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Madonna asked to record version of hit song โ€˜Enough is Enoughโ€™

Madonna has certainly had enough when it comes to Trump.

The '80s pop icon could channel her disdain for the President into lyrics for the popular song 'Enough is Enough,' which was previously recorded by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, TMZ reports.

The songwriter, Bruce Roberts, said he wants Madonna to rewrite and perform the lyrics, which she would change to express her negative opinions of Trump.

However, Roberts, who co-wrote the song with Paul Jabara, does not want it to be an attack - just a statement on how the POTUS could be leading the country in the wrong direction, according to the gossip site.

Madonna was labeled 'disgusting' by the President after she said during the Women's March on Washington that she had thoughts about blowing up the White House.

She has yet to respond to Trumpโ€™s comments. The 'Express Yourself' singer has also yet to respond to the song offer.

'Enough is Enough' was released in 1979 and features Streisand and Summer. A version of the track shot to No. 6 on the Billboard Dance Club charts on Friday.

From NY Daily News


Donald Trump vs. Madonna: Everything We Know

As an artist and public figure, Madonna has always been forthright about her political opinions. She came out as a massive Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election and has refused to mince words about her disdain for Donald Trump. The pair's feud hit its peak following the pop star's stirring, controversial speech at Saturday's Women's March in Washington D.C. following the inauguration, but they have been butting heads for nearly three decades now.

Round One
In a 1989 cover story for Time Out, Madonna attends a boxing match at Trump Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, but as she enters the building with then-husband Sean Penn, she is met with a flurry of photographers. She blames the lack of privacy and security on Trump himself. 'Where am I supposed to go? What am I supposed to do? I can't believe Donald Trump,' she said at the time. She also played a sideline role in the Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks contest, with her face appearing prominently on a ringside 'Wanted' poster. Later in the story, she and Trump get into a bit of scuffle as he suggests she take better seats even though she doesn't want to leave behind her guest - the journalist accompanying her - all alone.

Round Two
The concept of Trump becoming president was presented to Madonna back in 1990 during a conversation for Interview Magazine when the thenโ€“real estate scion was first floating the idea of running. 'With Marla? But he can't be president if he's had sex. That's the rule,' she joked. The interviewer mentioned the now-POTUS' desire to be like JFK and having to 'prove that he's a womanizer.' When the interviewer suggests that Trump has an 'aura of power,' Madonna is dismissive. 'He's a wimp,' she responded, before alluding to the country's tendency to cycle between choosing family men and 'a guy with a dick,' as the singer put it, for the office. 'Couldn't we get someone more handsome?' she adds.

Fake Love
Trump, seeming to have forgotten that Madonna publicized her lack of attraction towards him, decided to link the two in the news once more a year later. At the time, Trump was dealing with tabloid gossip that claimed that he had broken up with Marla Maples. People's Sue Carswell called his office and spoke to a man named 'John Miller' who claimed he was Trump's publicist. 'Miller' told Carswell that 'important, beautiful women' like Madonna called his 'client' all the time, asking him out. Both an associate of Trump and Maples confirmed to Carswell that John Miller was in fact Trump himself.

March on Washington - and the Aftermath
At the Women's March, Madonna gave an empowering speech to the hundreds of thousands of attendees. One line, however, drew ire from conservative websites that focused on the violent nature of her words: 'Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair.' Madonna later clarified that she meant to examine the difference between feeling hope and despair in response to the election, noting that her words were intended as a metaphor and that she never aims to promote violence. Newt Gingrich told the press that she should be arrested, and a radio station in Texas has stopped playing her songs because of her 'un-American sentiments.' As he is wont to do, Trump also responded to his critic during an interview with Sean Hannity for Fox News. 'She's disgusting,' he said. 'I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole cause. I thought what she said was disgraceful to our country.'

From RollingStone.com


Madonna defends her anti-Trump speech at women's march

Madonna posted this message on her Instagram page in response to the reaction her Women's March speech:

'Yesterday's Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did.

However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.

My speech began with 'I want to start a revolution of love.' โ™ฅ๏ธ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world.

I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things - one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesnโ€™t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.

It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting 'we choose love'. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ'

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Watch Madonna's Powerful Speech at Women's March on Washington

Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Women's March in Washington to deliver a powerful speech to the hundreds of thousands who gathered in the nation's capital.

'Can you hear me? Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love,' Madonna told the marchers. 'To the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people.'

'It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the fuck up,' Madonna continued. 'It seems as though we all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would prevail in the end. Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning; the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here."'

Madonna also had a message for 'the detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything.' 'Fuck you,' Madonna said. 'Fuck you! It is the beginning of much-needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, peopleโ€ฆ But this is the hallmark of revolution.'

Madonna's unexpected F-bombs caused CNN and MSNBC to panic and cut away from her mid-speech. Both networks missed the singer quip that, 'Yes I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything.'

Madonna then led the crowd through a chant of 'We choose love' before performing a few of her tracks for the marchers, including 'Express Yourself' and 'Human Nature.'

From Billboard.com


On Stage at the Women's March In D.C.


Madonna on Trump: 'We have gone as low as we can go'

Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration.

'He's actually doing us a great service, because we have gone as low as we can go,' she said Thursday night. 'We can only go up from here, so what are we going to do? We have two choices, destruction and creation. I chose creation.'

The superstar, dressed in all black and wearing a shirt that read 'Feminist,' spoke at the Brooklyn Museum with artist Marilyn Minter about art in a time of protest, among other things, in a discussion moderated by author and poet Elizabeth Alexander, who performed a work at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.

A clip of author James Baldwin, an inspiration of Madonna's, played before the talk, as did her 2013 short film, 'Secret Revolution,' dedicated to people whose rights have been abused and denied.

On the eve of Trump becoming president, both Madonna and Minter vowed to lead protests against him, including attending Saturday's Women's March in Washington.

'This is the most frightened I've ever been,' Minter said. 'The most qualified candidate who ever ran was defeated by the most unqualified candidate who ever ran, and it's all because of misogyny.'

Madonna said that while she was 'horrified' Trump won the election over Hillary Clinton, she now believes it was necessary.

'I do believe that Trump was elected for a reason, to show us how lazy and un-unified and lackadaisical and taking for granted we've become of our freedom and the rights that we have as Americans,' Madonna said. 'I feel like people forgot what was written in the Constitution.'

She added: 'They always say it's darkest before the dawn and I feel this had to happen to bring people together, so let's get this party started.'

It wasn't all political talk. Madonna talked about her early days in New York, hanging with artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, and how her kids are not the least bit impressed with her iconic career.

'They want nothing to do with it,' she said. 'I always say with my kids, every day is a small crucifixion.'

Madonna also explained why she considers herself a feminist.

'I believe that women have the right to be treated with the same human rights as men,' she said. 'I feel like we are still very far behind.'

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Win a chance to be in the audience at the Brooklyn Museum

Madonna's facebook page has just published this competition for a chance to be in the audience at the event on Thursday 19 January:

Madonna will join Marilyn Minter at the Brooklyn Museum on January 19th to talk art, culture, feminism, and the current state of affairs. For a chance to be in the audience, pick a photo that defines art for feminism to you and share a link to it as a comment to Madonna's post on facebook with the #MadonnaxMarilynMinter hashtag before Midnight on January 15th. Good luck!


Madonna & Marilyn Minter speaking at Brooklyn Museum on Inauguration Eve

The night before the presidential inauguration (January 19), Madonna and artist Marilyn Minter will hold a discussion at Brooklyn Museumโ€™s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium.

The official rundown:
On the eve of the presidential inauguration, join Madonna and Marilyn Minterโ€”two fearless feminist provocateursโ€”as they talk art, culture, feminism, and the current state of affairs. Connecting Madonna, an artist, activist, and philanthropist, with Minter, whose work explores cultural perceptions of women, this unprecedented conversation will highlight the impact of female artists within broader culture and social change. Moderated by poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander and by Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Museum.

This historic program is part of our A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museumโ€™s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Tickets for that talk go are currently on sale to members of Brooklyn Museum and will go on sale to the general public Friday 13 January at 4 PM.

Madonna will then be heading to DC for the Million Woman March, which she announced with this Nike-inspired tweet: 'Yasssssssss! Just Do it! @Nakid_Magazine ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ 1 Million Women's March!! Be There!!'

From www.brooklynvegan.com


Harpers Bazaar: Madonna's Spring Awakening

Madonna will feature on the cover of the next issue of Harpers Bazaar (US) which hits newsstands on Tuesday 17 January.

Madonna has no patience for bad wine. I learned this while sitting in a well-appointed living room at her New York City home, with Nina Simone playing softly in the background. I must tell you, Madonna's house smells amazing - something delicious, maybe roasted chicken, was cooking in a kitchen elsewhere in the manse, and there was a gentle fragrance in the air, jasmine, perhaps. While I waited for Madonna, her day-to-day manager, her publicist, and I chatted while reclining on gorgeous cream-colored furniture set upon the largest rug I'd ever seen, on top of immaculate black wood floors. On the wall behind me was a black-and-white photograph of a woman perched on the edge of a mussed bed, scantily clad, sucking on a gun, it's Helmut Newton's 'Girl with Gun' photograph. Of course.

The full interview is online at www.harpersbazaar.com/madonna-interview/

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Photographs by Luigi & Iango; Hair: Andy LeCompte for Wella Professionals; Makeup: Aaron Henrikson; Manicure: Naomi Yasuda for Dior Vernis; Production: Beth Klein Productions; Set Design: Philipp Haemmerle. Special thanks to Diamond Horseshoe, New York.


Carrie Fisher and Madonna interviewed each other for Rolling Stone in the โ€™90s

Celebrities interviewing other celebrities? Itโ€™s a beautiful thing. InStyle did it recently with Reese Witherspoon and Dolly Parton, and as it turns out, Rolling Stone had Carrie Fisher interview Madonna way back in the early โ€™90s.

These types of interviews are incredible since a whole new level of comfort emerges between interview chatter - especially if the two stars are fans of each other. For this particular piece, Fisher was the one in charge of taking notes on Madonna.

The interview took place back in 1991, and Rolling Stone had published it in two parts, in two separate issues. (Remember, this is well before they had a web presence.) Due to the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher, the popular magazine decided to re-publish the interview online, and let the world - especially those who missed issues #606 and #607 - check it out again.

Here are some of the best parts of the interview:

1. This was Fisherโ€™s first interview ever.

While she obviously had a lot of experience with the press herself, she never had the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of her own idols for a magazine feature. Prior to the interview, she noted that while she had met Madonna before, this was the first chance for the two of them to truly have a conversation.

2. Fisherโ€™s wardrobe, in comparison to Madonnaโ€™s, was pretty predictable.

Magazines today often include what a particular celebrity is wearing at the time of the interview. Fisher did just that - the interview took place at two separate locations, and Fisher noted Madonnaโ€™s eccentric ensemble during both.

'Madonna wore gold lamรฉ; I probably wore black. The last sessions took place in the offices of her manager, Freddy DeMann. Madonna wore a negligee; I probably wore black,' Fisher wrote. And, this is one of the many reasons why we love her. She always kept it casual.

3. Fisher was the second choice to do the interview.

Weโ€™re so glad that Carrie Fisher was picked instead of the originally rumored choice - Norman Mailer. Nothing against Mailer, but as Fisher noted, the piece would have been severely different.

'No doubt that Norman on Madonna would have been a historic piece,' Fisher noted. 'But this time around, history was not in the budget. Unfortunately or not, I was. So a lot of money was saved, and history was not made. Or made, at least, of cruder material. Discount history, at those low, low, no-mailer prices.' If only she knew.

4. Fisher and Madonna saw the same shrink.

And funny enough, mentioning that is exactly how Fisher decided to start her interview.

5. She could have lost her virginity to Warren Beatty, but chose not to.

If she did, the interview would have been a bit more interesting. Madonna, who had a 15-month relationship with the actor, asked her if they had slept together, and Fisher denied it. 'He offered to relieve me of the huge burden of my virginity,' Fisher responded. 'Four times. That was the big offer. I decided against it. I decided for reality over anecdote.'

6. Fisher always wanted to be a boss.

In fact, she blamed her height - which was at 5โ€™1โ€ณ and a half - as to why. She mentioned she wanted to direct, in order to feel a little more powerful amongst the men of the industry. (Madonna, for the record, stated that sheโ€™s 5โ€™4โ€ณ and a half.)

7. Fisher credits Madonna for being part of her recovery.

Fisher was in rehabilitation for drugs around the time Madonna started hitting it big. 'The drug addicts only wanted to watch Star Trek, MTV or The Twilight Zone,' Fisher said. 'You were part of my recovery, dancing and writhing on the floor.'

The rest of the interview - every bit of it worth perusing - reads much like a conversation between two friends, and Rolling Stone should be proud of themselves for posting it. The more we learn about the lives of both of these incredibly talented women, the better.

To read the full interview visit: www.rollingstone.com/carrie-fisher-interviews-madonna

From HelloGiggles Via Yahoo! News