What does it mean for one to be woke in 2019? Does it mean shouting your traumas and pain out of the street or to the front-view of your iPhone camera as a means of being a freedom-fighter and warrior for change and to be seen?  Madame X, also known as Madonna, is in the same world as us, and gulp— to your shock, she is thinking deeply of all the things that you think about, too.

A lot of people have always been repulsed by the idea of Madonna having any deeper thoughts about spirituality, existentialism or cultural commentary because of her point of privilege in society (being one of the most elevated living pop icons in the world, and all that) but in her most powerful work to date, Madame X, she knows this, and she deals with this conflicted anger by coming to place of acceptance that she can only be herself, and to be herself is “to dance.” The Maluma-assisted “Medellin” opens the record through a dream-sequence of a world where Madonna has dissociated from the reality of her fame and drifted into a world where she is being viewed as someone for her soul, cha-cha-ing in a ballroom with a hot Latin singer. We learn Madame X is not a nihilist. “For once, I didn’t have to hide myself…”

This is also a heartbreaking reminder that Madonna has had to fight to show her pain to the world in a way that will always be perceived as opportunist, corporate or manipulative. Everything she does is not enough – which she seems to be perplexed by, because all she wants is people to listen to her and to help others. And that’s how she has courted so much purposeful publicity around using shock in her career, to raise consciousness around everything from AIDS to LGBTQ rights, and to the tools of the magickal belief-system of Kabbalah.

Full article at V Magazine