June 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Grapevine: Madonna shows Detroit love on social media

Madonna shared a photo on Facebook of her visit to the Detroit Achievement Academy. (facebook.com/madonna)

Madonna shows Detroit love on social media

Madonna dropped in on several Detroit institutions Tuesday, including the Detroit Achievement Academy charter school on the city’s northwest side and Ponyride, an incubator for arts-related groups where she met with the women of the Empowerment Plan. One picture on her Facebook page shows the 55-year-old superstar with a crush of young D.A.A. students, while another has her modeling one of the combo overcoat/sleeping bags that local entrepreneur Veronika Scott’s Empowerment Plan produces for the homeless. “What I witnessed today is the true story of Detroit,” the pop maven wrote on F.B., “a city of innovation, commitment, perseverance, imagination and opportunity. The entrepreneurs, artists, activists, teachers and children I met today left me incredibly inspired.”

Super fan buys Whitney Houston's estate

When you really, really love a dead pop star, wouldn’t you want to own her 12,561-square-foot estate in Mendham Township, N.J., as well? Of course you would! So it’s easy to sympathize with Dr. Matthew Krauthamer, a 33-year-old physician some might say is having a little trouble getting beyond Whitney Houston’s 2012 death at 48. “I’m very conscious of preserving what she created here,” uber-fan Krauthamer, 33, tells Page Six at the New York Post. The house that Houston wrought has five-bedrooms and sits on 5 acres about 50 miles west of New York City. In addition to the usual necessaries, it boasts a recording studio, game room, media room, tennis court and pool house complete with in-ground pool.

Last 'Fantastic Four' dies

Ralph Pruitt, the last original member of the Detroit R&B group the Fantastic Four, died Tuesday at Sinai Grace Hospital. According to his ex-wife, Nedra Denny, the singer was 74 and died of natural causes. Pruitt, a Detroit native, and the Fantastic Four — named after the Marvel Comics heroes — recorded for Ric-Tic, Westbound, Epic and Motown Records. The group was best known for their 1967 hit “The Whole World Is a Stage” on Ric Tic Records, a label Berry Gordy coveted and then bought. That song reached No. 6 on Billboard’s R&B charts. After Motown acquired Ric-Tic, the Fantastic Four had another hit, “I Love You Madly.” Later the group recorded for Westbound, notably “Alvin Stone (The Birth and Death of a Gangster)” and “I Got to Have Your Love,” and “Bring Your Own Funk,” produced by Dennis Coffey. Pruitt is survived by four daughters, one son and 14 grandchildren. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, at 2095 W. Davison in Detroit.

Nobody keeps secrets anymore

“Star Wars: Episode VII” won’t be out for at least 18 months, but already pictures of its super-secret set have been flooding the Internet. “I wish people would stop leaking photos from ‘Episode VII’ and making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie,” director J.J. Abrams, 47,tweeted, referring to Han Solo’s famously beat-up space ship from the original 1977 film.

Survivor weds

When Jefra Bland flew in to film last month’s finale of “Survivor: Cagayan,” she wasn’t planning on hanging out in the Philippines afterward, even had she won. (She didn’t.) “The finale was on a Wednesday,” Bland, 33, tells People, “and by Friday, I was back in Kentucky for a rehearsal dinner, and I was married on Saturday. It was a whirlwind week.” The lucky guy was Jared Hines, whom the blond beauty wed in front of 275 guests in the chapel at Kentucky’s Campbellsville University. “I wasn’t a bridezilla,” says the former Miss Kentucky Teen USA. “I was pretty easy to please. All that mattered to me was that I was getting married.” Bland wore an off-the-rack strapless white gown by Oleg Cassini. Hines wore a silver-gray tux.

Preggers again

Reality star Kourtney Kardashian, 35, and live-in squeeze Scott Disick, 31, are expecting their third child, though friends say the pregnancy’s only a few months along. The couple already have two kids together — Mason, 4, and 23-month-old Penelope. the newest addition should arrive in December, sources tell London’s Daily Mail. Nor was this an accident, either. “It was planned,” says an unnamed friend of the couple. “Kourtney wants to have a handful of kids.”

Today's birthdays

Troye Sivan, 19

Amanda Crew, 28

Mark Wahlberg, 43

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