Entertainer, model, businesswoman, philanthropist and former First Lady are all terms that describe stunning actress LisaRaye McCoy. She recently starred in 4 seasons of the break out hit VH1 series, “Single Ladies,” produced by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. The comedic drama followed three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships. LisaRaye played ‘Keisha,’ a former video vixen turned semi-professional poker player who relied on her head instead of her heart when it came to relationships.
Prior to “Single Ladies,” she starred in and served as executive producer of her own hit reality series “LisaRaye: The Real McCoy,” which premiered in 2010 on TV One and attracted record ratings for the cable network. The series ran for two seasons and followed the outspoken Chicago native as she kicked her acting career back into high gear, took on the role of “mom-ager” for her daughter’s modeling career and raised money for charity, all while looking for love and spirituality.
Voted one of the “Top Five Rising Female Stars” by Ebony Magazine and twice voted “Sexiest Woman of the Year” by Black Men Magazine, LisaRaye initially captured Hollywood’s attention through her breakout performance as ‘Diamond’ in Ice Cube’s directorial debut film, “The Players Club” co-starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx. She starred as the leading role in “Contradictions of the Heart” and continued to work with notable actors such as Queen Latifah in MGM’s “Beauty Shop,” Terrence Howard in the indie feature “Love Chronicles,” Omar Epps in Paramount’s “The Wood,” and Mos Def in “Civil Brand,” which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
In television, LisaRaye appeared in “The Parent ‘Hood,” “In the House” and was featured on Bravo’s “The It Factor” before she landed her starring role on the CW Network’s hit comedy series “All of Us.” Produced and inspired by the domestic adventures of Will and Jada Smith, the show focused on adults juggling ex-spousal relationships while maintaining a nurturing environment for their child. After “All of Us,” LisaRaye appeared alongside Jada Smith in her show “Hawthorne.” McCoy most recently seen in the TV One Biopic, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story where she played legendary music exec and trailblazer Sylvia Rhone.
LisaRaye captured the hearts of hopeless romantics worldwide when she met her prince charming and became the First Lady of the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands in a lavish, fairytale wedding fit for a princess. She was the first African-American actress to be a First Lady and only the second actress in history in history to hold the position. The first was the legendary Grace Kelly.
As First Lady, LisaRaye juggled her busy Hollywood career while serving as an ambassador for the British Overseas Territory, with official duties that included state visits with the Queen of England. She was the face of an extensive ad campaign for the TCI Board of Tourism and created industry-focused events to increase the island’s appeal as a playground for the rich and famous. Her successes include the creation of the island’s first Christmas Carnival and founding the Turks and Caicos Film Festival with fellow actress Jasmine Guy. She opened the island’s only movie theater, the state-of-the-art LRaye Cinema, attracting stars such as Will and Jada Smith, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Star Jones, Gabrielle Union, Lil’ Kim, Donovan McNabb, Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Tucker, Essence Atkins and Shaun Robinson for visits.
LisaRaye continues to use her celebrity to highlight issues close to her heart. Driven by high standards and true belief that you can create your own reality, she started Life Rocks Vision Board Workshops in an effort to help women achieve their goals. She is also the Global Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure® foundation and she is passionate about the organization’s mission to promote early detection and screenings for women. In addition, she created the Miss Rayediant Jewels teen pageant to increase self-esteem and mentor girls aged 13-15. LisaRaye resides in Los Angeles, California and is a proud mother to daughter, Kai and most recently a grandmother.