Born to Southern Italian immigrants in the Hudson Valley region of New York, Dolores Alfieri Taranto was raised with old world values and traditional mores, an experience that greatly influenced her character and work. Her parents emigrated from the Campania region of Italy not long after their wedding day, bringing with them a view of child raisin...

Joyce Mariani, Executive Director of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation and founder of the Cleveland Italian Film Festival, was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 18, 2023.  Basil M. Russo nominated Joyce Mariani to receive this prestigious award.   Basil Russo is the national president of the Order of Italian Sons...

Little Italy Future Leaders (LIFL), sponsored by Italian Sons and Daughters of America, is a brand new culture and networking initiative developed by Northeast Ohio’s younger Italian American generations. LIFL will celebrate its launch the right way by throwing an authentic sausage-making party at the Italian American Museum of Cleveland — located...

Basil M. Russo remains resolute. The fight is onward. To the U.S. Supreme Court we go! The next battleground is the biggest. Judge Russo leads the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO). This past January, he and COPOMIAO made history when, through their youth committee, headed by John Viola and Patrick O’Boyle,...

Some time ago, while counting the number of interviews published, I realized that I was approaching the three hundredth, and that keeping the current pace I would get there with the second to be published in February 2023. That's why I'm so glad that the 300th interview of We the Italians is this one. Because it is truly one of the most important a...

“An experience that may not change your life (I’m not sure yet), but which gives you a new perspective, new and interesting horizons, new self-management strategies”. I summarize here in one sentence the impact and my experience at the IAFL, the Conference of Italian-American Future Leaders from 13 to 16 January 2023 in Fort Lauderdale (Florida) wh...

EPISODE 250. The trio get together for a milestone of a podcast. They talk about the difference from Episode 1 until now, recap the weekend in Florida for the first ever Italian American Future Leaders Conference, and sit down with many special guests from the conference who helped achieve in what hopes to be a historic weekend in Italian-American...

Dear friends, 2023 has begun with lots of exciting and wonderful news! First, the new yearbook of We the Italians is available, with the 23 interviews (in Italian and English) published during 2022. You can find a preview and buy a copy here. In 2022 we interviewed 26 people, friends of We the Italians, who gave us 23 different points of view on 23...

January 13-15 2023 Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States https://youtu.be/jqbSpRd3bBg https://youtu.be/7p1wnhwWtJw https://youtu.be/FIHS6o8MxFM 

The precedent-setting IAFL Conference — sponsored by COPOMIAO — has reached its midpoint, and COPOMIAO VP John Viola is setting the stage for a new wave of leaders to uphold our heritage, elevate our culture and promote our history — starting with Columbus. View the IAFL social media slideshow here. Conference organizers were struck by the impassio...