Sunday, September 14, 2008
You may know actress Lisa Raye from her roles in the Players Club, The It Factor, Beauty Shop, Gang of Roses, Go for Broke, All About You, Date from Hell and Parenthood. In a recent visit to Jamaica, she spoke to all woman about the challenges of acting and juggling motherhood.
High on her agenda is the divide between 'Black' and 'White' Hollywood. According to her, it is still a struggle for black actresses to make their mark.
'There is more to us (black actresses) than just a handful of A-list actresses. One doesn't represent all of us. There are many of us out there. They shouldn't shy away from building a star. White Hollywood takes a chance on their actresses, but when it comes to us, we have to be someone to be on the cover of the magazine. They should not be afraid to make us black actresses famous', said Lisa Raye, while being interviewed at the Hedonism 3 resort in Runaway Bay. "It's my third time here and I am loving it. It just feels like a big family here."
Regarded as one of the sexiest actresses in Hollywood, Lisa Raye McCoy is making heads turn in the television series All of Us which was executive- produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The show's cast includes Elise Neal, Duane Martin, and Tony Rock. Lisa Raye portrays the sassy character Neesee, the ex-wife to Duane Martin's character Robert James.
"Í enjoy doing television. I prefer the stability of television and it's a steady pay cheque each week. If you are making a lot of money from movies and you do two films a year, then you are set," said Lisa Raye. "I am a single parent of a 15 year-old daughter, so I need to be at home with her. The schedule that television allows me right now works quite well."