Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Madonna On BuzzFeed




this one is my favorite. we waste far too much time trying to conform to what society expects us to look like. In fact the body is temporary and its kind of amazing how much time we waste on something that is impermanent.

don’t quit your day job. however its a very good point. people don’t know how to listen its a lost artform. mostly because everyone is on their phone.

no one should die of hunger its a ridiculous concept in this day and age. unfortunately people still are. please explain to me how I can get my kids to live on 7 bucks a month.

unfortunately, religion is responsible for too much separation, violence, pain and suffering. If people really study the Holy Books of whatever path they’re on, they will see that there’s a thread that unites all of them and that is Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. World Peace is possible. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with consciousness.



yes i agree. If we don’t learn from history we are going to repeat it. this is obviously a poem written by someone who believes in reincarnation. The transmigration of the soul. Meet you in the studio we can write a song together.

in some societies it is a crime to be a woman…women are still treated like second class citizens in many parts of the world. Hopefully that will end one day soon. I love this art, its really good.

you’re lucky to live in a place where you have the freedom to express yourself. Don’t take it for granted.

i agree with the words but to be a real freedom fighter its about action, not just words. ultimately thats what makes a freedom fighter. Someone who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk. Its not what you say but what you do.

excellent art direction. A for effort. I often feel the same way that I can only express myself thru dance. You go girl.

i dont understand – a fundamentalist is an extremist who doesn’t see anyone else’s point of view. is that what you are saying? does reading create an open mind? im confused, i need an explanation.

i love the idea of family, but i’m worried about everyone’s health.
Madonna thinks “Why Juggalos Inspire Me” is OMG

I support a woman’s freedom to choose whether she covers her head or not. However covering ones hair for prayer is open to interpretation and different belief systems. Veil or no veil, my vote is for freedom of expression no matter what.



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MADONNA FOR BUZZFEED : “11 FREEDOM FIGHTERS WHO HAVE INSPIRED ME”




By Madonna



John Lennon: He went from being one of the worldʼs greatest pop stars to speaking out against the Vietnam War and using every opportunity he could in interviews to spread his message of peace. And he wrote one of the greatest songs ever about peace, “Imagine,” one of my favorite songs.

Malala Yousafzai: Malala risked her life to defend the right for women to be educated in the Swat Valley (where she is from) as well as Islamic countries. She continues to speak out for educating girls everywhere.

James Baldwin: One of my greatest inspirations as an artist. A great writer, poet, and activist who insisted that all artists have the responsibility to shape and change the world.

Marlon Brando: An actor who I really admire — the finest of his generation. He was willing to fight for the rights of American Indians and he didnʼt care if it made him unpopular in the entertainment community (which it did). He was a badass in every way, what can I say?

Martin Luther King Jr.: He was fearless in his fight. His peaceful approach to ending segregation in the United States is beyond admirable. What he did for the civil rights movement is historical. He sacrificed his life for what he believed in. He changed the face of America.

Nelson Mandela: He was willing to serve time in prison for 27 years, fighting to abolish apartheid in South Africa. He came out with no bitterness, forgiving his enemies. To me, he’s a saint.

Pussy Riot: Fearless young women who are the perfect illustration that you can use your art to change the world. After spending two years in jail, they continue to stand up and fight for human rights.

Keith Haring: Keith was a great friend who was very supportive of me in the early days of my career. He used street art to bring awareness to the gay community — fighting for equal rights for all, but specifically for people who were HIV positive.

Frida Khalo: An artist I have always admired. She played an important role in the revolution of Mexico. She fought for the right of artists as well as the working class. She came up in a time where there were very few female artists — the odds were stacked against her, and yet her voice was heard. And now she is considered one of the greatest artists of the 21st century.

Ai Weiwei: Ai Weiwei is a gifted Chinese artist who is willing to speak out against the censorship of artists and the oppression by the Chinese government, which doesnʼt allow freedom of artistic expression. He was abducted and held in captivity for 81 days for continuing to create art even though the government forbade him to. He cleverly used social media to speak out about his predicament and bring awareness other fellow Chinese artists.

Nancy Cunard: She was the heiress to the Cunard fortune — but because she fought for the rights of African-Americans in the ’20s and ’30s, she was disowned by her family. She raised money to buy a printing press so she could print newspapers and books to keep African-American culture alive through poetry, music, literature, and art. She ended up destitute because she fought for what she believed in. She went from socialite and fashion icon to freedom fighter, an interesting journey that most people do not know about; she was extremely courageous.

50cent Praises Madonna.




Got that right!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Madonna To Host Live #ArtForFreedom Curation on BuzzFeed




Freedom Fighters! Make sure to join Madonna on BuzzFeed on April 14th (exact time to be announced later on) for a live Art For Freedom curation! After starting ArtForFreedom.com in September 2013, Madonna is now asking for you to share your artistic expression of Freedom with her and the BuzzFeed community.

For more info and to submit your entry, please visit the devoted BuzzFeed page before April 14. Also, Madonna created a list of some of the freedom fighters who have guided her along the way with their actions and art, so go ahead and check it out now!

Madonna on BuzzFeed...

Attention BuzzFeed:

After traveling around the world and witnessing an overwhelming amount of discrimination, intolerance, and bigotry — I felt I needed to make a statement. I started ArtForFreedom.com in September 2013 to give artists everywhere a platform to define what freedom means to them and to allow them to express their right for freedom of expression.

Now I am asking you — the BuzzFeed community — to share with me and others your artistic expression of freedom. This can be in the form of photography, video, dance, poetry, etc. I will be going through those entries directly on April 14 at 6 p.m. and giving you my input and encouragement to let your voice be heard LOUDLY.

An artist has the responsibility to not only reflect society, but to shape it.

If you need any inspiration, I made you a BuzzFeed-worthy list of some of the many freedom fighters who have guided me along the way with their actions as well as their art. Are you with me? Then submit below and I will see you on April 14.

— Madonna

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MILEY CYRUS IS THE NEXT GUEST CURATOR FOR “ART FOR FREEDOM”

Art for Freedom Has Received Over 7000 Submissions Globally Since Launching in September 2013



Madonna announced today that Miley Cyrus will be the guest curator for Art for Freedom for the month of April. Miley will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions which will be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Launched in September 2013, Artforfreedom.com was created by Madonna as a vehicle to inspire artists around the globe to share their artistic representations on the subject of freedom and human rights.

“There has never been a more crucial time to participate and help create change in the world. I’ve been so inspired by people’s submissions since we began and I welcome Miley’s input along with her fans to express themselves artistically and to share their creative ideas on the subject of human rights and freedom of speech. Miley and I look forward to hearing your voices in the format of your choice throughout the month of April and onward,” commented Madonna.

“Art can speak volumes – I’m glad to join Madonna in encouraging people to have their voices heard at artforfreedom.com. It’s an ideal home to see how each of us can participate in changing the world for the better,” stated Cyrus.

Cyrus and Madonna will select the winning artist’s submission at the end of April and will award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom.

Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna & Steven Klein>

MILEY CYRUS IS THE NEXT GUEST CURATOR FOR “ART FOR FREEDOM”

Art for Freedom Has Received Over 7000 Submissions Globally Since Launching in September 2013



Madonna announced today that Miley Cyrus will be the guest curator for Art for Freedom for the month of April. Miley will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions which will be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Launched in September 2013, Artforfreedom.com was created by Madonna as a vehicle to inspire artists around the globe to share their artistic representations on the subject of freedom and human rights.

“There has never been a more crucial time to participate and help create change in the world. I’ve been so inspired by people’s submissions since we began and I welcome Miley’s input along with her fans to express themselves artistically and to share their creative ideas on the subject of human rights and freedom of speech. Miley and I look forward to hearing your voices in the format of your choice throughout the month of April and onward,” commented Madonna.

“Art can speak volumes – I’m glad to join Madonna in encouraging people to have their voices heard at artforfreedom.com. It’s an ideal home to see how each of us can participate in changing the world for the better,” stated Cyrus.

Cyrus and Madonna will select the winning artist’s submission at the end of April and will award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom.

Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna & Steven Klein>

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOY GEORGE ABOUT MADONNA

Boy George has recently released a new interview for the “Huffington Post”. He talked about Madonna …. yet. This time in positive “mood”….



When I told my deputy editor, who adores Madonna, that I was interviewing you he said, “Don’t ask him about Madonna — he hates Madonna!”

I don’t hate Madonna! That’s such rubbish. I mean I’ve said awful things about Madonna and I’m not proud of that at all — I’m really not proud of that because I didn’t know her. And like everyone, I’ve always secretly kind of been into her. I have a lot of her records and I think that really is the measure of what you think of someone. If I have like 5 or 6 singles of Madonna that I love, that makes me a little bit of a fan. I have a massive painting of her in my spare room that I got in the ‘80s from some shop on Broadway.

People do love to pit celebrities against each other
There was a point where Madonna was just everywhere you looked and you couldn’t not comment! In the same way that it’s the same way not to have a comment about One Direction! They’re everywhere you look. And there was a point where Madonna was just everywhere, running around the park — she was just everywhere. And you can’t be that famous and not have people make comments, especially other people that are in your business. People are always asking me, “What do you think of this” and “What do you think of that,” but I don’t know her. I can’t see us ever being friends now but she’s going to be at this event that I’m going to tonight. I said to my friend, “If you can get a picture of me and Madonna, you’ll get a medal.” Can you imagine? I’d be really happy! It would be great to just have a photo with her and to fucking put this shit to bed. I don’t hate her at all!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MADONNA TO DIRECT INTERRACIAL ROMANCE ‘ADE: A LOVE STORY’




Madonna is getting back into the director’s chair.

The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance W.E., is attached to direct Ade: A Love Story, an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker.

Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his Bruce Cohen Productions. Jessica Leventhal, the company’s director of development, and Walker also are producing.

Walker, the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker and civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal, wrote about growing up interracial and with mixed religions in her memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.

In her debut novel, published October 2013, Walker creates a narrator similar to herself (the mother is Christian while the father is Jewish). The story centers on a 19-year-old American student traveling with a feminist companion in Africa who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces.

Although very much a love story, many of the themes and subjects in Ade are those Madonna has touched upon in envelope-pushing ways at the height of her music career. Sex, religion, race, lesbianism all figure into the story one way or another. Already a fan of the book, Madonna also provided a blurb that appeared in promotional materials.

CAA is arranging financing. Madonna and the producers on the hunt for a screenwriter to adapt the book.

Cohen was a producer on Silver Linings Playbook and is working on adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.

Madonna, repped by CAA, also directed the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom. The Weinstein Company released W.E., which, despite curiosity, only grossed $583,000 at the domestic box office.

Madonna is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Walker is repped by UTA, Anderson Literary Management, and Shep Rosenman at Katz Golden Rosenman.

hollywoodreporter.com

MADONNA 1978: A CENTURY OF POP MUSIC IN NEW YORK


New York magazine (issue March 24th 2014) is celebrating 100 Years of Pop Music with 8 different covers featuring music icons Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Lou Reed, Barbra Streisand, Notorious B.I.G., Madonna, Jay-Z and Frank Sinatra.




Monday, March 24, 2014