Black Love: LaLa Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony

Black Love: LaLa Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony
ESSENCE.COM May, 26, 2011

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LaLa and Carmelo started dating in 2003 after being introduced by New York’s DJ Clue. Judging from those big smiles, these two were very much in love from the start.

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The happy couple spends some quality time together during a hot date in 2005.

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Carmelo holds LaLa tight during an appearance together in 2006. Their body language signals true love!

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When LaLa and Carmelo announced in 2006 that they were expecting a baby boy, their family, friends, and fans were overjoyed.

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LaLa and Carmelo welcomed their son Kiyan on March 7, 2007. Seen here at 21 months, Kiyan is a high-energy and fun-loving toddler.

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After a 7-year engagement, LaLa says she never felt pressured to marry. “We never got caught up in that because we knew that we had a strong solid relationship,” she said in an interview.

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LaLa and Kiyan attend one of Carmelo’s games courtside. It looks like little Kiyan takes after his balling father at a young age!

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LaLa and Carmelo hang out with Serena Williams as they celebrate the launch of LaLa’s VH1 show.

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After announcing their wedding Carmelo said, “We’ve been working on this for years. I’ve probably got the longest engagement ever.”

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The couple decided to marry in the summer of 2010. They threw a yacht pre-wedding party in NYC. To keep with the theme, the couple handed out sailor hats to all guests.

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LaLa and Carmelo wed on Saturday, July 10, 2010 in New York City. It was a star-studded affair and the couple looked amazing!

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The two are all smiles as they head down the aisle! They look beautiful!

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Four-year-old Kiyan is never far from his parents. He and dad Carmelo share an especially tight bond. “My father died when I was 2 years old, so I know what I wanted from a father,” Carmelo said in an interview.

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The happy couple recently celebrated their return to New York City. They attended a press event held by the New York Knicks to introduce Carmelo at Madison Square Garden.

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LaLa frequents Madison Square Garden to support her hubby’s games with the New York Knicks. She brings along Kiyan to hang out with her bestie Ciara.

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“Mel and I are not together all the time; we like to give each other space,” LaLa told Rolling Out Magazine. “I think that’s what keeps us going…he’s on the road working, and I’m working.”

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LaLa and Carmelo are truly a fun pair. The two share a laugh during some down time.

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LaLa and Carmelo stop by the toy store to pick up a few goodies for their son, Kiyan. Looks like fun!

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LaLa and Carmelo smile on the red carpet of the NBA Player’s Association Gala. The two look so in love by each other’s side.

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The happy couple looks stunning at the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.

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LaLa and Carmelo always look amazing on the red carpet. The couple is all smiles as they attend the TIME 100 Gala in New York City.

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LaLa and Carmelo attend the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. LaLa looks ravishing in a feminine, nude one-shouldered Vera Wang gown!

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Carmelo, La La, and their son Kiyan pose for a family photo at Carmelo’s birthday party for friends and family in NY.

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Carmelo and LaLa arrive in-style at the 5th Annual Pre-BET Awards Celebration Dinner’ in Los Angeles.

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