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May 2010 News Archive

I have always believed love conquers all – yesterday I got to see it in action.

In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga – the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the “crime” of homosexuality.

With incredible joy I am writing to share with you that yesterday, Malawi President, Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release. Steven and Tiwonge were freed on Saturday night. They have won their freedom and you have been a part of it.

I would love to hear your reaction to this news. Share your thoughts now:

We celebrate this astounding turn of events with Steven, Tiwonge, and the countless Malawians fighting for their release. It is a historic day for Malawi.

Though they are free from prison, sadly their safety and future in Malawi is still unknown. I hope this is just the beginning of our work together.

Human rights injustices continue for so many Malawians facing poverty, disease, and a lack of critical resources. There are still over two million orphans and vulnerable children who need to experience love’s embrace.

It is going to take the love and creativity all of us to bring justice to the people of Malawi.

That’s why I would like to hear from you. Tell me your thoughts on this important day in Malawi:

Thank you for joining me in Raising Malawi.

With great love,

Congratulations to Annika.A from Sweden who took part in the Madonna Picture Project and was picked as this month’s winner! Annika will soon receive a signed Madonna surprise!

The official Flickr gallery already includes more than 1,000 pictures and we’ve just added 3 new categories, which include Vinyl Singles, Cassette Tapes and Promotional Items.

Ready to e-mail us pictures of your items and to maybe win a very special gift? Just visit the Picture Project page for more info and to join the fun!
"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today 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, color, religion, or sexual orientation.

Today, 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."

Click here to access the Raising Malawi website and add your name in support of equal rights

May 24 Update: 20,000 strong have voiced their support for equal rights in Malawi. Have you added your name to Madonna's statement? Click the link and sign to join Madonna.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy recently confirmed that a second Madonna episode would be produced and that it would probably occur as part of the show’s next season.

Earlier this year, Glee devoted a full episode to Madonna’s music, including performances of Vogue, Like A Prayer and many more.

While the songs to be used in this new episode are not confirmed yet, Madonna and Glee fans can get ready for an amazing new tribute to the Material Girl’s music and career.
Madonna is featured on the cover of this month’s issue of Interview Magazine (to hit newsstands May 11)!

Photographed by Mert & Marcus, a stunning Black & White portfolio illustrates our girl’s conversation with director Gus Van Sant, which focuses on her upcoming ‘W.E’ movie, her current work in Malawi and her early years.

Check out Interview's website now for more photos and click below for a making of the photoshoot video feature filmed by Fabien Baron.

Madonna fans, we have just added 3 new categories to the Madonna Picture Project, which now includes Magazine covers, CD Singles (from any country) and Your Favourite Madonna Photo (from any era/period).

The devoted Flickr gallery now features more than 480 items! We want more of them, so keep on e-mailing us your pics!

A new winner will be picked by May 21 and will be sent a signed Madonna surprise. Visit the Picture Project page now for more info and to share you favourite Madonna items and photos with your fellow fan friends!