La La Anthony, born on June 25, 1982, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. From an early age, the television star showed radio listeners and television viewers what she’s made of — having discovered her affinity for entertainment during her teenage years. Anthony rose to stardom as a radio D.J. at the age of 15, then moved on to television hosting, acting, and eventually, her own reality show, books, and a career in the fashion sector. She had a son with NBA player Carmelo Anthony — whom she married in 2010 and divorced in 2021. Here, we celebrate the multi-talented star’s birthday.
Alani Nicole Anthony, better known as La La Anthony, is an Afro-Puerto Rican television personality, author, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Brooklyn on June 25, 1982, she is the eldest sibling to one brother and two sisters. Growing up, Anthony’s interest has always been in music, however, did not pursue this path and instead, embarked on the entertainment industry at a very young age. In 1997 — when she was just 15 years old and still in high school — the ambitious teenager worked at WHTA-FM radio station as an intern in Georgia and thereafter, hosted alongside Ludacris on the “Future Flavas” show. At 19 years old, she moved on to Los Angeles’s 92.3 The Beat and co-hosted “The B-Syde” show. The young radio host started at M.T.V. in 2001 as a co-host for the “Direct Effect” and “Total Request Live” shows before working as a producer on Mike Tyson’s documentary — “Tyson”— in 2003.
Embarking on her career as a radio and television host, Anthony’s acting career started in 2001 when she landed a role in the film “Two Can Play That Game.” In 2004, she starred in “You Got Served,” “Monster Island,” and “Soul Plane.” Within the same year, she got engaged to NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony, and three years later, their son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, was born. In 2010, the couple filmed their wedding under the title “La La’s Full Court Wedding,” which the couple thereafter developed into a reality show in 2011 called “La La’s Full Court Life,” documenting their life as a married couple.
In addition to her own reality show, Anthony hosted several additional television shows and appeared in a few episodes of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ from 2010 until 2011. In 2013 she landed a guest role in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” She is widely recognized for her role as Lakiesha Grant in seasons one to six of the television series “Power,” which aired from 2014 until 2020. In addition to television, she continued her career in movies, starring in films such as “Think Like a Man” in 2012 and its sequel, “Think Like a Man Too” in 2014, among others. Today, the actress has, collectively, starred in over 40 films and television shows and continues to make her appearance in films and television series.
In addition to acting, Anthony has also launched her clothing line called 5th & Mercer and has her makeup line called Motives by La La. She authored “The Love Playbook: Rules of Love, Sex, and Happiness,” which was published in 2014 and became a “New York Times” number one bestseller. Her second book, “The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Success” was published in 2015.
Anthony co-hosts the “Direct Effect” and “Total Request Live” shows.
Anthony works as a producer for Mike Tyson’s documentary, “Tyson.”
Anthony stars in her first film “Two Can Play That Game.”
Anthony and her husband release a reality show called “La La’s Full Court Life.”
Anthony releases a makeup line called Motives by La La.
Anthony releases her first book called “The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness,” that's become a number one “New York Times Bestseller.”
Anthony releases a second book called “The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Success.”
Why We Love La La Anthony
She’s an ambitious hard worker
Anthony has been pursuing her passion for entertaining others since she was 15 years old. She knew what she wanted for her life and independently climbed the ladder to fame.
She explored and succeeded in other talents
Her ambitious spirit allowed Anthony to expand on her talents. The television star has become a writer, fashion designer with her own clothing label, and the creator of her own makeup brand.
Anthony has shown and maintained her confidence from the very beginning as a teenager. She is a true inspiration to those aspiring to become a radio or television presenter to be confident.
5 Surprising Facts
She has skills on the basketball court
Not only was the television star married to an NBA basketball player, but she also claims to be pretty skilled on the basketball court too.
Her second career choice was a veterinarian
If she had not pursued a career in acting, she’d have chosen to become a veterinarian.
She’s a sneaker collector
Anthony claims to be a big lover of sneakers and has over 100 pairs of Jordans.
She loves heights
Anthony loves roller coaster rides and says that “the higher it is, the better.”
She likes chocolate and Greek yogurt
The star claims to love snacking on chocolate or Greek yogurt.
La La Anthony FAQs
What color are La La Anthony’s eyes?
The television star has green eyes.
Are La La and Ludacris siblings?
Although Anthony and Ludacris have a close relationship, the two are not related, however, Anthony refers to him as her “big brother.”
Where did La La Anthony go to college?
Anthony was a Howard University student studying communications. However, she dropped out a few months later.
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