You can imagine the shock that heads were under in the late 90s upon discovering that two famous people from different mediums were related. Actress Lisa Raye McCoy and Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat revealed that they indeed had the same father and were sisters.
Lisa Raye was fresh from her breakout, starring role as Diamond in the 1998 Ice Cube-written and directed feature film, The Players Club, which also featured Ice Cube, Bernie Mac, Jamie Foxx, Terence Howard and more as co-stars. She would continue her stardom in the hit sitcom, All of Us, alongside Duane Martin.
Da Brat had already been a fixture in the entertainment media since her 1994 debut album, Funkdafied, a work shepherded by the prolific urban producer Jermaine Dupri, that made her the first woman to go platinum in the history of Hip-Hop. Not to be a flash in the pan, Harris eluded the sophomore slump with her follow-up album B-Side, the titular lead-off single featured the late-great Notorious B.I.G., also achieved platinum sales and was included on the Bad Boys Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Their shared blood came from father David Ray McCoy, a well-known entrepreneur in Chicago’s Southside who owned a number of hotels and nightclubs and was noted as semi-functional community lender for others with business ambitions. The elder McCoy was shot and killed in 1988 at the age of 52. His body was discovered in the backseat of his car, which was left in an alleyway. His then 32-year-old girlfriend and her brother were sentenced to an 80-year bid for their involvement in 1990. The Chicago Tribune stated that his girlfriend found motive in her exclusion from his will.
Da Brat made a splash earlier this year with two bombshells: The announcement of her engagement to media mogul BB Judy with several Instagram posts and stories showing lavish gifts given by her fiancé, and her dating history which included famed NBA Point Guard, Allen Iverson. In her words, “I would get up in the morning, I’m a grandma’s child, I’m very domesticated, like I like cooking, I like cleaning, I like folding, I like doing stuff like that. It’s like therapeutic. I used to wake up and pick his clothes out, and cook breakfast…the things he liked, just to make sure he was happy, and he spoiled me and made sure I was happy.” She also said about the man with the killer crossover, “It was good for a minute, it was good for a long time…(however) He had too many b—-es.” She got into an altercation with one who approached Iverson scantily clad right in front of her. As she tells it, “I must’ve molly-wopped that b—h down the hallway…”
When the Funkdafied rapper made her nuptials public, she hadn’t informed her sister. Lisa Raye was livid and let the world know as she tore into her younger sister during an episode of Fox Soul’s “Cocktails with Queens.”
Da Brat addressed her sister’s anger stating that, “[I wasn’t] surprised. We kind of been a little distant or whatever, so I know she’s really surprised because we’ve had a little space in our relationship or whatever. From nothing bad, but I was just going through a bunch of stuff, and, you know, I didn’t want to worry anybody, and I have a whole new significant other situation, and I was kind of scared to talk to her about it. So I haven’t seen or talked to her in a long time.
However, YouTuber Tasha K, who runs the channel UNWINEWITHTASHAK, alleges that Da Brat’s announcement has drawn McCoy’s ire for another reason entirely: they are not sisters, they are ex-lovers. Starting around 1:15:24 in the video, Tasha K claims that “these two ladies have a longstanding, intimate relationship that is going way past physical…and honestly, Lisa Raye feels entitled, and she was the only one who kept Da Brat’s secret and actually took advantage of Da Brat when she was trying to be herself.” Tasha seems to posit that because Da Brat did not accompany Lisa Raye and other family members on the highly controversial Fix My Life with Iyanla Vanzant on OWN. She also referred to “my source…who spoke to me.”
Tasha K boasted of having over one million followers across social media platforms, including more than 800,000 on YouTube alone.