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Alani Nicole Vázquez

(1982-06-25) June 25, 1982 (age 36)
Other names"La La"
Alma mater Howard University
OccupationTelevision personality, actress, author, businesswoman
Years active1994–present
Carmelo Anthony (m. 2010)

Alani Nicole "La La" Anthony (née Vázquez; born June 25, 1982) is an American television personality, New York Times best-selling author, businesswoman, 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 , and Real Chance of Love , and was a dean on Charm School with Ricki Lake .

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Anthony 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 2 (2014), November Rule (2015) and Destined (2015). After guest roles in several television shows, Anthony can be seen in the Starz original drama series Power , executive produced by 50 Cent and starring Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton. Anthony 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.

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Early life

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.

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Howard University is a private, federally chartered historically black university (HBCU) in Washington, D.C. It is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with higher research activity and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


At the age of 15, Anthony began her entertainment career in radio at WQHT-FM, HOT 97.5 in Georgia. 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.

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At 19, Anthony 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, Anthony left the station in 2001 and joined the MTV family. Although she had no previous on-TV experience, Anthony 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, Anthony interviewed many high-profile stars including Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Angelina Jolie, among others.

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In 2003, Anthony 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. Anthony and Krossover Productions also produced a feature film with director/producer Brett Ratner, and a starring role in The Gun.

Mike Tyson American boxer

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Anthony 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. Anthony 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, Anthony made her stage debut in the off-Broadway production of Love Loss and What I Wore . Anthony 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]

In 2013, Anthony created a clothing line, "5th & Mercer", a capsule collection exclusive to and she continues to work on new designs for the line.

On January 28, 2014, Anthony 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. Anthony’s second book, entitled The Power Playbook was released in May 2015.

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

Personal life

On Christmas Day 2004, Lala 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, Anthony 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 , Anthony said that she and Carmelo are not officially divorcing at the moment. As of January 2019 she and Carmelo were back together again. [14]


2001 Two Can Play That Game DJ
2002Urban MassacrePam Jackson
Total Request Live HerselfTV series
2002–2006 Direct Effect HostTV series
2003 50 Cent: The New Breed HerselfDocumentary
Sex and the City MTV InterviewerTV series; episode: "The Post-it Always Sticks Twice"
The Real World: Paris HostTV series; episode: "French Kissing and Telling, The Real World: Paris Reunion"
2004 You Got Served Herself
Monster Island HerselfTV movie
One on One KendraTV series; episode: "Phatheadz"
Soul Plane Herself
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno HostTV 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"
2006Da JammiesAngeliqueVoice
Flavor of Love HostTV series; episode: "Reunion: After the Lovin"
Chappelle's Show HerselfTV series; episode: #3.2
Flavor of Love 2 HostTV 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 HostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
2010 La La's Full Court Wedding HerselfTV series
For the Love of Ray J 2 HostTV series; episode: "Reunion Show"
Gun MonaMovie
2011–2014 La La's Full Court Life HerselfTV series
2012 Think Like a Man SoniaFilm
2013 Baggage Claim Tanya
1982 Neecy
Keeping Up with the Kardashians HerselfEpisode: "Agree to Disagree"
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit AnaEpisode: "Poisoned Motive"
2014 Think Like a Man Too SoniaFilm
2014–present Power Lakeisha GrantTV series
2015 Chi-Raq HecubaFilm
Unforgettable Delina MichaelsTV series
2015November RuleStacey
2017 The New Edition Story Flo DeVoeTV movie
Double Play Micha
Daytime Divas Isabel CarlisleRecurring role
Deuces Detective Sonya Diaz
2018 Star Angel’s momSeason 2
Music video
2018"In My Feelings"Kiki Drake song

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