Next time you’ll hear someone saying “Il Molise non esiste” (Molise doesn’t exist), you can reply that indeed it does – because now you have the proof. From this little, almost forgotten Italian region that has the highest national rate of migration, Rizzetta starts his giving back to his Italian heritage. Matt is the young president and CEO of North 6th Agency, a successful brand communications and social media agency based in New York and Toronto. But he has never forgotten his roots, and now time has come for him to give back to his ancestors’ land.
Matt Rizzetta is the new owner of S.S. Città di Campobasso, the soccer team that is emerging from the lowest series to the Pro soccer rankings heading towards Serie C. “For the moment we’re just the underdogs, but in the long term we want to become competitive and to make the Serie A”. To Matt, owning the Campobasso is much more than an entrepreneurial challenge: it’s a loving tribute to his heritage, to his grandfather who taught him to love football, and a way to help the economy of this part of Italy. “If I’ve achieved my goals in life, it’s thanks to my Italian roots. Now it’s my turn to give back”.
What is it like being an Italian American? A stereotype? Or rather a mix of cultures and traditions? Mike Fiorito, a Newyorker from an Italian family, explores the vivacious universe of the Italian Americans in his books, finding out that there’s much more out there than just a bunch of Guidos.
New York City being struck by Corona virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for help, and he was heard. While doctors, nurses and care providers were quickly running out protections to be safe at work, an Italian American guy in love with fashion made his move. Christian Siriano, a young stylist of the NYC scene, answered the call: “If Governor Cuomo says we need masks, my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help”, he tweeted.
He’s probably one of the most popular persons of this new decade. Doctor Anthony Fauci is not only at the head of the US task force set up to fight COVID-19, he’s one of the top – if not the top – immunologist in the world. So, maybe it’s time to discover a bit more about him.
“Discovering my roots has been essential to understand who I am”. John Turturro was born on Febraury 28th 1957 but this is not the news here. John, son to a man from Puglia and a woman from Sicily, has always been so keen on his Italian heritage that he has let it influence not only his lifestyle but also his work.
Sometimes Hollywood stars shine for real in the sky. Téa Leoni is one of them: a Belgian researcher working at La Silla Observatory Centre in Chile named an asteroid after her.
An authentic Brooklynite, Marisa Tomei started loving acting at a very early age, following her theatre-addicted parents back and forth the Broadway shows. In 1984, at 20, she debuted in “The Flamingo Kid”, a movie in which she had just one line.