LisaRaye McCoy-Misick

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LisaRaye McCoy
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McCoy hosts the Dark and Lovely & Essence Magazine Panel in Chicago on June 12, 2010.
Born(1967-09-23) September 23, 1967 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesLisaRaye
L Raye
EducationKenwood Academy
Eastern Illinois University
OccupationActress, Model
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Tony Martin (m. 1992–94)
Michael Misick (m. 2006–08)[1]
ChildrenKai Morae Pace (b. 1989)
Website
http://www.lisaraye.com/
 
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LisaRaye McCoy
LisaRaye-McCoy Chicago 100612 photoby-Adam-Bielawski.jpg
McCoy hosts the Dark and Lovely & Essence Magazine Panel in Chicago on June 12, 2010.
Born(1967-09-23) September 23, 1967 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesLisaRaye
L Raye
EducationKenwood Academy
Eastern Illinois University
OccupationActress, Model
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Tony Martin (m. 1992–94)
Michael Misick (m. 2006–08)[1]
ChildrenKai Morae Pace (b. 1989)
Website
http://www.lisaraye.com/

LisaRaye McCoy (born September 23, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois),[2] commonly known as LisaRaye, is an American actress, model 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 which originally aired from 2011-2014.

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 the older half-sister of hip hop artist Da Brat.[5][6] McCoy attended Thornridge High School, Kenwood Academy, and Eastern Illinois University before pursuing an acting career.[7]

Career[edit]

McCoy began her career as a model for fashion shows in churches and high schools in her native Chicago. She made her acting debut as the lead in Reasons, an independent film directed by Monty Ross. She is perhaps best known for her role as Diamond in The Players Club, directed and written by Ice Cube.[5] She also appeared 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, where she played Duane Martin's ex-wife. The series ended in 2007.[8] 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.[9]

In 2011, she launched her jean collection "The LisaRaye Collection" in partnership with PZI Jeans, and a hair line, "LisaRaye Glamour." That same year, she was the Ambassador/Grand Marshal for the 70th Magic City Classic parade and football game in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to acting, McCoy has also appeared in dozens of 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", Ginuwine's "Last Chance", Ludacris' "Number 1 Spot", "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, "Ooohhhwwweee" by Master P, "Unpredictable" by Jamie Foxx, "Download" by Lil' Kim, "Slip N' Slide by Danny Boy, and "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][10] McCoy also recorded the single "Would You?" with rapper Benzino.[11]

Personal Life[edit]

She has a daughter named Kai Morae Pace (b. 1989) from a previous relationship with Kenji Pace. In 1992, she married Tony Martin. They divorced in 1994. In April 2006, McCoy married Michael Misick, who had been elected the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (a position previously known as "Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands") in 2003. They were married in a lavish ceremony before 300 guests, followed by a three-week honeymoon to Jerusalem, Bali and Dubai.[12] During their marriage, McCoy's title was "First Lady of Turks and Caicos." In August 2008, Premier Misick released a statement announcing that he and McCoy were divorcing.[13] Misick resigned from office in March 2009 after an investigation found "clear signs of corruption" involving selling off public land to fund his own investments. He fled Turks and Caicos, and was eventually arrested in Brazil and extradited back to the island to stand trial.[14]

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
2011HawthorneChandraTV, 1 episode: Just Between Friends
2011-PresentSingle LadiesKeisha Greene

Award nominations[edit]

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

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