La La Anthony

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La La Anthony
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Anthony in 2012
Alani Nicole Vázquez

New York City, U.S.
Alma materHoward University
OccupationTelevision personality, actress, author
Years active1996–present
(m. 2010)

Alani Nicole "La La" Anthony (née Vázquez; born June 25, 1979[1] or 1982[2][3]) is an American television personality. In the early 2000s, Anthony worked 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, and Real Chance of Love, and was a dean on Charm School with Ricki Lake.

Anthony appeared in Two Can Play That Game (2001), You Got Served (2004), Think Like a Man (2012), Think Like a Man 2 (2014), November Rule (2015) and Destined (2015). She appeared as Lakeisha Grant in the Starz original drama series Power. She hosted 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[4]) has a younger brother and two younger sisters. As a young child, she was involved in many activities, but music was her main interest.[5] She went to Howard University, where she studied communications but did not graduate.[citation needed]


Anthony in 2012

At the age of 15, Anthony started working in radio at WHTA-FM, HOT 97.5 in Georgia. After a short internship at that station, and while still in high school, she hosted Future Flavas, alongside rapper/actor Ludacris.[citation needed]

At 19, Anthony worked at Los Angeles's 92.3 The Beat cohosting The B-Syde. She left the station in 2001 and moved to MTV where she cohosted Direct Effect and Total Request Live.[citation needed]

In 2003, Anthony left MTV. She worked as a producer on Mike Tyson’s documentary, Tyson, which won the Regard Knockout Award in France and was included in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Anthony also produced a feature film with director/producer Brett Ratner.[citation needed]

Anthony appeared in films Two Can Play That Game, Think Like a Man, Baggage Claim and television shows "NYC 22" and Single Ladies. Other film credits include Urban Massacre (2002), Monster Island (2004), and You Got Served (2004).[citation needed]

In October 2011, Anthony appeared in the off-Broadway production of Love Loss and What I Wore. Anthony appeared in and executive produced La La's Full Court Wedding, which chronicled the time leading up to her wedding to NBA star Carmelo Anthony.[citation needed]

On February 2, 2012, she launched a cosmetic line[6] and in 2013 a clothing line.[7] She's written several books.[citation needed]

Anthony co-produced the Broadway production of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed in 2016.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On Christmas Day 2004, La La became engaged to basketball player Carmelo Anthony.[8][9] Their son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, was born on March 7, 2007.[10][11] They were married by Michael Eric Dyson on July 10, 2010, at Cipriani's in New York before 320 guests.[12][13] The ceremony was filmed by VH1 and aired as part of a reality series on the couple, titled La La's Full Court Wedding.[14][15][16] The couple's life together is chronicled on their continuation series, La La's Full Court Life.[17][18] In June 2021, La La filed for divorce.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Two Can Play That Game DJ
2002 Urban Massacre Pam Jackson
2003 50 Cent: The New Breed Herself Documentary
2004 You Got Served Herself
Monster Island Herself TV Movie
Soul Plane Herself
2006 Da Jammies Angelique (voice) Video Short
2009 Spring Breakdown Celebrity Judge
2010 Gun Mona
2012 Think Like a Man Sonia
2013 1982 Neecy
Baggage Claim Tanya
2014 Think Like a Man Too Sonia
2015 November Rule Stacey
Chi-Raq Hecuba
2016 Destined Jada
2017 Deuces Detective Sonya Diaz
Double Play Micha
2018 Furlough Brandy
2019 Holiday Rush Paula Williams
2022 You People TBA
TBA The Perfect Find Elodie
The Waterboyz Rose


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Wherehouse Live Herself/Host TV Series
2001 On the Beat Herself/Host TV Series
2002 Direct Effect Herself/Host TV Series
2002-06 Total Request Live Herself/Host TV Series
2003 Sex and the City MTV Interviewer Episode: "The Post-it Always Sticks Twice"
MC Battle Herself/Host TV Series
The Real World: Paris Herself/Host Episode: "French Kissing and Telling, The Real World: Paris Reunion"
2004 One on One Kendra Episode: "Phatheadz"
Direct Effect Presents: Straight Up Hip Hop All Week Herself/Host TV Special
The Shady National Convention Herself/Correspondent TV Special
MTV New Year's Eve Specials 2004 Herself/Host TV Special
Iced Out New Year's Eve 2005 Herself/Host TV Special
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno Herself/Host Episode: "Montezuma's Revenge: Inside the Inferno Reunion Show"
2005 Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes 2 Herself/Host Episode: "Battle of the Sexes 2: Reunion - Secrets from Elimination Hill"
2006 Chappelle's Show Herself Episode: "Black Howard Dean & Stereotype Pixies"
2006-08 Flavor of Love Herself/Host TV Series
2007 Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School Herself/Host Episode: "Reunion"
2007-08 I Love New York Herself/Host TV Series
2008-09 Real Chance of Love Herself/Host TV Series
2009 Charm School with Ricki Lake Judge/Dean TV Series
CSI: NY Lisa Williams Episode: "Second Chances"
2009-10 For the Love of Ray J Herself/Host TV Series
2010 La La's Full Court Wedding Herself Main Cast
2010-11 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself 2 Episodes
2011 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Herself/Host TV Special
2011-14 La La's Full Court Life Herself Main Cast
2012 40 Greatest TRL Moments Herself/Host TV Special
Let's Stay Together Latrice Episode: "Fear Factor"
NYC 22 PAA Kelly Episode: "Jumpers"
2012–14 Single Ladies Presley Kearse Recurring Cast: Season 3-4
2013 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Anna Tejada Episode: "Poisoned Motive"
2014–20 Power Lakeisha Grant Recurring Cast: Season 1–3, Main Cast: Season 4-6
2015-16 Unforgettable Dr. Delina Michaels Main Cast: Season 4
2017 The New Edition Story Flo DeVoe Episode: "Part 1 & 2"
Bull Lesley Caffrey Episode: "Bring It On"
Daytime Divas Isabel Carlisle Episode: "Baby Daddy Drama"
2018 Star Paola Episode: "Dreamers" & "Forward (E)Motion"
2019 BH90210 Shay Recurring Cast
Reef Break Regina O'Casey Episode: "Blue Skies" & "Endgame"
2020-21 The Chi Dom Recurring Cast: Season 3-4
2021 Grown-ish Esme Episode: "A Peace of Light" & "Canceled"
Black Mafia Family Markaisha Taylor Episode: "See It... Touch It... Obtain It"
Wu-Tang: An American Saga Tracy Waples Recurring Cast: Season 2
The Freak Brothers Gretchen Switzer (voice) Main Cast
2022 Power Book II: Ghost Lakeisha Grant Episode: "A Fair Fight?"

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 "In My Feelings" Kiki Drake song
2019 "Hot Girl Summer" Herself Megan Thee Stallion song

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved August 29, 2022. Vazquez, 27, ...
  2. ^ Selleck, Emily (June 25, 2021). "Kim Kardashian Celebrates La La Anthony's 39th Birthday With Throwback Photos: 'Ride Or Die'". Hollywood Life. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Fields, Jackie (January 28, 2022). "La La Anthony Launches Her First Hair Product: All About Her 'Power Potion'". People. Today, Anthony, 39, ...
  4. ^ "*Exclusive Updated* La La Vazquez Settles Controversy "Is She Black Or Latina?"". December 13, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Meet the VJs: La La". VH1. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  6. ^ "La La Anthony Launches Makeup Line, Continues to Be Completely Flawless". Glamour. February 1, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  7. ^ "5th & Mercer | SHOPBOP". January 22, 2015. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015.
  8. ^ "Nuggets' Anthony Proposes to MTV Host". Associated Press. January 1, 2005.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Hill collided withv cameraman during game". ESPN. January 2, 2005.
  10. ^ Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2004). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  11. ^ Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People.
  12. ^ "LaLa Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony Say "I Do"". Us Weekly. July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  13. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (July 12, 2010). "Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vazquez get married in New York". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  14. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (July 10, 2010). "LaLa Vazquez Weds Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  15. ^ "Melo, La La wedding series comes to VH1". The Denver Post. September 19, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  16. ^ Roberts, Fletcher (February 24, 2011). "La La Vazquez, the Wife of Carmelo Anthony, Gets VH1 Show". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  17. ^ Zaldivar, Gabe (February 23, 2011). "Just As We Thought, Melo and LaLa Vazquez Will Get New Series". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  18. ^ Taylor, Derrick Bryson (June 27, 2017). "La La Has No Current Plans To Divorce Carmelo". Page Six. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  19. ^ Uwumarogie, Victoria (June 17, 2021). "It's Really Over: La La Anthony Reportedly Files For Divorce From Carmelo Anthony After 11 Years Of Marriage". Essence. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  20. ^ Bacardi, Francesca (May 5, 2022). "La La Anthony shares what 'incredibly hard' Carmelo divorce made her realize". Page Six. Retrieved May 13, 2022.

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