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She had gotten excused from a jury service date in May. This time, she was finished within two hours and wasn't questioned for any case, spending the wait in a clerk's office instead of in the sprawling juror waiting room.
State court system spokesman David Bookstaver said officials cut Madonna loose because there were plenty of prospective jurors for the summer day's needs, and they didn't want her presence to create a distraction in the jury selection process.
'The greater good here is that her appearance really goes to show that everyone gets called,' Bookstaver said. 'The intent here was not to create a distraction to other jurors or the business of the court.'
Having the Material Girl hang out in the waiting room would likely have meant stationing extra court officers there, he noted.
Madonna's spokeswoman said only that the singer did her service. She's now excused from Manhattan state court jury duty for six years.
Manhattan has a star-studded jury pool by nature, and some notables do end up weighing cases. Former 'Who's The Boss?' star Tony Danza was on a jury in a drug sale case last winter, political scion and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy served as a juror in a drug-dealing case last year, and Rudy Giuliani - while mayor - was the foreman on a personal injury civil jury in 1999.
Many other luminaries have showed up at Manhattan courthouses but not been picked, except to set celebrity examples of civic responsibility at 'Juror Appreciation Day' ceremonies over the years. Comedian Jon Stewart, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, news anchor Tom Brokaw, New York Mets player David Wright and newswoman Barbara Walters have been among the guest stars at the appreciation fests over the years.
From AP Via Yahoo! News
'Serving my country! Reporting to jury selection! #itshotinhere'
The Material Girl hitmaker has pledged to fund three organisations in the bankrupt city and one of the projects is to renovate the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, where free after-school ring lessons and educational mentoring programmes for kids will be held.
Hearns is convinced Madonna's generosity will have a big impact on young boxers and he has applauded the singer for giving back to the community.
He tells Tmz.com, 'I think it's awesome for her to help, being as big as she is....The people who get the help she provides will probably shed tears.'
And the Boxing Hall of Fame icon, who grew up in Detroit, hopes Madonna's charitable pledge will inspire other natives to follow suit.
He adds, 'They should do as much as they can. It's where they came from, and it's not a great situation right now.'
Detroit city officials declared bankruptcy in July, 2013 with debts of at least $18 billion, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
The Queen of Pop has been busy for a number of months working on new material as she follows up her 2012 album 'MDNA'.
One of her collaborators was revealed to be DJ and producer Diplo, who has now told Heloisa Tolipan that their sessions were extremely fruitful.
He said: 'I met Madonna because of her kids and then she invited me to a party. We ended up writing seven songs together. I do not usually feel pressured to write hits, but when it's an artist of this calibre, it's obvious that I want to push the boundaries a little bit further and surpass myself. One of the songs we wrote is very cool and is called 'Bitch, I'm Madonna'.'
Other artists Madonna has worked with on her new album sessions include Avicii and Natalia Kills.
The Queen of Pop hung out the Brits earlier this month in the US, updating her Instagram with images of the hitmakers.
This led some eager minds into speculating that they were working with Madonna on her upcoming album.
However, Disclosure told Billboard that talk of them producing her record is wide of the mark. Howard Lawrence said:
'She came to our gig at Governors Ball and within a few hours, there were articles being written about how we were producing her album - and we had met her that day. How could we even have done that?'
Guy Lawrence meanwhile said that Madonna was 'really cool' and 'very chill'.
Madonna has been working on new material this year with a number of collaborators, such as Avicii and Diplo.
The statement said Madonna's donations to three Detroit organizations represent 'the first phase of a long-term commitment to' the city.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will provide funding for a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, which provides free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to dozens of children; buy new equipment, art and music supplies for the Detroit Achievement Academy; and help out The Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit that employs homeless women who sew garments that are distributed to the homeless.
'I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty. ... It was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover,' Madonna said in the written statement, referencing the city's efforts to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
'A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit, and I'm humbled to be able to give back to my community,' she said.
The statement does not say how much Madonna is contributing. A message seeking comment was left Monday with the singer's publicist, Liz Rosenberg.
In early June, Madonna posted photos of her visit to Detroit on Instagram. One of them shows her posing with some of the women who work at The Empowerment Plan.
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
The Like A Virgin – 30th Anniversary Celebration
....have You Got Style? Ready to Dress Up?
....and kicking the party off .. a Decade in the Making .. the exclusive London Premiere of the remastered Reinvention Tour!
On November 12th 1984 Madonna released her ‘Like A Virgin’ album, which, along with it’s follow up, True Blue, still epitomise the 1980’s Madonna spirit today – 30 years later.
At 4.30pm on November 15th 2014, 30 years after it’s release - we’ll be playing the full Like A Virgin Album : The Video Event! We want to see your best 1980’s Madonna outfits and t-shirts…bring out the bangles, the bows....is anyone brave enough to wear a wedding dress?!
In addition to the ‘Like A Virgin’ Album : Video Event, performances of songs from the album from Madonna’s tours and of course, 8 hours of hits, remixes, performances and rare tracks spanning the length and depth of Madonna’s career, we are also proud to host the EXCLUSIVE London Premiere of the re-mastered Reinvention Tour concert from 2.30pm – so don’t you dare be late!
Make sure you’ve joined our Facebook Event page at this link, keep your eyes peeled for more details in the lead up to our 22nd London Madonna Party, and get ready to be touched again – for the very first time.
Sunday, July 20th, 2014
At 7 P.M.
167 Orchard st. ( bet. Stanton and Rivington st.)
FREE ENTRY all night!
Party and sing to Madonna, all night long!
**Wear your best madonna tee and win a limited ed. MADONNA party prize!
The 17-year-old eldest offspring of the famed pop legend is following in her mother's footsteps, as Madonna attended the University of Michigan in the late 1970s.
Lourdes, who is the Material Girl's one daughter with ex Carlos Leon, is registered in the university's directory as a student in the undergraduate music, theatre, and dance program, in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in fine arts in musical theatre. The New York City-raised teen chose to use her nickname of Lola to register for the college's communications.
Michigan native Madonna, who dropped out of the school before completing her degree to pursue her illustrious pop career, posted a photo via Instagram on Tuesday, June 24, showing some Wolverine pride. She shared a shot of The M Den, the University of Michigan's merchandise store in Ann Arbor.
'I think I'll stop in here!' Madonna captioned the photo. '#unapologeticbitch'
This isn't the first time that Madonna has visited the midwest college in recent months. In November 2013, she was spotted touring the UMich campus with Lourdes. 'I want my daughter to go to school there,' Madonna said of UM in 2012. 'I keep telling her, Ann Arbor is an awesome place.' Born Madonna Ciccone, the Grammy winner attended the school on a dance scholarship, but left for New York City to chase her performing dreams, where she struggled for a few years before making a name for herself.
In the photo, only the 55-year-old’s piercing blue eyes can be seen through a gold-adorned headscarf. Frequently confused with a burqa, the former only covers the face, while the latter covers the whole body.
'Its that kind of day! #unapologeticbitch,' she wrote alongside the image.
From Page Six / New York Post
The trio reunited in New York City on Thursday, June 19, dining at Manhattan's trendy downtown lounge and restaurant, Beauty & Essex. Madonna, 55, arrived in a NYC-chic look, an onlooker tells Us, wearing a black top, black pants, and horn-rimmed glasses. See pics of Lourdes and Madonna through the years.
Madonna's eldest child Lourdes, 17, who graduates from LaGuardia High School this month, kept it casual in a T-shirt and shorts, and slung a backpack over her shoulder. Hunky trainier and actor Leon, 47, rocked a silver pendant on a chain over a blue T-shirt with a pair of jeans.
An observer tells Us that the modern family 'looked like they were having a great time," and spent the evening "laughing, joking, and enjoying each other's company.'
During their Beauty & Essex feast, the trio dined on basil pesto ravioli, the restaurant's take on a New York pretzel, salt & vinegar fries, kale and apple salad, and a crispy eggplant pizzetta.
One item was purposefully absent from their menu, however. An onlooker at the restaurant spills to Us that the Material Girl was asked before they were served if she had any allergies or dietary restrictions. As only she could, Madonna reportedly answered simply, 'Ignorance.'
The 17-year-old beauty, who is taking the reigns from singer Rita Ora, will appear in the 'Boardwalk Babe' adverts showing the American actress and singer on the famous Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, modelling the line's cute summer collection.
Speaking of the collaboration, Madonna said: 'Zendaya exudes a confident, free spirit. We love having her as the new face of Material Girl.'
Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Leon, who models the Material Girl clothing and works alongside her mother, also gushed about the new model.
She said: 'I love how Zendaya makes her own style rules to fit her personality - that's who Material Girl is all about, being yourself to the fullest.'
Zendaya was thrilled to be chosen by the 'dynamic mother/daughter duo'.
She commented: 'Material Girl embraces having fun with fashion and being confident in your own skin ... and who does that better than Madonna?'
The 'Shake It Up' singer is also following in the footsteps of former Material Girls, singer Taylor Momsen and model Georgia May Jagger.
Zendaya's career is going from strength to strength and she is also set to play the late R&B star Aaliyah in a new Lifestime TV biopic, 'Aaliyah: Princess of R&B', which was announced this week.
Madonna revealed the news herself on her Instagram, posting a picture of Zendaya in a Material Girl outfit, with the caption, 'Cause we are living in a Material World and Zendaya is the new Material Girl!!!! #unapologeticbitch'
Zendaya takes over the role from Spring/Summer 2014 Material Girl Rita Ora.
MTV UK: You mentioned Madonna; what’s one of your fondest memories of working on Like A Virgin with her?
Nile: That was really phenomenal. People don’t give Madonna the real respect and credit that’s due her, she absolutely is the single hardest working person I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with literally hundreds of stars. Madonna shows up early, stays late, she’ll do every single task you want her to do and more. She’s the kind of person that you dream about. She brings the superstar thing and she brings a work ethic unlike anything you’ve ever seen. For me it’s like a dream come true. Probably one of the easiest records of my life I’ve ever made.
MTV UK: Who do you want to work with next?
Nile: That’s really impossible to say, because there are so many people I’m already working with and I like working with them so much that I continue working with them, like Pharrell and Disclosure, Sam Smith and Avicii.
Avicii to me is like my little brother, he’s one of the best composers that I’ve ever worked with, and Tim and I always make jokes that we wake up in the morning, we go into the studio and by nine, ten o’clock at night we have six songs. He’s already cut like 60-something songs for his next album, we were just together last week and he says, ‘Nile I’ve culled it down to 36!’ and then he says ‘Lets go write some more!’ I love people like that.
To read the rest of the interview visit www.mtv.co.uk
'Trying out the new Clay Mask from MDNA skin care line! Lets see if it works! #livingforlove'
'Chrome Clay Mask! You better Werk!'
'Lovely and glowing! Yaaaasssssss it werks! #unapologeticbitch'
Madonna attended a preview of 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' in New York City on Monday, which would have been the rapper's 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age 25.
The musical officially opens Thursday at the Palace Theatre. It uses Shakur's songs to tell an original story about two young men dealing with life and tragedy in a Midwestern industrial city. Recent Tony winner Kenny Leon is directing.
Madonna sat in the third row. Shakur's mother and show producer, Afeni Shakur, also attended.
'Holler If Ya Hear Me' uses some of the rap genius' well-known songs, including 'California Love,' 'Dear Mama,' 'I Get Around' and 'Keep Ya Head Up.'
From Associated Press Via Yahoo! News
The head of the Commonwealth nations and the Mother of Christ, could not match the Queen of pop for clout according to a new analysis of online information database Wikipedia.
The study, which examined Wikipedia links, was conducted by Young Ho Eom at the University of Toulouse in France.
He applied Google PageRank algorithm which is used to determine how important webpages are and applied that to people, using Wikipedia to produce a list of history’s most influential. The analysis, which counts both incoming and outgoing links connected to the person online.
The list of influential females:
2. Queen Elizabeth II
3. Mary Mother of Jesus
4. Queen Victoria
5. Agatha Christie
6. Mariah Carey
7. Britney Spears
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. Martina Navratilova
10. Elizabeth the 1st
Lourdes Leon (Lola for short) is the first of the Material Girl's children to fly the coop (she's about to graduate from LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts), and on Thursday she posted a new blog reflecting upon this huge life transition.
'Happy summer to everybody reading this!' the post begins. 'I've been crazy busy lately. I just met with the Material Girl design team. Can't believe I was just starting high school when we launched MG and now I am graduating! These looks will hit Macy's when I am a college freshman.'
Lola then explains that she's already nostalgic for her high school years.
'Just to let you know, this is partially going to be an unoriginal blog post about how very happy and slightly saddened I am that my High School years are now coming to an end, and how I reflect upon the past four years and prepare myself for the real world.'
'So many things that have been a part of my everyday routine for the past four years now suddenly aren't and it's weird because so much more lies ahead - yet it feels almost empty to wrap up high school,' she continues. 'Of course I'll miss the friends that I've made and the family that makes up the drama department, but it's really beautiful to be able to see all of the people I dearly love and care for, people that I grew up with for four years, go on and pursue their passions, whatever they may be, and find their place.'
However, unlike many of her peers, Lola's already the creative head of a budding fashion empire, so of course she's going to discuss style!
'Looking back on the past four years of high school means looking back on unfortunate outfits I wore confidently to school (good for me),' she adds.
'Oh how I wish I could go back in time and urge my 14 year old self NOT to wear black rhinestone studded t-shirts with bloody skulls on them, purchased from really 'hip' stores (wtf is hip anyways). I like to reassure myself though, that I had to go through that awkward time of 'trying stuff out' to figure out what I liked wearing best.'
So where's Lola heading to college? All we know for sure is that mom and daughter visited the University of Michigan last fall (Go Blue!), as Madonna's from Michigan and briefly attended the school at one time. The pop star even told the NFL Network in 2012 before her Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance that she wants her daughter to become a Wolverine. 'I keep telling her, Ann Arbor is an awesome place.'
From Yahoo! Celebrity
To read Lola's full blog post visit http://blog.materialgirlcollection.com
Clarke, 44, recognized his 14-year-old self in a recent Post article about Madonna’s early life in New York - he and his pals saw her as a big sister.
It was the spring of 1983, and Flaca, an up-and-coming actress, dancer and singer whose nickname was the Spanish word for skinny, had asked the teenage crew to join in a photo session at her building.
Just a few months after the shoot, she would be known all over the world as Madonna.
'You guys are my family,' she affectionately told the gang. 'Did you think I’d leave you out?'
As far as the streetwise teens were concerned, Flaca was their fun older sister - a bubbly confidante who played guitar on the sidewalk and grooved to the music that blared from her beloved boombox.
They knew she had talent, but never imagined she’d become an international superstar.
Three decades on, the early portraits of the pop diva have resurfaced in photographer Richard Corman’s book 'Madonna NYC 83' and were featured in a recent exhibition.
But it was only after The Post published an article about Corman’s work that Clarke, now serving a prolonged prison term for robbery, saw himself in the pictures and recalled the shoot.
To read the rest of the story visit: http://nypost.com
During her visit, she spent time at the Detroit Achievement Academy - a public charter primary school, Ponyride - a social impact incubator, the Heidelberg Project, the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym and the Dime Music School. She released the following statement following her visit:
'Many people doubt that Detroit can come back and think that the challenges are too overwhelming to overcome. But what I witnessed today is the true story of Detroit - a city of innovation, commitment, perseverance, imagination and opportunity. The entrepreneurs, artists, activists, teachers and children I met today left me incredibly inspired. I appreciated every minute of it and look forward to helping make the future of Detroit brighter.'
'Discussing Michael Jackson vs. Pharrell Williams! Watch out! Detroit is coming back !!!!! #revolutionoflove'
'Sharing stories with kids at the Detroit Achievement Academy! Very impressed by Kyle Smith and her team doing what they can to bring education back to the Motor City! #kmowledgeispower #revolutionoflove'
'At EmPowermentplan with De Mequa and Netty women who once lived in homeless shelters now creating coats and handbags and the amazing glasses I'm wearing! Encouraging women to take charge of there lives! These ladies are mad cool! #revolutionoflove #bringbackdetroit'
'The Amazing Women at Empowermentplan! They make coats that turn into sleeping bags! So innovative. So inspiring! #artforfreedom #revolutionoflove #bringbackdetroit'
Madonna had enraged the FN in 2012 by showing a video depicting its leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika over her forehead at a Paris concert.
She took another swipe at the party on Monday with a post on her Instagram account.
The post featured the front page of French newspaper Liberation from May 26, the day after the FN topped the polls in European elections with a record 25 percent of the vote.
The page shows a triumphant Le Pen celebrating the victory next to the headline, 'FN France'.
Madonna's caption read: 'Russia. Ukraine. Venezuela ...., now France?!!!!! #fight Fascism #fightdiscrimination #fightlynchmobmentality #fighthatred #fightforffreedom #revolutionoflove'
FN vice-president Florian Phillipot responded with a sarcastic suggestion Madonna was seeking controversy to court publicity at a time when her career has been eclipsed by the global stardom of younger rival Lady Gaga.
'In politics too, Granny Gaga has lost the plot,' Philippot tweeted.
From AFP Via Yahoo! News
The 'Hung Up' hitmaker has been accused by beauty and fashion company Hard Candy of maliciously stealing their name to sell exercise DVDs and apparel and the firm have filed a lawsuit in federal court for trademark infringement and unfair competition.
The case claims the singer began selling her goods under the Hard Candy name in 2011 despite a previous rejection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Federal court papers obtained by RadarOnline.com state: 'Defendants' actions have caused and will cause Hard Candy, LLC irreparable harm for which money damages and other legal remedies are inadequate.'
'Unless Defendants are restrained by this Court, Defendants will continue and/or expand the improper activities alleged in this Complaint and otherwise continue to cause great and irreparable harm and injury to Hard Candy, LLC.'
The lawsuit also targets Madonna's manager Guy Oseary, but claims the 'Material Girl' singer is 'the driving force behind the infringing activity, taking credit herself for the initial selection and subsequent expansion.'
Hard Candy are seeking financial damages and for Madonna to stop using their name completely.
'Papa Don't Preach! 2 O.G's on the beach!'
Yes, David helped me decorate my homes in New York and London. Yes, he built beautiful handcrafted furniture for me. Yes, he found gorgeous linens and silks in Greece, Italy and Thailand and brought them back to transform into curtains or reupholster an odd set of chairs. Yes, he took me to antique shops in Paris and turned me on to the most exquisite Fornasetti lamps.
And then there was his infectious appreciation for the subtle beauty of every gradation of blue. When I think of David, I think of blue. Then again, when I think of David, I feel blue – because I miss him! I'm always in desperate need of his advice, input and direction.
When I look around my houses in New York or London, I am struck by what an influence he has had on me. He has left his souvenirs everywhere: his touch, his taste, his flair and his blue.
He has influenced the way my homes look, of course, but he's had a much bigger impact on my life.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.mrporter.com/intl/journal
'I know why the caged bird sings! Maya Angelou lives on forever! #iconic #artforfreedom'
'A truly inspirational poet, writer, artist, woman, activist, human being! Thank you for your words of wisdom and your big beautiful heart! #rebelheart #artforfreedom'
The pop superstar, who has lived in the Big Apple since the early 1980s, had been expected to perform her civic duty at Manhattan Supreme Court, but she appeared to be a no show after failing to turn up.
However, New York County Clerk Norman Goodman has since revealed the Material Girl hitmaker had asked to postpone the court appearance due to ill health and has instead offered to report for jury duty at a later date, according to the New York Daily News.
Details of what ails the singer have not been made public, but she showed no signs of illness over America's Memorial Day weekend as she shared photos of herself riding a horse and spending time with her children on a beach via Instagram.com.
Madonna previously attended jury duty in Beverly Hills, California in 2008, but she was dismissed after four hours.
The superstar, who adopted two children from the southern African nation, has been involved in a long-running spat with Malawi's government over her charity work in the country.
In a statement posted on the website of her charity Raising Malawi, Madonna accused the government of corruption and of failing its people.
'I am so sad to see that because of the actions of their president Malawians will continue to suffer,' the American singer said.
'In my philanthropic work I have seen the depths of corruption in Malawi's government. I can only hope that change will come, Malawians deserve so much better.'
The remarks come after Banda attempted to declare the presidential election 'null and void', prompting fierce legal wrangling over her right to do so.
Madonna's charity says it has poured millions of dollars into the support of children, including orphans in Malawi, which is ranked by the UN Human Development Index as one of the world's 20 least developed countries.
But after a visit to the country last year Banda's government accused the 55-year-old of inflating the value of that help, demanding VIP treatment, being 'uncouth' and bullying state officials.
In a long statement it said that if Madonna had her way 'the Malawi government and its leadership should have rolled out a red carpet and blast the 21-gun salute in her honour.' When leaving the country, Madonna was for the first time denied use of the VIP section at the airport in Lilongwe.
A government spokesman claimed the singer 'wants Malawi to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude' for having adopted two Malawian children. But Madonna denied 'these ridiculous allegations'. 'I did not ever ask or demand special treatment at the airport or elsewhere during my visit,' she said.
During the trip she visited schools her charity has built, flanked by her four children, including David Banda and Mercy James who she adopted from the southern African nation.
'I will not be distracted or discouraged by other people's political agendas. I made a promise to the children of Malawi and I am keeping that promise' she said.
From AFP Via Yahoo! News
'I kissed a shoe and i liked it! #unapologeticbitch'
She and daughter Lourdes were in the audience to see Neil Patrick Harris play a transgender East Berlin rocker (and 'internationally ignored song stylist') in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch.'
The Tony-nominated show’s costume designer, Arianne Phillips, worked on the Material Girl’s last four world tours.
Others who’ve seen the show: Ricky Martin, Jane Fonda and Dakota Fanning.
From Page Six / New York Post
Madonna herself posted this comment about the show on her Instagram page:
Go see Hedwig and The Angry Inch! On Broadway. It was incredibly moving ! I loved it! @hedwigonbroadway A real example of #artforfreedom
What are your memories of the tour? And did you experience the fan pit?
ON THE PHYSICALITY OF THIS PHOTO SHOOT:
KATY PERRY: I was sore in my upper body and in my butt area from all that squatting.
MADONNA: It’s good to be sore in your butt. My neck is sore from that wonderful moment when I was sucking on your heel.
ON PROVOCATIVE SHOWMANSHIP:
M: I would always say, Dad, I’m an artist, I have to express myself. You don’t understand. I think he’s finally come to terms with it. It’s only taken 30 years. He’s like, Do you have to simulate masturbation on the bed? Do you have to? Yes, Dad, I do.
KP: I haven’t gone that far yet, but maybe under your great mentorship I might reach that point.
ON GETTING READY FOR A TOUR:
M: A couple of weeks before my production rehearsals I look and feel like a truck ran me over.
KP: [laughs] Oh, I look like that now.
ON OCD TENDENCIES:
KP: Im so OCD that I want those letters in alphabetical order. C-D-O would be my preference.