LisaRaye McCoy

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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 52)
Other names
  • Former First Lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • LisaRaye
  • LRaye
  • LR
  • LisaRaye McCoy–Misick[1]
EducationEastern Illinois University
  • Actor
  • model
  • businesswoman
  • fashion designer
Years active1995–present
(m. 1992; div. 1994)

(m. 2006; div. 2008)

LisaRaye McCoy (born September 23, 1967),[3][4][5][6] known as LisaRaye, is an American actress, model, businesswoman and fashion designer. McCoy is best known for portraying Diana "Diamond" Armstrong in the 1998 film The Players Club, Neesee James on the UPN/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 to 2014.[7] She is also the ex-wife of Michael Misick, the first-ever Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, during that time she served as First Lady of Turks and Caicos.[8][9]


Early life[edit]

McCoy was born in Chicago, Illinois.[10][11][12][13] McCoy is the daughter of David Ray McCoy (1935–1988), a Chicago businessman,[14] and Katie McCoy,[15] a former professional model. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, McCoy attended St. James College Prep, Kenwood Academy and later Thornridge High School; graduating in 1986.[16] After high school, McCoy attended Eastern Illinois University before pursuing an acting career.[17]


McCoy made her acting debut as the lead in Reasons, an independent film directed by Monty Ross. McCoy is perhaps best known for her role as Diamond in The Players Club, directed and written by Ice Cube.[18] 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/ The CW sitcom All of Us, where she played Duane Martin's ex-wife. The series ended in 2007.[19] McCoy began her career as a model for fashion, but before that she was married to Archie Amerson. She did shows in churches and high schools in her native Chicago. In addition to acting, McCoy has also appeared in dozens of music videos, including "Know Filter 2" by Shleah, Tugoa, T.Lee, "Download" by Lil' Kim, Changing Faces's "Same Tempo", Ginuwine's "Last Chance", Ludacris' "Number 1 Spot", Calvin Richardson's "True Love," Sisqó's "Incomplete", Lil Jon and Ice Cube's "Roll Call", "I Don't Wanna See" and " I Really Want to Sex Your Body," by Link, Tupac Shakur's "Toss It Up", "Never Be The Same Again" by Ghostface Killah & Carl Thomas, ""Unpredictable" by Jamie Foxx, Ooohhhwwweee" by Master P, "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"[18][20] McCoy also recorded the single "Would You?" with rapper Benzino.[21] In 2005, McCoy 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.[22] 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.

Personal life[edit]

McCoy has a daughter named Kai Morae Pace (b. December 5, 1989) from a previous relationship with Kenji Pace. In 1992, McCoy 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 in 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.[23] 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.[24] 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 islands to stand trial.[25] She is the older paternal half sister of rapper Da Brat.

Queen Mother of Ghana claim[edit]

Although McCoy has claimed on multiple outlets that she is queen mother of Ghana, Ghanaians have hit back that this is untrue. Ghana does not have a national monarchy, but rather has multiple ethnic groups, each having distinct chieftaincy systems. McCoy was given an honorary and ceremonial title as ‘development chief’ of a small village called Agona Kwanyako.[1] This is a title bestowed on an individual who has contributed to a village's development, but does not give true administrative authority.


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Martin Party scene; first girl wearing black dress, later the girl on Tommy's back TV, 1 episode: Swing Thing
1996 Reasons
Moesha Girl in the black cap trying out for cheerleading TV, 1 episode: Friends
1997 In the House Delivery Woman TV, 2 episodes, credited as Lisa Raye
1997 Soul Food (film) Lem's Ex-Girlfriend Not Credited
1998 The Parent 'Hood TV, 1 episode, credited as Lisa Raye
The Players Club Diana Armstrong/Diamond student/night stripper
1999 The Wood Lisa Credited as Lisaraye
2000 The Cheapest Movie Ever Made
Rhapsody Victoria Television movie
2001 Date from Hell
All About You Lisa
2002 Civil Brand Frances Shepard
Go for Broke Belinda/Star
2003 Love Chronicles Marie Toursaant
Gang of Roses Marie
2003–2007 All of Us Neesee James 88 episodes
2005 Beauty Shop Rochelle Credited as Lisaraye McCoy
The Proud Family Movie Choreographer (Voice) Credited as LisaRaye McCoy
2009 Contradictions of the Heart Kiki
2010 Video Girl
2010–2011 LisaRaye: The Real McCoy Herself 26 episodes
2011 Hawthorne Chandra TV, 1 episode: Just Between Friends
2011–2014 Single Ladies Keisha Greene 41 episodes
2014 Skinned[26][27][28][29][30] Mother Also Co-Director Debuted on TV One in 2016
2016 Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story Sylvia Rhone Television movie
2018 The Proposal
2019 Murder in the Thirst Host

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series All of Us Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Behlin III, Johnnie Lee (2009). "WHY: A Guideline for Relationships (Ways of Women/Minds of Men)". Google Books. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  2. ^ NewsOne – Michael Misick
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and TV, p. 209.
  4. ^ This Week's Best Photos, Jet magazine, p. 42. October 15, 2007.
  5. ^ "Lisa Raye 50th Birthday". September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Thaddaeus McAdams (September 23, 2017). "LisaRaye's 50th Juke Joint Birthday Celebration – Arrivals". Getty Images. Getty Images. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Historical Dictionary of African American Television
  8. ^ New Millennium First Lady' Lisaraye – Sexy and Savvy (JET Magazine – January 7, 2008)
  9. ^ Lisaraye's Fairy Tale Comes True – Ebony Magazine – September 2006
  10. ^ "IMAGINEI MAGAZINE". Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  11. ^ "Lisa Raye". Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  12. ^ Historical Dictionary of African American Television – By Kathleen Fearn-Banks, Anne Burford-Johnson
  13. ^ "This single lady is the real McCoy". August 2, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  14. ^ Essence – Things You Didn't Know About LisaRaye
  15. ^ Black Celeb Kids -The Big Kids File (Three Generations Of Black Women)
  16. ^ Classfinders – Lisaraye McCoy
  17. ^ "LisaRaye Biography". Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  18. ^ a b "LisaRaye McCoy". The New York Times. 2008. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
  19. ^ "CW Cans 'All of Us'". Vibe (magazine). May 16, 2007. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  20. ^ "Discography – Benzino/Mario Winans/Lisa Raye". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  21. ^ "Lisa Raye with Ginuwine last chance video". THEINSIDER. January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  22. ^ "Turks & Caicos Chief Minister announces engagement to Hollywood actress". August 11, 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  23. ^ "Will You Marry Me 2008 – Celebrity Weddings – LisaRaye & Michael Misick's Gallery". Essence. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  24. ^ "Turks and Caicos premier to divorce US actress LisaRaye McCoy". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. August 13, 2008. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  25. ^ "Michael Misick Extradited From Brazil & Charged". January 7, 2014.
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