|Born||September 23, 1967|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Eastern Illinois University|
(m. 1992; div. 1994)
(m. 2006; div. 2008)
|Partner||Kenji Pace (1988–1990)|
|Relatives||Shawntae “da Brat” Harris (half-sister)|
LisaRaye McCoy (born September 23, 1967), known as LisaRaye, is an American actress, fashion designer, model, businesswoman and former first lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands. 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 2015. She was also married to Michael Misick, the first Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, from 2006 until 2010; during that time she served as First Lady of Turks and Caicos.
McCoy was born in Chicago, Illinois. McCoy is the daughter of David Ray McCoy, a Chicago businessman, and Katie McCoy, a former professional model. Her paternal half-sister is Shawntae Harris, better known as rapper Da Brat. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, McCoy attended St. James College Prep school, Kenwood Academy and, later,Thornridge High School, graduating in 1986. After high school, McCoy attended Eastern Illinois University before pursuing an acting career.
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. She also appeared in The Wood, opposite Taye Diggs, 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. 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" McCoy also recorded the single "Would You?" with rapper Benzino. 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. 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.
The actress has an upcoming movie titled "You Married Dat", release date to be announced. The movie stars Juhahn Jones, Michael Colyar, Trisha Mann, Apryl Jones, Trisha Mann, and Audra Kinkead.
McCoy has a daughter named Kai Morae Pace (born December 5, 1989) with Kenji Pace. In 1992, McCoy married American football player 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. During their marriage, McCoy's title was "First Lady of the Turks and Caicos." In August 2008, Premier Misick released a statement announcing that he and McCoy were divorcing. Misick resigned from office in March 2009 after an investigation found "clear signs of corruption", involving the selling-off of public land to fund his own investments. He fled the Turks and Caicos, and was eventually arrested in Brazil, where he was extradited back to the islands to stand trial.
McCoy is a convert to Christianity.
"Queen Mother of Ghana" claims
McCoy has inaccurately referred to herself as the “Queen Mother” of Ghana on multiple occasions, including during a 2019 appearance on The Wendy Williams Show. Her remarks, along with the lax and uncritical reporting of American media outlets in response, were widely mocked on Ghanaian social media, with journalist Nana Aba Anamoah accusing her of "ignorance"; Anamoah further stated that the title does not exist in the country, as Ghana is a republic and not a monarchy. McCoy was allegedly “crowned” as "queen mother" during a ceremony at a Los Angeles nightclub, in September 2019. She was given the “title” by Yahweh ben Yahweh ben Yahweh, a self-proclaimed "imperial king" and former member of a hip-hop group from Orange County, Florida. McCoy, at the time, stated that "To have such an honor bestowed upon me by my own African people [sic] is a testament to my hard work and character,". Yahweh, who refers to himself as "The Imperial Majesty King Yahweh The Holy Ghost" had, in turn, purchased the title of nkosuohene from a chief of the small town of Kwanyako, in Ghana's Central Region. Granting of such honorary titles to foreigners is a common practice in Ghana.
McCoy visited Kwanyako herself in July 2021, promising to finance a vocational centre for women and a local performance troupe.
|1998||The Players Club||Diana "Diamond" Armstrong|
|2000||The Cheapest Movie Ever Made||Brenda|
|2001||Date from Hell||Keisha||Short|
|All About You||Lisa|
|2002||Civil Brand||Frances Shepard|
|Go for Broke||Belinda/Star|
|2003||Love Chronicles||Marie Toursaant|
|Gang of Roses||Maria|
|The Proud Family Movie||Choreographer (Voice)||TV movie|
|2009||Contradictions of the Heart||Kiki|
|11-04-08: The Day of Change||Herself||TV movie|
|2012||The Promise||Ms. Fuller||Short|
|2016||Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story||Sylvia Rhone||TV movie|
|2018||No More Mr Nice Guy||Bridget St. John|
|2019||Love Dot Com: The Social Experiment||Deloris Quinn|
|2020||Holiday Heartbreak||Summer St. John||TV movie|
|For the Love of Money||Dahlia|
|In the Gray||Renee||Short|
|2022||Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Story||Miss Viv||TV movie|
|Chocolate City 3: Live Tour||Shawna Diva|
|You Married Dat||Dr. Reid|
|Single Not Searching||Angela|
|1995||Martin||Swinger Woman||Episode: "Swing Thing"|
|1997||In the House||Delivery Woman||Episode: "Saint Marion" & "Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder"|
|2001-02||Source: All Access||Herself/Host||Main Host|
|2002||The It Factor||Herself||Episode: "Unaired Pilot"|
|Teen Summit||Herself||Episode: "Video Girls"|
|2003||The It Factor: Los Angeles||Herself||Episode: "Mali Finn Casts 9 New Actors"|
|2003–07||All of Us||Neesee James||Main Cast|
|2004||Faking It||Herself||Episode: "Three 'R's to Protecting Stars"|
|2005||Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge||Herself||Episode: "Episode #2.14"|
|Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin||Herself||Episode: "Meals in Minutes"|
|2006||Trumpet Awards||Herself/Host||Main Host|
|2008||Hollywood Trials||Herself||Episode: "Episode #1.6"|
|2010||Trumpet Awards||Herself/Co-Host||Main Co-Host|
|Life After||Herself||Episode: "Elise Neal"|
|2010–11||LisaRaye: The Real McCoy||Herself||Main Cast|
|2011||Hawthorne||Chandra||Episode: "Just Between Friends"|
|2011–15||Single Ladies||Keisha Greene||Main Cast|
|2013||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode: "9 Chefs Compete"|
|2016||Being||Herself||Episode: "LisaRaye McCoy"|
|2017||Hip Hop Squares||Herself/Contestant/Panelist||Episode: "BBD vs SWV" & "Da Brat vs LisaRaye"|
|Face Value||Herself/Team Captain||Episode: "Al Shearer vs. LisaRaye McCoy"|
|2017-18||Ballers||Amber's Mother||Episode: "Yay Area" & "Rough Ride"|
|2018||Black Card Revoked||Herself||Episode: "LisaRaye, Affion Crockett, K. Dubb"|
|The Proposal||Herself||Episode: "103"|
|2018-22||The Family Business||Donna Duncan||Main Cast: Season 1-2 & 4, Guest: Season 3|
|2019||Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta||Herself||Episode: "So So Triggered" & "Firestorm"|
|Murder in the Thirst||Herself/host||Main Host|
|Uncensored||Herself||Episode: "LisaRaye McCoy"|
|You Hittin Dat||Dr. Reid||Recurring Cast|
|South Side||Herself||Episode: "Mild Sauce Meatballs"|
|2020||Iyanla, Fix My Life||Herself||Episode: "LisaRaye McCoy: 3 Generations, 1 Family Breakdown"|
|2020-23||A House Divided||Alexis||Main Cast: Season 2-5|
|1995||"Are You in the Mood"||Teddy featuring Dru Down and Luniz|
|1996||"Toss It Up"||2Pac featuring Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo and Aaron Hall|
|"Slip N' Slide"||Danny Boy featuring Tha Dogg Pound|
|1998||"Same Tempo"||Changing Faces|
|"I Don't Wanna See"||Link|
|"I Really Want to Sex Your Body"|
|1999||"True Love"||Calvin Richardson|
|2001||"Never Be the Same Again"||Ghostface Killah featuring Raekwon and Carl Thomas|
|"Ooohhhwwweee"||Master P featuring Weebie|
|2004||"Roll Call"||Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ice Cube|
|2005||"Number One Spot"||Ludacris|
|"Unpredictable"||Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris|
|"Girls"||Seven featuring Lil' Kim|
|2007||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||All of Us||Nominated|
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- ^ "LisaRaye McCoy Confronts Colorism, Pigmentocracy in Her Directorial Debut, "Skinned"". January 8, 2016.
- ^ "LisaRaye's Film on Skin Bleaching to Make TV Debut in 2016". December 15, 2015.
- ^ "LisaRaye McCoy -- Threatened with Defamation Suit over Skin Cancer Claims".
- 1967 births
- Actresses from Chicago
- African-American actresses
- African-American fashion designers
- American fashion designers
- American women fashion designers
- American film actresses
- American television actresses
- Eastern Illinois University alumni
- Living people
- Spouses of prime ministers
- 20th-century American actresses
- 21st-century American actresses
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