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TV One Announces Premiere of LisaRaye McCoy’s Directorial Debut Which Addresses Colorism (Watch Trailer)

TV One Announces Premiere of LisaRaye McCoy's Directorial Debut Which Addresses Colorism (Watch Trailer)

Yes, you read that right. Actress LisaRaye McCoy has joined the ranks of those calling the shots behind the camera, directing her first feature film, “Skinned,” for the Atlanta-based production company Studio 11 Films.

More accurately, McCoy co-directed the film with Avery O. Williams, who is a professor at Morehouse College, and who also wrote the film’s script with co-producer Clarice Kulah.

As hinted by the title, the film addresses colorism within the black community, and centers on a young woman named Jolie, “whose insecurities about her skin color, misconception about beauty, and search for romance causes her to bleach her skin beyond recognition in an attempt to capture the heart of the perfect suitor, leads to the detriment of her health.”

The story doesn’t end there, taking a more melodramatic turn when it “fast forwards to 15 years later, with Jolie, now a… model with a wonderful husband, who discovers she cannot conceive due to certain chemicals found in skin bleaching creams. To make matters worse, she has skin cancer and has 6 months to live. Now, with the assistance of a psychiatrist, Jolie must go on a journey into her past to face her demons.”

Jasmine Burke plays Jolie.

According to the production company, “Skinned” is a very important project for LisaRaye, not only because she is entering a new phase in her career, but also because she is “determined to speak on behalf of this epidemic with hopes to change lives on a global scale. Young girls that are thinking about bleaching and those that follow the trends of known celebrities who have bleached, she hopes to steer in a different direction.”

TV One has announced today that the network has picked up “Skinned,” with a premiere set for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET.

“We set out to produce a film not only to address the global epidemic, but more importantly, the history among people of color regarding the way we think and the acceptance of our given gifts,” said McCoy. “‘Skinned’ will impact those who are struggling with their own identity and self-worth. There hasn’t been a film to address this epidemic since Spike Lee’s School Daze touched on the subject matter.”

Joining Burke in front of the camera are Brad James who plays her husband, Cycerli Ash as psychiatrist Dr. Smith who assists Jolie, LisaRaye McCoy as Mother, Drew Sidora as Clarice, Jolie’s sister, Tasia Grant as Melissa, and Nollywood star Van Vicker as Bobby.

“Skinned” was executive produced by CEO Sharon Tomlinson of Studio 11 Films; CEO Dr. Clarice Kulah of Divine Entertainment Intl., and CEO Lotten B. Yeaney of Lot10 Productions in collaboration with Sky+Orange Productions. Robyn Greene Arrington serves as vice president of original programming and D’Angela Proctor is head of original programming for TV One.

Trailer below:

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Skin color is an issue in many cultures. Looks like an interesting film and love to see new talent making their mark in the industry. Can’t believe people are so negative and narrrow minded. Shout out to the direcctors to bring this story to the forefront!

Georgia F.

Thank you Lisa Raye for touching onto something that has traumatized a lot of our beautiful black sisters.


@ Dee "you gots to be" Moore careful, who are you speaking of? Anyone who’s even remotely connected to a film, a short, a play, or has even read such, knows the concerted effort it takes to pull it off. But listen, this is not a game for the weak of heart nor the thin skinned. If one wishes to grow, I’d suggest they take the bitter with the sweet… and say thank you for the feedback. And just think, what if this project received nothing but pats in the back? Might they think they’ve arrived, and then, not try to do better? I’m just sayin’, we expect better and this project should welcome constructive feedback.

Dee Moore Dtvunleashed

It’s so easy to have negative opinions about a project. However no one truly takes the moment to consider the time and dedication it takes to complete a film project. I’ll stay supportive of my fellow film makers, producers and talent. It’s great to have am outlet willing to share our stories.


One more thing, forget about it, an allegory… this is NOT. Listen, although this could have served as a perfect vehicle to address self esteem issues, this project does not appear to be that intelligent/deep.


Jmac, again you didn’t fail me. First, its true, I agree, this is not an epidemic. I don’t know anyone who has ever bleached their skin, let alone a current entertainer. That said, as you mentioned, there are those who use makeup, unwisely I’d say, that has them looking "lighter" and odd. Anyway, the question remains, who watches this mess… and why? Oh btw, you said this is beneath TV-One. Well, I’ve never watched that network (don’t think its offered through my provider) but what am I missing? Sidebar: Speaking of not being provided or not having access, have you heard of this device that allows one to watch movies, current movies that are still in the theaters, without having to pay anything. My daughter and a friend said they have watched Hateful8, Concussion, Chi-Raq, Star Wars and many others, by using this streaming device? I was very skeptical but they say it works and has saved them hundreds.


Well CC, I hope this Morehouse professor meant for this film to be allegorical because as you can see from LisaRaye’s comments and some comments here there are black folks who actually think you can bleach the entire skin despite doctors’ protestations to the contrary. [Any type of skin lightening agent works mainly on hyperpigmentation (areas of skin that is darker than surrounding skin – you can apply creams, get laser treatments etc all over your body every day for 10 years and it will not lighten your natural skin above what it already is – possible exception for vitiligo patients but then their skin pigmentation is already awry and natural skin may react as hyperpigmented skin).] This is the number 1 reason the film is stupid, because it isn’t based in reality. Number 2, it isn’t relevant and sure as heck isn’t an epidemic. I dare someone to name 10 black people, famous or not, who have "bleached" their skin. Any perceived lightening of black or dark skin is due to (1) photoshop, (2) overly bright lighting, (3) makeup or (4) health issues, with honorable mention (5) tanned skin that has gone back to its natural shade. Besides that it’s just a poor quality film all around from what can be seen in the trailer – terrible story, terrible acting, terrible production. It is beneath TV One but I guess they had a side agreement with LisaRaye and had to fulfill it.

dee Western

In all honesty, this is a realistic subject that so many of our prominent afro american entertainers do to their skin. I can’t wait to watch this movie. Its dealing with realism and truth, something we people of color need to come to terms with. This issue has been going on since slavery. Mixed races brought on by slave owners and their concubines. That’s why the black families were torn apart so that slave owners could lay with black women. When the white woman did not want to be touched by her white husband. Sadly, this colorism has caused so much division among families. I can recall the saying "if you are light you are right, if you are black, get back" Thank God He is no respective of a person.

Ivy Smith

Trash, oh by the way I mean the comments not the movie.


well aint this nice??? Dark Girls & Light Girls becomes a fictionalized movie


@ Kid Video, don’t do that to Tyler Perry. He may move his messages/movie by melo-dramatic means but he uses A-line black actors who are seasoned and rehersed. This project doesn’t seem to have any of those qualities. @ Jmac and April Guscott, I have always admired and appreciated both of your thought provoking comments. So I have to ask, if what you say is true (this looks particularly terrible, sounds and looks stupid) is there nevertheless an audience for it? And, if the answer is yes, the question is, why? As Miles Ellison frequently says, the overwhelming majority of black viewers champion these types of productions more than what some of us believe is "quality" entertainment.

April Guscott

This looks particularly terrible. Over written and over done. This issue is serious but his portrayl of it just looks cheap.


Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed, A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed. And then one day he was makin’ movies and up on the screen came a bubblin crude. Faces that is, black gold, Atlanta tea. Well the first thing you know some folks are millionaire, Kinfolk said "fool move away from there". Said "Lifetime channel is where it all begun, but pack up yo sh*t and move to TV-One." So they loaded up the truck and moved to Dunwoody, street that is, Atlanta G-A.

kid video

This looks like Tyler Perry could have been an E.P. on this project.


Sounds and looks stupid. Pass.

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