Stand With Haiti (A message from Madonna)

Dear friend,

I’m sure that you, like me, have been heartbroken by the images coming out of Haiti since the devastating earthquake shook the impoverished nation on Tuesday.

My prayers are with the people of Haiti. I can’t imagine the terrible pain and suffering they are experiencing. Sadly, the depths of the tragedy are just becoming known and the need for our support grows more urgent with every passing moment.

I have given a donation of $250,000 to assist Haiti’s earthquake victims through Partners in Health, one of Haiti’s leading health care providers. I urge all of my friends and fans around the world to join me collectively to match my contribution or give in any way you can.

Please donate to Partners in Health now:

www.raisingmalawi.org/partnersinhealth

Many of you will remember Dr. Paul Farmer, a founding director of Partners in Health, from my film, «I Am Because We Are.» Paul is a medical anthropologist and a physician who has dedicated his life to treating some of the world’s poorest populations.

Paul has been working alongside Haitians for decades, empowering them to improve their own communities. His dedication to Haiti and his transformative work there has inspired my own work in Malawi.

I realize I’ve asked for your help before. But when the suffering of tens of thousands of people comes into our homes and touches us the way the situation in Haiti has, I believe we are called to act.

Right now, Partners in Health is rushing to provide medical supplies and additional staff to the 120 doctors and hundred of nurses they already have on the ground in Haiti. Supplies are quickly running out.

I’m inspired by Partners in Health, and I whole-heartedly support their work. Please join me in supporting their relief efforts, which are needed more now than ever before.

www.raisingmalawi.org/partnersinhealth

We cannot sit idly by and watch the suffering of so many. We must act now.

Thank you for your support,

Madonna

Paradise (Not For Me)

A Madonna no le pareció suficiente el coqueteo con la cultura japonesa que tuvo durante la era Ray of Light. Al genial video realizado para el tema «Nothing Really Matters» –último sencillo del multipremiado álbum Ray of Light y cuya única representación en vivo fue en los premios Grammy de 1999– le siguió dos años después «Paradise (Not For Me)».

Este video, usado exclusivamente como intermedio entre las secciones «punk» y «geisha» de la gira Drowned World Tour (2001), nunca tuvo una presentación comercial ni a la canción se le dio tratamiento de sencillo. Fue el primer tema que se escuchó del disco Music, ya que el productor, Mirwais Ahmadzaï, la incluyó en su álbum Production, lo cual permitió conocer el giro que en ese entonces tomaría el nuevo material discográfico de la Reina del Pop.

En el video, del que se conocen dos versiones, Madonna –en una actuación que refleja emoción y dolor– se prepara para partir, a modo de suicida, como sugiere la letra. En la versión oficial se ve a la cantante emitiendo un haz de luz por la boca en la última escena; en el director’s cut el rayo es sustituido por bocanadas de tinta.

Dago Gonzalez, creador del video, confesó en una entrevista realizada por MadonnaTribe que nunca quedó satisfecho con el final, por eso lo rehizo y el resultado es esta obra maestra que les traigo a continuación. Para más detalles, hagan clic aquí.

Director: Dago Gonzalez
Productor: Audrey Verduin
Director de fotografía: Christopher Soos
Editor: Dago Gonzalez
Compañía productora: Veneno, Inc.
Locación: Los Angeles
Año: 2001
Disco: Music
Discográfica: Maverick Records – Warner Music

Cortesía de MadonnaTribe.com

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