Candice "Dice" Dixon is happy to play second fiddle on a reality show.
And why not? She gets to travel around with her best friend and cousin La La Vasquez on VH1's "La La's Full Court Life," which is now in its fourth season. The show focuses on Vasquez, who graduated Redan High School in Stone Mountain and workedas a former programming assistant at Atlanta's Hot 97.5 back in the 1990s along with Ludacris. La La is also married to New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony.
La La gave Dice her nickname in high school and "it stuck," Dice said. When La La got the reality TV show in 2011, it was natural for Dice to join in since she already travels with La La.
"I look to her as my sister," Dice said. "I'm part of her support system."
She said as the seasons have passed, the show has focused more on her and Po Johnson, La La's other close friend.
While juggling the reality show, Dice attended college in North Carolina to get the skills to potentially become a safety inspector for OSHA. She said she graduated with a 4.0. "I did a lot of late-night studying in my hotel room," she said.
She would love to do her own reality show with Po if La La's show ever ends. "We're going to continue to ride the wave as long as we can," she said. She hosts parties and has started talking at historically black colleges about anti-bullying. But OSHA would be a nice backup.
Dice travels a lot for the show but recently moved back to Atlanta. "I just wanted this to be my home base," she said. "A place to go. It's where my clothes are at. I didn't want to live in North Carolina anymore. It's where I'm from. My parents live here. My dad is 30 minutes away, my mom 10-15 minutes."
She came out in her late 20s. "I was a late bloomer," she said. "I want to give back and talk to kids. It's okay to be a nerd. It's cool to go to school and look like me, all tattooed up."
She was thrilled when she heard about the recent Supreme Court decision that knocks down the Defense of Marriage Act. "I'm excited and happy for my community," she said. "Marriage is not something that is important to me. I doubt I'll take advantage. But it is an option out there for people who want to do that. People are starting to embrace and accept this alternative lifestyle. Me being a lesbian does not change me as a person."
She added, "I'm still enjoying my single life. My life is so crazy, I can't even keep a real plant" in her apartment.