biography madonna" by Marie clayton.
Inside it features tons of great images of madonna including rare
photos, and most importantly covers most of her major NYC appearances!
Really unique and must have
Check out just these two pages of madonna heading out and at a NBA
game back in 93, I have never seen the latter.
Thank you Venny, it's the best bday gift, :)
and there is a two page section devoted to madonna, I haven't bought
it yet but if you have it, feel free to share it with the group!
"Madonna is working with William Orbit, who produced her synth-electronica album Ray of Light, but it will be quite an adjustment for them.Abel Korzeniowski, who composed the soundtrack to Colin Firth's movie 'A Single Man', is on hand to help," dailystar.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
The film is about the romance between American socialite Wallis Simpson and British royal Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry the divorcee.
The movie is due to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month.
Great video showing how music brings people together, the power it has
and how positive it is.
With Madge under fire over the failings of her Raising Malawi charity, one of the most important figures in economic development comes to her defense. Sort of.
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs has been called "probably the most important economist in the world," by the New York Times. Now head of Columbia University's Earth Institute, Sachs helped implement financial reforms in Bolivia and Eastern Europe before turning his focus to economic development in the poorest nations of Africa. He has also worked at Harvard and the World Health Organization, been special adviser to U.N. Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, and had a private audience with Pope John Paul II. It turns out he was also an important friend and adviser to Madonna and her star-crossed charity Raising Malawi.
Sachs traveled to Malawi with the pop star in April 2010 to attend the ceremonial laying of the first brick at the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. As it turns out, it was also the last brick: three months later Madonna's group stopped sending money to the project; within eight months the school had been formally abandoned.
Prior to the public collapse of the girls' academy project, Sachs—who helped launch Bono and Angelina Jolie's aid campaigns in Africa—had been a vocal supporter of Madonna's efforts. The singer reached out to Sachs before the January 2006 founding of Raising Malawi, after she read his book on economic development The End of Poverty. Madonna took Sachs out to lunch and invited him to one of her concerts. According to an August 2006 article in Time magazine, Madonna also pledged $1.5 million to Millennium Promise, Sachs' charity that that grew out of his 2002 United Nations economic development report. With a goal to "end poverty in one community" by "improving the health, agricultural productivity, and education" it targeted 14 "Millennium Villages" across Africa. Madonna's donation was earmarked for the village of Gumulira, situated outside Malawi's capital of Lilongwe. Sachs praised Madonna's commitment to global philanthropy, saying the singer had "shown for the first time a real and continued knowledge and commitment" to aiding Malawi.
But despite the fact that Raising Malawi raised millions over the next few years—including $2.9 million at a Gucci-sponsored fundraiser on the north lawn of the United Nations that Sachs co-chaired in February 2008 – some or all of the $1.5 million pledged to Millennium Promise was paid by the Los Angeles-based Jewish mysticism group Kabbalah Centre, Madonna's spiritual home and official partner in Raising Malawi.
According to Mark Fabiani, the Centre's lawyer and spokesman, the Centre paid the pledge in installments beginning in 2006; the first two $300,000 payments came from the Kabbalah Centre and its offshoot Spirituality For Kids (since renamed Success For Kids). But even after Raising Malawi incorporated as a separate 501(c)3 tax entity and showed payments to Millennium on its tax returns, the donations were made "using funds received from KCI," according to Fabiani.
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Madonna. (Photo: Ramin Talaie, Bloomberg / Getty Images; Mark Sullivan, WireImage / Getty Images)
Curiously, Raising Malawi's 2008 IRS filing lists a $600,000 donation to Millennium Promise. Yet the communications director of Sachs' organization, Erin Trowbridge, says only $300,000 was received that year. Raising Malawi representative Trevor Neilson told The Daily Beast that they reported the $600,000 figure "instead of $300K in 2008 and $300K in 2009" on the IRS filing, and said that they were "in the process" of issuing the fifth "missed" installment which was paid shortly after The Daily Beast's inquiries about these donations. As for Fabiani's claim that these installments were paid by the Kabbalah Centre, Neilson says, "these would be Raising Malawi funds that were earmarked in a KCI account."
The Kabbalah Centre, which is a registered non-profit religious organization, is now a focus of a federal probe, which may eventually answer some of the questions raised about its intermingling of funds with Madonna's charities, including the donations made to Millennium Promise.
When asked by The Daily Beast in a recent phone interview if he had "any regrets" about his involvement with Raising Malawi, Sachs paused so long he had to be asked if he was still there and offered no immediate answer. In response to a follow up email, Trowbridge issued the statement that "Professor Sachs was and is appreciative of Madonna's leadership to support education and poverty-alleviation in Malawi."
Barry Shifrin studies journalism at the City University of New York and provides research assistance to Wayne Barrett at the Nation Institute.source: THE DAILY BEAST
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The aptly named Edge Theatre Co. has no qualms about the productions it runs: It tries to push the envelope.
Edge Theatre's latest undertaking, "Madonna and Me," playing tonight and Sunday at South Pointe High School, is no different
Read more: http://www.heraldonline.com/2011/04/08/2972831/play-is-built-around-madonna-and.html#ixzz1IwIkGF15
This play isn't for everyone," said director Jimmy Chrismon, who is also a theater teacher at South Pointe High School. "Yet the themes are timeless, and I think that audiences will find a character or a situation that rings true to themselves."
Set to the music of Madonna's nearly 30-year career, the play is a coming-of-age tale that follows friends from their formative teenage years into early adulthood.
Madonna's musical and stylistic reinventions serve as a metaphor for the characters' growth, as their friendships change, and in some cases, fade away, as they grow older. Like the inspiration behind the play, the content takes risks. Chrismon compares the material to a PG-13-rated film.
It is the fourth play written by playwright Tommy Kearney, who flew from his native Great Britain to witness the American debut in Rock Hill.
Two years in the making
The play has particular sentimental value for Chrismon, a lifelong Madonna fan who has directed more than 100 plays. He worked with Kearney for nearly two years to see "Madonna and Me" come to fruition.
"The cool thing about this play is that Madonna isn't a character, just an ever-present influence on the characters, which also mirrors her impact on my life," Chrismon said. "Kearney has been incredibly gracious in collaborating with me on this production, and I can't wait for everyone to see the fruits of our labor."
Audiences can expect whip-smart dialogue, emotional moments and even a dance number, along with Madonna's 90s hit "Vogue." The South Pointe High School auditorium seats 1,500 people, but Chrismon set up nearly 75 on-stage seats to establish an intimate setting for audience and cast members to share.
Chrismon says you don't have to be a fan of Madonna's music to see the appeal of the universal truth which lies at the heart of the play.
"Friendship, love, acceptance and staying true to oneself are the main elements of the play," Chrismon said, "and in life as well."
Want to go?
"Madonna & Me" by Rock Hill's The Edge Theatre Co.
8 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
South Pointe High School auditorium
Tickets, $15 for adults and $10, students and seniors. Tickets available online at theedgetheatre.org and at the door.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Raising Malawi.