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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


Swiss Family Robinson!

Madonna, her family and friends are enjoying a new year break in Switzerland and she has been sharing pictures from the holiday on her Instagram account:

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'Swiss Family Robinson!! ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒˆโ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿบ๐ŸŽฟ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’˜'

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'Ski Bunnies!๐Ÿ˜‚'

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Madonna's lawyer argues 64th St. co-op is 'the place she calls home'

Madonna may be a woman of the world - but her home is on West 64th St. Really.

That is what the singerโ€™s lawyer told a Manhattan judge Monday while hearing legal arguments about whether Madonna is violating her co-op boardโ€™s rule that apartment owners must be 'in residence' to let their adult children or maid live there for more than 30 days.

Madonna is suing the board of One West 64 St. charging that a stricter residency rule that it adopted in April 2014 imposed an unreasonable hardship on her and constitutes a breach of contract.

The building's lawyer, Patrick Sweeney, said the new rule was not a breach but a 'clarification' of an existing rule that is applied to every owner. He urged the court to dismiss her case.

Madonna's lawyer, Stuart Shaw, said his client has homes all over the world and travels extensively on tours, spending 'an inordinate amount of time in hotels.'

'Yet the place she calls home is 64th Street,' Shaw insisted.

He asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits to issue a declaration stating that Madonna is in residence there.

Lebovits said residency can be defined in many ways. He suggested that Madonna could be as protected as a tenant owner who is a traveling salesman, a college student or even an inmate with a short prison sentence.

'It's the same principle,' the judge said.

Sweeney said the board has never taken the position that Madonna has to be physically present for her oldest daughter, Lourdes, 20, to live there.

However, he asked the court to dismiss her lawsuit because she wants to make the 2014 rules 'unenforceable.'

The judge said he would issue a decision at a later date.

From NY Daily News


Madonna: What I Would Do As President

Madonna was unequivocally #WithHer during the recent presidential election, which might explain why she had politics on her mind when we caught up with her on the red carpet Friday (Dec. 9) at Billboard's Women in Music event, where she is being honored as Woman of the Year.

Asked how she felt about the Woman of the Year honor, the pop icon said, 'For me... [since] Hillary Clinton lost the election, it's really important to make a stand and speak my mind about the importance of women and women empowering themselves and believing in themselves and understanding their worth.'

Appearing at Friday's event presented another opportunity for the singer to address those issues, as well as consider how involved she wants to get in the political arena in the future. 'I think I've always been political,' she said. 'But I think in this particular time, especially I do want to fight for not only human rights, but for women's rights.'

One thing she's still on the fence about, though, is potentially running for president. Like Vice President Joe Biden, she gave the question a definitive 'maybe' when asked about higher aspirations on the red carpet, saying that decision would rest on 'how much abuse' she was willing to take from the press.

If she were to take the plunge, the first thing President Ciccone would do is pay school teachers 'a lot more money.' That makes perfect sense, considering that the mother of four noted there is a big difference between Pop Icon Madonna and Mom Madonna. The former is 'consumed with herself' and how she looks and whether she's ready for her show, while Momdonna is the opposite: firmly focused not on herself, but on her family.

From Billboard.com


Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi

Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.

The Material Girl dug deep into her personal treasures, auctioning off pieces from her own art collection, a costume from her tour modeled by Grande and black and white photos from her 1985 wedding to ex-husband Sean Penn shot by the late photographer Herb Ritts. The trio of wedding photos sold for $230,000.

Penn, who attended the fundraiser and bid on several pricey items when the auction stalled, handcuffed Madonna and crawled through her legs at one point as the two tried to coerce the audience to bid higher. 'For once, he's not the one being arrested,' she joked.

The party lasted until early Saturday morning when Madonna took the stage for an hour-long performance before a star studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, James Corden, ex-boyfriend A-Rod and Courtney Love. The fundraiser was just one of the many parties during Art Basel Miami Beach, a contemporary art fair.

Madonna, who performed in a pink sequined clown top and fishnet stockings, seemed to hold nothing back, especially her opinions on the election, joking with the audience that she had promised to perform sexual favors for those who voted for Hillary.

She coyly said she'd been in Donald Trump's bed, but later revealed it was for a magazine photo shoot and that Trump wasn't even there - and she criticized his cheap sheets. 'They won't be Egyptian cotton because we all know how he feels about Muslims don't we,' she said as some audience members gasped.

She gyrated to a slowed-down version of Britney Spears' 'Toxic' and seductively sang, 'You know that you're toxic,' as images of Trump appeared on a large screen behind her.

At one point, she walked into the audience, climbing on tables and giving one man a lap dance. She abruptly stood up at another point, grabbed the chair on which she had performed and said she also wanted to auction it, noting $600 could send a girl in Malawi to secondary school and $2,000 would cover her university expenses. The chair sold for $10,000.

Other notable items included a Damien Hirst painting, a private performance by magician David Blaine, who was also at the event, and a weeklong stay at DiCaprio's home in Palm Springs, which fetched $140,000. A print by artist Tracey Emin from Madonna's personal art collection, sold for $550,000.

Madonna adopted her 11-year-old son David from an orphanage in Malawi more than a decade ago. At the time, she said, 'I didn't know where Malawi was' on the map. David had pneumonia and malaria. His mother died in childbirth and his siblings were also dead.

He was on hand to introduce his mother, telling audience members who paid at least $5,000 per plate, 'I realize I'm one of the lucky ones.'

The pop star showed videos of Malawi, asking for help to build a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at a hospital there. Fifty percent of the population there is under the age of 15, according to her foundation Raising Malawi.

The night was punctuated by her sardonic humor, corny clown jokes, controversial political statements and heartfelt moments about how much the hospital project means to her. She divulged a few personal details, lamenting that she was very single and hadn't had sex in a long time and saying she'd always had a fascination with clowns which she said are 'profoundly misunderstood.'

She spoke passionately about the plight of Native Americans and asked why their land was being destroyed. 'It just really makes me feel ashamed, ashamed to be an American, ashamed to be a human being really,' she said before launching into 'American Life.'

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Greatest of All Time: Madonna Is Billboard's No. 1 Dance Club Songs Artist

The icon is the queen of the chart's first 40 years. Plus, Pet Shop Boys are the top duo/group & Enrique Iglesias is the top solo male.

Madonna is the No. 1 Billboard Dance Club Songs artist over the last 40 years, dating to the chart's 1976 inception. The icon reigns thanks largely to her record total of 46 No. 1s, the most of any artist on any single Billboard chart, and her consistently dazzling performance on the tally since her 1982 debut.

In the Dance Club Songs chart's history, in addition to her unmatched 46 No. 1s, Madonna owns the record for the most top 10s: 60. Janet Jackson follows with 33.

Fittingly, following Madonna on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Songs Artists list is Ms. Jackson at No. 2. Rihanna ranks at No. 3, followed by Beyonce (No. 4) and Pet Shop Boys (No. 5), the top duo or group; Depeche Mode (No. 10), Erasure (No. 19) and New Order (No. 25) follow in the duo/group category. Enrique Iglesias, at No. 14 overall, is the top male soloist, followed by Prince (No. 24), Michael Jackson (No. 26) and David Guetta (No. 27).

Billboard's Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists:
1. Madonna
2. Janet Jackson
3. Rihanna
4. Beyonce
5. Pet Shop Boys

The Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists ranking is based on weekly performance on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, from its Aug. 28, 1976, inception through Aug. 27, 2016. Artists on the all-time chart are ranked based on the combined point totals of all their Dance Club Songs chart entries (with songs ranked based on an inverse point system and weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least; due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras were weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods).

Across four decades, Madonna has kept her sound fresh, current and uniquely her own, all while collaborating with a flurry of writers, producers and remixers. Whether delving into disco, house, R&B, hip-hop, dubstep or EDM, Madonna has burned up Dance Club Songs for 34 years and counting.

Next up, Madonna will be honored as Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year. The 11th annual Women in Music event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, in New York and will air on Lifetime Monday, Dec. 12.

From Billboard.com


Madonna Spends Thanksgiving With Homeless LGBT Youth: 'Everyone Deserves to Be Loved'

Madonna knows the power of love, which she demonstrated on Thursday, when she paid a visit to homeless LGBT youth at a New York City shelter.

The 58-year-old pop icon brought her rebel heart to the children and teens at Brooklyn's Ali Forney Center for Thanksgiving, documenting her random act of kindness in an Instagram pic posted on Friday.

'Had so much fun sharing Thanksgiving at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn!' Madonna wrote, explaining that the center is an empowering safe haven for LGBT youth. Named after a gender non-conforming teen who fled his home at age 13, the center cares for more than 1,200 youth who face rejection from their family for their identity.

The center's motivation, she wrote, simply, is 'because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.'

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From ET Via Yahoo! News


Madonna stands by son Rocco Ritchie after reported arrest

Madonna says she is supporting son Rocco Ritchie after reports surfaced Wednesday that the 16-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana in London.

Madonna released a statement to The Associated Press Wednesday calling the September arrest 'a family matter.'

She said: 'I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time.'

Rocco was the subject of a months-long custody dispute between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The couple divorced in 2008. They finally agreed in September to allow Rocco to continue living with his father in London.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper, Rocco was arrested on Sept. 28.

From Associated Press


Madonna and more celebrities join NYC anti-Trump protests

Star power fueled a handful of New York City anti-Donald Trump protests.

Madonna, Mark Ruffalo, T.I., Meek Mill and Taran Killam were among the famous faces who found themselves in the midst of New York City 'Love Trumps Hate' protests on Wednesday night.

Thousands turned out across cities like New York, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Austin and Atlanta to express that they wouldn't buy into the hate that President-elect Trump represents.

Nearly 10,000 protesters marched down Fifth Ave. holding signs that read 'Donald Trump's Victory Doesn't Speak for Me,' 'Wall St. Is The Enemy, Not Muslims or Immigrants,' and 'Liberty For All Americans, Not Hate.'

Madonna - an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter - shared a video of marchers chanting 'Not My President,' with the caption: 'Need to Turn these Words into Action..........So Now What? Us Rebel <3's Unite. N.Y.C. Start A Revolution of <3. Do Not Lose Hope! We will Rise Up! We will Shatter that Glass Ceiling. Do Not Give into Fear. This is the Reality of our collective consciousness. Now more than ever we need to take responsibility!'

From NY Daily News


Clowns are People Too!

Madonna spent Halloween night dressed as a scary clown with her family and friends and posted these pictures and tweets from the night:

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Madonna opens show for Amy Schumer in NYC and tells fans to vote for Hillary

She said what?! Madonna made an extremely NSFW proposition to fans during her opening act for Amy Schumer at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, October 18.

During the comedian's New York City show, the Queen of Pop made a surprise stand-up appearance, and jokingly offered to perform a sex act on male fans if they cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in November.

'One more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy,' Madonna, 58, told the audience moments before Schumer, 35, took the stage. 'If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blow job - and I'm good!'

Giving fans a thumbs-up, the no-holds-barred entertainer added, 'I take my time, I make lots of eye contact and I do swallow.'

This wasn't the first time the duo shared the Madison Square Garden stage together. Last September, Schumer opened up for Madonna's Rebel Heart tour during three of her NYC stops.

From Us Weekly

'So much fun opening up for Amy Schumer at Madison Square Garden tonight!!. It was short but it was sweet (like me). I'm forever changed! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Love you Amy!! ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜'

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'Love and Respect this woman so much!! Thanks for letting me get on your stage @amyschumer ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ˜‚'

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34 Years Ago Today....it all started!


Madonna defends BFF Rosie Oโ€™Donnell from Donald Trump

So, you probably watched Mondayโ€™s presidential debate (it kinda feels like the entire world was watching), and chances are you remember the part where Trump slammed Rosie Oโ€™Donnell, whom heโ€™s made derogatory comments about in the past.

To refresh your memory, this is what Trump said exactly: 'I said very tough things to her. And I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'

This came right after Clinton had raised the point that Trump has a history of slandering women ( relevant, because itโ€™s not exactly an ideal quality for the president of the United States).

And then longtime friend Madonna came to Oโ€™Donnellโ€™s defense like a champion! We donโ€™t hear from this superstar very often, but she didnโ€™t waste any time in showing her support.

The two have been friends for years, and in times like these, itโ€™s pretty easy to see why. Trumpโ€™s comments were immature, unnecessary, and uncalled for, and weโ€™re glad that heโ€™s being called out for his behavior in such a graceful way. Quite simply, women deserve better.

From HelloGiggles Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Hits Premiere of Beatles Documentary

On Thursday night, it was girls' night out for Madonna as she hit the premiere of director Ron Howard's new documentary on The Beatles.

The film, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, chronicles the best-selling band during the years of their initial success, focusing on their history-making world tours and their power as a live act.

With two gal pals by her side, the 58-year-old singer rocked the blue carpet โ€“ wearing a button-down black and white varsity dress. Her blonde locks down by her side, Madonna accessorized her look with gold hoop earrings, and array of necklaces and a pair of black Alaรฏa ankle boots.

'Just perfect,' the Detroit native wrote on Instagram, of the film after its premiere. 'An inspiring and sobering reminder of this genius band.'

'Epic,' she wrote in another post.

The movie inspired the 'Material Girl' singer to try her hand at her own cover of a classic Beatles tune, singing their 1964 track 'A Hard Day's Night' in an Instagram video with her friends.

From People.com


Madonna arrives in London, visits Rocco's school

Madonna arrived in London on Monday to spend time with Rocco as he went back to school after the holidays. Madonna visited his school and spoke to Rocco's headmistress as well. Madonna later shared a picture of herself wearing an ALICE + OLIVIA Treena pussy-bow silk-blend blouse she wore for the visit.

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Madonna and Ritchie reach custody deal over Rocco

Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie have settled a court dispute over the custody of their 16-year-old son Rocco.

A spokesman for the New York State court system said the pair had reached an agreement, but did not reveal with which parent the teenager would live.

Ritchie's lawyer Peter Bronstein said Rocco would continue to live with his father in London.

The dispute arose in December when Rocco ignored a court order to fly back to live with his mother in New York. He has since stayed with his father in the UK capital and enrolled in a school there.

Madonna's lawyers have not commented on the settlement.

In December, a judge ruled that Rocco should return to his mother. But she decided not to issue a warrant to enforce the order, urging the pair to reach an agreement.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan said: 'No-one is disrupting his household other than the inability of the parents to reach a resolution. If they cannot resolve this matter then eventually the court will.'

Madonna and Ritchie married in 2000 and divorced eight years later.

From BBC News


Liz Smith: 'This is stardom. Please stand back'

She came, she saw, she wore red, and she stayed for the whole movie! I do mean our girl Madonna. The iconic M put in a totally surprise appearance at the special screening of director Alek Keshishianโ€™s classic documentary, 'Truth or Dare' at The Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday night. (Alek, choreographer Vince Paterson and two of Madonnaโ€™s dancers, Salim Gauwloos and Jose Guitierez, stayed for a Q & A after.)

MoMAโ€™s Joseph A. Berger, who had put together the event - along with other Madonna-themed tributes this month - was totally flabbergasted by La Cicconeโ€™s presence. But that stop didnโ€™t stop him from sticking to his original remarks, which were funny, fierce, personal - he was a 12-year-old gay boy struggling, in 1991, when 'Truth or Dare' hit screens; the daring glimpse into Madonnaโ€™s life - her matter-of-fact embrace of her gay dancers lives and issues - altered his own life and perceptions.

AIDS was still pretty much a death sentence in 1991. There wasnโ€™t much positivity for gay youth. The freewheeling, vibrantly liberated 1970s and early 80s had devolved into fear, loathing and religiously sanctioned indifference. Madonna brazenly danced, sang, spoke up and finger-snapped away a great deal of that darkness.

As for the great star, she looked gorgeous, and upon leaving, she appeared pleased, having watched herself at the white hot pinnacle of her fame. The movie is as political, powerful, funny, cringe-inducing, sexy, gritty, without vanity, totally self-obsessed, artful, artificial, genuine and as awkwardly practiced as ever. Itโ€™s a genius slice of life. And not just her life, or her particular career.

'Truth or Dare' is fashioned as a vehicle to display fame at its most intense, pleasurable, invading and isolating.

A hundred years from now, the 'Vogue' segment alone - Madonna onstage performing, interspersed with scenes of her being mobbed and adored - will be introduced thus: 'This is stardom. Please stand back.'

From www.newyorksocialdiary.com/liz-smith

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Madonna Celebrates Michael Jacksonโ€™s 58th Birthday

The Queen of Pop is missing her King. Madonna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late friend and fellow superstar Michael Jackson on Monday, August 29, what would have been his 58th birthday.

Her Madgesty, who herself just turned 58 two weeks ago, posted four feels-inducing throwback pics of the pair from the โ€™80s and โ€™90s, including a snap from their iconic red carpet appearance at the 1991 Academy Awards.

'Happy Birthday to this wonderful and glorious creature!!' the 'Vogue' singer captioned the collage. '๐Ÿ‘‘ The King! Gone too soon! โค๏ธ โฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃโค๏ธโฃ.'

Jackson tragically passed away in June 2009. That same year, Madonna honored her pal and his chart-topping career during a heartrending speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

'In a desperate attempt to hold on to his memory, I went on the internet to watch old clips of him dancing and singing on TV and on stage, and I thought, โ€˜My God, he was so unique, so original, so rare. And there will never be anyone like him again.โ€™ He was a king,' she told the star-studded audience in 2009. 'But he was also a human being, and, alas, we are all human beings, and sometimes we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them.'

During an October 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, the Material Girl revealed that while she and Jackson made a failed attempt to work together, they ended up spending the entirety of their friendship having fun. 'So thatโ€™s what we were doing: watching movies, having dinner, hanging out, going to the Oscars, being silly, seeing if we could work,' she told the magazine. 'He got relaxed. He took off his sunglasses, had a glass of wine, I got him to laugh.'

From Us Weekly


'It's not too late to make my Birthday Wish Come True!'

'The Candles have been blown. The Cake has been cut, but it's not too late to make my Birthday Wish Come True!! I want to take you on an unforgettable trip to Art Basel. Enter to win and support Raising Malawi: www.omaze.com/madonna'


Happiness! โฃ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐ŸŽ‚โฃ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐ŸŽ‚โฃ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐ŸŽ‚โฃViva Cuba


Madonna visits Cuba for her birthday

Madonna is the latest celebrity to visit Cuba, dancing in a restaurant for her birthday and touring Havana with her family and friends.

The singer arrived in Havana on Monday. Excited crowds have gathered outside the hotel where she is staying in historic Old Havana, but have caught few glimpses of the 58-year-old star.

Fan Taimi Estrada Joba says she hopes to see Madonna perform a concert in Cuba someday. In her words, 'We are very happy she came.'

A string of U.S. celebrities has visited Havana as part of a boom in tourism set off by the declaration of detente with the U.S. in December 2014. Cuban state media posted enthusiastic reports about Madonna's visit and the Foreign Ministry sent a string of tweets welcoming her.

From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News


Madonna's Instagram: 'Married to the Mob!'

Madonna is currently in Italy on holiday and is sharing pictures on her Instagram page from there: 'Married to the Mob! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐ŸŽ‰โฃ'

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'They say there are many worlds all around our own. Packed tight as the cells of your heart....And in those other worlds, the places you love are there, the people you love are there. Perhaps in one of them all wrongs are righted and life is as you wish it. So What if you found the door? And what if you found the key? Because everyone knows this: That the impossible happens once to each of us .......๐Ÿ’˜'

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Madonna moved to tears by case of child rape in Kenya

Pop star Madonna was reduced to tears during a trip to Kenya as she listened to a man describe how his five-year-old daughter had been recently raped by a neighbour in Nairobi's Kibera slum.

The U.S. singer met the man during a visit to Kibera, one of Africa's biggest slums, on Saturday and Sunday. She had gone there to see how she could improve the lives of its residents, a spokesman said.

'This was an incredibly powerful and disturbing conversation about the realities of violence in these people's lives,' said Trevor Neilson, who manages Madonna's Raising Malawi and Ray of Light foundations, and accompanied her on the trip. 'These stories brought Madonna to tears,' Neilson told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Madonna also met Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Monday to discuss working with her charity to scale up maternal and child health programs and initiatives against gender violence.

Kenyatta's charity Beyond Zero, which provides mobile clinics offering basic health services to Kenyans in remote areas, recently introduced safe spaces for victims to report gender based violence.

'Her (Madonna's) basic belief is that no child, no woman should be attacked anywhere. Period,' Neilson said. 'There needs to be a bright light shone on this problem, which creates an environment that enables the victims to come forward....and forces law enforcement to pursue these things.'

Constance Gakonyo, the First Lady's chief of staff, said the two women discussed ways of working together but they did not go into detail.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna meets the 'first lady of Kenya' Margaret Kenyatta

The 57-year-old singer songwriter - who is currently visiting Kenya with Shining Hope for Communities, a charitable organisation which links free schools for girls to services for communities such as clean water and free health care, has met with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta - the wife of the country's president, Uhuru Kenyatta - to talk about 'eliminating' mortality among mothers and babies.

The 'Ray of Light' singer shared a picture of her alongside Margaret on her Instagram account, which she captioned: 'Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote Female Empowerment! Around the World! happy 4th!'

Meanwhile, the mother of four - who has children Lourdes, 19, and Rocco, 15, as well as her two adopted children Mercy and David, both 10, - has visited Kibera, Africa's biggest slum, during the trip to raise awareness of the poor living conditions in the country.

She also posted a picture of a litter-strewn river and wrote: 'Imagine this is where your water comes from! @shofco is working to change this in Kibera, Africa's largest slum.'

From Yahoo! News

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