LisaRaye McCoy

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LisaRaye McCoy
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McCoy in 2010
Born (1967-09-23) September 23, 1967 (age 55)
Other names
  • LisaRaye
  • LRaye
  • LR
  • LisaRaye McCoy-Misick[1]
EducationEastern Illinois University
  • Actress
  • fashion designer
Years active1992–present
(m. 1992; div. 1994)

(m. 2006; div. 2008)
PartnerKenji Pace (1988–1990)
RelativesShawntae “da Brat” Harris (half-sister)

LisaRaye McCoy (born September 23, 1967),[3][4][5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9]


Early life[edit]

McCoy was born in Chicago, Illinois.[10][11][12] McCoy is the daughter of David Ray McCoy, a Chicago businessman,[13] and Katie McCoy,[14] 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.[15] After high school, McCoy attended Eastern Illinois University before pursuing an acting career.[16]


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.[17] 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.[18] 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"[17][19] McCoy also recorded the single "Would You?" with rapper Benzino.[20] 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.[21] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

McCoy is a convert to Christianity.[25]

"Queen Mother of Ghana" claims[edit]

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,[26] 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.[27] McCoy was allegedly “crowned” as "queen mother" during a ceremony at a Los Angeles nightclub, in September 2019.[28] 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.[26] 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,".[29] 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.[26]

McCoy visited Kwanyako herself in July 2021, promising to finance a vocational centre for women and a local performance troupe.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Reasons Iris
1998 The Players Club Diana "Diamond" Armstrong
1999 The Wood Lisa
2000 The Cheapest Movie Ever Made Brenda
Rhapsody Victoria TV movie
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
2004 Super Spy - Video
2005 Beauty Shop Rochelle
The Proud Family Movie Choreographer (Voice) TV movie
Envy Tasha
2009 Contradictions of the Heart Kiki
11-04-08: The Day of Change Herself TV movie
2011 Video Girl Patricia
2012 The Promise Ms. Fuller Short
2014 Lap Dance Sugar
2015 Skinned Mother [31][32][33][34]
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
2021 Twice Bitten Monique
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
The Royal Elsie
Single Not Searching Angela


Year Legacy Role Notes
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
Tales Mavis Episode: "Brothers"
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

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
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
2000 "Incomplete" Sisqó
2001 "Never Be the Same Again" Ghostface Killah featuring Raekwon and Carl Thomas
"Ooohhhwwweee" Master P featuring Weebie
2003 "Backtight" Jaheim
2004 "Roll Call" Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ice Cube
2005 "Number One Spot" Ludacris
"Unpredictable" Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris
2009 "Download" Lil' Kim
"Last Chance" Ginuwine
"Girls" Seven featuring Lil' Kim

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). ISBN 9781441576798. 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. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. 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 Native 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. ^ Historical Dictionary of African American Television – By Kathleen Fearn-Banks, Anne Burford-Johnson
  12. ^ "This single lady is the real McCoy". August 2, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  13. ^ Essence – Things You Didn't Know About LisaRaye
  14. ^ Black Celeb Kids -The Big Kids File (Three Generations Of Black Women)
  15. ^ Classfinders – Lisaraye McCoy
  16. ^ "LisaRaye Biography". Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  17. ^ a b Jason Buchanan (2008). "LisaRaye McCoy". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
  18. ^ "CW Cans 'All of Us'". Vibe (magazine). May 16, 2007. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  19. ^ "Discography – Benzino/Mario Winans/Lisa Raye". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  20. ^ "Lisa Raye with Ginuwine 'Last Chance' video". THEINSIDER. January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  21. ^ "Turks & Caicos Chief Minister announces engagement to Hollywood actress". August 11, 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  22. ^ "Will You Marry Me 2008 – Celebrity Weddings – LisaRaye & Michael Misick's Gallery". Essence. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  23. ^ "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.
  24. ^ "Michael Misick Extradited From Brazil & Charged". January 7, 2014.
  25. ^ "Lisa Raye McCoy's Truth!". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021.
  26. ^ a b c "FACT-CHECK: Lisa Raye McCoy is Queen mother of Ghana?". Ghana Fact. November 15, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  27. ^ crabbe, Nathaniel (November 2, 2019). "Nana Aba 'angrily exposes' top US actress over her claim of being Queen Mother of Ghana in video". YEN. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  28. ^ Morgan, Glennisha (September 24, 2019). "LisaRaye Crowned Queen Mother Of Ghana For Her Humanitarian Work". Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  29. ^ Atwell, Ashleigh Lakieva (September 25, 2019). "LisaRaye McCoy Crowned A Queen Mother Of Ghana". Blavity. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  30. ^ "Actress LisaRaye McCoy Received At the Royal Palace in Agona Kwanyako (Ghana) – Photos/Video". Eurweb. July 17, 2021. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
  31. ^ "LisaRaye TV Film 'Skinned' to Debut in 2016".
  32. ^ "LisaRaye McCoy Confronts Colorism, Pigmentocracy in Her Directorial Debut, "Skinned"". January 8, 2016.
  33. ^ "LisaRaye's Film on Skin Bleaching to Make TV Debut in 2016". December 15, 2015.
  34. ^ "LisaRaye McCoy -- Threatened with Defamation Suit over Skin Cancer Claims".

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