LisaRaye’s directorial debut SKINNED premieres 1/9/16 on TVone 8 P.M. ET


[via press release from TV One]

Network Acquisition to Address the Global Epidemic of Skin Lightening

SILVER SPRING, MD – DEC. 28, 2015 – TV One, the network dedicated to delivering real life and entertainment programming from the African American point of view, announces the acquisition of actress LisaRaye McCoy’s (Single Ladies) directorial debut film, SKINNED. The 90-minute film, which addresses the global epidemic of skin lightening and touches upon the important issues of color, self-esteem and acceptance, will make its U.S. television debut on 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.”

A 2015 Bronze Lens Film Festival best independent feature film nominee, SKINNED is a character-driven drama about Jolie, a young lady played by Jasmine Burke (Ride Along), whose insecurities about her skin color and beauty, and her search for romance causes her to bleach her skin beyond recognition.In an attempt to capture the heart of the perfect suitor, her misuse of skin bleaching products is detrimental.

As a beautiful model with a wonderful husband, Michael, played by Brad James (Prisoners), Jolie (Burke) discovers she’s developed some complications due to the chemicals found in certain skin bleaching creams. To make matters worse, her husband discovers her damaging little secret. With the assistance of psychiatrist Dr. Smith (Cycerli, Ash, Never Alone), Jolie (Burke) must go on a journey into her past to face her demons in an effort to sustain her future.

Additional SKINNED cast members include: LisaRaye McCoy (Single Ladies)as Mother, Drew Sidora (Step Up, Hindsight) as Clarice, Jolie’s sister, Tasia Grant (Morningside) as Melissa, and Nollywood international film and television star Van Vicker (The Heartbreaker’s Revenge) as Bobby.

SKINNED was co-directed by LisaRaye McCoy and Avery O. Williams, and 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.

The official SKINNED trailer and additional information is available online at Viewers can also connect with TV One by visiting, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About TV One:

Launched in January 2004, TV One ( serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK,], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

Liberian woman leading the path to a new Africa

Regional Adviser- WADPI
Regional Adviser- WADPI

Her name is Faith Akovi Cooper and she is the Regional Adviser for West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative program, also known as WADPI in Accra Ghana. Her life story reads like a movie but today we focus on one of her many accomplishments that’s sure to change the way the world views Africa.

Faith was born in Nimba County located in the West African country of Liberia. As most of the world knows, Liberia has endured several set backs; from a war that lasted almost 15 years and killed over 250,000 to the recent Ebola outbreak that ravish through the country killing over 4,000. Faith left Liberia during the war and was a refugee in Ghana’s Buduburam camp for about 2 years. She and her family later traveled to the US to start the process of rebuilding their lives.

Despite leaving her home country as a young girl, war and refugee status did not stop this phenomenal woman in her quest to do something for her country and the continent of Africa. She spent several years working on health and humanitarian issues at the Center for Disease and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine’s (CDHAM)-Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) whose goal is to support disaster management capacity-building in Africa. Although fulfilling, Faith would eventually realize her dream of working on the continent but not until leaving her post at CDHAM.

Within a year of leaving CDHAM Faith was named Regional Adviser for West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative program. She would be able to work in Accra, Ghana the country that accepted her as refugee and felt this was a way to give back. Additionally, the work to be performed would forever change Faiths outlook on Africa.

The WADPI training program in collaboration with the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre (KAIPTC) was to be held in Accra Ghana. The program worked in conjunction with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in the Republic of Ghana to train 17 countries on disaster preparedness. The main objective of the three-week training was to utilize lessons learned from the recent Ebola epidemic, strengthen national capacities among those 17 West African Partner Nations (PNs) and implement an all-hazards approach to disaster preparedness and response management to ensure continued regional collaboration, communication and coordination between member States in disaster preparedness and response.

Over the past 6 months, Faith and her team have worked tirelessly to invite, host, and train over 50 to 60 delegates from each of the ECOWAS countries. In addition, they were able to secure high level government officials to support their country men and the initiative. These invited senior officials included, Director Generals, Senators, Deputy Ministers, Charge D’affaires from each participating country.

To date, WADPI has graduated over 600 participants from the following countries and there’s more to come

Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso
Guinea Bissau

Although the WADPI program is still in the process of training more countries [Sierra Lone, Mali, etc.] the program has already seen its impact on West Africa. Representatives from CDHAM and WADPI are conducting in-country follow up visits and have proudly reported the countries are already implementing Emergency Operation Center (EOC) methods acquired from the training. Faith and participating countries know this training is vital and one of many steps Africa needs to take become a major player among the super powers like America and China.

On a personal note, I’m proud as a Liberian to know that one of our daughters is leading the path to a “New Africa”. I hope that one day I can call her “Madame President.

Learn more about Faith Cooper, WADPI and the training at Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre via this link

“It seems her energy is limitless. I am not sure the WADPI program would ever be without her. You don’t need me to tell you because you’ve seen it for yourself. She is involved in every single aspect of the program. Not only involved but in many cases, she runs those parts.” Kinsey McFadden-Hawaii

“We have a gem in our own “Faith” to lead a West Africa initiative. Faith has steadily grown in her career to become a leading advocate for her beloved African continent. Her energy and passion knows no bounds and you cannot but admire this once almost lost refugee. Strength, tenacity and confidence drips through every word she utters. and her confidence shows in her leadership skills. We are blessed to have her among the WADPI leadership” Dr. Doris Titus-Glover-Maryland

“A no nonsense woman who knows what she wants and has never forgotten where she came from”
Vincent Anami-Kenya

“Faith is a good and assertive lady. She has a great personality.” Monicah Musyoni- Kenya

“Because of her background, Faith is perfect in bridging the cultural gap between the United States and Africa. Her life’s story itself is a success story. From Her humbling background as a Liberian refugee in Ghana to her journey to the U.S. made her the perfect candidate for WADPI. Her personal experiences comes out in her professional work. She’s so passionate in everything she does and WADPI is no exception. She has truly earned her title “mama WADPI”! Africa is fortunate to have one of her daughters back to lead the charge in Capacity building and disaster preparedness through cooperation, coordination, and collaboration.”
“TSgt Mo Gadiaga, U.S. Air Force, Ramstein Germany


[img src=]Nadmo Staff and Faith Cooper
[img src=]Kofi Annan Course Director- Col Kennedy Osemwegie
[img src=]One Health
[img src=]Liberian participants signing in
[img src=]Ivorian Graduate
[img src=]Leroy Harris
[img src=]Press
[img src=]Faith making welcoming remarks
[img src=]Faith Cooper
[img src=]Liberia Delagation
[img src=]Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep, Charge D'affiar of Liberia
[img src=]Col. Kennedy Leading The Liberian delegation
[img src=]Mr. Kehinde, Faith Cooper, Gbeme Teta Horace Kollie , St Jerome Labalee, Lotten Yeaney
[img src=]Kofi Portuphy
[img src=]Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep, Ministers, and Senators
[img src=]IT Bootcamp
[img src=]Kinsey Mcfadden
[img src=]Nigerian participants signing in
[img src=]Guinea-Bissau

Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso WADPI Graduates

Week 1 ended with the graduation of 2 countries Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast which consisted of 202 individuals. Each country did report out the day before on what they learned in their respective tracks (IT, Composite, Operations and One Health) through the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative. They documented recommendations for implementations and leaders (Mr. Sinare Halhassane, the Director of Cabinet and Minister in charge of Civil Protection – Burkina Faso and Gen. Dja Ble Joseph, former Minister of Interior – Cote D’Ivoire) from their respective countries presented them their certificates.

They are to return to their home countries and implement their disaster mitigation, management and response plans. After the ceremony, participants took over the courtyard of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and danced for a couple hours to celebrate their achievement.

Ivory Coast Graduate at KAIPTC
Ivory Coast Graduate at KAIPTC
Benin Graduate at KAIPTC
Bukina Faso Graduate at KAIPTC


Please go like the WADPI facebook page and share:

“No one knows when the hour of Africa’s redemption cometh. It is in the wind, coming. One day like a storm it will be here. When that day comes, all Africa will stand together” Marcus Garvey

Ebola Disaster Preparedness Training in Ghana

Last year Ebola brought fear and death to several West African nations while we all sat helpless. Ebola killed over 11,100 people and infected more than 26,900 within a year. Without getting too much into the headlines that put fear into us, i know that it was especially difficult for those of us who had family in the regions affected.

Many of you know i’m from Liberia and last year my (younger) brother was planning to get married in October. I saved my vacation days for the wedding and planned to celebrate my big birthday in Liberia with my family. I’m sure you know where this story is going; my flight was cancelled and majority of the airlines restricted flights to Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. The messaging of Ebola caused tremendous panic and isolation for people in those areas. However, I will hold my opinion for another post.

Anyway, May of 2015, I spoke to a dear friend who is involved in the public health sector and has been working in and out of Africa on Ebola and other bio threats. I expressed interest to get involved but did not know in what capacity. One month later, I received the letter below: (I’m showing part of letter that’s relevant to this post). I accepted the assignment and was able to take 18 days of vacation to participate in the training in Accra, Ghana after receiving the letter.

Dear Ms. Yeaney,
I hope this message finds you well.
On behalf of United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), I would like to gauge your availability to participate as a course facilitator for the Operation United Assistance (OUA) Transition Disaster Preparedness Project scheduled to begin on 9 July 2015 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana.
The OUA Transition Disaster Preparedness Project aims to build upon the recent US Government-sponsored Ebola response effort in Liberia toward building long-term disaster preparedness capacities across the West African region. The project will be conducted to further develop national Preparedness and Response Plans and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well as deliver awareness trainings across domains related to bio-threat preparedness and lessons learned from the recent Ebola response. Efforts will focus on 17 West African Partner Nations (PNs) to include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Togo in collaboration with several US Government stakeholders, the United Nations, West African regional organizations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU). The project will be mainly focused on a national-level, systems-based approach to preparedness.

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LisaRaye Directorial Debut -SKINNED

LisaRaye and the cast and crew of the movie “Skinned” are overjoyed at the reception of our new project. Please check out the cover of EncoreHD that will be hitting walmart/Barnes & Noble and Books a million in December where LisaRaye discusses her film and her life. 

The movie “SKINNED” touches on the very sensitive subject of skin bleaching for acceptance. This epidemic is global and we hope that the movie will help change the minds of women and men that consider or that are currently bleaching their skin.


FANS are loving LisaRaye’s film “SKINNED” Its received over 400,000 views within 2 days.LisaRaye Official Facebook Page

Please share the official trailer with your friends. SKINNED Official trailer on youtube

Produced by:Studio 11 Films, Divine Entertainment International and LOT10 Productions presents the film “Skinned” Directed by Lisaraye McCoy and Co-Directed by Avery O Williams. Starring Jasmine Burke, Brad James, Van Vicker, Cycerli Ash and featuring Lisaraye McCoy. COMING 2015. Logline: If beauty is skin deep…what happens when we change the skin