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Madonna's Michigan Homecoming

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Aug. 4 2008, Published 10:50 a.m. ET

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After weeks of negative press for whatever part she did or did not play in the breakup of baseball star Alex Rodriguez and his wife Cynthia — not to mention countless reports of trouble in her own marriage to filmmaker Guy Ritchie — it had to be a welcome change of pace for Madonna to be in the spotlight for doing some good.

Over the weekend, the Material Girl headed back to her home state of Michigan, where she attended the premiere of I Am Because We Were, her new documentary about orphans in Malawi, at the Traverse City Film Festival.

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“It’s great bringing my movie to a place that I feel familiar,” Madonna told the audience at a post-screening question-and-answer session. “Not like the Cannes Film Festival, where nobody’s speaking English, or the Tribeca Film Festival, where no one sits down.”

In fact, the homecoming had such a positive effect on Madge that she announced that her next tour will have her performing her first concert in Detroit since 2001.

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