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La La Anthony
BornAlani Vazquez
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 34)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names"La La"
EducationPiscataway High School
Occupation
  • Disc jockey
  • television personality
  • actress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Carmelo Anthony (m. 2010)
ChildrenKiyan Anthony (b. 2007)
 
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La La Anthony
BornAlani Vazquez
(1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 34)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names"La La"
EducationPiscataway High School
Occupation
  • Disc jockey
  • television personality
  • actress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Carmelo Anthony (m. 2010)
ChildrenKiyan Anthony (b. 2007)

Alani "La La" Anthony (née Vazquez; born June 25, 1979)[1] is an American disc jockey, television personality, and actress. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she attended Piscataway High School as a teenager. In the early 2000s, Vazquez came to prominence as an MTV VJ on Total Request Live.

Early years[edit]

Vazquez, along with her brother and two sisters, were born in Brooklyn. Her parents are both Puerto Rican, and she has described herself as "Afro-Puerto Rican".[2] As a child, Vazquez was involved in many activities, but music was her main interest.[3]

Career[edit]

In Atlanta, Vazquez worked as a programming assistant at WHTA radio. While a student in high school, she received her first big break with her debut in a radio show, alongside Ludacris, called Future Flavas. After working for some time at the station, she decided to relocate to Washington, D.C., where she attended Howard University and studied Communications. While at Howard, she worked as a disc jockey at WHUR, the campus radio station.[3]

In 1999, she moved to Los Angeles, California, and went to work at KKBT radio. There, she was noticed by MTV and was invited to audition, although was not called back until a year after the audition. She was the co-host of MTV's Direct Effect and Total Request Live. She has also hosted the reunion specials for all seasons of VH1's Flavor of Love, both seasons of I Love New York, the first season of Real Chance of Love, the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School and For the Love of Ray J. In addition, she often introduced stories on MTV's High School Stories[4] and she appeared as a dean on VH1's Charm School with Ricki Lake.[5]

Vazquez made her film debut in 2001 in Two Can Play That Game. Her other film credits include Urban Massacre (2002), Monster Island (2004), You Got Served (2004) and Think Like a Man (2012).

On February 2, 2012, she launched MOTIVES by La La, at the Market America World Conference at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.[6] Inspired to create a cosmetic line for women of color ranging in color variation, her cosmetic line consists of multiple products for face, cheeks, eyes, lips and nails.[7] Each products name was composed from a life experience.[8] All products are mineral based and prices range from $16 to $40.[8]

LaLa launched her personal website, IamLaLa.com, in April 2012. The site is an interactive community for her fans and friends focusing on fashion, hair and beauty, pop culture, family life, and relationships.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Vazquez became engaged to basketball player Carmelo Anthony on Christmas Day 2004.[10][11] Their son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, was born on March 7, 2007.[12][13]

They were married by Michael Eric Dyson on July 10, 2010 at Cipriani's in New York before 320 guests.[14][15] The ceremony was filmed by VH1 and aired as part of a reality series on the couple, titled La La's Full Court Wedding.[16][17][18] The couples life together is chronicled on their continuation series, La La's Full Court Life.[19]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001Two Can Play That GameBobby the DJ
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"
2004You Got ServedHerself
Monster IslandHerselfTV movie
One on OneKendraTV series; episode: "Phatheadz"
Soul PlaneHerself
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The InfernoHostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
2006Da JammiesAngeliqueVoice
Flavor of LoveHostTV series; episode: "Reunion"
Chappelle's ShowHerselfTV series; episode: #3.2
Flavor of Love 2HostTV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"
2007Flavor of Love Girls: Charm SchoolHostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
2008I Love New York 2HostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
2009For the Love of Ray JHostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Charm School with Ricki LakeJudge/Dean
2010La La's Full Court WeddingHerselfTV series
GunMonaMovie
2011–presentLa La's Full Court LifeHerselfTV series
2012Think Like a ManSoniaFilm
2013Baggage ClaimTanya
Keeping Up with the KardashiansHerselfEpisode: "Agree to Disagree"
2014Think Like a Man TooSoniaFilm

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin Garnett to Carmelo Anthony: Your wife tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios". CBS Tampa Bay. January 9, 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ http://bossip.com/318524/exclusive-lala-vazquez-settles-controversy-is-she-black-or-latino-v69691/
  3. ^ a b "Meet the VJs: La La". VH1. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  4. ^ Rogers, DeWayne. "La La Vazquez — Tackling Life, Love, and the Haters". Rolling Out. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007date=August 24, 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charm School 3". 
  6. ^ "LaLa OFFICIALLY Launches Motives Cosmetics Line At Market America World Conference". Young, Black, and Fabulous. February 3, 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "La La Anthony Launches Makeup Line, Continues to Be Completely Flawless". Glamour. February 1, 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Magsaysay, Melissa. "La La Anthony launches makeup line". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "La La Anthony Launches IAmLaLa.com as the Hub of Her Full Court Life Online". GlobeNewswire. April 17, 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nuggets' Anthony Proposes to MTV Host". Associated Press. January 1, 2005. 
  11. ^ "Hill collided with cameraman during game". ESPN. January 2, 2005. 
  12. ^ Margaret, Mary (March 7, 2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  13. ^ Margaret, Mary (03/07/2007). "LaLa Vazquez Has a Boy with NBA's Carmelo Anthony". People. 
  14. ^ "LaLa Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony Say "I Do"". Us Weekly. July 10, 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  15. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie. "Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vazquez get married in New Yor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (07/10/2010). "LaLa Vazquez Weds Carmelo Anthony". People. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Melo, La La wedding series comes to VH1". Denver Post. 2010-09-19. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  18. ^ Roberts, Fletcher (February 24, 2011). "La La Vazquez, the Wife of Carmelo Anthony, Gets VH1 Show". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  19. ^ 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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