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Kids

Raising Asia Season 1 Finale Recap: No Going Back Now

Raising Asia Season 1 comes to a close tonight, we pick up a week before Asia’s big performance at Universal City Walk. Everyone can agree that it’s usually Kristie who is freaking out and micromanaging things as it gets closer to the time of a performance — or, you know, just in general. However, while at rehearsals with Anthony, it seems that the roles have really switched and Shawn is the one panicking. He’s worried things won’t be ready in time for the big day, which can’t happen since this performance is so critical for Asia’s career. In order to […]

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Asia Monet Ray and Kristie Ray: “That’s how we became Raising Asia”

It’s no secret that Lifetime has become infamous for their reality television shows dealing with dancing. Shows such as Dance Moms, Bring It! and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition have attracted huge numbers of fans around the world over the years. The network’s newest dance-related show Raising Asia follows former Dance Moms star Asia Monet Ray and her family as Asia continues to build her career. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Asia herself along with her mother Kristie to talk about Raising Asia and we can expect next from its pint-sized star. A little background on Asia, first. Some may think that she simply […]

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Raising Asia Recap Episodes 10 & 11: United Until the End?

This week’s Raising Asia starts right where last week left off — at the Pride Fest in Long Beach. Shawn once again has to warn someone on Asia’s team that they may not be on the team for much longer. This time he threatens Anthony for the stunt he pulled with Billy’s music. Shawn made it clear that he didn’t want Anthony messing with the music yet Anthony couldn’t help himself. Shawn also makes it clear that he knows what direction he wants his daughter to move in and it’s not the same direction Anthony’s thinking. Another performance opportunity comes […]

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Raising Asia Recap Episodes 8 and 9: Blood, Sweat and Tears

This week on Raising Asia, it’s Asia’s big debut performance of her new single at Planet Hollywood. Things are a bit tense (but when aren’t they?) because Shawn has to fly to Dallas for work and miss Asia’s performance. He makes sure to remind Billy what they talked about beforehand about him possibly losing his manager position. If this Planet Hollywood performance isn’t perfect then, it’ll be the last performance he’ll work on with Asia. Adding to what seems to be a never-ending battle between Anthony and Billy, Anthony comes up right before the show with some great news. He […]

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Raising Asia Recap Episodes 6 and 7: Who Wears the Pants?

This week on Raising Asia the battle between Anthony and Billy rages on. Since Billy is Asia’s manager (along with his other 20 roles), he books Asia to perform at an upcoming artist’s album release party. The artist is named Dario and, like Anthony, I have no idea who he is. Which makes me wonder even more why Kristie would allow her daughter — the next Beyoncé — to perform as an opening act for someone no one has heard of? Hmm… In case we forgot how much of a control freak Kristie is, let’s go over exactly what she […]

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Raising Asia Recap Episodes 4 & 5: Kid Star or Mega Star?

On tonight’s two-episode Raising Asia event, it seems things haven’t changed much since we last visited the Ray family. Kristie is still coaching Asia’s every move while practicing-as if she knows how to dance that way herself. Things at home are no different as Nana Vicky is still visiting for a couple more weeks to help around the house and pay attention to poor little Bella. Anthony and Billy seem to continue to be on two different planets when it comes to where they want to take Asia’s career. Anthony calls Kristie to let her know about a manager, Tina, […]

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Competition

Raising Asia recap Episode 3: Oh, Mother(s)!

I’m just going to put this out there, fellow Raising Asia curious (it’s far, far too soon to call myself a fan). The real star of this thing is Bella Blu Ray. I would like Bella Blu Ray on Blu Ray and DVD, just so I can repeatedly watch her freak out with happiness about her dad or say “Asia can sing this much” while making a dime-size circle with her hand and just skip the part where everyone else is cranky with each other. But we start out this episode with everyone feeling generous toward each other. Announcing that […]

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Reality TV

Raising Asia recap episode 2: Daddy issues

On tonight’s Raising Asia, Shawn continued to struggle with his role in Asia’s career, Asia continued to struggle with the fact that she’s 8 and not 18, and Kristi continued to struggle with pretty much everything, including the fact that her husband is underfoot an awful lot lately and how just much eye makeup is too much eye makeup. With Asia fresh off what her dad calls the “biggest performance of her career” at World of Dance, Papa Ray is ready to stake his claim as the man who is, in fact, raising Asia —despite the part where her manager/coach/overlord […]