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 FROW at NYFW

Madonna and Lola were front row at Alexander Wang's show at New York Fashion Week yesterday and has been posting pictures from the event.

'We Go Hard or We Go Home!! WANGFEST! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚'

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The Rebel Heart Tour DVD is coming....

Madonna posted this message on her Instagram page about the Rebel Heart Tour DVD: 'Finally watched a rough assembly of Rebel โค๏ธ tour and happy to say it should all be finished in 2 months!!๐Ÿ‘‘. Time to go to WORK!! Thanks to all my fans for being so patient ๐Ÿ˜˜โฃ'


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


Madonna Makes Surprise Appearance at MOMA's Screening of 'Truth or Dare'

Madonna still loves to shock.

The Queen of Pop made a big entry when she showed up for the 25th anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday night (Aug. 24) in New York City.

Some 400 guests were caught off guard when the pop legend, wearing a red off-the-shoulder red dress, turned up unannounced and mingled with fans.

Madonna's revealing Truth or Dare documentary was originally released in 1991 and captured the action and controversy of her worldwide Blond Ambition Tour.

MOMA's special anniversary event included a conversation with the film's director Alek Keshishian, Blonde Ambition Tour choreographer Vincent Paterson, and dancers Jose Gutierez and Salim Gauwloos.

From Billboard.com


'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'


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Madonna's Instagram: More from Cuba

Madonna shared some more pictures from her Cuba trip (including one with Debi Mazar) on her Instagram page and looks like they all had a fabulous time:

'Pina Coladas in Loma del Angel! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ'

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'Muy Caliente in Havana! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ'

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'Get in the Car! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ'

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B Akerlund also shared this great shot of Madonna in Cuba on Instagram:

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Madonna's love letters to feature in documentary

Madonna's deeply personal letters and recordings she made in bed will be included in a new documentary.

The 'Ray of Light' singer's 18-month romance with Breakfast Club singer Dan Gilroy will be the focus of a new film, and her former lover is said to have turned over 'hours' of video, as well as a huge number of letters and photos to director Guy Guido for inclusion in 'Emmy and The Breakfast Club'.

According to the director, the movie - which will focus on the period of 1979 to 1982 when Madonna was living in an abandoned synagogue in New York with Dan and his brother Ed - will include interviews and re-enactments and feature 'sweet little love notes that she would leave for Dan' and 'very poetic love letters ยญexpressing her feelings for him and the struggles of their relationship.'

There is also a 20-minute recording of 'silly, romantic bantering' which the couple made in bed and that features Madonna and Dan 'having fun with each other and bedroom talk, and also getting into a little philosophical life discussion.'

The filmmaker insisted using personal material without the 57-year-old singer's consent wasn't a decision taking lightly, but Dan felt it was time to 'share' the 'intimate' footage.

He told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: 'There are some intimate things, but at this point they're ready to share. Especially Dan - he's been holding this in a very long time.'

Guy described the couple's relationship, which began in 1979, as the 'meat' of the movie, but said the documentary also explored Madonna's ambition and determination to make it in the music industry.

He is hopeful the film will be complete by January 2017, and that a major distributor will release it.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna on the cover of LOVE magazine

Madonna will appear on the cover of the next issue of LOVE magazine (out on 19/09/2016) photographed by Mert Alas.

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Some quotes from the magazine:

'I don't consider myself a pop act, I consider myself an artist. And it's an artist's responsibility to be revolutionary in our work. It's our responsibility, our duty and our privilege.'

'I was already famous before social media, so for me fame isn't the burden. Fame is the manifestation or the by-product of my work, and that was two decades before social media. Now to me the burden is people are more focused on fame than actually doing the work or being an artist. Now it's easy to become famous. What isn't easy is to develop and grow as an artist without being distracted or consumed with fame.'

'I like Instagram because it's like keeping a diary and every day I get to share different aspects of my personality, my life, and what inspires me, what infuriates me, or what causes I want to fight for. It allows me to be mysterious, ironic, provocative or proud. I get to use it as a platform to bring attention to people or issues that I think are important. It allows me to be the curator of my life.'


Family Mambo Cuban Style

Madonna is sharing more media from her trip to Cuba, including a great video of her and Rocco dancing:

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'Family Mambo Cuban Style! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ


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


Vogue with Madonna at Art Basel Miami

Visit: www.omaze.com/experiences/madonna

Are you Like a Virgin to the art scene? Thereโ€™s no better place to immerse yourself in some of the worldโ€™s most inspiring artists, galleries and collections than Art Basel. And when you factor in the one and only Madonna, whoโ€™ll be there in all her Madonna glory, youโ€™ll be Vogue-ing your way to popstar heaven. Grab a friend and head to Miami, where youโ€™ll go to Art Basel, get pop cultured at an art auction and then get 1-on-1 hangout time with the music queen and Ray of Light herself! Yesโ€ฆ your pop music prayers have been answered. Flights and hotel included.


Events: The 11th Annual Brisbane Madonna Party

Australia's longest-running MADONNA PARTY celebrates the Queen of Pop's birthday and 30 years of TRUE BLUE, her biggest-selling studio album.

Strike a pose and get into the groove as upstairs at The Wickham hotel is transformed into a dance club playing only the music of Madonna - 1980s, 1990s, Noughties & Now!

FROM 7PM
Gather upstairs, meet other fans, grab a drink and watch a fan-compiled collection of Madonna music videos, live clips & rare footage.

8.30PM TIL 12.30AM
Join DJ Sean Manley (SYD) - official DJ for the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour VIP parties - who plays you nothing but the best music of Madonna - the greatest hits, fan favourites....and everything in between! From 'Everybody' to the latest 'Rebel Heart' songs.

With licensed bar, roving photographers, merch stall and more!

PRIZES FOR THE BEST DRESSED and BEST VOGUER!

SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 2016
Wickham Hotel, 308 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley

PRE-BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE AND SAVE!

Tickets $15.00 + booking fee (presale) or $20.00 (at the door) 18+ event

www.kristianfletcher.com

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Events: The 13th Annual MADONNATHON

Cathyland presents:

The 13th annual MADONNATHON
LIVE Tribute Show & Dance Party
Special appearance by drag superstar & #1 Madonna Impersonator VENUS D LITE
Sat, Aug 20 doors 6pm, showtime 8pm $15
@ BROOKLYN BOWL 718-963-3369
61 Wythe Ave (bet N 11th St & N 12th St) Brooklyn, NY
Tix avail online: http://brooklynbowl.com

DANCE + SING, GET UP + DO YOUR THING!

'Where's the Party?' At Brooklyn Bowl for the 13th annual MADONNATHON - the biggest Madonna celebration in the world! Each year we pack the house with a crowd of die-hard, fun-loving Madonna fans who get into the groove, paying tribute not only to Madonna's amazing music, but also her ever-evolving looks and influence on our lives. Happening every year in honor of her birthday, MADONNATHON features LIVE performances by some of New York City's most talented musicians, singers & dancers, collaborating to bring you the very best of Madonna's huge repertoire!

And this year, for the first time, the dance afterparty will go til 2am with DJ CHAUNCEY D (Madonna Worship, Stonewall Inn) spinning Madonna hits and showing Madonna videos all night long! (afterparty tix only $5 after 11:30pm)

Wear YOUR best Madonna look (killer matador cape, virgin bride, lucky star, peepshow dancer, geisha glam, cone bra & ponytail, urban cowgirl, Evita, Material girl....), because best-dressed Madonna fans will sing onstage w/the band + win prizes. Onsite makeup artists will also be providing red lips and beauty marks at the 4-minute Madonna Makeover booth.

Special appearance by drag superstar & #1 Madonna Impersonator VENUS D LITE - as seen on RuPaul's Drag Race, Botched & My Secret Obsession - Meet & greet Venus after the show!

Hosted by: Cathy Cervenka & friends

MADONNATHON 2016 event page: https://facebook.com/events/228060397586279/
MADONNATHON info: http://madonnathon.com

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Events: NYC Madonna Birthday Boat Party

LUCILLE YACHT โ€“ 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Empire Cruises: โ€‹2430 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010

Calling all Rebel Hearts! Your are invited to a once in a lifetime dance party experience! Be apart of the Madonna Fan Documentary called 'Living for Madonna' that will be filming on board while taking a 3-hour cruise with breathtaking views of Manhattan! + Win Deluxe Madonna Giveaways all Night!

Tickets are strictly limited, but you can also buy tickets one hour before boarding time, which will be 7pm. So we advise you to buy them online to not miss out on this special event. Must be 21 years old to participate.

The party starts just before 7pm and we Don't Stop The Music til just before 11pm on this multi-level dance party cruise! Drinking, Dancing, and Partying on a yacht with breathtaking views of the NY Skyline and Statue of Liberty is the very definition of how to party in the summer....so grab your friends, family, co-workers, whomever....and purchase tickets for this ultimate late night summertime event.

To purchase tickets visit www.eventbrite.com or www.madonathonnyc.com

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/276766486025051

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Madonna's Instagram: 'La Dolce Vita and Pizza!'

Madonna has been posting lots of pictures on her Instagram page from her summer holiday in Puglia in Italy.

'The Pizza we Ate....๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ• We love you Pugliaโฃโฃโฃ Ciao Italia๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น'

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'The Books we Read.............๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโฃ'

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'We Love Bread! We love Bread! We managed it everyday in Puglia!๐Ÿž๐Ÿž๐Ÿž๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโฃโฃโฃโฃ'

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'One way to study a fresco in the 12th Century Abbazzia St. Maria de Cerrate ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโฃ'

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'La Dolce Vita! ๐Ÿท๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโฃโฃโฃ'

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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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'Human Nature' Saluting the Unapologetic Anthem That Should Have Been a Smash Hit

From 'Vogue' to 'Take a Bow' to 'Ray of Light,' Madonna scored some of her signature hits in the '90s. While most of her '80s pop compatriots struggled to stay on the radio, Madonna more-or-less maintained the same level of stardom throughout the decade, earning just two fewer Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits in the '90s than she did in the '80s.

But between Bedtime Stories and Evita, Madonna experienced her first real career dip. After several years of hypersexual imagery and songwriting (from the 'Justify My Love' video to the Sex book) and some family-unfriendly public appearances (her 1994 Letterman interview in particular), a portion of the American public was exhausted with her by 1995. Puritanical pop listeners might be OK with a heartfelt plea for keeping a baby, but leather and whips is just too much.

While she soon got back on track with a prestige motion picture (Evita) and an elegant ballad collection (Something to Remember), there was one unfortunate musical casualty of her brief lull: 'Human Nature.'

One of the few hip-hop-inflected singles in her discography (it samples a song from Main Source, the same rap group that gave Nas his first on-wax appearance), 'Human Nature' has a deeply funk foundation while maintaining the spacious, thin production common to many '90s R&B hits.

To read the rest of the article visit: http://www.billboard.com/articles


Madonna's Instagram: More from Malawi

Madonna met with President Peter Mutharika and is asking for sponsors for nurses and clinical officers at the new Paediatric hospital:

'Join Mercy, David and myself at the NEw Pediatric Surgery Hospital in Blantyre adjacent to Queen Elizabeth hospital. First of all help us think of a name for the hospital and Secondly. Would you like to sponsor a nurse or a clinical officer?? If so check out our website Raising Malawi โค๏ธ'

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'Met with His Excellency President Peter Mutharika! We discussed food security, education for girls and staffing for our new Pediatric hospital in Blantyre with Nurses And Clinical Officers.'

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Madonna's Instagram: Visiting Blantyre Hospital

Madonna has been sharing more pictures from her trip to Malawi on her Instagram page, this time from her visit to The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the southern city of Blantyre.

'Talking to one of my heroes, Dr. Eric Borgstein in the newly erected Pediatric. Hospital in Blantyre, specializing in surgery and Intensive Care. With love and support we will be up and running in 2017!!'

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'Checking in with Mavuto, Sinode and Joyce from the film I Am Because We Are! Happy to see they are all healthy and happy 8 years later. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธโค๏ธ'

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'Love is All we Need! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™โค๏ธ'

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'Taking a tour of the new Pediatric Hospital. The first of its kind in Malawi! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธโค๏ธ'

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Madonna in Malawi visits hospital she has supported

Madonna in Malawi on Sunday visited the construction of a children's wing at a hospital that her charity is funding in this southern African country's largest city, Blantyre.

The pop star has been in Malawi for a week and is to meet President Peter Mutharika and health minister Peter Kumpalume. Madonna went to visit Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital to view the paediatric unit where construction started in May 2015 and which is expected to open in early 2017.

'This new facility is the first paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in any Malawi hospital. It will have an enormous impact on saving the lives of children,' said Madonna, in a statement to The Associated Press. 'In addition to raising the quality and availability of health care, we are also preparing for the future by training more Malawian medical staff in specialized paediatric care.'

Answering questions from the press, Madonna said that she does not yet have a name for the new children's wing.

'We don't have a name,' she said, 'but we have a building and we have dreams and they are going to be manifested very soon.'

Madonna is accompanied by her two children adopted from Malawi, David and Mercy, and her son Rocco. Madonna said she will continue to work to get the unit the staff and equipment needed.

'It's going to be my responsibility to make sure that this place has the equipment and is fully operational on a regular basis,' she said. 'So I have a big job ahead of me. Wish me luck.'

Asked if she has any more projects for Malawi, she said: 'I would like to do one thing really well than many things half-assed, as they say in America.'

The children's unit will include Malawi's first paediatric intensive care unit, three operating rooms dedicated to children's surgery, a day clinic and a 50-bed ward. It will enable Queen Elizabeth hospital to double the number of surgeries for children and will provide critical pre-operative and post-operative care.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

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Madonna's Instagram: In Malawi

Madonna has been sharing lots of pictures on her Instagram page from her family trip to Malawi, including David receiving his Ngoni tribal name:

'A Warm Welcome at Home Of Hope Orphanage in Michingi ๐Ÿ’› Malawi the Warm Heart of Africa'

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'We have forgotten our humanity.. that we are on this road together. Each of us sparks of the same soul.. And if this ship goes down we all go down together. pray for peace in the World โ˜ฎ'

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'David Receives his Ngoni tribal name in his ancestral village. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ‰@

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'Discussing Responsibility. One must live up to their name! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช'

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Madonna takes adopted children on visit home to Malawi

Pop diva Madonna and her two adopted Malawian children have flown into the impoverished southern African nation to inspect a hospital project she is funding there, her charity Raising Malawi said Friday.

It is the first time in nearly two years that Madonna has visited the country, where she has at times been embroiled in controversy after her adoption of David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009.

She is reportedly the biggest individual donor to childrenโ€™s projects such as orphanages in Malawi, which is ranked by the UN Human Development Index as one of the world's 20 least developed countries.

Her latest project is a 50-bed surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in the commercial capital Blantyre, complete with three operating theatres, a day clinic and the countryโ€™s first paediatric intensive care unit.

'The facility being funded by Madonna will greatly assist us because it will be particularly equipped for children's surgery,' paediatric specialist Eric Borgstein told AFP.

Borgstein, who is a partner in Raising Malawi and one of just three paediatric surgeons in the country, said the unit would double the hospital's capacity for surgery on children.

The current intensive care unit of the poorly-equipped hospital, which was built in 1958 and serves the 600,000 population in Blantyre, has just four beds.

Madonna, who has reportedly rented the entire upmarket Kumbali Country Lodge near the capital Lilongwe to ensure her privacy, will visit the project on Sunday. It is due to be completed by the end of the year.

From AFP via Yahoo! News


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 with Kenya's First Lady to promote female empowerment

Madonna celebrated Independence Day by promoting 'female empowerment' for women around the world.

The queen of pop is in Kenya, Africa, raising awareness for various causes, including the Beyond Zero campaign.

Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of Kenya, set up the initiative to help mothers and children overcome HIV-related issues and it's been so successful that in 2014 she was named UN Person of the Year.

Fellow philanthropist Madonna, who is a goodwill ambassador for Child Welfare in Malawi, as well as the founder of the charity Raising Malawi - which aims to prevent extreme poverty and hardship by Malawi's orphans - met Margaret recently, and shared a photo of the pair on Instagram as the U.S. celebrates its national holiday, Independence Day.

'Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya!' the 57-year-old pop star captioned the shot of them both. '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!'

Over the weekend Madonna visited Africa's largest slum Kibera and spent time with its young dwellers.

Her trip was in aid of Shining Hope for Communities, a non-profit organisation aiming to provide girls in Kenyan slums with free education, health care, food and psychological services.

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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.'

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Pia Mia Reveals Why Madonna Let Her Take Over as Material Girlโ€™s Fashion Director

Growing up on the small Pacific island of Guam, Pia Mia never imagined that she would one day become a budding style icon, let alone be handpicked by Madonna as the first-ever fashion director of Her Madgestyโ€™s Material Girl clothing line for Macyโ€™s.

'I died [when I got the call]! Iโ€™m in music, so Iโ€™ve been watching all of Madonnaโ€™s music videos my whole life. And Iโ€™ve seen her documentary Truth or Dare a million times,' the 19-year-old singer told Us Weekly exclusively during a run-through of an upcoming Material Girl collection on June 15. 'Just being inspired by her musically and then having her pick me as her first-ever fashion director, itโ€™s like blowing my mind right now.'

Pia, equally known for her unique image as she is for her powerhouse vocals, dished to Us about the responsibilities bestowed upon her by the Queen of Pop.

'As the first fashion director, Iโ€™m basically putting my personal stamp on the clothes and looking at the line sheets and making the changes to pieces that have already been created before I got involved with the brand,' the style-minded musician explained of her exciting new role. 'Iโ€™m choosing the photographers, the locations for the shoots, putting outfits together. Iโ€™m basically touching everything.'

Asked why Madonna, 57, trusted her to hand over creative control of the brand (which the music magnate launched in August 2010 with daughter Lourdes, 19), Pia pointed out that she and the superstar share a similar sartorial savvy.

'I think [Madonnaโ€™s] influenced my style just in the perspective of not caring what anyone else thinks,' the 'Do It Again' songstress - whose wardrobe staples include bandannas, thigh-high boots, checkered flannels and diamond grills - told Us, 'and wearing whatever makes you feel comfortable. I think weโ€™re alike in that way.'

Aside from emulating Madonnaโ€™s fearless approach to fashion, Pia has made a concerted effort to follow in the 'Express Yourself' hitmaker's footsteps when it comes to maintaining authenticity as an artist.

'One of the one things that I love most about Madonna is that in the Truth or Dare movie, when the [Toronto] police come backstage and theyโ€™re like, โ€˜You have to perform your show a different way because weโ€™re in this certain place,โ€™ and she is like, โ€˜No, this me as a person. Iโ€™m an artist and this is what I want to do. Iโ€™m not changing my show,โ€™' the pop ingรฉnue recalled in awe. 'I thought that was so cool because I feel the same way. Because people are constantly trying to change who other people are, and itโ€™s just like you have to stick to who you are and just do you.'

Although Pia hasnโ€™t met the Material Girl herself in person yet ('I honestly donโ€™t know what I would do!'), sheโ€™s already dreaming about collaborating with her in the recording studio....well, maybe. 'That would be just like - oh, Iโ€™d pass out,' she joked. 'Iโ€™d pass out in the booth!'

Until then, Pia is fully focused on making Madonna proud from afar. 'I think itโ€™s dope, just because Iโ€™ve loved Material Girl for so long,' she raved to Us. 'And just to be able to work with one of my idols and a brand that I love is so perfect. Iโ€™m giving this my all.'

From Us Weekly