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Madonna's long-time supporter and columnist Liz Smith dies

It has been announced that Liz Smith, legendary gossip columnist and long-time Madonna supporter has died. We at madonnalicious always loved her columns and insights on Madonna and will miss them and her.

Former New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith, who won her own A-list status with her witty chronicling of the glitterati, died of natural causes on Sunday, said her literary agent, Joni Evans. She was 94.

An affable blonde known for pealing laughter, Smith wrote a column that celebrated her famous friends, from Tom Hanks to Liza Minnelli to Madonna, and was read around the world for more than a quarter-century.

Despite her towering reputation, Smith held a lighthearted opinion of herself.

'We mustn’t take ourselves too seriously in this world of gossip,' she said in 1987. 'When you look at it realistically, what I do is pretty insignificant. Still, I’m having a lot of fun.'

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923, Smith graduated from the University of Texas in 1949 with a degree in journalism and, a year later, moved to the Big Apple.

For nearly 30 years, Smith bounced from job to job - publicist for singer Kaye Ballard; assistant to Mike Wallace and 'Candid Camera' creator Allen Funt; ghostwriter for Igor Cassini’s Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column.

Smith ultimately wrote for nine New York newspapers and dozens of magazines, but it was a stint writing for Cosmopolitan that led to her big break.

While establishing herself as an authority on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Smith attracted the attention of the New York Daily News. She started her own column at the tabloid in 1976 - and a gossip star was born.

By the 1990s, she began a syndicated daily column that ran in Newsday and the New York Post.

The column, which was reprinted across the country and abroad, reportedly earned her more than $1 million a year.

Her scoops included Donald Trump’s 1990 split from first wife Ivana. Later, in The Post, she supported her celebrity friends, including backing Billy Bob Thornton after word got out that he and Angelina Jolie had gotten married and exchanged necklaces adorned with vials of each other’s blood.

Smith’s 2000 memoir, 'Natural Blonde,' in which she admitted she was bisexual despite having married two men, was a best-seller.

In an interview with the New York Times this past July, Smith revealed that she was having trouble moving after suffering a minor stroke.

'I can’t walk. I can’t talk as well as I used to, but I’m relatively healthy otherwise,' she explained. 'I needed access to people,' she said. 'And you’re not supposed to seek access. You’re just supposed to be pure and you go to the person you’re writing about and you write the truth. Nobody can do it totally.'

'But everybody gives up something to be able to do a job, a demanding job,' she added. 'And being a reporter is a demanding, dangerous job. It may be glamorous or put you in harm’s way. I gave up being considered ethical and acceptable, for a while.'

From New York Post


Madonna proves she's no material girl as she shocks passengers by flying economy to Lisbon

She may be the Queen of Pop, but Madonna opted to shun first class travel in favour of economy on a recent flight to Portugal.

The 59-year-old shocked passengers after she jetted out of the capital to Lisbon on Halloween.

The Material Girl singer was pictured using her phone in a window seat on the Air Portugal flight in what appeared to be economy class.

The picture was taken by a fellow passenger who captioned the image: 'If you fly with M! London - Lisbon. 2017.10.31.'

Despite denying herself first class travel she did allow herself the luxury of extra leg room.

Fans struggled to believe their eyes with one tweeting: 'Can you imagine boarding a plane and then sitting next to the f****** QUEEN?! I JUST CAN'T. @Madonna.'

Another posted: 'If I got on a plane and MADONNA was sitting next to me in coach I would LOSE MY MIND.'

A third was shocked that she doesn’t own her own plane, writing: 'Wtf madonna doesnt have her own plane? Xd.'

Madonna was reportedly in London to visit her son Rocco Ritchie, who she has with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, before boarding the flight to Portugal to visit her second son David Banda.

The 12-year-old, who Madonna adopted from Malawi in 2006, recently signed to the Benfica football team youth academy.

Madonna is said to be splitting her time between the UK, US and Portugal and recently bought the 18th century ‘palacete’ Quinta do Relógio in the hilltop town of Sintra in Lisbon.

From Evening Standard

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Support Madonna’s #RebelHeartPianist, Ric’key Pageot & WIN #RebelHearTour Prizes!

Time to make some magic and help support Madonna’s #RebelHeartPianist, Ric’key Pageot and his talented wife and songstress... Dessy Di Lauro for their new song and video - ‘I Put A Spell On You’ project. The duo known as Parlor Social have added some special #RebelHeartTour related prizes for a draw at the end of their #GoFundMe campaign for anybody who donates $5 or who has already donated $5 or more to their campaign.

For complete campaign details visit and please consider donating at https://www.gofundme.com/PutASpell. They’re more than halfway to their campaign goal of $5,500 to get this song and music video for the release of their #speakeasysoul rendition of ‘I Put A Spell On You’ coming out just in time for Halloween. They need our help and support and we can do this!

Two winners will randomly be chosen on Oct 31st to win either a copy of the Rebel Heart Tour DVD autographed by Rick or a copy of the exclusive Rebel Heart VIP book also autographed by Rick. They also have other funding incentives: Parlor Social t-shirts and USB flash drive wristbands full of exclusive music and videos. For those of you who know or have met Rick while on tour, you know he’s an extremely talented musician and a down to earth guy who will always treat you not only as a fan, but also a friend!

Thanks in advance for considering to support their campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/PutASpell


Madonna dodges punishment in worn underwear lawsuit

Madonna ducked a legal sanction Thursday for refusing to have her deposition videotaped in her lawsuit over the auction of some of her memorabilia, including a pair of worn satin panties and a love letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur.

The Queen of Pop is suing former pal Darlene Lutz for consigning her 'highly personal items' to the online auctioneer Gotta Have It! Collectibles last summer, claiming the ex-friend did not have permission to sell her property.

Madonna’s lawyers barred Lutz’s videographer from attending her deposition in the case in August.

On Thursday, Lutz’s lawyer asked the judge to punish the 'Vogue' singer for the move.

'[Madonna’s] credibility was called into question a number of times' during the legal grilling, the lawyer, Judd Grossman, told Judge Gerald Lebovits in Manhattan Supreme Court.

For example, Grossman said, he asked Madonna during the deposition about a pair of panties she’d sent to a former lover over 20 years ago that were yanked from the auction block when she sued Lutz.

'Do you have any good-faith basis to allege that my client, Darlene Lutz, took these underwear from you?' as the singer has alleged, Grossman pressed.

'I do not,' Madonna admitted.

She also conceded that fan-club letters and snapshots from a Miami bachelorette party that are at issue in the suit had previously been published, according to Grossman.

'[Madonna] was visibly uncomfortable during the deposition. There were periods of time when she closed her eyes, struggling to find an answer,' Grossman said.

But her behavior during the questioning is forever lost to history - and to a jury - because the deposition was not recorded, Grossman argued.

So should the case go to trial, the jury won’t be able to fully asses her credibility, he said.

Madonna’s attorney, Brendan O’Rourke, countered that he believed that the judge had told the parties there would be no videotaped depositions. The judge said he couldn’t recall either way.

O’Rourke added that Lutz’s counsel couldn’t point to one specific instance of perjury in Madonna’s testimony.

Judge Lebovits said that recorded depositions are not the norm, before declining to sanction Madonna.

'I would say that they’re exceptionally atypical,' the judge declared.

Lutz is asking the judge to toss the case based on Madonna’s alleged admissions that many of the items are not, in fact, personal.

From Page Six / NY Post


Madonna visits the community of Providence

This picture of Madonna was posted by the official military police account of Rio de Janeiro: @UPP Police and #Madonna, during the singer's visit to the community of Providence, on the afternoon of Wednesday (25/10) #ServireProteger'


Ready For Wedding Bells!

Madonna joined other celebrities including Bono, Paul Oakenfold, Helena Christensen, Dakota Johnson, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Karen Elson, Jennifer Meyer, Noel Gallagher, P Diddy and Chris Rock, Matthew McConaughey, David Arquette, Owen Wilson, Anthony Kiedis and Flea at Guy Oseary's vow renewals in Brazil.

Madonna posted several pictures on her Instagram account from Rio:


Madonna's Pre-wedding moment!

Madonna and family descended upon Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday to celebrate Guy Oseary’s wedding to Brazilian model Michelle Alves. While the pair have been married since 2006, they dubbed their celebration a wedding.


My night with Madonna (and Sean Hughes)

Journalist Tim Cooper wrote this article about the late comedian Sean Hughes, and how they both ended up waiting to meet Madonna:

Back in the late 1990s I used to run into Sean Hughes all the time at parties. He was a Perrier Award-winning stand-up comedian and team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks who would go to the opening of an envelope, so long as it included a free drink. I was the Showbusiness Correspondent of the Evening Standard so I was often there too.

Such was the case when we both found ourselves in a room at the ICA waiting to meet Madonna one night in November 1999.

Madonna had expressed an interest in seeing the band Sneaker Pimps and, unbeknown to most of the audience (but not me and Sean, who were in on it), had sequestered the upstairs area of the music venue so that she could watch them without having to mingle with the plebs - me and Sean, and all the paying punters. The first most people knew of that was when we were all herded out of the bar and into the downstairs auditorium before the gig began.

We then waited, muttering darkly, while security men blocked the exits for Madonna and her then-boyfriend Guy Ritchie, riding high with his film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, to ascend the stairs to the balcony and take their seats in the front row. It was like the Royal Box at Wimbledon: all that was missing was a regal wave from Her Madgesty to signal to the band that she was ready for her command performance to begin.

Tor read the rest of the article visit: uk.news.yahoo.com

Madonna pictured below with The Sneaker Pimps from that night.

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Madonna and David watch Portugal football match

Madonna and David watched Portugal beat Switzerland in their World Cup qualifier at the Luz Stadium in Portugal on Tuesday. Madonna shared this picture from the night.


Madonna: Let Us Pray for Vegas

Madonna posted this message on her Twitter/Instagram page after the recent events in Las Vegas:

What happened in Vegas is an unspeakable tragedy. 💔And these acts of seemingly Random violence are happening With more and more. frequency. And the chaos pain and suffering in the world is increasing exponentially. And YES its too easy to buy a GUN in The U.S. or have access to automatic weapons. And this needs to stop!! But the only way we are really going to change the trajectory that the world seems to be heading for is to change our consciousness! 💡 Each and everyone of us.
Let Us Pray for Vegas. And all of the Victims and everyones loss but we also need to Pray for Peace.in the. World. Personally and Globally. 🌏 Lets Pray for the strength to maintain a higher level of consciousness. ☮️. Let's I Pray that we find a way back to our humanity. Let's. pray that we do not forget to treat all living creatures with compassion dignity and respect. and Let's Pray for Vegas.


Madonna’s lawsuit against co-op board tossed

It’s time for Madonna’s lawsuit against a Central Park West co-op board to take a bow.

A judge ruled Thursday that Madge waited too long to sue the board of Harperley Hall for changing the building’s rules to bar her children from using the opulent $7.3 million pad when she is not home.

'Because (Madonna) commenced this action more than four months after she became aware of being aggrieved by it, her first and second causes of action are time-barred,' Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits wrote.

Madonna bought the home at 1 W. 64th St. in 2008. The co-op board changed the terms of the lease in April 2, 2014 - but Madonna didn’t sue until April 1, 2016, Lebovits noted.

The statute of limitations on Madonna’s claims against the board is four months.

Madonna had argued that her duties as the Queen of Pop made it impossible for her to comply with the board’s rules.

'Plaintiff is a world renowned recording artist, performer and singer who is constantly on world tours. As such, Plaintiff owns many residences around the world and travels extensively worldwide,' Madonna wrote in her lawsuit.

Madonna had asked the court to declare the new rules didn’t apply to her and that her four children, other family members or 'certain others' could use the unit when she was out of town.

Though the ruling guts Madonna’s legal effort, the judge did allow her to continue seeking documents on the board’s decision-making, as well as legal fees.

When in New York, the 'Express Yourself' singer’s primary residence is thought to be a townhouse on E. 81st St.

From NY Daily News


Madonna Gets Fed Up With FedEx For Not Believing Who She Is

Stars - they’re just like us! After FedEx refused to release a package to Madonna, the pop star took her frustration to Twitter.

'When you've been arguing with fed-ex all week that you really are Madonna and they still won't release your package. #bitchplease,' the singer posted on Tuesday, September 5, along with an eye-roll emoji and a selfie looking annoyed.

Less than 30 minutes later, a FedEx employee replied to Her Madgesty from the delivery service’s Twitter account. 'Hi, this is Julie. I would like to help. Please DM your delivery address, tracking & phone numbers,' the tweet read.

The Grammy-winning singer hasn’t shared if she got her package yet, but she did break some big news on her social media. Madonna revealed on Instagram that she recently moved to Lisbon, Portugal, and that she’s working on new music, as well as a film. 'The energy of Portugal is so inspiring,' she shared in a post on September 2. 'I feel very creative and alive here and I look forward to working on my film LOVED and making New Music!!! This will be the next Chapter in My Book! It's time to conquer the world from a different vantage point!!'

From Us Weekly


I look forward to working on my film LOVED and making New Music!

Madonna just posted this picture and message on her Instagram page confirming her time in Portugal....and new music!

'The energy of Portugal is so inspiring. I feel very creative and alive here and I look forward to working on my film LOVED and making New Music!!! ❤️🇵🇹. 🎼🎤🎬🎥. This will be the next Chapter in My Book! 📚📕📚📕📚♥️ It's time to conquer the world from a different vantage point!! 🌏🎉🌈'


Madonna moves to Lisbon as son joins Benfica youth academy

Madonna has reportedly moved to Lisbon after her 11-year-old son David Banda joined the Benfica football team youth academy.

The Portuguese weekly magazine Visão reported: 'Madonna is no longer a tourist, she now lives in Lisbon.' It republished several pictures from Madonna’s Instagram account that show her visiting Portugal over the past couple of months.

The singer has been staying in a Lisbon hotel after buying a house in the resort of Sintra, 17 miles (27km) north-east of the Portuguese capital.

The 19th-century building was put up for sale for €7.5m (£7m) and could take about six months to renovate, according to Visão.

David Banda, who Madonna adopted from Malawi in 2006, has joined the Benfica training centre in Seixal, Correio da Manhã reported.

The club accepted David Banda after his first test in the spring. He will stay at the academy until starting at a French high school in Lisbon, the newspaper reported, quoting a source close to Benfica.

Rumours about a possible move began when Madonna was spotted at the school in May. She joins celebrities including John Malkovich, Monica Bellucci and Michael Fassbender in owning a home in Lisbon.

The city has enjoyed a cultural renaissance in recent years and is regarded by many as hip, cheap and innovative.

From The Guardian


Madonna does not want to be videotaped in deposition

Madonna is going to court Tuesday. Last month, the pop star sued her former friend Darlene Lutz and the Manhattan auction house Gotta Have It! Collectibles to stop the sale of 22 of her personal items, including her underwear, a hairbrush still containing her hair, cassette tapes of unreleased recordings, and personal letters from the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

In an August 10 letter, Jones wrote that she wanted to protect her client based on her celebrity status and visibility.

'Given the intense media interest in this case, we are concerned that a protective order would be inadequate to protect the privacy interests of the individual parties,' she wrote.

Judd countered with the following in an e-mail statement to Vanity Fair (V.F. also reached out to Madonna’s legal representation):

'Madonna filed this very public lawsuit containing numerous accusations against Defendants without seeking any confidentiality,' Grossman said in an e-mail to Vanity Fair. 'Now that it is Defendants’ turn to test those allegations under cross-examination, for the first time Madonna wants these proceedings to be conducted in secret. Her celebrity status is no reason to treat her differently than any other party who walks through the courthouse doors.'

There will be a hearing concerning this matter on Monday.

Since last month, Lutz—who, per Time Madonna identified as 'a former friend, art consultant, and frequent overnight guest' - has remained adamant that Madonna gave her the items put up at auction willingly. Lutz’s legal team maintains that these items are now their client’s 'legal property.'

'As a result of my close relationship with Plaintiff, I received certain ephemera directly from her,' Lutz said in the court documents, per the New York Daily News last month. 'I also had a close friendship with several of Plaintiffs family members, during that time, and I received various items directly from them.'

From Vanity Fair


Madonna celebrates her birthday: Life Love Music Dance La Familia

Looks like Madonna is enjoying her birthday in style as these tweets show.


Madonna celebrates son’s 17th birthday with throwback picture

Madonna has wished her second eldest child Rocco Ritchie a happy birthday as he turned 17.

The pop star marked the special occasion by posting a sweet throwback picture of her son on Instagram as a toddler.

She wrote: 'Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Boy! You are my Son-Shine! 17 years went by too fast!'

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A second picture shared with her 9.8 million followers on the social networking site showed Rocco - whose father is director Guy Ritchie - doing work for the singer’s charitable organisation Raising Malawi.

She wrote: 'So Proud of you Rocco!!'

Rocco was born on August 11 2000, a few months before Madonna and Ritchie married. They divorced in 2008.

Last year, they were locked in a bitter custody dispute over Rocco, who remained in London with his father after visiting the UK on Madonna’s world tour.

From PA Entertainment Via Yahoo! News


Madonna accepts damages from publisher over privacy invasion

Madonna and her twin daughters Stella and Estere have accepted damages from the publisher of the Mail Online website over an article that was a 'serious invasion of privacy,' a lawyer for the star said Thursday.

Madonna sued Associated Newspapers over a January story giving details of her adoption of the 4-year-old twins from Malawi.

Her lawyer, Jenny Afia, told a judge in London that the story, published while the adoption was underway, could have 'threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family.'

'Under Malawian law and equivalent provisions under English law, there are rules around identifying children who are in the process of being adopted, principally for their own security and welfare,' Afia said.

She said the article revealed the girls' names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi and the fact they were the subject of pending applications for adoption by Madonna.

She said the publisher had agreed to pay Madonna's legal costs and undisclosed damages. Afia said Madonna would donate the damages to a pediatric hospital in Malawi.

'She is pleased that at least some good can come out of the situation,' the lawyer said.

Madonna was not at London's High Court for Thursday's hearing. The singer has six children, including four adopted from Malawi.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Judge will not allow auction of Madonna's personal items

A New York state judge on Thursday said an online auction of Madonna's personal items including worn satin panties, a hair brush with her hair, and a break-up letter from a former boyfriend, late rapper Tupac Shakur, cannot go forward.

Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits in Manhattan let stand his July 18 temporary restraining order blocking the sale of 22 items by Gotta Have It Collectibles. Lebovits will on Sept. 6 consider whether to issue a preliminary injunction.

Darlene Lutz, a former friend of Madonna, had consigned the items for auction. Madonna's lawyers said they were stolen after Lutz helped the Material Girl, whose given name is Madonna Ciccone, move out of a Miami home in the mid-1990s.

At a hearing, Lebovits said 'Ms. Ciccone has made a strong likelihood' of showing she would prevail, and said he 'sincerely doubts' she lost her rights by waiting two decades to sue.

'There is no prejudice to Ms. Lutz or to the auction house, because if anything the property will increase in value if the court finds for Ms. Lutz,' the judge added.

Lutz's lawyer Judd Grossman and Madonna's lawyer Brendan O'Rourke declined to comment.

The 22 items were among 128 up for an auction that was to have begun on Wednesday.

Madonna claimed in court papers she would face 'irreparable harm' from a sale of 'extremely private and personally sensitive belongings.'

But Grossman said she gave up her rights in a 2004 settlement with Lutz, with whom she had a falling out.

'Every day this TRO remains in place....is another day that the world believes my client is a thief,' Grossman said.

O'Rourke countered that the 58-year-old singer 'has lots of personal items, as you can imagine,' stored in many places, but this did not make them 'any less' hers.

'My client frankly wasn't thinking about these specific items until she saw them being auctioned,' he said. 'That's when the light bulb went on over her head.'

O'Rourke said it was only recently that Lutz unlawfully took possession, after Madonna learned where the items were, asked for their return, and was refused.

Lebovits held the hearing after Grossman complained that the TRO was issued at Madonna's behest before he could object.

The judge found no foul play, alluding to a song from Madonna's 1990 album 'I'm Breathless.'

'I wanted to know whether there was any hanky panky on the part of the plaintiffs,' Lebovits said.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News


Judge yanks Madonna's Tupac letter, hairbrush, panties from auction

An impending auction of pop star Madonna’s personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of previously worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair, was halted by a judge on Tuesday.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull 22 items from its rock-and-roll-themed auction scheduled for Wednesday.

The Material Girl had earlier sought an emergency court order saying she was 'shocked to learn' of the planned online auction of the Tupac letter and had no idea it was no longer in her possession.

'The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items,' Madonna said in court papers. 'I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public.'

Court papers said the Tupac letter was expected to fetch up to $400,000. Tupac, one of the best-selling rappers of all time, dated Madonna in the early 1990s and died of injuries suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting in 1996.

Madonna, behind such hit songs as Like a Virgin and Vogue, has sold hundreds of millions of albums. Other Madonna items scheduled to be auctioned were private photographs taken at a bachelorette party at her Miami home, personal letters and cassette tapes of unreleased recordings.

Madonna’s court papers name Darlene Lutz, a former friend, art consultant and 'frequent overnight guest' in Madonna’s home when she was 'not in residence,' as behind the sale of the property.

A spokesman for Lutz and the auction house said the allegations will be 'vigorously challenged and refuted' in court.

'Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property,' spokesman Pete Siegel told the New York Post. 'We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back.'

From USA Today / AP


Buy Madonna's childhood home in Rochester Hills for $479,000

A home once lived in by a young Madonna that later was remodeled following arson was put on the market Thursday for nearly five times its previous sale price.

The two-story 2,700-square-foot colonial features five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a total of 14 rooms, according to the RE/MAX listing, which states it was built in 1969 and last remodeled in 2017.

It is listed for sale at $479,000.

The listing was not shy about touting the home’s claim to fame.

'Madonna’s childhood home!! Gorgeous, wonderful, 10+++ condition home has been fully remodeled with beautiful taste!!,' it states.

As Madonna Ciccone, the music icon spent some of her younger years as one of six siblings living in the house.

Associate broker Robert Kabbani said the current owners bought the home in 2012 for $91,000 and had to remodel the residence because of a 2008 fire that was attributed to arson.

After the blaze, the home was boarded up after extensive smoke and fire damage throughout the home. Authorities believed the fire started in the living room. Kabbani said he wasn’t sure how long Madonna lived in the home, but her parents owned the house until 2001. He said one man bought it off eBay and then sold it to another person who owned it until about 2008.

Erika Juhl, 60, and her husband Daniel Juhl, 58, currently own the house. Erika Juhl said she had no idea Madonna once lived there when she first looked at it.

'1.22 acres in the heart of Rochester Hills was very appealing to me, and I love to garden, and so the damage on the house didn’t deter us,' Juhl said. 'It was more the land we were interested in.'

During the closing process, her brother-in-law mentioned that Madonna grew up in the area, so Juhl did what anyone would do. She Googled to find out where.

'I went online and typed in ‘Madonna’s childhood home,’ and lo and behold, there’s the picture of the house we just made the offer on,' Juhl said, laughing.

The Oakland County house is located on a cul-de-sac at 2036 Oklahoma, north of Walton Boulevard and east of Texas Avenue in the subdivision Hitchman’s Haven Estates.

According to the description, the home has hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, a 'dazzling kitchen' with custom oak cabinets, oak countertops and a porcelain farmhouse sink. An open family room leads to a screened in porch and covered patio.

For the rest of the story and more pictures visit: www.detroitnews.com

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Madonna answers Jeff Bezos request for ideas

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos has tweeted asking for advice on his philanthropy. At the time of writing he’s had more than 8,000 retweets and 30,000 replies. Madonna was one person who tweeted a reply:


10 Reasons Madonna Is An Eternal Inspiration to the LGBTQ Community

The task of defining Madonna’s impact is brutal. You could say she redefined the power of pop stardom. Or helped establish music videos as an art form. Or called her own shots in a career that amounts to living mythology. But that would still be selling Madonna short, since any rote discussion of her 'great business skills' leaves out the impact of Madonna as a person - the impish, unapologetic, philanthropic, often hilarious crusader who has been the LGBTQ community’s raddest pop heroine since she introduced her armpits to a hand dryer in Desperately Seeking Susan.

As far as being an ally goes, she’s the Elizabeth Taylor of pop; as far as iconography goes, she’s like if Marlene Dietrich were an X-Men. That’s a whole lot of gay credibility. Pride Month is not the same without Madonna and her music, and thus we recount 10 of her great gay moments.

1. Those Decades of AIDS Activism
Back in the ‘80s, we were hard up for celebrities who spoke out against AIDS (and it didn’t help that we had a president who was, shall we say, reticent on the subject). But in 1989 Madonna and her Detroit-era dance instructor Christopher Flynn, who was then diagnosed with AIDS, fired up New York with a major benefit dance marathon. By that time, Madonna had already lost her good friend Martin Burgoyne to the epidemic. In footage from the event, she thrashes about with sweet abandon. That’s fun to watch, but it’s even cooler to see Flynn, who later died from the illness, open up about Madonna as a confidante who understood him.

For the rest of the reasons visit: billboard.com/madonna-lgbtq-inspiration


We ♥️ Manchester!

Madonna posted this message to Ariana Grande on her Instagram and Twitter pages:

'Congratulation to my brave and beautiful friend Ariana for organizing the benefit concert in Manchester! Last night. Gathering so many great artists and bringing everyone together in the spirit of ❤️ and Peace and not bowing down to F.E.A.R. Im so Proud of you! 💘💕and I would like to make a donation along with my manager Guy Oseary and encourage others to do the same!! 😂🎉💯♥️We ♥️Manchester http://www.welovemcrcharity.org/


Zac Efron has the wildest story about Madonna

It’s a pairing that we’d NEVER have thought could happen, but Zac Efron has the wildest Madonna story, and we can’t quite believe it.

Efron made a pitstop from the promo tour of his new movie Baywatch to chat to Jimmy Kimmel on his late night chat show, where he was quizzed about what happened when he was sat next to the pop music icon during a U.F.C. fight at Madison Square Garden last November.

From snaps of the night, it seemed that the pair were getting on famously, and Kimmel was keen to figure out what the former High School Musical star and the Queen of Pop had been up to....

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Firstly, Efron was quizzed at how the pair actually even ended up sitting together.

'In the coolest way possible, I showed up at this fight. It was totally last minute,' Efron said. 'The seats are all named when you get to the center of the ring, and I was ring side, so I was very close to this fight. I kept getting closer, and I knew I was in the front row. I saw several ‘famous’ people, and then Madonna and Zac Efron. Then it just ended. I was like, ‘I’m next to Madonna for this entire fight?’ It was awesome.'

The actor went on to say that he chatted to pop legend, and that they hung out. In fact, Madonna was allegedly pretty into the fight, with Efron saying that 'she was having the time of her life out there.'

Of course, this being Jimmy Kimmel, things didn’t say above board for long, with the chatshow host quizzing Efron as to whether it was possible that Madonna was actually coming on to him.

'Is it possible that Madonna maybe switched the sign so that maybe you would be seated next together?' Kimmel asked. 'Madonna is an irresistible person. When she sets her sights on someone, there’s no escaping.'

Going visibly red, Efron was rather coy about his answers....

Indeed, Efron even joked that he and Madonna got a bit handsy with each other thanks to the excitement with the fight. In fact, Kimmel even shared some video footage of the singer tapping the actor.

When asked point blank whether something had happened between Madonna and himself, the actor gave an embarrassed laugh, before jokingly referring to the previous clip. 'I guess you could say she tapped that,' he said.

From Hello Giggles Via Yahoo! News

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