La La Anthony
|La La Anthony|
|Born||Alani Nicole Vázquez
June 25, 1983
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Other names||"La La"|
|Education||Redan High School|
|Spouse(s)||Carmelo Anthony (m. 2010)|
|Children||Kiyan Anthony (b. 2007)|
Alani Nicole "La La" Anthony (née Vázquez; born June 25, 1983) is an American radio and television personality, New York Times best-selling author, business woman and actress.
In the early 2000s, La La came to prominence as an MTV VJ on Total Request Live. She can currently be seen in the Starz original drama series, Power, executive produced by 50 Cent and starring Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton.
In 2014 La La reprised her role as Sonia in the film Think Like a Man Too and wrapped production on November Rule and Destined, both due for release in 2015.
In 2004 La La became engaged to basketball player Carmelo Anthony and they were married by Michael Eric Dyson on July 10, 2010 at Cipriani's in New York before 320 guests. The ceremony was filmed by VH1 and aired as part of a reality series on the couple, titled La La's Full Court Wedding. La La and Carmelo Anthony's son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, was born on March 7, 2007.
Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents are both Nuyorican, people of Puerto Rican heritage born and raised in New York City. Anthony (who describes herself as an Afro-Puerto Rican) has a younger brother and two younger sisters. As a young child, she was involved in many activities, but music was her main interest. She went to Howard University, where she studied communications.
At the age of 15 La La began her entertainment career in radio at Atlanta Hot 97 station. Alongside Christopher Bridges (Ludacris). After a short internship at that station, and while still in high school, she was given her own show, the wildly popular Future Flavas, alongside rapper/actor Ludacris.
At 19 La La got an offer from LA’s 92.3 The Beat to co-host her own radio show, the B-Syde. After a successful run on the radio La La left 92.3 in 2001 and joined the MTV family. Although she had no previous on-TV experience, La La became the network’s premiere talent and went on to co-host two of their most popular shows, Direct Effect and Total Request Live. During her time at MTV La La interviewed many high-profile stars including Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Angelina Jolie, among others.
In 2003 La La left the network to launch her own production company Krossover Productions and was a producer on Mike Tyson’s critically acclaimed documentary, Tyson. Directed by Academy and Golden Globe-nominated writer/director James Toback, Tyson was named the winner of the Regard Knockout Award in France and debuted to a standing ovation at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. La La and Krossover Productions also produced a feature film with director/producer Brett Ratner, and she had a starring role in The Gun.
La La made her film debut in 2001 in romantic comedy Two Can Play That Game. She starred in the 2012 film, Think Like a Man, alongside Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson, and the 2013 film Baggage Claim alongside Paula Patton and Derek Luke. La La had guest starring roles in the CBS crime drama NYC 22 and the popular Vh1 scripted show Single Ladies. Other film credits include Urban Massacre (2002), Monster Island (2004), and You Got Served (2004).
In October 2011 La La made her stage debut in the Off-Broadway production of Love Loss and What I Wore. She also starred in and executive produced five seasons of La La's Full Court Wedding, one of VH1’s highest rated shows, which chronicled the time leading up to her wedding to basketball star Carmelo Anthony.
On February 2, 2012, she launched MOTIVES by La La, at the Market America World Conference at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Inspired to create a cosmetic line for women of color ranging in color variation, her cosmetic line consists of multiple mineral-based products for face, cheeks, eyes, lips and nails  ranging from $16 to $40.
In 2013, La La created a clothing line, 5th & Mercer, a capsule collection exclusive to Shopbop.com, and she continues to work on new designs for the line.
On January 28, 2014, La La released her debut book, The Love Playbook, in which she shares how she found love and success on her own terms. The book climbed to #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller list and on February 7 hit #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. La La's second book, The Power Playbook, was released in May 2015.
La La became engaged to basketball player Carmelo Anthony on Christmas Day 2004. Their son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, was born on March 7, 2007. They were married by Michael Eric Dyson on July 10, 2010 at Cipriani's in New York before 320 guests. The ceremony was filmed by VH1 and aired as part of a reality series on the couple, titled La La's Full Court Wedding. The couple's life together is chronicled on their continuation series, La La's Full Court Life.
|2001||Two Can Play That Game||DJ|
|2002||Urban Massacre||Pam Jackson|
|Total Request Live||Herself||TV series|
|2002–2006||Direct Effect||Host||TV series|
|2003||50 Cent: The New Breed||Herself||Documentary|
|Sex and the City||MTV Interviewer||TV series; episode: "The Post-it Always Sticks Twice"|
|The Real World: Paris||Host||TV series; episode: "French Kissing and Telling, The Real World: Paris Reunion"|
|2004||You Got Served||Herself|
|Monster Island||Herself||TV movie|
|One on One||Kendra||TV series; episode: "Phatheadz"|
|Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno||Host||TV series; episode: "Montezuma's Revenge: Inside the Inferno Reunion Show"|
|2005||Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes 2||TV series; episode: "Battle of the Sexes 2: Reunion - Secrets from Elimination Hill"|
|Flavor of Love||Host||TV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"|
|Chappelle's Show||Herself||TV series; episode: #3.2|
|Flavor of Love 2||Host||TV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"|
|2007||I Love New York||TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"|
|Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School||TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"|
|2008||I Love New York 2||TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"|
|Flavor of Love 3||TV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"|
|2009||For the Love of Ray J||TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"|
|Charm School with Ricki Lake||Judge/Dean|
|Real Chance of Love||Host||TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"|
|2010||La La's Full Court Wedding||Herself||TV series|
|For the Love of Ray J 2||Host||TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"|
|2011–2014||La La's Full Court Life||Herself||TV series|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Sonia||Film|
|Keeping Up with the Kardashians||Herself||Episode: "Agree to Disagree"|
|Law and Order: Special Victims Unit||Ana||Episode: "Poisoned Motive"|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Sonia||Film|
|Unforgettable||Delina Michaels||TV series|
- "Meet the VJs: La La". VH1. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
- "La La Anthony Launches Makeup Line, Continues to Be Completely Flawless". Glamour. February 1, 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Nuggets' Anthony Proposes to MTV Host". Associated Press. January 1, 2005.
- "Hill collided with cameraman during game". ESPN. January 2, 2005.
- Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
- Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People.
- "LaLa Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony Say "I Do"". Us Weekly. July 10, 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- D'Zurilla, Christie. "Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vazquez get married in New Yor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- Wihlborg, Ulrica (July 10, 2010). "LaLa Vazquez Weds Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Melo, La La wedding series comes to VH1". Denver Post. 2010-09-19. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- Roberts, Fletcher (February 24, 2011). "La La Vazquez, the Wife of Carmelo Anthony, Gets VH1 Show". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- Zaldivar, Gabe (February 23, 2011). "Just As We Thought, Melo and LaLa Vazquez Will Get New Series". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 7 July 2013.