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Malawi government blocking Madonna’s charity

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The dream of American Pop Singer Madonna to carry out a number of charitable works in Malawi will remain in jeopardy if what a local newspaper has reported is anything to go by that the board of Non-Governmental organizations (NGO) has turn down an application by the pop star to have her Trust registered in Malawi.
Madonna is linked to be the brain behind Raising Malawi Trust though other reports indicate that she is just one of the trustees.
The Sunday Times newspaper has quoted an undisclosed source from the Civil Society community in Malawi who has revealed that the Joyce Banda government is deliberately frustrating any moved by Madonna attributing the whole scenario as “bad blood” between President Joyce Banda and Madonna.
“From the look of things, Madonna’s work in the country will continue facing challenges as long as the current administration continues to call the shots” the source is quoted as saying.
The source further claimed that some top government officials have been pressing the NGO board not to accept Madonna’s application.
Board Chairperson for NGO’s Board in Malawi Emily Banda has since turned down the claims and revealed that Madonna own no single NGO in Malawi but rather is one of the trustees of a number of NGO’s including the Raising Malawi Trust.
“Let me mention that Madonna the musician does not have an NGO that applied for registration; rather, Madonna is one of the trustees in several organizations that applied for registration. One that I call that we have not registered is Raising Malawi Trust,” Banda told the paper.
She claimed that the trust failed to meet the required registration requirements.
The NGO chief  however could not completely rule out Raising Trust Malawi, saying they still stand a chance if they bring forward the other required documents.
Meanwhile, 380 NGO’S have been registered according to Banda.
She has however asked all registered NGO’s to always comply with the country’s registration laws and failing which they will be fined or completely turned down.
nyasatimes.com

Instagram: Free Nipples!

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Nile Rodgers wants to work with Madonna

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Exclusive: Nile Rodgers wants to work with his best friend Madonna after revealing he’ll be making more music than ever after beating cancer.

The 61-year-old Chic star wants to team up with Madge again, having previously hit the studio with her on her Like A Virgin album.

‘I adore Madonna. If she ever wants to work, I am totally down,’ he said, adding that she had helped him kick drugs two decades ago.

‘For a gazillion years I have always said she is the hardest-working person I have ever worked with. She is the most dedicated. The most focused and I absolutely adore her.’

Metro

Bay City to honor Madonna

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Good news for Madonna fans: The Queen of Pop will be commemorated in her birthplace of Bay City. New signs will be placed at city entrances saying, “Welcome to Bay City: Birthplace of Madonna.”

The idea came with much enthusiasm at a meeting Monday night. Bay City Commissioner Chris Girard, 6th Ward hopes honoring the diva will bring some tourism to the town.

“People see something like that,” said Girard, “They may have interest in exploring our town a little more. I think it’s something we’ve missed the boat on for many years, and so let’s take advantage of that fact.”

The Material Girl was born in Bay City, and frequently visited her grandparents during her childhood. Their home on the west side of the city still attracts some tourists.

A simple sign or two can do a lot to re-brand the city.

“When I go in the community and people ask me where I’m from, I say, I’m right here!,” explained Girard holding up his hand, “Bay City, Michigan! I also talk about Madonna’s birth town, and I think a lot of other people I’ve talked to kinda do the same thing.”

For years, the city has had a love/hate relationship with the Queen of Pop. After she publicly called her birthplace a “smelly little town in Northern Michigan.” This was not out of distaste for the town, but in reference to the smell from a petroleum plant close by that is now closed.

But now, city commissioners think it’s time to change that image.

“Just having that name on there,” said city resident Rody Dodd, “I think a lot of people will see that when they come in to town. I think that’ll be great.”

Other cities honor their famous residents, so Bay City wonders: why not them?

“I grew up in New Jersey,” said George Herron in Bay City, “and Martha Stewart grew up there and they honor her. I think we outta do the same idea to Madonna here.”

The new signs will be funded privately and visible to citizens not too long in the future.

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Pictures: Madonna with NYC Ballet (February 19 2014)

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Madonna with JR, Lil Buck and the NYC Ballet (February 19 2014)

Madonna with JR, Lil Buck and the NYC Ballet (February 19 2014)

Madonna nominated at World Music Awards

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Madonna is nominated in six categories at this year’s World Music Awards:

Worlds best entertainer of the year
Worlds best live act
Worlds best female artist
Worlds best video
Worlds best album
Worlds best song

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Video: Madonna arriving at Hard Candy Toronto

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MDNA Skin Promo Video

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