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La La Anthony
Lala Anthony MW Cynthia-A-1
Born Alani Nicole Vázquez
June 25 1979 () (age 38)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names "La La"
Education Redan High School
Howard University
Occupation Television personality, actress, author, businesswoman
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Carmelo Anthony (m. 2010)
Children Kiyan Anthony (b. 2007)

Alani Nicole "La LaAnthony (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: 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, You Got Served, Think Like a Man,  Think Like a Man Too, November Rule and Destined. 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.

On July 10, 2010, she married NBA player Carmelo Anthony at Cipriani's in New York City 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) 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.

Career Edit

At the age of 15, Anthony began her entertainment career in radio at Hot 97 station. 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

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

In April 2017, La La filed for separation from her husband after he was publically 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 Carmelo and her are not officially divorcing at the moment

Filmography Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2001Two Can Play That GameDJ
2002Urban MassacrePam Jackson
Total Request LiveHerselfTV series
2002–2006Direct EffectHostTV series
200350 Cent: The New BreedHerselfDocumentary
Sex and the CityMTV InterviewerTV series; episode: "The Post-it Always Sticks Twice"
The Real World: ParisHostTV series; episode: "French Kissing and Telling, The Real World: Paris Reunion"
2004You Got ServedHerself
Monster IslandHerselfTV movie
One on OneKendraTV series; episode: "Phatheadz"
Soul PlaneHerself
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The InfernoHostTV series; episode: "Montezuma's Revenge: Inside the Inferno Reunion Show"
2005Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes 2TV series; episode: "Battle of the Sexes 2: Reunion - Secrets from Elimination Hill"
2006Da JammiesAngeliqueVoice
Flavor of LoveHostTV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"
Chappelle's ShowHerselfTV series; episode: #3.2
Flavor of Love 2HostTV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"
2007I Love New YorkTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Flavor of Love Girls: Charm SchoolTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
2008I Love New York 2TV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Flavor of Love 3TV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"
2009For the Love of Ray JTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Charm School with Ricki LakeJudge/Dean
Real Chance of LoveHostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
2010La La's Full Court WeddingHerselfTV series
For the Love of Ray J 2HostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
GunMonaMovie
2011–2014La La's Full Court LifeHerselfTV series
2012Think Like a ManSonia Film
2013 Baggage ClaimTanya
1982 Neecy
Keeping Up with the KardashiansHerself Episode: "Agree to Disagree"
Law and Order: Special Victims UnitAnaEpisode: "Poisoned Motive"
2014Think Like a Man TooSoniaFilm
PowerLakeishaTV series
2015Chi-RaqHecubaFilm
UnforgettableDelina MichaelsTV series
2015 November Rule
2017 The New Edition Story Flo DeVoe TV movie
2017 Destined
2017 Double Play

See also[edit] Edit

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References[edit] Edit

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