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The Evolution of La La: From TRL to Her 'Full Court Life'

In last night's episode of La La's Full Court LifeLa La got in trouble with Po and Dice for ignoring the two after she invited them to a Knicks v. Phoenix game. Instead, she went with songstress and friend, Monica. Po and Dice first felt like 'La took their friendship for granted, but after a quick pow-wow, the mini beef was squashed. All agreed that Dice and Po have been with La La from the start. So, what was the start?

La La Anthony has become the "sister I never had" to a lot of people throughout the nation over the years. She's admired for her down-to-earth nature and comedic tendencies, but overall, for just keeping it real, humble and having fun. Reminiscing on the beginning stages of her career, we decided to create a brief timeline of the New York bred mother and wife's defining moments made public.

Check out the evolution of La La after the jump!
La La's Big Break Comes in Radio

Before hosting her own radio show on 92.3 The Beat in Los Angeles, La La interned at Atlanta's Hot 97. As a teen, she had been promoted to co-host a show with Ludacris.

La La Transforms From Radio to TV

La La joined MTV during one of the network's most pivotal times, hosting Total Request Live (TRL). She went on to host multiple reality TV show reunions and conducting red carpet interviews.

La La Adds "Actress" To Her List of Titles

La La made her acting debut in 2001 on Two Can Play That Game, starring Morris Chestnut and Vivica A. Fox. Since then, she's appeared in You Got Served, One on One, CSI: NY and more. Most recently, BET's Let's Stay Together and Steve Harvey's Think Like a Man have been added to the budding actress' résumé.

La La Finds Love

After a long engagement period (Christmas day of 2004 - summer 2010), La La married New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony (then, player for the Denver Nuggets). She gave birth to their son, Kiyan, in 2007.

La La Lands Reality TV Show

In 2010, La La's preparation for her wedding, as well as the ceremony itself, was aired on VH1 as La La's Full Court Wedding. The show eventually evolved to La La's Full Court Life and is currently in its second season.

La La Rounds Out Her Household Name

La La recently launched her own makeup line--in conjunction with Motives Makeup--called "Motives for La La." She has also been featured in countless magazines including Latina, our very own premiere digital issue and most recently, Vogue, for a spread about her family and life up to now.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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