Sunday, December 8, 2013
Madonna has confirmed David Blaine as the December guest curator for Art for Freedom. Guest curators collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com.
“Madonna, who has always been an incredible inspiration, invited me to be a part of Art for Freedom. It’s an amazing platform to bring artists together and I look forward to seeing the brilliance this generates.”
“I am excited David is signing on as guest curator. This is only the beginning of Art for Freedom bringing artists together to change the world.” commented Madonna.
As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, David Blaine will work with Madonna to select one artist from their respective month whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then 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.
The latest freedom fighters chosen to receive an Art for Freedom grant are Amber Fares and the Speed Sisters – a documentary about the Middle East’s first all women motor racing team. Against a backdrop of social and political upheaval, Speed Sisters presents an inspiring look into the drive to be true to oneself. The grant will go towards finishing the film. You can see more on the project below.
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 and Steven Klein.
VICE Media continues to serve as co-curator of Art for Freedom, leveraging VICE’s extensive global network of filmmakers, artists, writers, musicians, museums, and more, to contribute works to the project.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Designer Harsh Gupta has come up with Christmas collection and says he has taken inspiration from pop star Madonna’s popular song – “Secret” – for the designs.
“For my autumn-winter 2014 collection, I took inspiration from the song ‘Secret’ by Madonna,” Gupta told IANS, and added that an inspiration is everything for an artist or a designer.
“It gives you required direction, be it mood, style, silhouette or interpretation. Inspiration is the guiding force behind every artist or designer`s work,” he said.
The collection offers glamorous, high-end, cocktail evening dresses for modern confident women.
“I love the song and found it very captivating to portray the woman I wanted to show through the collection. I kept visualising a modern, feminine, confident, sultry and very attractive woman while conceptualising the styles for my 2014 couture collection,” said Gupta.
For the apparels, Gupta indulged in fine fabrics like gazar silk, satin silk, silk-taffeta, single jersey lycra, silk-chiffon, georgette and brocade in range of colours such as mid-night blue, burgundy, bone-gray, brass-green, emily pink, daffodil yellow, black, copper and cadmium red.
The entire collection was put together in three months and Gupta says working on the collection was a memorable experience.
“We actually researched on some very innovative couture making techniques from Paris and followed some strict methods of couture cutting and sewing techniques while crafting the whole collection. It was truly a very memorable experience for me and my team,” he said.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The mission at J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) is simple: To save lives and bring sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. Today, J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, serving up to 60,000 internally displaced persons. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide education, health and community development, and economic opportunities. Taking a geographically focused and integrated approach to community regeneration, J/P HRO programs empower the residents of Delmas 32 to revitalize their neighborhood. Together, we aim to demonstrate that something fundamentally different can come from a slum in the center of one of the world’s poorest cities: sustainable and prosperous communities. We work with the support and in collaboration with local and national government leaders, community based organizations, other international NGO’s, UN agencies, donors and-most importantly-the community members themselves.
Sean Penn is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Two-time Academy Award® winner Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning nearly three decades. Penn’s humanitarian work has found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more recently in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which focuses on medical aid, protection, and re-location. His organization is currently serving as UN IOM designated Camp Management for one of the largest IDP camps in Port-au-Prince and established the first emergency re-location in the country. For his efforts in Haiti, Penn was named Ambassador at Large to the nation of Haiti on January 14th, 2012, he received the Commander’s Award for Service (US Army 82nd Airborne Division), 82nd Airborne Award for Meritorious Service, the Operation Unified Response JTF Haiti Certificate from Lieutenant General, US Army Commander P.K. Keen, along with the 1st Recon 73rd Division Coin of Excellence, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Coin of Excellence, Commendation of Excellence United States Southern Command, and Award of Excellence by the Deputy Commander US Southern Command. Earlier this year, Penn was honored with the “Children’s and Families Global Development Fund Humanitarian Award” presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti, Raymond A. Joseph and his wife, Lola Poisson-Joseph. Additionally, in July 2010 Penn was knighted by Haitian President Rene Preval in a ceremony in Port-Au-Prince.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Looks like Lourdes Leon is college bound!
Madonna caused quite a stir on campus when she visited the University of Michigan with her daughter on Wednesday.
“There was a lot of excitement,” Lindsey Meekhof, a vocal performance senior there, tells PEOPLE.
“[Madonna's] daughter was learning about our musical theater program,” Meekhof added. “Someone announced to my choir class Madonna was in the building, and choir wasn’t productive anymore after that.”
Dressed in black and wearing oversized sunglasses, the pop icon was apparently trying to go incognito as she exited the dean’s office at the music school with her daughter, 17.
Word spread quickly among students as Madonna and Lourdes – who reportedly played the role of Rizzo in her high school production of Grease – toured North Campus with a musical theater major and ate lunch at one of the residence halls.
Source : People
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
These last twelve months have been monumental for Chance The Rapper. After releasing his breakout project, Acid Rap, Chano has been arguably the hottest up and coming artist out. He’s done everything from magazine covers, touring with Eminem and Kendrick Lamar to now hanging out with Madonna.
Last night, Chance’s “Social Experiment Tour” made a stop in Los Angeles where Madonna decided to check out the young Chicagoan’s show. Chance took to his Instagram account today with a picture of he and Madonna and the caption:
“Madonna showed up after my show in LA last night. What an eccentric and unique girl”.
Fan or not, Chano is getting some crazy good looks.
Source : HotNewHipHop
Forbes just posted their annual list of the top-earning musicians.
From an earnings perspective, however, there’s no question over the winner of this battle’s latest round. The honor goes to Madonna, who pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of Madge’s millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance.
01. Madonna – $125 million
02. Lady Gaga – $80 million
03. Bon Jovi – $79 million
04. Toby Keith – $65 million
05. Coldplay – $64 million
06. Justin Bieber – $58
07. Taylor Swift – $55
08. Elton John – $54
09. Beyoncé – $53
09. Kenny Chesney – $53
11. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $50
12. Paul McCartney – $47
13. Calvin Harris – $46
14. Jennifer Lopez – $45
15. Roger Waters – $44
16. Muse – $43
16. Rihanna – $43
18. Jay-Z – $42
19. One Direction – $42
20. Dr. Dre – $40
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $40
22. Rolling Stones – $39
22. Katy Perry – $39
24. Tim McGraw – $33
25. Pink – $32
25. Tiësto – $32
Read more: http://www.madonnarama.com/posts-en/2013/11/19/madonna-tops-forbes-25-highest-paid-musicians-list/#ixzz2lCTgwLBz
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Madonna yesterday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 Greenpeace crew members jailed after a protest against oil exploitation in the Arctic.
The singer said in a message to Greenpeace: ‘These people are in prison for staging a peaceful protest. Let’s bring them home.’
The so-called Arctic 30 are held in St Petersburg on hooliganism charges carrying a maximum seven-year sentence after being moved from a bleak detention centre above the Arctic Circle.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Did you ever wonder how the Queen of Pop creates her various Instagram pictures?
The answer: Studio App (available on iTunes)
With Studio App, anyone can add design to their photos from the app, and then post those photos to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or save to your camera roll for use. Simply choose a photo, then choose an overlay from any pack (including the Madonna pack), and put it on your photo. You can add as many design overlays as you want on each photo.
Madonna is releasing a Design Overlay Pack through the Studio App (available on iTunes). This design pack contains over 50 designs people can put on top of their photos. They include quotes, icons, and sayings that she believes in. See the example images attached below.
Here a preview :