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Antonio "L.A." Reid

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Last Week's TLC Movie Is Already a Damn Classic

    [In his new column, Houston's award-winning goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Better put on your shoes, because your socks are about to be blown off -- ed.] Last Monday night I watched the movie about TLC, the most important all-girl rap group of all time. It came on VH1. I was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    10 Reasons to Hate Boyz II Men's "End of the Road"

    Twenty years ago this week, a slick R&B ballad appeared at the top of the charts and simply refused to go away. One of the most successful songs of the '90s, Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks, setting a new record. The soundtrack single was a major triumph not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    A Roundup of the 2011 Music Industry Based Strictly on Band Names

    XL/Columbia​Theologians love saying things like "Man is created superior to animals" and "Animals can't be equal with humans." And then we go scouring philosophy books to see if animals have immortal spirits and if this means we'll someday meet our pets in heaven. That's a bunch of horse dung. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    The X Factor Gets Grateful

    Last night's episode of The X Factor was all about gratitude. Contestants dedicated their performances to someone special in their lives, telling heartwarming tales designed to maximize viewer empathy and increase voting by tugging on the ol' heartstrings. And you know what? It worked. The theme res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The X Factor: Learning To Let Go

    Photo by FOX​Wednesday night The X Factor extended its two-hour format to two and a half hours, allowing us to see each team - Boys, Girls, Over 30s, and Groups - perform, as well as the judges' elimination decisions. While 2.5 hours is quite long, the fact that the show didn't get crazy and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    The X Factor: Rain Delay and Judges' Houses

    Photo by FOXJust wait until the "Judges' moms' houses" round!​First, this recap was delayed because the Wednesday night baseball playoff game was rain delayed, canceling that night's X Factor episode--yet another reason for me to hate baseball. Second, naming the latest round of competition "t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    The X Factor: Mentoring, Mentoring & More Mentoring

    Last night I was officially annoyed with The X Factor. To be fair, the show suffered from my having to wait until the Yankees lost, and my husband was done swearing and stomping around the living room, so I had to stay up really late (for me) to watch. And then I realized that the show went from 90 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    The X Factor: A Host, A Pussycat Doll & A "Creep"

    As I settled in to watch The X Factor last night, my husband asked me, "Who is that British guy?" and I said, "Um, that's Simon Cowell, honey. From American Idol? A show we watched for like, five years?" And my husband said, "Um, no, the other British guy - the host." And then I was all, "The host!? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    The X Factor Does Dallas (And Miami)

    Fox​Audition round two of The X Factor is held in Miami and Dallas, and they tell a different story than Los Angeles. In my first recap, I was impressed with the consistently great talent The X Factor delivered, keeping the freak-show acts to a minimum. When the judges hit Miami, the dearth of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    The X Factor: Simon Cowell's Softer Side

    Fox​Wednesday night, Fox's highly-anticipated The X Factor debuted, and though as of this writing I was unable to find any ratings numbers I have to imagine they were stellar. Not too good - Ed. Simon Cowell has massive appeal, and even if numbers continue to decline throughout the season, I ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    Off the Sidelines

    Crashing a birthday party didn't work, but young rapper J. Cole eventually got Jay-Z's attention.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Justin Bieber Movie Reveals Pop Star Shaves, Has Hot Mom

    "OMG you can reach and touch his face" ​Thursday night, Rocks Off went to the first midnight screening of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, in 3D no less. Yes we had a chaperone, but the late hour and the theater's location wasn't conducive to masses of screaming girls. The location we saw it ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2008

    Not Your Father's N-Word

    Eight months after its "burial," the American language's most dangerous epithet is more popular than ever in hip-hop

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Sovereign Ruler

    Is the U.S. Ready for the S-O-V?

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    Seven Come Eleven

    After crapping out with Arista, Patrice Pike hits the creative jackpot with the Blackbox Rebellion

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Usher

    Wednesday, July 3

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    Pink

    Tuesday, May 14

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