La La Anthony

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La La Anthony
La La Anthony 2012 (cropped).jpg
Anthony at a football game, 2012
Born Alani Nicole Vázquez
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 38)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names "La La"
Education Redan High School
Alma mater Howard University
Occupation
  • Television personality, actress, author, businesswoman
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Carmelo Anthony (m. 2010)
Children Kiyan Anthony (b. 2007)

Alani Nicole "La La" Anthony (née Vázquez; born June 25, 1979) is a television personality, New York Times best-selling author, business woman, producer and actress. In the early 2000s, La La came to prominence as an MTV VJ on Total Request Live. She was the host of the VH1 reality television reunion shows: Flavor of Love, I Love New York, For the Love of Ray J, Real Chance of Love, and was a dean on Charm School with Ricki Lake.

La La ventured into acting, her subsequent film roles include Two Can Play That Game (2001), You Got Served (2004), Think Like a Man (2012), Think Like a Man Too (2014), November Rule (2015) and Destined (2015). After guest roles in several television shows, La La can be seen in the Starz original drama series, Power, executive produced by 50 Cent and starring Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton. La La has also starred in the American reality television series La La's Full Court Wedding and La La's Full Court Life. She married NBA player Carmelo Anthony in 2010.


Early life[edit]

Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents are of Puerto Rican heritage born and raised in New York City. Anthony (who describes herself as an Afro-Puerto Rican[1]) has a younger brother and two younger sisters. As a young child, she was involved in many activities, but music was her main interest.[2] She went to Howard University, where she studied communications.

Career[edit]

At the age of 15, Anthony began her entertainment career in radio at WQHT-FM, 97.1 in New York City. 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 Los Angeles's 92.3 The Beat to co-host her own radio show, The B-Syde. After a successful run on radio, La La left the station in 2001 and joined the MTV family. Although she had no previous on-TV experience, La La became one of the network’s premiere talents 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 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee writer/director James Toback, Tyson was named the winner of the Regard Knockout Award in France and debuted to a standing ovation in 2009’s Cannes Film Festival. La La and Krossover Productions also produced a feature film with director/producer Brett Ratner, and 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. La La 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 NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

On February 2, 2012, she launched MOTIVES by La La, at the Market America World Conference held 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 [3] 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 titled 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 Seller list. La La’s second book, entitled The Power Playbook was released in May 2015.

Anthony produced the Broadway production of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

On Christmas Day 2004, La La became engaged to basketball player Carmelo Anthony.[4][5] Their son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, was born on March 7, 2007.[6][7] They were married by Michael Eric Dyson on July 10, 2010, at Cipriani's in New York before 320 guests.[8][9] The ceremony was filmed by VH1 and aired as part of a reality series on the couple, titled La La's Full Court Wedding.[10][11][12] The couple's life together is chronicled on their continuation series, La La's Full Court Life.[13]

In April 2017, La La filed for separation from her husband after he was publicly accused of impregnating a woman employed at a gentlemen's club. However, in a June 2017 interview on The Wendy Williams Show, La La said that she and Carmelo are not officially divorcing at the moment.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
Soul Plane Herself
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"
2006 Da Jammies Angelique Voice
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"
Gun Mona Movie
2011–2014 La La's Full Court Life Herself TV series
2012 Think Like a Man Sonia Film
2013 Baggage Claim Tanya
1982 Neecy
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
2014-present Power Lakeisha Grant TV series
2015 Chi-Raq Hecuba Film
Unforgettable Delina Michaels TV series
2015 November Rule Stacey
2017 The New Edition Story Flo DeVoe TV movie
2017 Destined Jada
2017 Double Play Micha
2017 Daytime Divas Isabel Carlisle Recurring role
2017 Deuces Detective Sonya Diaz

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "*Exclusive Updated* La La Vazquez Settles Controversy "Is She Black Or Latina?"". bossip.com. December 13, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Meet the VJs: La La". VH1. Retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ "La La Anthony Launches Makeup Line, Continues to Be Completely Flawless". Glamour. February 1, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nuggets' Anthony Proposes to MTV Host". Associated Press. January 1, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Hill collided with cameraman during game". ESPN. January 2, 2005. 
  6. ^ Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People. 
  8. ^ "LaLa Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony Say "I Do"". Us Weekly. July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie. "Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vazquez get married in New Yor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (July 10, 2010). "LaLa Vazquez Weds Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Melo, La La wedding series comes to VH1". The Denver Post. September 19, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Roberts, Fletcher (February 24, 2011). "La La Vazquez, the Wife of Carmelo Anthony, Gets VH1 Show". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ Zaldivar, Gabe (February 23, 2011). "Just As We Thought, Melo and LaLa Vazquez Will Get New Series". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ Taylor, Derrick Bryson (June 27, 2017). "La La Has No Current Plans To Divorce Carmelo". Page Six. Retrieved June 28, 2017. 

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