La La Vazquez is a television personality, actress and disc jockey. She has hosted MTV's “Total Request Live” (2002) and “Direct Effect” (2002-2006) as well as the VH1 reunion specials for “Flavor of Love,” “I Love New York,” “Real Chance of Love,” “Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School” and “For the Love of Ray J.” She also appeared in the reality TV series “Charm School with Ricki Lake” (VH1, 2009). As for acting, Vazquez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has played roles in the films “Two Can Play That Game” (2001), “Urban Massacre” (2002), “You Got Served” (2004) and “Gun” (2010) and acted in episodes of the television series “One on One” and “CSI: NY.”
Vazquez is married to basketball player Carmelo Anthony. They have one son.
Childhood and Family:
Alani Vazquez, who would later be popular as La La Vasquez, was born on June 25, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York. She has a brother named Christian and sisters named Aviana and Solana. Although she became involved in various activities, young La La was primarily interested in music. She attended Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in communications.
On December 25, 2004, La La became engaged to NBA star Carmelo Anthony (born May 29, 1984). Their son, Kiyan Anthony, was born on March 7, 2007. The couple eventually married on July 10, 2010, at Cipriani's in New York. Celebrities who attended the wedding ceremony included Justin Timberlake, Ciara, Serena Williams, Ludacris, Jim Boeheim, Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee and LeBron James. It was filmed by VH1 and broadcasted as part of a reality series on the couple titled “La La's Full Court Wedding” (2010).
Two Can Play That Game
La La Vasquez began her career on the radio when she was a high school student. Along with Lucadris, she enjoyed early success with her debut show “Future Flavas.” She continued to work at the station for some time before relocating to Washington, D.C., in which she attended Howard University. While at Howard, she worked as a disc jockey at the university's radio station WHBC-FM.
Vasquez headed to Los Angeles in 1999 and landed a job at KKBT radio. It was not long before she attracted the attention of MTV and was asked to audition. Her persistence paid off when she was eventually called back a year later. She hosted MTV's “Total Request Live” (2002) and the special “TRL Presents: Christina Stripped in New York City” (also 2002), as well as “Direct Effect,” a gig she held from 2002 to 2006, and “Direct Effect Presents: Straight Up Hip Hop All Week” (2004). She also hosted other television programs on MTV, including “Music Battle” (2003), “MC Battle II: The Takeover in Times Square” (2003), “MTV Backstage at the Grammys 2004” (2004) and “Montezuma's Revenge: The Inferno Reunion” (2004). Vasquez's hosting career gained another boost when she was recruited to host the reunion specials for all seasons of VH1's “Flavor of Love” (2006), both seasons of “I Love New York” (2007-2008), the first season of “Real Chance of Love” (2009), the first season of “Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School” (2007) and “For the Love of Ray J” (2009).
Vasquez made her feature acting debut in the 2001 romantic comedy “Two Can Play That Game,” which was written and directed by Mark Brown and starred Vivica A. Fox, Morris Chestnut and Anthony Anderson. She played the role of Bobby the DJ in the film. “Two Can Play That Game” opened at No. 2 at the U.S. box office and eventually grossed $22 million. She went on to play Pam Jackson in the 2002 film “Urban Massacre” (directed by Dale Resteghini) and appear as herself in the 2004 film “You Got Served” (written and directed by Chris Stokes). “You Got Served” opened at No. 1 at the box office during “Super Bowl” weekend. Also in 2004, she guest starred as Kendra in an episode of “One on One” called “Phatheadz.”
In 2009, Vasquez appeared in “Charm School with Ricki Lake,” the third season of VH1's reality series “Charm School.” The same year, she also appeared as a celebrity judge in the comedy film “Spring Breakdown,” directed and written by Ryan Shiraki and starring Amy Poehler, Parker Posey and Rachel Dratch, and as Lisa Williams in an episode of “CSI: NY” called “Second Chances.”
In 2010, Vasquez was cast as Mona in “Gun,” an action movie directed by Jessy Terrero. The same year, she also appeared in three episodes of “Entertainment Tonight” and in an episode of “Lopez Tonight.”
Vasquez is the creator, executive producer and star of the new reality TV “La La's Full Court Life,” which is scheduled to debut in September of 2011.