Painter works on the finishing touches of an H&M billboard in Soho, New York :
Madonna plans to celebrate 25 years of her showbiz career with a massive party and a special multimedia release.
In an interview with the International Herald Tribune, the 48-year-old star spoke about her plans, saying, “I’M thinking about doing a 25-year retrospective multimedia, with video and photographs of me by Mario Testino, Herb Ritts, Steven Klein and Steven Meisel.”
The singer also mentioned that she would love to throw a party for all of her friends that would, “celebrate all the designers”, such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix, who have created famous and groundbreaking designs for Madonna over the years.
source : sofeminine.co.uk
Carlton Wilborn lived life on center stage as Madonna’s lead dancer on her “Blond Ambition” and “The Girlie Show” tours.
He was the energetic and daring dancer in her documentary film, “Truth or Dare.”
But Wilborn wasn’t being upfront with a couple of secrets he was hiding back then.
Not only was he HIV-positive, but he was suppressing the impact of being molested by his karate instructor for five years, from the age of 8 to 13.
It all came crashing down on him in 2001 when his work out of the limelight on a cruise ship didn’t generate the gratification he had loved since being the principal dancer in Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company.
His solution was to put his secrets into “Front & Center: How I Learned To Live There.”
He’s planning a poetry-based recording with music based on the book, but he’s on the promotion circuit now. He’ll sign copies of the book Wednesday at Peppertree Books in Palm Springs.
He talked about it and his life in a recent Desert Sun interview:
DESERT POST WEEKLY: Did you continue with karate after your molestation or did your instructor’s actions drive you away from it?
CARLTON WILBORN: No, I did not continue with karate after that – not because of any conscious decision, it sort of just fell away from me. But I do feel that the karate experience – especially seeing that I had reached the brown belt level – awakened the athlete in me so I could be confident for my dance career, which was just around the corner.
DPW: What attracted you to dance and how did your father react to your pursuit of it?
CW: Honestly, what got me dancing was my mom and my old grammar school teacher, Carolyn Currie, rushing to find a school that I could transfer to (in) mid-season. It ended up being the Whitney Young Magnet High School through the dance department. It seems that it was my destiny. Yay! In regards to my father, he was fairly neutral about it, at least until he started seeing me in newspapers. Then he’d run off to work bragging about me.
DPW: Was that period in which you were dancing with Madonna an especially happy time for you? Were you able to repress the molestation? If so, how were you able to do that?
CW: My Madonna years were fairly happy times, but because I was also hiding my HIV diagnoses, I was always nervous that I might be found out, and that it would all be taken away from me. My efforts to repress the molestation started years before the Madonna stuff came around. But, yeah sure, the screaming my name, the cameras and the private jets, they can all be a Band-Aid for a while.
DPW: You seem so spiritual now. Did an epiphany lead you there?
CW: No, there was no exact moment of epiphany. It honestly seems to be something that I’ve been continually growing into, ever since being a kid. My grandmother, my mom and even my dad were all spiritual in their own ways. I can definitely see that today.
DPW: Did you keep in contact with Madonna? If so, do you find that you’ve grown in similar spiritual directions? How do you feel about her today?
CW: It’s been a few years since she and I have spoken. But, I will always have nice thoughts about her. She gave me the chance of a lifetime. Plus, Madonna honestly got me started on my real structured spiritual path. She paid for my first entire season of Kabbalah classes.
source : thedesertsun.com
From Madonna’s MySpace :
The ‘M by Madonna’ collection, which was designed by Madonna for H&M, is now in stores. We’re sure that you’ve already visited your favourite H&M store and picked some great ‘M by Madonna’ items, right? It’s now time to show Madonna and her friends on Myspace that you can model like the Queen of the Dance Floor herself! Send us a picture of you dressed with some ‘M by Madonna’ clothes and/or accessories before April 6 and maybe your picture will be featured on Madonna’s official Myspace page! Just pick the best picture and click the ‘message me’ button to start playing! One picture per person please. Thank you!
Fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (HMb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research) posted a 27 percent rise in first-quarter pretax profit on Wednesday, helped by celebrity collections, pop icon advertising and costs control.
The Swedish high-street firm, with clothes designed by pop diva Madonna, said it would push up the pace of its store expansion in the second quarter and added February sales were strong.
The launch of its new, higher price concept store had gone well, while sales at its first regular store in Hong Kong had exceeded expectations, said the company which boasts Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue as the face of its new beachwear campaign.
H&M reported a pretax profit of 3.41 billion crowns ($486.7 million) in the first quarter, against analysts’ average forecast of 3.36 billion in a Reuters poll and 2.68 billion in the same quarter last year.
source : reuters
Madonna was nominated in two different categories at this year’s International Dance Music Awards. The one and only Queen of the Dance Floor won the Best Dance Video award for Jump and was named Best Dance Artist Solo.
source : madonna.com