LisaRaye McCoy made her breakthrough in the 1998 film The Player’s Club.” She is the host of the Fox Soul show “Cocktails With Queens.” She also starred in the ALLBLK streaming platform’s American web television soap opera “A House Divided.”
LisaRaye McCoy had dreamed of playing Diamond in the film “The Player’s Club” her entire life. She’s had an identity crisis ever since because the portrayal was so sexualized.
LisaRaye McCoy – Background
Born on September 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois, LisaRaye MacCoy is a popular actress known for her comic roles in the movies. Not only she is an actress, but also she is a model, a fashion designer, and a businesswoman.
McCoy comes from a wealthy background. She was born to David Ray McCoy, who is a businessman, and Katie McCoy, who was a former professional model. She also has a half-sister named Da Brat from her father.
She has a lot of childhood memories as she grew up in the south part of Chicago. She went to St. James College Prep, Kenwood Academy, and then she was enrolled into Thornridge High School. She graduated from there in 1986.
After attending high school and graduating from there, McCoy got admission into Eastern Illinois University but couldn’t continue for long as she started her career as an actor. She got her first role as the lead in an indie movie, Reasons.
Personal Life of LisaRaye McCoy
McCoy was 21 years old when her father was brutally killed in 1988. McCoy had a solid relationship with her father throughout her upbringing, teens, and until his death. She considers herself a daddy’s girl. Her father was assassinated in 1988, which was a tragic event.
She frequently recalls playing at her father’s Chicago office when she was younger. When she had the opportunity, she would take on the roles of secretary and boss. McCoy credits her father for teaching her whatever she knows about entrepreneurship.
LisaRaye McCoy has always had a rough relationship with her half-sister, Da Brat, a famous American rapper who is now expecting her first baby with her partner Jesseca Dupart.
Recently, in an interview, McCoy revealed that she was not informed of the news. She claimed that she learned of the baby’s arrival through social media.
McCoy also opened up about her past that how many times she has been to jail and for what reasons. She does not regret anything in her life, since, according to her, the hurdles only paved the road for her accomplishment.
Besides that, while starring as a stripper in a cult classic, Ice Cube’s 1998 film “The Players Club,” LisaRaye McCoy claimed she experienced an “identity crisis,” after doing a movie.
“I had an identity crisis after ‘Players Club’ because I felt like I had to have the long hair and look like my character, ‘Diamond,’ in order to be recognized,” she revealed to Page Six.
“‘Players Club’ put me on the map… it made me a bona fide sex symbol, and when you are a sex symbol people think that you’re sexy all the time, and that stigma follows you,” she continued.
“So I am forever Diamond,” she concluded.
LisaRaye has a daughter named Kai Morae Pace with her former boyfriend, Kenji Pace. Her daughter was born in 1989, a year after her father died tragically in an assassination.
Kenji Pace is a motivational speaker and an entrepreneur. McCoy never married Kenji though they have always shared an equal responsibility of being parents. Both took care of their daughter, Kai, who is now 32 years old.
LisaRaye McCoy tied a knot with an NFL player, Tony Derrick Martin, who played for a few teams such as New York Jets, the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and the Atlanta Falcons.
But their marriage could not last long, unfortunately. After being together for two years, the pair separated and filed for a divorce in 1994. They always kept their relationship private anyway.
LisaRaye married for the second time in 2006, to Michael Misick. Misick was elected Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands at the start of the relationship. He had the same post as the country’s Prime Minister.
McCoy was named First Lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and she had a spectacular wedding as a result. The wedding was attended by 300 people, and the newlyweds had a three-week honeymoon.
Regardless of how luxurious the marriage was, the relationship did not last. The couple split in 2008. Soon after their divorce, Misick was later charged with corruption, caught in Brazil after fleeing the Islands, and returned to his home country for prosecution.
How LisaRaye McCoy’s Career Blossomed?
The movie ‘Reasons’ was directed by Monty Ross. Her acting in her first movie led her to one of the best cult movies of the ’90s “The Player’s Club,” which was directed and written by Ice Cube, the rapper.
It was LisaRaye McCoy’s breakthrough performance that made her famous. She is still remembered for her role in the film “Diamond,” also known as Diane Armstrong. She also had a starring role in the hit comedy series “Single Ladies.”
She went on to celebrity guest on series like ‘Moesha’ and ‘In the House’ in the years that followed. She went on to play Neesee James in the television series ‘All of Us.’ For her part in the series, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
LisaRaye McCoy also started her modeling career when she got famous for her acting in comic roles in movies. She became a successful model and then appeared in many music videos of many artists like Ludacris, Tupac, Ice Cube, Jamie Foxx, etc.
She took another chance of her luck and become a businesswoman just like her father. She started her fashion lines in 2005 “Luxe & Romance,” which is a lingerie brand for women, and “Xraye,” which is a brand of jeans for women.
In 2011, she collaborated with PZI Jeans to develop “The LisaRaye Collection,” a denim collection, plus “LisaRaye Glamour,” a hair brand. In the same year, she served as the Ambassador/Grand Marshal for Birmingham, Alabama’s 70th Magic City Classic parade and football game.
LisaRaye McCoy’s Net Worth
LisaRaye McCoy’s net worth is estimated to be about $10 million due to her youthful beauty and endeavors. She has paved the way to fame and fortune, and her fiery personality never ceases to surprise her admirers.