Demetria McKinney

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Demetria McKinney
Demetria McKinney 2015.jpg
McKinney in Beverly Hills, California, 2015.
Demetria Dyan McKinney

(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 39)[1][2]
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia United States
Other namesDee Dee McKinney, Demi
EducationFort Walton Beach High School
Alma materOkaloosa-Walton Community College
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2000–present

Demetria Dyan McKinney (born August 27, 1979[3][4]) is an American actress and singer. From 2006 to 2012 she starred in the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Her other series regular roles include Tv One sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show, Bounce TV prime time soap opera Saints & Sinners and Syfy horror drama Superstition.

Her stage credits include playing Coretta Scott King in the Rhythm and Blues Opera I Dream (2010), and well as role of Deena Jones in Dreamgirls (2012).[5] In 2017, McKinney played Whitney Houston in the TV One film Bobbi Kristina. She released her debut album Officially Yours in 2017.


McKinney starred as Janine Shelton–Payne on the TBS comedy series Tyler Perry's House of Payne from 2006 to 2012. She was nominated for a 2009 National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Award for Best Performance in a Comedy, in recognition of her work on House of Payne.[6] She set to return for her in the House of Payne spin-off The Paynes in 2018.[7] McKinney also guest starred on Necessary Roughness, Drop Dead Diva,Devious Maids, Chicago Med, and Being Mary Jane. She has been a guest star on The Real Housewives of Atlanta airing on the Bravo Television Network since its 7th season premiere on November 9, 2014.

From 2012 to 2014, McKinney had series regular role on the TV One comedy series, The Rickey Smiley Show. In 2016, she was cast as Tamara Austin in the Bounce TV prime time television soap opera Saints & Sinners. In 2017, she was cast opposite Mario Van Peebles and Robinne Lee in the Syfy horror drama Superstition.[8] Also in 2017, McKinney starred in the TV One movie Bobbi Kristina as Whitney Houston, the late icon and mother to Bobbi Kristina.[9][10]

In 2017, McKinney released her debut album Officially Yours.[11] She received nomination for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.[12]

In 2018, OWN's she is back to make a appear as a recurring characters in the episode "A Surprise for the Paynes", "Revelations of Payne" and "A Confrontation of Payne". along with Lance Gross, Allen Payne, Larramie "Doc" Shaw and China Anne McClain.

Personal life[edit]

McKinney faced homelessness at the age of 17, and has one child.[13]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns Kim Brown Play
2006 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Trina Play
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Club Lady
2007 Standing Reign Reign Short film
2008 Before I Wake Tracy Mason Short film
2010 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Shonda
2011 Church Girl Emily
2012 Raising Izzie Singer
2013 In the Meantime Felicia
2013 Let the Church Say Amen Tawny
2013 Deranged Tracey James Play
2015 Sons 2 the Grave Vanessa Bishop
2017 Bobbi Kristina Whitney Houston Television film
2017 Providence Island Mary Dunbar
2018 A Stone Cold Christmas Mia Stone Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2006-2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Janine Shelton–Payne Main role, 153 episodes
2011 Necessary Roughness Leanne Episode: "Whose Team Are You On?"
2012-2014 The Rickey Smiley Show Monica Series regular, 3 episodes
2014 Let's Stay Together Shauna Episode: "Date My Wife, Please"
2014 Drop Dead Diva Lisa Episode: "Cheers & Jeers"
2014 Devious Maids Natasha Jones Episode: "Private Lives"
2015 Mann & Wife Lisa Lovejoy Episode: "Mann-ditory Counseling"
2016–present Saints & Sinners Tamara Austin Calloway/Tamara Austin Recurring cast (season 1)
Series regular (season 2-3)
2016 Chicago Med Mrs. James Episode: "Win Loss"
2017 Being Mary Jane Jessie Lords Episode: "Feeling Lost"
2017–present Superstition May Westbrook Series regular
2017-18 The Quad Cedric’s Mom Recurring role
2018 Tyler Perry’s The Paynes Janine Shelton–Payne Recurring role


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions

Officially Yours 48


Title Year Peak chart position Album
Adult R&B

"Get Yo ..Ish" 2011 N/A
"Take Away This Love" 2012
"Still Believe in Love (feat. Musiq Soulchild)" 2013
"Work With Me"
"100 (feat. da Brat)" 2015
"Trade It All" 2015 25
"Unnecessary Trouble (feat. Kandi Burruss)"
"Easy" 2017 4 Officially Yours
"Is This Love"


  1. ^ "Demetria McKinney Video - Celebrity Interview and Paparazzi". OVGuide. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. ^ "bernadette stanis - Google Search". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Scanfigus: Latest Celebrities and Entertainment". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. ^ Benozilio, Shira (5 January 2015). "Demetria McKinney". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ Tube, Stage. "STAGE TUBE: Meet Demetria McKinney - 'Deena' in The Muny's DREAMGIRLS!". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Nominees Announced for NAMIC Vision Awards Recognizing Diversity in Television Programming" (PDF). 2008-02-11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  7. ^ admin. "EGL EXCLUSIVE: Demetria McKinney Discusses the Return of "The Paynes," Her Forthcoming Album, Donald Trump and More!Everything Girls Love - Everything Girls Love". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (31 July 2017). "'Superstition': Syfy Drama From Mario Van Peebles, XLRator Sets Cast; Netflix Boards". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Demetria McKinney Became The Most Vulnerable She's Ever Been For Her Role As Whitney Houston". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Bobbi Kristina Brown's Life Gets the Made-for-TV Biopic Treatment: See the First Cast Shot". 28 April 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  11. ^ "The many shades of Demetria McKinney". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Demetria McKinney Nominated For NAACP Image Award And Comes To The Apollo - Harlem World Magazine". 21 November 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Demetria McKinney on Overcoming Homelessness, Abuse [VIDEO]". Black America Web. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  14. ^ "Demetria McKinney Chart History". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Officially Yours". 6 October 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017 – via Amazon.
  16. ^ "demetria Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 29, 2012.

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