Single Ladies‘ star LisaRaye McCoy knows what it is to be in the spotlight, enduring a very public divorce from the former Premier of Turks & Caicos and the ensuing political drama a few years ago.
In a recent interview, McCoy explained that she has evolved and learned a lot about the industry that she wants to share, especially when it comes to the differences she’s observed between perceptions of black women and white women.
“Because we have different sides, ‘them’ and ‘us.’ And when it’s ‘them,’ they could do whatever they want to do and it’s like you could date five or six guys. Like Taylor Swift. We know that she has went through a lot of people at her young age,” the 47-year-old told 97.9 The Box in Houston. “[Taylor Swift] sings about it all the time. Let that be a black girl and that’s a problem.”
Putting a private moment on display and then profiting from it wouldn’t work either, like a certain reality star who is now one of the wealthiest people in Hollywood because of her sex tape.
“Let somebody do a sex tape that’s a black girl and her career is ruined. She’s not going to parlay it into fashion, into stores, and into reality shows, and marriage. So if we know this, to me that’s why we have to brand ourselves differently now,” McCoy added.
McCoy went on to talk about the fact that her portrayal of a stripper in The Players Club nearly 20 years ago still sticks with her today. In fact, some people haven’t been able to separate the character from her life.
“I think to me it’s a disconnection, because everybody wants to see ‘Diamond’ – I’m forever Diamond – but for right now I’m saying, ‘See my growth,’ because of the experience and the history of where I’ve gone, I got a lot of things that I want to share with people that I’ve learned over the years,” she said.
However, she has acknowledged that playing the role paved a way of sorts, and now she has earned a certain level of respect that she can appreciate.
What do we think, Hot Zoners? Is McCoy on the money about race in the spotlight, or is she way off the mark? Sound off below.