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Madonna News - January 2011

Madonna Discusses The Future Of Raising Malawi

Madonna, whose Raising Malawi charity has made substantial inroads helping over a million children orphaned from the AIDS epidemic in that African nation, is stepping up the pace considerably on all fronts – especially in regard to her plans for building the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.

Madonna issued the following statement this morning to the Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com)

“I remain deeply committed and am more passionate than ever about helping the children of Malawi – especially the girls. In a country where only 33% of Malawian girls attend secondary school, I realize that the plans we had in place for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls simply would not serve enough children. My original vision is now on a much bigger scale. I want to reach thousands not hundreds of girls. I want to do more and I want to do it better. While I am grateful to all the people who have given me guidance and support up until now, we are in the process of implementing several changes and additions to the management of Raising Malawi in both the US and Malawi. I am also working with Trevor Neilson and his team at Global Philanthropy Group to shift the strategies that we had in place so that we can accomplish our goals with more efficiency as we continue to consult with our government partners in Malawi. This is a larger challenge than I thought, but I welcome it. We are focused on an approach which builds schools within communities across the country. We are currently determining the size, location, staffing and curriculum of the schools. I will continue to monitor the process of reaching these goals here and through my ongoing visits to Malawi.”

Neilson, whose company Global Philanthropy Group advises some of the world’s leading philanthropists, was positive about the shift in strategy. “Raising Malawi’s new community-based approach will provide the opportunity for many more girls to receive a quality education. We are focused on ensuring the most efficient implementation of this new strategy in collaboration with Raising Malawi’s partners on the ground.” Neilson also noted the many achievements of Raising Malawi including the construction of a model orphan care center in partnership with Malawi’s largest community-based organization as well as assistance to thousands of HIV+ children and caregivers through life saving medical treatments and daily nutritious meals and nutrition supplements. Additional programming has also provided thousands of children and caregivers in the south of the country with access to clean water through the implementation of piped safe water and the construction of new boreholes.

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Avril Lavigne wants career like Madonna’s

Avril told the Daily Record, “I definitely can see myself still being out there in 20 years’ time”.

“I want to be around the way Madonna has done it. She’s had her life but still maintained her career throughout.”

And the 26-year-old thinks that avoiding over-exposure could be the key to success. She explained, “Well, it’s like you go away and you come back. I put out a record, I’m around doing a million things, and then I shut up and go away”.

“I think it’s good to change but it’s better if it’s a natural progression rather than being forced.”

Vanilla Ice: ‘Dating Madonna was exciting’

Vanilla Ice has revealed that he dated Madonna when he was 24-years-old and she was 33.

The rapper admitted that it was “exciting” to have a relationship with an older woman but said he ended it when Madonna published her 1992 coffee-table book Sex, which featured intimate photographs of the pair and images of her with other men.

“Going out with Madonna was exciting,” he told the News of the World. “She was older than me and a great lover. She’s still the oldest person I’ve ever been with, so it was an experience.

“But I broke up with her after she printed that book because I was hurt to be an unwitting part of this slutty package. It was disgusting and cheap. We were in a relationship yet it looked like she was screwing all these other people.

“I thought she was taking pictures and running round naked because she was like that. Then when the book came out I was so embarrassed and ashamed. It was a porno. She threw me in like I was a product off a shelf and I didn’t appreciate it. That was it and I ended it. She said she didn’t have sex with these men but it looked like she was.”

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Madonna’s Security Teams Help Police With Investigation

Madonna has been embroiled in a police investigation after a suspected thief plunged 100 feet from an apartment block and landed by the back door of the star’s London home on Friday afternoon.

The “Holiday” hitmaker’s $15 million Marylebone property was surrounded by cops after a man being chased by officials attempted to climb out of a window in the block next to Madonna’s property.

He fell into a communal parking area just a few feet from the star’s door and was admitted to a central London hospital, where he is said to be in a critical condition.

Metropolitan Police officers have referred the case to officials at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who will allegedly review footage from Madonna’s CCTV cameras, which are thought to have captured the horror on film, according to Britain’s Mail on Sunday.

Madonna’s head of security tells the publication, “We have given the police everything they need. I can’t say if it was CCTV film. I also can’t say if Madonna was here at the time of the accident.”

The singer was in the U.K. capital on Thursday and was seen partying at Aura nightclub with her new boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, before leaving the venue in the early hours of Friday morning.

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Rumour: Madonna wants to run a London nightclub

The pop superstar met with Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes to discuss buying a stake in his company, The Aura Group, which owns several nightspots including Aura Mayfair.

An associate of the singer told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: “Madonna sees it as a natural move. She has ambitious plans.”

The ‘Material Girl’ hitmaker is a regular visitor to the exclusive club – which is owned by Fernandes, events and motorsport entrepreneur Jonny Dodge and Supper Club proprietor Alberto Barbieri – and is believed to be keen to put her own influence into the venue.

If Madonna does become a stakeholder in Aura she will be able to count her ex-husband Guy Ritchie as a business rival as he owns The Punchbowl pub in the exclusive area of the city.

Pharrell confirms Madonna collaboration

Pharrell Williams has confirmed he is working with Madonna.

The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. star has a busy 2011 planned, but remains tight-lipped as to what his collaboration with the ‘4 Minutes’ hitmaker will involve.

He said: “I’ve just been all over the place from project to project. Right now I’m working on a lil’ Neptunes music. And there’s another ‘Despicable Me’ film to score. We’ve also got some stuff going on with Madonna.”

Pharrell loves working with other people and says he learns a lot from each of his collaborators.

He added to website News.com.au: “I learn in every process. Every session I have I try to take something from and learn different things – how to make great music, how to make that music greater.

“Working with Daft Punk – they’ve been our buddies for like 10 years, and watching those guys work is pretty amazing. They make great beats and it was cool to collaborate with them. I love Uffie – she’s got a great energy about her and Nelly is really sweet and super-talented.”

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