Madonna gives emotional

speech at GLAAD Awards

Madonna, a pioneer for gay rights, accepted the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday in New York City with a rousing speech that went from playful to emotional, bringing the audience to its feet.

"Why have I always fought for change? That's a hard question to answer. It's like trying to explain the importance of reading or the need to love. Growing up I always felt like an outsider, like I didn't fit in," the 60-year-old pop icon said. "... The first gay man I ever met was named Christopher Flynn. He was my ballet teacher in high school and he was the first person that believed in me, that made me feel special as a dancer, as an artist and as a human being."

Madonna said Flynn took her to her first gay club in Detroit, and that the evening changed her life.

The GLAAD event also gave awards to Andy Cohen, the FX series "Pose" and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," Samantha Bee, the film "Boy Erased," CNN's Don Lemon and R&B singer Janelle Monae. The event will air on Logo on May 12.


'Avengers Endgame' nears

world record at $2.2 billion

"Avengers: Endgame" continued its global domination at the box office in a second week victory lap that saw the blockbuster cross the $2 billion mark in record time and unseat "Titanic" as the second-highest-grossing film ever worldwide, after "Avatar."

Domestically, newcomers, including thrillers ("The Intruder," second place), well-reviewed comedies ("Long Shot," third place) or animated family fare ("Uglydolls") were left in the dust to pick up the scraps.

The Walt Disney Co. estimated Sunday that "Endgame" added $145.8 million from North American theaters and $282.2 million internationally bringing its global total to $2.2 billion.