Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Oh, James Dean

Forbes - The World's Most Powerful Celebrities

Oh, uh huh, right.

Just touring over the span of 2 months - on the second leg of her Sticky and Sweet Tour, that didn't touch American soil, and that Glee episode - has landed Madonna at number 10 on the 2009 Forbes 100 Most Powerful Celebrity list.

A total of 27 nights on tour ($6 million a night) and a television episode - in which she didn't even appear - that's Power.

For the list - Click HERE.

Madonna and The Mirror

That unmatched love affair. Madonna Louise Ciccone at 21.

Friday, June 25, 2010

One Woman's Thank You to Madonna

Dear Madonna,

Thank you.

Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family arrived home in California with our newly-adopted son, Vasco Fitzmaurice Mark David Possley.

His adoption would not have been possible without you and the bold actions you took in Malawi last year when its High Court denied you the adoption of your precious daughter, Chifundo "Mercy" James.

You didn't take no for an answer.

You didn't buy their argument that allowing your adoption of Mercy would encourage human trafficking. You didn't agree when they said Mercy would be fine at an orphanage and without a loving family from a foreign land.

When you appealed that myopic ruling and then won approval of Mercy's adoption from the Malawi court of appeals, you effectively made case law that kicked open the door for other American families to adopt some of the 1 million children orphaned by HIV, AIDS and other diseases (including a grotesque indifference to the suffering of the most vulnerable among us).

Your actions paved the way for families to be created across thousands of miles, through forests of diplomatic red tape and seemingly unbridgeable cultural chasms.

My husband and I met Vasco in October 2007 while we were traveling in Africa on holiday. A few years earlier, we had made a donation to an organization in Blantyre that works with some of the 60,000 children who live on the streets of Malawi -- the vast majority of them, as you are well aware, AIDS orphans.

We were on the ground in Malawi for about 48 hours and spent most of our first day visiting with a few dozen teenaged boys -- "street kids," in the parlance of Malawi -- at a drop-in center in Limbe.

On our way back to the motel in Blantyre, our guide asked if we would mind making one more stop to visit a street kid that, in his words, was "just kind of special."

We drove on the road to the airport to Blantyre's rural Chileka district, clambered down a muddy embankment and saw a clutch of mud-and-waddle huts. Our guide yelled something and we heard a squeaky boy's voice shout something back -- "I'm coming!" in Chichewa, his native language.

Out came this little fellow Vasco -- tiny, skinny -- maybe 35 pounds soaking wet -- with huge eyes and a smile that would split your heart in two. He was about eight years old but was the size of a five-year-old American child.

You Took My Words and Made a Trap for Silly Fools

The French Whore by Bettina Rheims

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mayumi Nishimura - Madonna's Personal Chef - Has Released a Macrobiotic Cookbook - "Mayumi's Kitchen".

Health-conscious Madonna fans, here's a treat for you! Mayumi Nishimura was Madonna's personal chef from 2001-2008. She studied macrobiotics under Michio Kushi, the leading authority in the field, at the Kushi Institute. Four books under her belt in Japanese, Mayumi's Kitchen is her first cookbook in English.

As a runner, cyclist and a try-hard (we all know how hard it can be) clean eater who dabbles in cooking, I was very pleased when publicist Jennifer Novak contacted and sent me this book. In Los Angeles, we have a great macrobiotic restaurant on La Brea Avenue called Inaka. As clean and delicious as it is, actually cooking macrobiotic meals at home always seemed intimidating. However, this book makes it easy with Mayumi's easy to follow instructions! Plus, Mayumi's own twist on macrobiotic cooking, which she coined Petit Macro, sets this book apart from other macrobiotic cookbooks and makes it a little more special.

While traveling with Madonna on four world tours, Mayumi would scour hotel kitchens for ingredients keeping with her classic macrobiotic training, but - borne out of necessity - she also became more versatile drawing inspiration from Italian, French, Californian and Mexican cuisines as much as from the more traditional Japanese and Chinese.

In this book, with over 130 recipes, Mayumi breaks down the basic ingredients and cooking equipment, presents a vast array of delicious dishes and includes a 10-day detox to get you started.

Check it out.

Through the Endless Years

Foxy Lady

Evita Press Conference

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mamma Roma

First shot from Dolce and Gabbana's Fall/Winter campaign - with a little of Pasolini and Magnani's Mamma Roma thrown in.

Pasolini's Mamma Roma is about a retired middle aged Italian whore, played by Anna Magnani, who has saved her money to buy an an upper-class apartment house and a fruit/vegetable stand. She wants to start a new life and bring up her teenage son, Ettore, with dignity and give him the things she did not have and worked so hard to get away from. When he learns of her past, it comes back to haunt her.

Can't Stop the Girl

Friday, June 18, 2010

Nothing Really Matters

Love the red brows.

One of my favorite Madonna videos. Hatsumomo is ready to roll. Under appreciated at the time, hopefully over time fans have come to appreciate. I really dig Johan Renck's work. Take a look after all these years.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rare Madonna Footage Accepting Award in 1987!

Madonna accepting the Kid's Choice Award for favorite female vocalist in 1987 with the La Isla hair! Never before seen by me, sent by Eric via absolutmentmadonna.fr. Thanks Eric! xo

The Real Deal


Bad Ass Bytch.

Madonna's ex-husband, Ingrid Casares, gives us a little insight on Madonna's feelings of Lady Gaga Goober via her Twitter Page...

"is that the video where she thinks she is me"? - Madonna's dismissive attitude on Wanna-be Goober's Alejandro. Haha!!! That's our girl.

When doesn't Joanne "Lady Gaga" Goober think she's you, Madonna?

Gives an entirely new meaning to Hung Up.

Like a bad Las Vegas impersonator.

Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna

Jean Paul Gaultier's perfume launch.

Monday, June 14, 2010

All Hail Queen Madonna!

Sandwiched in between Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, Madonna lands at Number 2 on The New York Daily News list of the Top 10 Pop Culture Icons of the last 50 years.

To see the rest of the list click HERE

Martin Burgoyne

In Honor of Martin for Lisa

Martin and Madonna in 1983

As most of you know (and if you don't, you should), Martin Burgoyne was Madonna's best buddy and roommate from her early days in New York. Of her initial two single record deal with Sire Records, he designed the artwork for the second, Burning Up. He also managed her before Freddy DeMann stepped in and was her back up dancer and loyal confidant. For these artistic street urchins, Martin and Madonna were kindred spirits and she took care of him up to his untimely death of AIDS in late 1986.

Madonna's second single, Burning Up, designed by Martin Burgoyne

Lisa Bohart was Martin's best friend growing up in Florida. She has kindly shared her memories and photos with me about her beloved friend. "Martin was an incredible dancer, we went dancing often", says Lisa. They would also scavenge through their favorite thrift store, La France in the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa, Florida for anything vintage. "He was really into vintage," she fondly recalls. "The store is still there, but moved down the street to a bigger spot. When I go in, it smells exactly like it did when he and I shopped there!"

Martin in his pink vintage swim trunks, Lisa's favorite.

An artist and designer herself, Lisa says, "Martin wanted me to go to Pratt with him, but instead I went to Ringling here in Florida. He and I spent many hours just painting together. I'm 47, he would be also. He and I were quite close, I have letters he wrote me from New York asking me to come and stay with him. He was absolutely the best person you could meet", remembers Lisa. "So true and dear."

Martin and Lisa

This is a sentiment we hear often regarding Martin. On November 30, 1986 when Andy Warhol had heard that his friend Martin died, he wrote this in his diary, "He was such a sweet kid, and so friendly and generous. With his affection, too, he was so generous."

For Madonna fans across the world, Martin will always be loved and adored.

Madonna's ode to Martin: