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Madonna, who was 'inspired' during a recent visit to Detroit, is donating money toward the construction of a new youth boxing gym and buying iPods, iPads and other supplies for students at a charter school in her hometown, according to a news release issued by the music icon's publicist Monday.

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


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Drico: No, she doesn't. Go back to archival images of Madonna outdoors, and you will see that she's EXTREMELY careful to not expose her skin to the sun. She thinks she does good by doing so.


Her Return to Detroit was triumphant and brilliant! Madonna has a place in my heart! I LOVE HER!


im sure she gets some sun! she probably dint want people touching her here.....


I like Madonna's lifestyle regiment (e.g. gluten free food, exercise etc), except one thing: her avoidance of the sun. She never allows her skin to be seen by the sun. This can ultimately kill her. She thinks that it's best to not show sun any skin, so she retains the youth, but in reality, without UV rays, the body deteriorates. We evolved to be under the sun daily. As for taking D3 vitamins, won't cut it. The UV thing is different and you can't take pills for it.

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