freaking commercial? Not too long ago a proud Italian American commented on an Italian commercial that appeared to be stereotypic. And went on to state, "I do not sweat the small stuff... It's a freaking commercial!"   If it were just one commercial I would whole heartedly agree. we may try to defend ne...

Incontriamo John Viola a Washington, nella sede della NIAF. Fuori ci hanno accolto le due bandiere a noi più care, che simbolizzano ciò che da quasi 40 anni fa la National Italian American Foundation. Parliamo con un Presidente di 29 anni, e non possiamo non essere curiosi: il paragone con cosa accade in Italia è improponibile. Dobbiamo confessare...