Fantasia Barrino

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Turning 10, American Idol Struggles to Make New Stars -- But Mostly Misses

    It's hard to imagine it now, just a shade less than a decade later, but at one time American Idol was able to crank out star after star in a succession of seasons. Most people couldn't name at least one of the last five winners of Fox's cash-cow pop show, even as ratings have remained healthy (if no ... 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

    April 1, 2011

    Idol Beat: He-Man Woman Hater's Club

    ​55 million. That's how many votes were cast to determine which two unfortunates would be given the boot last night on American Idol. To those who like to get up in arms about the "outrage" that the show draws such massive numbers from an otherwise apathetic population, I'd remind you the show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    New Dynamo Stadium May Not Change Concert Climate Much

    Marco TorresLady Gaga at Toyota Center, July 25​Conceivably, today's announcement that the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority has agreed to act as landlord for the proposed Houston Dynamo stadium in downtown's East End could present a serious challenge to the Houston area's reigning concer ... More >>

  • Film

    May 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring: The Buzzfest Of Its Day

    ‚ÄčThis weekend, the Houston Symphony performs Igor Stravinsky's ballet Rite of Spring, which, before it was featured alongside a bunch of dying dinosaurs in Walt Disney's Fantasia, was probably most famous for sparking a full-blown riot upon its premiere in Paris in May 1913. Seriously - check out ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Idol Beat: The One

    Mea culpa: Yi. I typed this entire post - then accidentally closed the Mozilla Firefox window and lost everything. Let this be a lesson to every blogger out there: compose in Word. For real.Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxAmerican Idol winner Kris Allen practices his "Who, me?" showbiz face. Let's not be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Four Results

    Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxNo More Pencils: Slash (right) took American Idol's Final 4 to school Wednesday night. "Who will graduate from the school of rock? And who will just get schooled?" Ryan Seacrest asked, rhetorically, at the beginning of Wednesday night's episode of American Idol. We wondere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 13 Results

    A new wrinkle in the elimination curve! The return of a prodigal Idol winner! A performance from a self-important pop-rap blowhard! Two more contestants falling under the proverbial sword! The first of the dreaded Ford-sponsored videos-cum-advertisements! Gratuitous decolletage courtesy of Paula Abd ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008

    “Jokes & Jamz”

    Comedian Rickey Smiley and singer Fantasia Barrino join forces for a hip holiday show

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Sleeping Beauty

    Tchaikovsky for Tots

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    The NeverEnding Story

    This ‘80s fantasy flick is worth its weight in false advertising

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Opening day for America's fourth national sport is upon us

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls

    Critics might damn Fantasia's music with faint praise, but we say she's keeping up a sacred pop tradition

  • Home Entertainment

    November 24, 2005
  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Dirty Projectors

    The Getty Address

  • Music

    May 19, 2005

    Addicted to Fluff

    Racket and company's American Idol symposium

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2004

    Twisted Toon

    Cartoonist Bill Plympton talks about The Tune

  • Music

    August 2, 2001


    Gozo Poderoso (RCA)

  • Dining

    July 20, 2000

    The European Experience, Via Katy

    At Barcelona, the mood and the menu say Spain. The parking lot says suburban mall.

  • Film

    December 30, 1999

    Disney Lightens Up

    Fantasia/2000 strikes a better balance between serious and comic elements

  • News

    January 14, 1999
  • Film

    March 9, 1995

    To Hell and Back

    Image is all (but not enough) in the supernatural thriller Hideaway