Shamika Cotton

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Shamika Cotton
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Shamika Cotton with her friend Bob Ketchum at The Wire wrap party
Born Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Other names Shamika Lee Cotton
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Shamika Cotton is an American actress from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is perhaps best known to television viewers as Michael Lee's drug-addicted mother Raylene Lee in the acclaimed HBO series The Wire.


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Shamika Cotton graduated from Cincinnati's competitive School for the Creative and Performing Arts .[1] In 2006, Cotton appeared on the "I Wanna Be A Soap Star" reality series to good reviews, and her performances from the show were also highlighted on Entertainment Tonight.

In November, 2007, Cotton launched a weekly videocast on YouTube entitled the “Shamika Chronicles”,[2] a series that follows her life and offers a realistic look at the daily life and work of an aspiring actress.


  1. ^ "Shamika Cotton official website". Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Shamika Chronicles". Retrieved 2010-01-01. 

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