Back in January, I wrote about a Malawi couple (Steven Monjeza, 26 and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 33) were charged with “unnatural acts” and “gross indecency” for getting married and despite a ton of international criticism, the goverment did not waiver on the fact that they would go to trial for their crimes. This week, the couple was sentenced to the maximum – 14 years in prison with hard labor.
Madonna (who has adopted two children from Malawi – David Banda and Chifundo “Mercy” James) expressed her outrage for this situation in a press release today:
“I am shocked and saddened by the decision made… by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison. As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion, or sexual orientation. Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved. I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi – and around the world – to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all.”
Papa Don’t Preach…She apparently kept her baby. A while back, buzz about a bastard son of Madonna’s was spreading like wildfire, pegged as the “Music Industry’s Best Kept Secret.” There is also a film being made about this story, with the second trailer having just been released. The film is being released this summer. I have to say, I’m intrigued…but not sure what to think.
“On December 24, 1973, a young, 15-year-old girl named Madonna gave birth to a boy in a hospital in Michigan. Now, 36 years later, the best ever kept secret in the history of pop music will be revealed.”
Luizo Vega, a performer and artists, claims to be the bastard son of Madonna, who has “absolutely no regrets,” and seems to take after his mother in going beyond the Borderline with all of his work – and with this tell all film/work of art. In the film, he explores the “limits of contemporary art in the 21st century.”
Jumping on the “No Photoshopping” popularity wave, Madonna posed for a series of pictures for Interview Magazine that harken back to her “Like A Virgin” days. The Material Girl once again sports lacy attire, religious symbols and thick heavy eyebrows as an homage to her former iconic self. Madge posed for Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas for this truly stunning group of photos. Sure there was no photoshopping used to perk her up, but i’m certain soft-lighting experts were on hand to show Madonna in the “best light”.
For the interview portion, the Material Girl chatted with director Gus Van Sant. The two discussed everything from her retirement from music to her refocusing on her “acting” career to Sean Penn and everything in between.
3D this, 3D that. It seems everywhere you turn these days 3D technology is there. Brazilian denim line, Ellus Jeans, has brought the gimmick du jour to their latest ad campaign. They’ve enlisted photographer, Jacques Dequeker to capture models Jesus Luz (Madonna’s younger boy toy) and Cintia Dicker for their steamy outdoor concept.
To be perfectly honest, at first I was bleh about the whole idea, but when I put on my 3D glasses, the photos looked fantastic and so did Jesus. I have to admit, I haven’t understood the whole buzz about him… but in 3D, I totally get it- YUMMERS. You’re probably asking yourself, why on earth I would have my own glasses. Well, Brian had picked up a few of them at Target a couple months ago for the Michael Jackson tribute at this year’s Grammy Awards.
We’ve all been there, bored out our minds waiting at the local DMV or on public transit stuck in rush hour traffic. Thankfully, downloading iPhone apps has been the perfect solution for keeping us occupied and entertained during these situations.
The folks at Image Nation Studio have provided the latest awesome iPhone app to not only keep us entertained but also get us hot and bothered. They have launched ADONIS mag- the first ever iPhone male photography magazine. Each issue of ADONIS mag features a series of amazing photos with various models by one photographer.
For it’s inaugural issue, ADONIS has enlisted world renowned photographer, Fred Goudon. The French photographer is probably best known for his work for those sexy Dieux du Stade photoshoots. The pics featured in Adonis mag are exclusively produced for the publication and won’t been seen anywhere else.
His album isn’t even OUT yet, and he’s already #1 on Amazon.com beating out others like Madonna, Barbra Streisand & the Beatles. Has America Idol found another one? I’d like to think so.
We all fell in love with Lambert this past season on Idol when he came out of nowhere and ended up becoming the breakout star probably of the entire series. Let’s face is, out of ALL the Idol kids, there are really only 7 that have gone onto some kind of decent careers, and only 3 of them winners. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood & Jordin Sparks are the only winners to have great careers. Daughtry is a big rock star. Clay Aiken is a big gay Adult Contemporary star. Jennifer Hudson is one of the most talented people on the planet, and now La Lambert is set to blow up. (Does anyone even remember the winner from his season?)
This just in, you can download Madonna’s new video for Celebration on iTunes for FREE right now when you click the link below, then scroll down to the bottom. The video is pretty cool and she reminds me of Kylie a lot in it. Lots of abtacular guys in it as well which you can’t go wrong with. I like the second half of the video better – the first half almost made me have a seizure. In comparison to her previous videos, it is most like Give It To Me.
Also, check out this record breaking news just released by Live Nation:
LOS ANGELES – September 2, 2009 – Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” Tour made history as it wrapped up last night with two final shows in Tel Aviv, Israel at Yehoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park, September 1 and 2). The Material Girl more than lives up to her name, as her tour becomes the most successful tour ever by a solo artist. After playing 85 shows since its launch in August 2008, Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” has drawn more than 3.5 million fans in 32 countries and has grossed $408 million, it was announced today by Live Nation, the tour’s global producer. “Sticky & Sweet” is also the second highest grossing tour of all time.
Equinox is known for their celebrity members…I know first hand. Last time I was in West Hollywood, Brian and I were working out at the Equinox there and saw JC Chasez working out while we were there. Anyway, Madonna has created a playlist for the Equinox gym chain. This is the first release for Equinox, of what will be their Celebrity Set playlists. Other artists that will be submitting their own playlists include Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Buble and more.
Bianca Kosoy is the creative director for Equinox. Kosoy says. “There’s no financial or contractual anything. This is just them sending us music that they think is aspirational or good to work out to.” That’s pretty cool. “Music is so high-profile and passionate, but if you walk from gym to gym, you can pretty much predict what’s going to be playing,” Kosoy says. “We want everything we play to have a point of view that’s distinctly Equinox that no one can replicate. For example, last summer our playlist included a Jason Mraz song, and you might not think of that as the most aspirational workout music, but the point is to make people smile, make them tap their foot, remind them of something — it can’t all be heart-throbbing workout music.”