Inspire a Generation
The first Italian American Who’s Who is here!
Dozens of stories, celebrities and common people in alphabetical order as in a directory. The First Italian American Who’s Who is here: the first collection ever of the Italian American biographies. A loving tribute to the memory of our community, and a legacy for the generations to come. But also an opportunity to find members of the family and friends you have lost track of.
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A virtual country
of 90 milion
Italians care about the details. Americans know how to dream big, because they can see the big picture. And Italian Americans? The simply mix the best from them both. Franky in New York is a digital project that unites – more than ever – Italians and Italian Americans, in a daily stream of news, stories, exchange of ideas and opportunities to inspire a New Renaissance.
It’s the door to a country with a population of 90 million people. The first Digital Nation ever.
Sow a Thought, reap an action
Human connections are the only things that matter. Italians and Italian Americans have much more in common than a last name or some ancestors. They share one of the most beautiful languages of the world, and memories of a country and a culture that have no equal anywhere else.
Words, beauty, food, friendship. These are the Four Human Elements we work on to put together USA and Italy in a new way, far from the traditional narrative.
“I love my heritage, I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African”. Alicia Keys has fire in her, and it totally owes it to Teresa Augello, her native Sicilian mother who literally made the impossible to give her daughter the best chances. And she succeded. Read more…
Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and producer. His mother, Gloria Campano, is of Italian descent, daughter of Angelo J. Campano, and niece of Pasqualina Cilla. Bradley’s maternal grandmother was Assunta DeFrancesco, who was born in Ripa Teatina, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy.
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born in Astoria, Queens, NYC, to an Italian American family. Her father Fred was of German and Swiss descent, while her mother Catrine Gallo comes from Sicily. At seventeen, while moving to Canada, she spent two weeks in the woods with her dog Sparkle trying to find herself.
What the Boss and “Pizza al metro” have in common? We’d say a kind woman named Adele. Bruce is son of Doug and Adele Zerilli, of Italian descents from Vico Equense, where the famous “Pizza al metro” was born. And this is his sense of Italian life, as he explained in his autobiography “Born to Run”.
MICHELEBarber and painter
“Big Mike” has loved Michelangelo and Leonardo since he was a kid. Now he’s becoming an artist of his own, and maybe some of their talent is helping him through his path. No doubt his Italian roots are helpful, too.
Living in a typical numerous Italian family can have some of pathological: no privacy, children are jealous each other… But you can have an artistic advantage. Want an example? Susan Criscione, or we’d better say Sarandon: she is of Italian mother, Lenora Marie Criscione. Being part of kind of Italian tribe had a role in Susan’s art.
Franky in New York has been around quite a lot lately. We have spread the word about us and our mission during pleasant chats with some dear friends.
Go to the links below and listen to what Franky has to say!
An Italian American conversation with Bob Sorrentino: episode of Italian Roots And Genealogy podcast, available on Bob’s blog at www.italiangenealogy.blog/italian-americans/, on YouTube at https://youtu.be/U3-YJCS4aeI, or via podcast at www.buzzsprout.com/1018771/9542701
An Italian Sunday Dinner Party with the friends from Italian Roots and Genealogy: to watch the episode go to https://youtu.be/87ECoJmeiGg
WHAT WE ALSO DO…
Have you got a story to tell? A passion to celebrate? A tribute to pay? Tell us, and we can make a book out of your ideas!
Do like Charlie Zito (www.limonsole.com), who has been collecting Sicilian proverbs all his life and now has a book of them…
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH A WORD
Italian is the fourth language in the world to be studied. Yet, Italian among Italian Americans is dropping deep: in the last years half of the Italian Americans have quit speaking Italian. Shall we surrender? You bet not. Franky in New York is here also to spread the beauty of the Italian words, one word at a time. That’s why we promote the beauty of the Italian language not running classes but friendly conversations around a pizza, a caffè or any other Italian food, sharing unknown stories, facts, news, talking about past and future.
Also in times of social distancing, we keep in touch with our friends: email us at email@example.com and reserve your virtual Italian conversation!