La La Anthony

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La La Anthony
La La Anthony by Robert Ector
Born Alani Nicole Vázquez
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names "La La"
Education Redan High School
Occupation
  • Disc jockey
  • television personality
  • actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Carmelo Anthony (m. 2010)
Children Kiyan Anthony (b. 2007)

Alani Nicole "La La" Anthony (née Vázquez) (born June 25, 1979) 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. La La 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 recently 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.

Early years[edit]

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[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 is a graduate of Howard University, where she studied communications.

Career[edit]

At the age of 15 La La began her entertainment career in radio at Atlanta Hot 97 station. Along side with 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 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 o“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 [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 28th 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 7th hit Number One on the New York Times Best Sellers list. La La’s second book, entitled “The Power Playbook” will be released in May 2015.

Personal life[edit]

La La became engaged to basketball player Carmelo Anthony on Christmas Day, 2004.[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]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Two Can Play That Game Bobby the 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: "Reunion Show"
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 Host TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School Host TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
2008 I Love New York 2 Host TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Flavor of Love 3 Host TV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"
2009 For the Love of Ray J Host TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Charm School with Ricki Lake Judge/Dean
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
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 Power (TV series) Lakeisha TV series

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bossip.com/318524/exclusive-lala-vazquez-settles-controversy-is-she-black-or-latino-v69691/
  2. ^ "Meet the VJs: La La". VH1. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ "La La Anthony Launches Makeup Line, Continues to Be Completely Flawless". Glamour. February 1, 2012. Retrieved 7 July 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 2009-05-05. 
  7. ^ Margaret, Mary (03/07/2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "LaLa Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony Say "I Do"". Us Weekly. July 10, 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie. "Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vazquez get married in New Yor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (07/10/2010). "LaLa Vazquez Weds Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved 7 July 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Melo, La La wedding series comes to VH1". Denver Post. 2010-09-19. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Roberts, Fletcher (February 24, 2011). "La La Vazquez, the Wife of Carmelo Anthony, Gets VH1 Show". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Zaldivar, Gabe (February 23, 2011). "Just As We Thought, Melo and LaLa Vazquez Will Get New Series". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

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