La La Anthony covers Essence Magazine’s September Global Black Fashion Issue. She talks about her evolution from MTV VJ to actress and producer and discusses raising her son Kiyan amid US uprisings, co-parenting with Carmelo Anthony, and navigating a working friendship with 50 Cents.
La La proudly posted her cover on the gram.
We gotta say, we really love the images from this spread. We’re publishing a few excerpts from the interview below but she goes way further in depth, especially when talking about Puerto Rico and her work in Hollywood. Check out the excerpts below:
“I’m Afro-Latina: I’m Black, I’m Puerto Rican, I’m all of it. I’m proud of it.’ But no one really understood that. They were like, ‘You’re one or the other, and that’s it…”
“I always talk to him about how he needs to deal with police. It’s sad that these are the conversations we have to have with our children, but this is the world we live in. I make sure he knows that and understands the seriousness of it. I’m not trying to scare him in any way, but I want him to live in reality.”
Timed with its cover launch, also ESSENCE announces the newly launched online hub titled “Protect Black Women and Girls.” The hub was created to help provide more persistent visibility of inequity and disparity with particular attention to justice yet seen for the Black women of the movement like Breonna Taylor and Toyin Salau. The hub includes a series of essays and op-eds from Black women activists, academics and thought-leaders including: Tarana Burke, Kimberlé Crenshaw, LaTosha Brown and more. As Kimberle Crenshaw says in her original essay for the hub, “If we are ever to truly protect young Black women like Toyin Salau or Breonna Taylor, we must first tell their stories.”