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Exclusive: The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Clip Starring Frankie Faison

ComingSoon is debuting an exclusive clip from the upcoming drama The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, starring Frankie Faison (Banshee, Luke Cage, Fatherhood) based on the true story. Gravitas Ventures will release the movie in select theaters and On Demand on September 17. RELATED: Exclusive: The Subject Trailer Starring Jason Biggs in Lanie Zipoy’s Feature Directorial Debut “Based on the true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veter...
Tags: Video, Movies, Drama, Exclusive, Gravitas Ventures, Natale, Jason Biggs, ComingSoon, Movie News, Kenneth Chamberlain, Frankie Faison, Steve O Connell, Morgan Freeman Lori McCreary, David Midell, Milan Chakraborty, Lanie Zipoy


Happy Holidays from Amalfi

It’s early in Amalfi this Christmas Eve morning and the 7:35am church bells at the Duomo are ringing over town. As we wake up here in Italy today it is to the suddenly not so festive color red. That is, red for zona rossa (red zone). According to the Decreto Natale (Christmas Decree), all of Italy is a red zone for the holidays this year with many restrictions around movement and limitations on celebrations. It’s quite complicated, but the short version is: Stay Home. And that’s exactly...
Tags: Travel, Lifestyle, America, Italy, Amalfi, Salerno, Cassandra, Duomo, Natale, Christmas in Amalfi, Christmas on the Amalfi Coast, Atrani, Limone, Pasticceria Pansa, Alta Costa, Tenuta San Francesco


The rise of influencer merchandise, brands hire creators for their video production skills, and more suspended affiliate programs

Welcome to this week's Influencer Dashboard newsletter! This is Amanda Perelli, writing to you from my desk at home, and here's an update on what's new in the business of influencers and creators. This week, I wrote about the rise of Fanjoy, a merchandise business that dominates the influencer space and works with top creators like David Dobrik and Jake Paul. I spoke to Chris Vaccarino, the founder and CEO of Fanjoy, and he said he started the company by selling T-shirts for his brother's band ...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Hollywood, Etsy, California, Youtube, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, The New York Times, Ken Burns, Rakuten, Twitch, Dan, Valley, Kevin


Some brands are hiring influencers as a 'one-stop shop' for video and animation as production studios shut down — and finding they're a lot cheaper

As creative agencies and production studios close their doors in order to shelter-in-place, some brands have begun turning to influencers for their content creation skills. Many influencers have worked from home for years and are already equipped with the production gear necessary to create commercial content for brands. Digital creators can prove to be cheaper than production companies, with some charging half the price to produce professional photos and videos for brands. Business Insider sp...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Ken Burns, Business Insider, Spencer, JANSPORT, Natale, Ramon, Linqia, Tubular Labs, Whalar, Karyn Spencer, Anish Dalal, Sapphire Apps told Business Insider


As production studios close, some marketers are hiring influencers for their video and animation skills at half the cost

As creative agencies and production studios close their doors in order to shelter-in-place, some brands have begun turning to influencers for their content creation skills. Many influencers have worked from home for years and are already equipped with the production gear necessary to create commercial content for brands. Digital creators can prove to be cheaper than production companies, with some charging half the price to produce professional photos and videos for brands. Business Insider sp...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Ken Burns, Business Insider, Spencer, JANSPORT, Natale, Ramon, Linqia, Tubular Labs, Whalar, Karyn Spencer, Anish Dalal, Sapphire Apps told Business Insider


Whicker: Kings are following Gabriel Vilardi as closely as the puck does in Ontario

ONTARIO — They say the puck follows Gabriel Vilardi, like an eager Lab. It’s one of those hockey sayings that makes little sense until you see it. “I don’t know what it means,” said Mike Stothers, coach of the Ontario Reign. “I was a lousy player. It never followed me around. “Maybe it’s because some guys can read and react quicker, have better anticipation. Or they know where the puck is heading. I do know that when he gets it, he doesn’t let go of it.” Last season the puck didn’t get much exer...
Tags: Colorado, Sports, Toronto, Sport, Canada, Soccer, Iowa, New Jersey, Italy, Kings, Dallas, Philadelphia, Penguins, NHL, Kingston, Ducks


Three Days of Christmas Feasts in Italy

Le Tre Feste di Natale  The Three Christmas Feasts  Most families in Italy begin celebrating il Natale on the evening of December 24 (la vigilia di Natale) with a big dinner. Because Christmas Eve is a vigilia di magro (a day of abstinence on which the Catholic Church prohibits the consumption of meat), the centerpiece of the meal is fish.  The traditional choice is eel, a favorite of the ancient Romans that appears in the earliest known cookbook, written by a gourmand known as Apicius. This...
Tags: Travel, Books, Games, Religion, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Virgin, Catholic Church, Food And Drink, Jesus, Stephen, Siena


Christmas Family Traditions in Italy

    Le tradizioni di Natale  Christmas Traditions  “Natale con i tuoi; Pasqua con chi vuoi,” Italians say. “Christmas with your family; Easter with whomever you want.” An Italian Christmas centers on casa (home) and stare insieme in famiglia (being together as a family). Here are some of the most beloved traditions among Italian families: L’albero di Natale e il presepio (the Christmas tree and Nativity scene) Italians in the northern part of the country began decorating alberi di Natale (Chr...
Tags: Travel, Books, Religion, History, Culture, Current Affairs, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Christmas Tree, Sicily, Italian Expressions, Natale, Sayings and expressions, Italian language


Italian Christmas Carols

  Il canto di Natale   The Christmas Carol  You expect Christmas to look different in Italy, but it’s surprising to discover that it sounds different too. Rather than jingling sleigh bells, the traditional sound of Christmas in Rome and southern Italy is the music of bagpipes and flutes played by shepherds from the Abruzzi.  According to legend, shepherds entertained the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem with their simple instruments. Zampognari (bagpipe players), wearing shaggy sheepskin vests, felt ...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Italy, Jesus, Bethlehem, Virgin Mary, Assisi, Natale, Jingle, Ye Faithful, Dianne Hales, Abruzzi, Condotti, Stelle, Francesco St Francis, Tu Scendi


Christmas Markets in Italy

Mercatini di Natale  Christmas Markets In Northern Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige, il Mercatino di Natale (the Christmas market) brings light, joy and cheer. As a local website describes it, “Il Mercatino è una festa per tutti (the Market is a feast for everyone) -- a place to ascoltare e poi ammirare (to listen and then admire), respirare e poi gustare (to breathe and then taste), toccare con mano la tradizione (see/experience something first-hand, get a feel of tradition),
 vivere il clima di f...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Italy, Mediterranean, Northern Italy, Tyrol, Natale, Nelle, Trento, Dianne Hales, Trentino, Trentino Alto Adige, Bolzano This Sudtirol, Piazza Walther, Piazza Municipio, Bressanone


Celebrating Saint Nicolas, the Original Santa Claus

  San Nicola di Bari In some parts of Italy the feast  of San Nicola, patron saint of Bari,  ushers in the Christmas season (stagione natalizia) with the giving of gifts (regali) on the eve or morning of December 6, his onomastico (name’s day). Although many stories of San Nicola’ s life may be mythical, he did inspire the figure of a beloved old man—whether he’s known as Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) or Santa Claus—who gives out presents in December. The son of a wealthy Christian family...
Tags: Travel, Books, New York City, Religion, Turkey, History, Culture, Egypt, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Santa Claus, Christian, North America, Christmas Traditions


A new website and newsletter from Dianne

During this lovely season of giving and gifting, I am excited to share something dear to my heart: a brand-new website, completely redesigned by the brilliant web designer Madeira James of xuni.com. She created my very first site ten years ago but after a decade online and more than 1.7 million visitors from countries around the globe, we felt ready for a new look. The new site includes excerpts and information on my previous books on Italy: LA BELLA LINGUA and MONA LISA: A Life Discovered. It ...
Tags: Travel, America, Italy, Santa Claus, Nashville, Jesus, Catholic, Mary, Dianne, St Nicholas, Natale, Santa Lucia, Dianne Hales, LA BELLA LINGUA, Rita Morgan Richardson, Santo Stefano Saint Steven


Callahan/Hoffman completes new Natale’s Men’s Clothing store

Norwell, MA Callahan/Hoffman completed construction of the new 5,000 s/f Natale’s Men’s Clothing store at 370 Washington St. Callahan/Hoffman worked closely with Carlo Agostino, owner of Natale’s to develop a design/build project that would be the new ...
Tags: Radio, Natale, Callahan Hoffman, Norwell MA Callahan Hoffman, Natale 's Men 's Clothing, Washington St Callahan Hoffman, Carlo Agostino


The Awesome "A" in the Italian Language

a in, to, at In my days as a freelance writer, I once explained to a curious friend that I was paid—sometimes quite generously—by the word. “Even for ‘a’?” she asked incredulously. My editors may not have gotten their money’s worth for an English “a.” An Italian “a” is something else entirely,  one of the most essential words for Italian students to master. Here are some examples of the many ways in which this single letter weaves itself into Italian sentences: *To express “at.” Italian uses “...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Italy, Italia, Siena, Sardinia, Natale, Francia, Parigi, Dianne Hales, Sardegna, LA BELLA LINGUA


Easter in Italy--and in the Italian Language

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!  On my first Easter in Rome in the Jubilee year of 2000, I joined the throngs jammed into the massive piazza of St. Peter’s basilica. Pope John Paul II, bent with age, extended Easter greetings in dozens of languages, including Italian. “Buona Pasqua!” the Roman family next to me shouted in return. The word pasqua dates back to 1342, when it appeared in a reference to the feast commemorating the Jews’ liberation from Egyptian slavery. Lamb or "paschal" blood marked ...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Egypt, Italy, Liguria, Piedmont, St Peter, John Paul II, Natale, Dianne Hales, Quaresima, LA BELLA LINGUA, Pasqua, Buona Pasqua Happy Easter On, Expressions Vigilia di Pasqua Easter, Colomba di Pasqua Easter


The Word of the Year in the Italian Language

Spelacchio “The Mangy One” A newcomer to the Italian vocabulary was the surprise winner of La Repubblica’s 2017 competition for “Word of the Year” (La parola dell’anno): Spelacchio.   This is the nickname Romans conferred on their city’s official Christmas tree (albero di Natale), a 70-foot-high red spruce (abete) that started shedding needles (aghi) as soon as it was hoisted into the middle of Piazza Venezia.  Just as quickly, Romans began needling their mayor about the forlorn tree -- and th...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Pope Francis, Roma, Charlie Brown, Alitalia, South Tyrol, Manila, Francesco, La Repubblica, Natale, Dianne Hales, LA BELLA LINGUA, Trentino, Spelacchio, Spelacchio Italy


Christmas in the Italian Language: Three Days of Feasting

Le Tre Feste di Natale  The Three Christmas Feasts  Most families in Italy begin celebrating il Natale on the evening of December 24 (la vigilia di Natale) with a big dinner. Because Christmas Eve is a vigilia di magro (a day of abstinence on which the Catholic Church prohibits the consumption of meat), the centerpiece of the meal is fish.  The traditional choice is eel, a favorite of the ancient Romans that appears in the earliest known cookbook, written by a gourmand known as Apicius. This...
Tags: Travel, Books, Games, Religion, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Virgin, Catholic Church, Food And Drink, Jesus, Stephen, Siena


Christmas in the Italian Language: Family Traditions

    Le tradizioni di Natale  Christmas Traditions  “Natale con i tuoi; Pasqua con chi vuoi,” Italians say. “Christmas with your family; Easter with whomever you want.” An Italian Christmas centers on casa (home) and stare insieme in famiglia (being together as a family). Here are some of the most beloved traditions among Italian families: L’albero di Natale (Christmas tree) Italians in the northern part of the country began decorating alberi di Natale (Christmas trees) after World War II, and...
Tags: Travel, Religion, History, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Christmas Tree, Sicily, Italian Expressions, Natale, Sayings and expressions, Italian language, Dianne Hales, Social behavior


Christmas in the Italian Language: The Songs of the Season

Il canto di Natale The Christmas Carol You expect Christmas to look different in Italy, but it’s surprising to discover that it sounds different too. Rather than jingling sleigh bells, the traditional sound of Christmas in Rome and southern Italy is the music of bagpipes and flutes played by shepherds from the Abruzzi. According to legend, shepherds entertained the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem with their simple instruments. Zampognari (bagpipe players), wearing shaggy sheepskin vests, felt hats, ...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Italy, Jesus, Bethlehem, Virgin Mary, Assisi, Natale, Jingle, Ye Faithful, Dianne Hales, Abruzzi, Condotti, Stelle, LA BELLA LINGUA My Love Affair, Francesco St Francis


Christmas in the Italian Language: Seasonal Markets

Mercatini di Natale  Christmas Markets In Northern Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige, il Mercatino di Natale (the Christmas market) brings light, joy and cheer. As a local website describes it, “Il Mercatino è una festa per tutti (the Market is a feast for everyone) -- a place to ascoltare e poi ammirare (to listen and then admire), respirare e poi gustare (to breathe and then taste), toccare con mano la tradizione (see/experience something first-hand, get a feel of tradition),
 vivere il clima di f...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Mediterranean, Northern Italy, Tyrol, Natale, Nelle, Trento, Dianne Hales, Trentino, Trentino Alto Adige, Bolzano This Sudtirol, Piazza Walther, Piazza Municipio, Bressanone, Palazzo Vescovile Merano Merano


Christmas in the Italian Language: The Original Santa Claus

  San Nicola di Bari In some parts of Italy the feast  of San Nicola, patron saint of Bari,  ushers in the Christmas season (stagione natalizia) with the giving of gifts (regali) on the eve or morning of December 6, his onomastico (name’s day). Although many stories of San Nicola’ s life may be mythical, he did inspire the figure of a beloved old man—whether he’s known as Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) or Santa Claus—who gives out presents in December. The son of a wealthy Christian family...
Tags: Travel, Books, New York City, Religion, Turkey, History, Culture, Egypt, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Santa Claus, Christmas Traditions, Bari, Nicola


A Season of Celebrations in the Italian Language

   La stagione natalizia The Christmas season In ancient times the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a winter solstice festival, with religious rites and drunken feasts. The early Christian church decreed December 25 — then the feast of the sun god Mithras -- as the birthday of Gesù bambino (Baby Jesus), the “true light” who came to dispel darkness in the world. Modern Italian holidays blend religious and pagan festivities that create un’atmosfera natalizia that lasts from weeks before to weeks a...
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, Music, Holidays, Religion, History, Rome, Culture, United States, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Christmas Shopping, Language, Italy, Madonna


Australia just ditched its Clean Energy Target for a new plan, and it's terrible for renewables

Last week, a former Australian prime minister and climate change denier delightfully dubbed global warming "beneficial."  Now Australia's gone and dumped its Clean Energy Target for a so-called "plan" that removes subsidies for renewable energy and hands the mic to coal power. Great work, guys.  The country's government has announced a scheme to abandon the country's Clean Energy Target (CET) in favor of a new plan that's made some seriously question the country's commi...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Australia, Paris, Tony Abbott, Liberal, Malcolm Turnbull, Abbott, Richard Di Natale, Helen, Turnbull, Mark Butler, ESB, Natale, Andrew Hastie, Alan Finkel


Easter in Italy--and in the Italian Language

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!  On my first Easter in Rome in the Jubilee year of 2000, I joined the throngs jammed into the massive piazza of St. Peter’s basilica. Pope John Paul II, bent with age, extended Easter greetings in dozens of languages, including Italian. “Buona Pasqua!” the Roman family next to me shouted in return. The word pasqua dates back to 1342, when it appeared in a reference to the feast commemorating the Jews’ liberation from Egyptian slavery. Lamb or "paschal" blood marked ...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Egypt, Italy, Vatican, Liguria, Peter, Piedmont, St Peter, John Paul II, Natale, Dianne Hales, Quaresima, LA BELLA LINGUA, Pasqua, Buona Pasqua Happy Easter On


The Italian You Won't Learn in Class: Idioms about Festivities

As part of an ongoing  series of posts, Riccardo Cristiani, the head Italian teacher at Dante Learning, introduces Italian expressions about parties and partying. Il guastafeste The buzzkill This particular period of the year is full of emotions (emozioni), expectations (aspettative), events (eventi) and reunions (incontri) with your closest friends and relatives, people you do or sometimes don’t want to see. Presents (regali), greetings (saluti) and resolutions (propositi) are other Italian k...
Tags: Travel, Books, Japan, Milan, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Tokyo, Skype, Modi, Canada Australia, Natale, Buon Natale, Sayings and expressions


Christmas in the Italian Language: Three Days of Feasting

Le Tre Feste di Natale  The Three Christmas Feasts  Most families in Italy begin celebrating il Natale on the evening of December 24 (la vigilia di Natale) with a big dinner. Because Christmas Eve is a vigilia di magro (a day of abstinence on which the Catholic Church prohibits the consumption of meat), the centerpiece of the meal is fish.  The traditional choice is eel, a favorite of the ancient Romans that appears in the earliest known cookbook, written by a gourmand known as Apicius. This...
Tags: Travel, Books, Games, Religion, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Virgin, Catholic Church, Food And Drink, Jesus, Stephen, Siena


Christmas in the Italian Language: The Songs of the Season

Il canto di Natale The Christmas Carol You expect Christmas to look different in Italy, but it’s surprising to discover that it sounds different too. Rather than jingling sleigh bells, the traditional sound of Christmas in Rome and southern Italy is the music of bagpipes and flutes played by shepherds from the Abruzzi. According to legend, shepherds entertained the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem with their simple instruments. Zampognari (bagpipe players), wearing shaggy sheepskin vests, felt hats, ...
Tags: Travel, Books, Music, Religion, History, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Jesus, Silent Night, Christmas Carols, Bethlehem, Virgin Mary


Christmas in the Italian Language: Holiday Traditions

Le tradizioni di Natale Christmas Traditions “Natale con i tuoi; Pasqua con chi vuoi,” Italians say. “Christmas with your family; Easter with whomever you want.” An Italian Christmas centers on casa (home) and stare insieme in famiglia (being together as a family). Here are some of the most beloved traditions among Italian families: L’albero di Natale (The Christmas Tree) Italians in the northern part of the country began decorating alberi di Natale  after World War II, and the rest of the c...
Tags: Travel, History, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Italy, Food And Drink, Sicily, Natale, Italian language, Dianne Hales, Social behavior, Babbo Natale, LA BELLA LINGUA, Pasqua


Christmas in the Italian Language: The Saint of Light and Sight

  La Festa di Santa Lucia (December 13)  In the dark of December parts of Italy light up to celebrate a saint whose name derives from the Latin lux or lucis for light (luce in Italian).  Lucia was a young girl who lived in Syracuse on the island of Sicily in the third century. According to various legends, this saintly virgin would wear a wreath of candles as she carried food to Christians hiding in underground tunnels. When a suitor claimed to be captivated by her eyes, Lucia plucked them out ...
Tags: Travel, Books, Music, Sweden, Religion, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Elvis Presley, Enrico Caruso, Syracuse, St. Lucia, Naples, Sicily


Fountain Nativity Scenes in Amalfi

The nativity scene has a long tradition in Italy. It was St. Francis of Assisi who has been credited with creating the very first presepe, or nativity, way back in the early 13th century. While nativities can take on a variety of shapes and sizes—from a scene created with miniature figures (like ours – it’s up high safe from our cats!) to elaborate living nativity scenes—it’s hard to deny that the most elaborate, creative and, yes let’s just say it, over the top come from the Naples area. That ...
Tags: Travel, Holidays, Italy, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Piazza, Amalfi, Positano, Don, St Francis, Praiano, Nicki, Assisi, Natale, Christmas in Amalfi, Christmas on the Amalfi Coast