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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]

LisaRaye McCoy
Born(1967-09-23)September 23, 1967
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesFormer First Lady of Turks and Caicos
LisaRaye McCoy–Misick[1]
EducationEastern Illinois University
  • Actor
  • model
  • businesswoman
  • fashion designer
Years active1995–present
Tony Martin
(m. 1992;div. 1994)

Michael Misick
(m. 2006;div. 2008)
Websitelisaraye.com [33]


Early life

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 1985.[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

McCoy has a daughter named Kai Morae Pace (b. 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 half sister of rapper Da Brat via their father, but they have different mothers.


Film and television roles
1995MartinParty scene; first girl wearing black dress, later the girl on Tommy's backTV, 1 episode: Swing Thing
MoeshaGirl in the black cap trying out for cheerleadingTV, 1 episode: Friends
1997In the HouseDelivery WomanTV, 2 episodes, credited as Lisa Raye
1998The Parent 'HoodTV, 1 episode, credited as Lisa Raye
The Players ClubDiana Armstrong/Diamondstudent/night stripper
1999The WoodLisaCredited as Lisaraye
2000The Cheapest Movie Ever Made
RhapsodyVictoriaTelevision movie
2001Date from Hell
All About YouLisa
2002Civil BrandFrances Shepard
Go for BrokeBelinda/Star
2003Love ChroniclesMarie Toursaant
Gang of RosesMarie
2003–2007All of UsNeesee James88 episodes
2005Beauty ShopRochelleCredited as Lisaraye McCoy
The Proud Family MovieChoreographer (Voice)Credited as LisaRaye McCoy
2009Contradictions of the HeartKiki
2010Video Girl
2011HawthorneChandraTV, 1 episode: Just Between Friends
2011–2014Single LadiesKeisha Greene41 episodes
2014Skinned[26][27][28][29][30]MotherAlso Co-Director Debuted on TV One in 2016
2016Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard StorySylvia RhoneTelevision movie
2018The Proposal
2019Murder in the ThirstHost

Award nominations

2007NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesAll of UsNominated

See also

  • Hip hop models


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