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LisaRaye McCoy
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LisaRaye McCoy hosts the Dark and Lovely & Essence Magazine Panel in Chicago on June 12, 2010.
Born(1967-09-23) September 23, 1967 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesLisaRaye
L Raye
OccupationActress, Fashion Designer
Years active1995 – present
Spouse(s)Tony Martin (m. 1992–1994)
Michael Misick (2006–2008)[1]
 
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LisaRaye McCoy
LisaRaye-McCoy Chicago 100612 photoby-Adam-Bielawski.jpg
LisaRaye McCoy hosts the Dark and Lovely & Essence Magazine Panel in Chicago on June 12, 2010.
Born(1967-09-23) September 23, 1967 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesLisaRaye
L Raye
OccupationActress, Fashion Designer
Years active1995 – present
Spouse(s)Tony Martin (m. 1992–1994)
Michael Misick (2006–2008)[1]

LisaRaye McCoy (born September 23, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois),[2] commonly known as LisaRaye, is an American actress and fashion designer. She is also the ex-wife of Michael Misick, the first-ever Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, making her the First Lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands at the time. She is best known for portraying Diana "Diamond" Armstrong in the film The Players Club, Neesee James on the CW sitcom All of Us from 2003 until 2007 and Keisha Greene in the VH1 romantic comedy series Single Ladies.

Early life[edit]

McCoy was born in Chicago, The daughter of David Ray McCoy, a Chicago businessman[3] and Katie McCoy,[4] a former professional model. She is of Native American & African American descent. She is the older half-sister of hip hop artist Da Brat.[5][6] McCoy attended Thornridge High School and Kenwood Academy before attending Eastern Illinois University before pursuing an acting career.[7]

Personal Life[edit]

She has a daughter named Kai Morae Pace (b.December 20, 1989) from a previous relationship. In 1992 she married Tony Martin. They then Divorced in 1994. In April 2006, McCoy married Premier Michael Misick. In August 2008, Premier Misick released a statement announcing that he and McCoy were getting a divorce that is now complete.[8]

Career[edit]

Before acting, McCoy began her career as a model doing fashion shows in churches and high schools in her native home Chicago. She made her acting debut as the lead in Reasons, an independent film directed by Monty Ross. She also had the lead role in another film as Diamond in The Players Club, directed and written by Ice Cube;[5] and has film credits in The Wood, opposite Omar Epps, Rhapsody, All About You, and Go for Broke. In 2003, McCoy starred as Neesee James in the UPN/ CW sitcom All of Us. She played Robert Sr.'s (Duane Martin) ex-wife and the mother of their 6-year-old son, Bobby, Jr. The series ended in 2007.[9]

In 2005, she launched two fashion lines: Luxe & Romance, a lingerie line that was introduced during New York's Fashion Week, and Xraye, a jeans line for women.[10]

In addition to acting, McCoy has also appeared in several music videos including Tupac Shakur's "Toss It Up", (Changing Faces's "Same Tempo", Calvin Richardson's "True Love," Sisqó's "Incomplete", Lil Jon and Ice Cube's "Roll Call" Video clip, and Ludacris' "Number 1 Spot." McCoy also recorded the single "Would You?" with rapper Benzino. Also, LisaRaye was in Ginuwine's video, "Last Chance" in May 2009. She is credited as LisaRaye in the beginning of the video.[11] She was also in the videos "I Don't Wanna See" and " I Really Want to Sex Your Body," by Link, "Never Be The Same Again" by Ghostface Killah & Carl Thomas (singer). More videos she has been in are "Ooohhhwwweee" by Master P, "Unpredictable" by Jamie Foxx, "Download" by Lil' Kim, "Slip N' Slide by Danny Boy, & "Are You in the Mood" by Teddy & Dru Down. She also had a cameo in Seven's music video "Girls" & Jaheim's music video "Back Tight Wit You"[5][12]

LisaRaye is currently starring in her own reality show on TV One, "LisaRaye: The Real McCoy" [13] along with her 22-year old daughter Kai.

She also stars in a TV show called Single Ladies through Queen Latifah's production company. Here’s how VH1 describes the TV show: “Single Ladies is a comedic drama about Raquel, Keisha, and April – three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships. Raquel (Denise Vasi) is an ambitious aspiring fashion mogul who wants to find a true partner. Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy), on the other hand, is a former video dancer just looking for a rich man to keep her in style. April Charity Shea has supposedly found the perfect man and the perfect marriage – but is learning that marriage isn’t necessarily a happy ending. Single Ladies is a modern, sexy series set in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity that will constantly explore which woman has the right approach to relationships.”

The summer of 2011 LisaRaye launched her jean collection "The LisaRaye Collection" in partnership with PZI Jeans. This jean contours the body of a woman with curves, her motto, "For the Curvy Woman in You." That same summer, she launched her hair line, "LisaRaye Glamour" which is 100% Indian hair and comes in weaves, extensions and wigs. In October 2011, LisaRaye was the Ambassador/Grand Marshall for the 70th Magic City Classic parade and football game in Birmingham AL.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1995MartinParty scene; first girl wearing black dress, later on girl on Tommy's backTV, 1 episode: Swing Thing
1996Reasons
MoeshaGirl in the black cap trying out for cheerleadingTV, 1 episode: Friends
1997In the HouseDelivery WomanTV, 2 episodes, credited as Lisa Raye
1998The Parent 'HoodTV, 1 episode, credited as Lisa Raye
The Players ClubDiana Armstrong/Diamondstudent/night stripper
1999The WoodLisaCredited as Lisaraye
2000The Cheapest Movie Ever Made
RhapsodyVictoriaTelevision movie
2001Date from Hell
All About YouLisa
2002Civil BrandFrances Shepard
Go for BrokeBelinda/Star
2003Love ChroniclesMarie Toursaant
Gang of RosesMarie
2003–2007All of UsNeesee JamesTV, 51 episodes
2005Beauty ShopRochelleCredited as Lisaraye McCoy
Envy
The Proud Family MovieChoreographer (Voice)Credited as LisaRaye McCoy
2009Contradictions of the HeartKiki
2011Single LadiesKeisha Greene
HawthorneChandraTV, 1 episode: Just Between Friends

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategorySeries
2007NAACP Image AwardsNominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesAll of Us

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://mrsgrapevine.com/2007/09/lisa-raye-celebrates-40th-birthday/
  3. ^ http://www.essence.com/2012/05/28/7-things-you-didnt-know-about-lisaraye-mccoy/
  4. ^ http://www.blackcelebkids.com/2011/05/09/the-big-kids-file-three-generations-of-women/
  5. ^ a b c "LisaRaye McCoy". New York Times. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  6. ^ LisaRaye McCoy (2008). "LisaRaye Official Website". LisaRaye. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  7. ^ "LisaRaye Biography". askmen.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Turks and Caicos premier to divorce US actress LisaRaye McCoy". cbc.ca. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [dead link]
  9. ^ "CW Cans "All of Us"". vibe.com. 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Turks & Caicos Chief Minister announces engagement to Hollywood actress". caribbeannetnews.com. 2005-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  11. ^ "Lisa Raye with Ginuwine last chance video". THEINSIDER. 2011-01-05. Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  12. ^ "Discography - Benzino/Mario Winans/Lisa Raye". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Teh real Lisa Raye". TVONE. 2011-01-05. Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 

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