Today in Madonna History: August 16, 2018

On August 16 2018, Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday!

In honour of this special milestone, Madonna recently launched a campaign calling on her fans to make a donation to her charity, Raising Malawi:

“I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home. For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most. Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and healthcare. I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved. Through their generous commitment to this organization, Ripple will match each dollar donated to this campaign.” – Madonna

We can’t think of a more fitting and helpful way for fans to show their love and appreciation to Madonna on this special day than by making a donation. Not only will you be helping to make Madonna’s birthday wish come true, you will be providing valuable support to vulnerable children in Malawi. And with all donations to the campaign being matched by Ripple, your gift will have twice the impact! Show Madonna your dedication – make a donation!

Speaking of dedication – Madonna, we thank you for the music, for the art, for the rebel, for the heart, for the magic, and for the many years of creative inspiration. Here’s to many more!

Happy Birthday Madonna!

3 responses

  1. Madonna-An American Heartland Rebel from the Midwest auto factories of Detroit Rock City! You had a dream to be the best artist Rock has ever witnessed in a lifetime-and you’ve made it come true! Happy birthday Madonna-Queen of Heartland Rock!

  2. Cross-posted from my FB page:

    Happy Madonna Day, everybody!

    There’s no overstating the impact Madonna has had on my life. It’s not just that her record-breaking string of chart-topping hits – some of the most expertly crafted in pop music history – have served as the soundtrack to my life dating back to when I first heard a brand new single called “Holiday” play on the radio as a 16-year-old back in 1983. It’s not just that the thousands upon thousands of hours I’ve spent over the course of four decades listening to her music, watching her videos and concerts, and following her every move in both her personal and professional lives have given me immeasurable joy. It’s not just that she falls on the logical continuum of my lifelong love of pop divas dating back to Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer, Debbie Harry and Bette Midler in the 70s and early-80s new wave sex bombs like Kim Wilde, Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons, and Berlin’s Terri Nunn (and continuing to the present with modern-day pop princesses such as Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Kesha and Katy Perry). It’s not just that Madonna’s championing of the LGBTQ community dating back to her pre-fame years served as a beacon of light to a lonely gay boy from an ultra-conservative family struggling with his sexual identity in a virulently homophobic world. It’s not just that apart from being the biggest pop star that ever was and ever will be, Madonna is also one of the greatest philanthropists of our time. Other than Elizabeth Taylor, she was the first big-name celebrity to use her public platform to advocate for HIV research and education back in the 1980s, when AIDS was still an untreatable terminal illness that nearly eradicated the gay community before exploding into a global pandemic. Madonna also puts her money where her mouth is in a very hands-on way, having funded the construction of a boarding school and children’s hospital in the impoverished, AIDS-ravaged African nation of Malawi, and having adopted four children orphaned by the AIDS crisis there.

    Perhaps more than anything, Madonna has served as a teacher, a mentor, and a role model for me to emulate. She taught me that it’s okay – indeed, a divine gift – to be gay. More broadly, she taught me that human sexuality is not something to be shamed or swept under the rug, but something to be celebrated. She taught me not just to be a socially conscious and politically active person, but that I have a responsibility to do so. She taught me not to fall into the trap of convention and conformity – that my life can be whatever I want to make it, and that I am my own ongoing “work in progress” until the day I go to my grave. She taught me to be fearless, to never stop questioning the status quo, to march to the beat of my own drummer, and to always stand on the side of righteousness, even if it meant standing alone and going against the flow. There is so much more she has taught me over the past 35 years (like how to “vogue”), but perhaps I’ll reserve additional pontification for Madonna’s 70th birthday!

    To my queen, my goddess, my guru – a legend and a real-life superhero – from one rebel heart to another – I salute you for all you have done for me and for humanity. A world without you in it is not a world I would want to live in.

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