Fantasia (by: Derek Blanks - 2009)

She’s done a film, broadway and published a book, alongside winning the coveted title prize during the third season of American Idol and now she’s doing reality TV. Fantasia Barrino‘s new VH1 reality series, titled “Fantasia For Real” is set to premiere on January 11th 2010 at 10 pm.

“Everything that I wrote in the book and I did in my movie kept speaking about me not going back to school. I had been talking about it for so long and I now have a 7-year-old daughter and school is big with me,” the singer told BV Buzz. “I go with my 15-year-old brother and I want to show people in my household and every other child that school is important. Fantasia is a 25-year-old young lady that’s out doing her thing and can take the time out to go back and it’s very important because you need that education. I’m gonna do it even if it takes two hours out of my day to sit down with a teacher. I know that I can’t go to school because they’ll probably have a riot in school, but I’m gonna get my diploma.”


Fantasia has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and has released two albums since Winning American Idol in 2004. The R&B singer’s debut album Free Yourself is certified platinum and her self-titled sophomore effort is currently certified gold. In 2007, she took on the role of Celie in the broadway musical production of Oprah Winfrey‘s “The Color Purple” and she starred as herself in the made-for-Lifetime flick “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale.”

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