LisaRaye: The Real McCoy

Author: Bryan Cain-Jackson
Published: October 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe this saying; it’s not just another cliché. It’s true that your ideas of beauty are different than my own.

However, I think after reading this conversation I had with LisaRaye McCoy, you’ll see what I mean by beautiful – of course I’m already knowing that these pictures are helping too. *Wink*

More of what makes this woman so beautiful is her spirituality, her strength of character, wisdom, how truly real she is and just how much she epitomizes cool…

LisaRaye took audiences by storm with her portrayal as Diana “Diamond” Armstrong in the 1998 Ice Cube film The Players Club. Diamond, a struggling single mom, becomes a stripper to support her son and pay for college.

Since then, LisaRaye has become more than just a familiar face in multiple film and television roles. She has also dabbled in fashion and music.

These days, LisaRaye is the star of the VH1 hit series Single Ladies. Her character is Keisha Greene, a former hip-hop music video model who is now a semi-professional poker player.

The show focuses on three women, best friends, who have different philosophies on love, sex and relationships. “It’s very real. When I say real, I mean with respect to the things that we go through as women with dating, friendships and trying to find that significant other.” LisaRaye said. “It’s also a form of skill that it takes for us to present this weekly in episodes. It’s fresh, it’s current, it’s sexy – it’s like the new Sex and the City.”

Sex and the City has always been considered a success commercially and critically. Although Single Ladies is a hit with audiences, it has met with some mixed reviews amongst the critics. The question is why is it being frowned upon when these stories are being told from the perspective of black women?

“I haven’t seen those articles. Everything that I’ve read about Single Ladies has been very positive – even from the demographic standpoint. I can’t really comment on that.” LisaRaye said. “From my experiences of being a black woman and a black actress in this field, I can say that it is unfortunate that our stories are not looked at as the same – but, this isn’t the beginning and it isn’t the end.”

“I’m thankful for the support that we do have. We’re obviously well liked all over; it’s been proven by our coming back for a third season.”

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Article Author: Bryan Cain-Jackson

Bryan, a native of the Northern California Bay Area is an Assistant Editor for Technorati. He writes in nearly ever channel; entertainment, politics, lifestyle, human interest, automotive, and some tech as well. He has also contributed to the Huffington Post. …

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