Lisa Lopes
Rapper, singer, songwriter, actress
Lisa Lopes
Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, dancer, and singer-songwriter. She is best known as a member of the R&B/hip-hop girl group TLC. Lopes contributed her self-written raps to many of TLC's hit singles, including "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "What About Your Friends", "Hat 2 da Back", "No Scrubs", "Waterfalls", and "Girl Talk". Lopes won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.
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*NSYNC’s ‘No Strings Attached’ Turns 15: Backtracking
Idolator - almost 2 years
Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever. Gorgon City Perform At SXSW 2015 IFC Fairgrounds: Live Review Read our recap of the UK electronic duo's SXSW concert! MORE >> The Year 2000 brought huge historical events like George W. Bush winning the major U.S. presidential election, three astronauts reached the international space station for the first time and Russian president Vladimir Putin was officially sworn into office. But let’s stick to the more important things, shall we? We’ve made it quite clear here on Idolator that we’re shameless fans of pop music, no matter which era. But 2 ...
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Librotraficante Awarded For Fighting Censorship
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Sometimes fighting the law will win you an award. The activist group known as “Librotraficante” -- Spanish for “book smuggler” -- won the 2012 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, according to a release from the iSchool at Illinois. “Librotraficante, a movement led by Tony Diaz, is being recognized for its efforts to oppose the censorship of ethnic and cultural studies materials in Arizona,” the release says. Author Tony Diaz, journalist Liana Lisa Lopez and multimedia artist Bryan Parras banned together to form Librotraficante to combat the removal of Latino literature from Tucson public schools. The Arizona legislature passed legislation in 2010 banning public school courses promoting ethnic solidarity. Aimed squarely at a controversial Mexican American Studies curriculum in Tucson Unified School District accused by conservatives of politicizing the students, state officials told the school board to drop the program or face losing $14 million in funding over the ...
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TLC to reform for anniversary of Lisa Lopes death
Gigwise - almost 5 years
TLC have announced their decision to reform, ten years after founding member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes died in a tragic accident. The two remaining members of the three piece act, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas, have confirmed that they are planning a US tour later in the year with the possibility of using the same hologram technology that saw Tupac appear at Coachella 2012 being used to see Lopes back on stage. Speaking to Essence, Watkins also revealed that the group will record new material and star in a TV Documentary.  "We're going on tour; we are in negotiations now with LA Reid, so we'll see what happens. A lot of cool things are coming up," she said. Adding: "Another TLC album? Yes, that's for sure! We'll have new music right after the movie drops. We have everybody that was there with us from the beginning on board" TLC last performed in 2003. Lisa Lopes died in a 2002 car accident.
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The death of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes 10 years later: She was our voice to the world
The Grio - almost 5 years
CLUTCH - Left-Eye's spontaneity, quirkiness, guts and soul inspired a generation of young women to boldly claim their own femininity... Lopes was especially significant to the creative landscape of our generation. She was the epitome of crazy, long before Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj or Lady Gaga stepped on the scene. Lopes used multiple methods to speak out against injustice. Her Story, from their debut album, was our first indication that TLC was about opening up conversations on social issues. They wrote the song as a response to the 1987 case of Tawana Brawley, a 15 year old black girl from New York who accused six white men, some of whom were police officers, of rape. Lopes wrote: "Yo, this is a story of a male-female threat to society... being misjudged and not respected for what we are". Her hardcore female-empowering messages were some of Hip Hop's finest activist statements. She forged a ground with her lyrics which aligned her with pioneering fe ...
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Losing Left Eye - Lisa Lopes
Clash - almost 5 years
Ten years ago this month the music industry lost one of it’s brightest stars: Lisa Lopes. Daring, candid, vibrant and unapologetic; Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes was the ‘Crazy’ to Chilli’s ‘Sexy’ and T-Boz’s ‘Cool’ in the Atlantic R&B girl-group that would go on to conquer the music charts and change the way women were seen in a male dominated industry. As the world was still mourning the loss of R&B superstar Aaliyah in the summer of 2001, initial reactions to the news of the tragic death of ‘Left-Eye’ in Honduras, Central America, was that of disbelief. Although Lisa’s passing was felt the world over by the millions of fans she had gathered over the ten years she had spent in the group TLC, for Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozanda ‘Chilli’ Thomas the loss was inconceivable. When speaking to the remaining members of the group last year, they described how initially they believed the news of her death was just another of Lisa’s many ‘practical jokes’. “Not that long b ...
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NFL Power Rankings: The 10 Biggest (and Best) Diva Wide Receivers of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
There's also the story many are familiar with, where Rison's girlfriend (the late Lisa Lopes from the group TLC) allegedly set a pair of his shoes on fire, which eventually spread through the whole house and sent the mansion in flames. On top of that,
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Control: Or, How I Learned My Feminism From 80s & 90s Women in R&B - Feministe (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But it wasn't just Lisa Lopes, who died on my birthday back in 2002; it was all of them, it was their songs, their utter domination of the charts, their reiteration over and over that we didn't need the boys who made us feel so damn unpretty,
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Foto: Deset zvezdnikov, ki so življenje izgubili v prometnih nesrečah - Dnevnik/si
Google News - over 5 years
Članica glasbenega tria TLC, Lisa Lopes, je bila posebna zaradi vseh težav, ki jih je imela s svojim takratnim partnerjem, NFL zvezdo Andreem Risono. Med sporom je Lisa zažgala Andrejeve čevlje, ker se je požar razširil je v njem izginila tudi njena
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Mel C Rock Me: ecco il video - Musica 10
Google News - over 5 years
L'esordio solista è Northern Star, dove troviamo la bellissima canzone Never Be The Same Again, cantata con Lisa Lopes, meglio conosciuta come Left Eye, componente fondamentale di un'altra band al femminile, le TLC. Lisa Lopes morì a causa di un
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Girls lacrosse: Falmouth, MV fall - Cape Cod Times (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
“We returned 18 of 23 girls from last year and we knew what to expect,” Falmouth coach Lisa Lopes said. “Walpole is a tough city team and they're eight to nine percentage points on the power ratings over us because they play tough city teams
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Fame won't protect car crash victims like Sean Kingston, Macho Man, Lady Diana - Torque News
Google News - over 5 years
Lisa Lopes is among celebrities who hit trees and died. The singer drove into two trees and died on April 25, 2002. Marc Bolan, a singer for T-Rex ("Bang A Gong"), crashed into a tree and died on Sept. 16, 1977. Tractor-trailers also pose true danger
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Tom Jones Appears On American Idol Finale To Zero Fanfare. We Call BS. - SF Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The build-up to the announcement was nothing short of epic, featuring, as it did, performances from Lady Gaga (who's on the show so much at this point, we fear she'll take over from Ryan Seacrest soon), Beyoncé, TLC (we miss Lisa Lopes so much right
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'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: The Blow-by-Blow Of Scotty McCreery's Big Win - Starpulse.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Seriously, RIP Lisa Lopes – she was my favorite member and this is a nice nostalgia trip for my 27-year-old musical sensibilities. I actually remember the “Waterfalls” video serving as a safe-sex seminar to my young mind. If only I'd have had a girl
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Remembering Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes on TLC's 20th Anniversary - Gather.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Monday, April 25th was the 9th anniversary of the death of Lisa Lopes, otherwise known as "Left Eye." Lisa was a member of the popular all-female trio TLC, who scored several Billboard hits and set a new standard for female groups yet to come. ... - -
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This Day in Music: April 26th - Gibson
Google News - almost 6 years
2002, TLC member Lisa Lopes was killed aged 30 in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras. Seven other people, including Lopes' brother and sister, who were in the Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle when the crash happened, were taken to hospital
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El rapero Dee Goodz rinde homenaje a Lisa Lopes - Informador.com.mx
Google News - almost 6 years
A siete años de su muerte, la cantante estadunidense Lisa Lopes, mejor conocida como "Left eye" debido a que usaba un accesorio para taparse el ojo izquierdo, es recordada por el rapero Dee Goodz, quien le rinde homenaje con su nuevo material
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lisa Lopes
    THIRTIES
  • 2002
    The last days of her life were documented from March 30, 2002, until her death on April 25, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The footage included the accident that took her life and was made into a documentary called The Last Days of Left Eye, which aired on VH1 in May 2007. Lopes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Wanda, an African American seamstress, and Ronald Lopes, a United States Army staff sergeant from Cape Verde. She had a younger brother, Ronald, and a younger sister, Reigndrop. Her father was described by music journalist Jacqueline Springer as an "oppressively" strict and demanding disciplinarian. He was a "talented musician" and played the harmonica, clarinet, piano, and saxophone. Lopes's parents separated when she was still at school, and she was raised by her paternal grandmother for the later years of her childhood. She began playing with a toy keyboard at five years old, and later composed her own songs. By age 10, she formed the musical trio The Lopes Kids with her siblings, with whom she sang gospel songs at local churches. She attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls.
    In 2002, Lopes was killed in a car accident when she swerved off the road to avoid hitting another vehicle.
    More Details Hide Details She was thrown from her vehicle and died instantly.
    Lopes' funeral was held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia on May 2, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Thousands of people attended her funeral. Engraved upon her casket were the lyrics to her portion of "Waterfalls", stating "Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you." Lopes was buried at Hillandale Memorial Gardens, in Lithonia, Georgia. In a statement to MTV, producer Jermaine Dupri remembered Lopes: "She was determined to be something in life. She was a true hip-hop star. She cared about some press. She was the star out of the group. She was the one who would curse on TV. She had the tattoos. You could not expect the expected. When you see Lisa, you could expect something from her. That is the gift she carried." A documentary showing the final 27 days of Lopes' life, titled The Last Days of Left Eye, premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival in April 2007, for an audience that included many of Lopes' contemporaries, including Monica, Ronnie DeVoe, 112, Big Boi, India.Arie, and CeeLo Green. VH1 and VH1 Soul broadcast the documentary on May 19, 2007. Much of the footage was shot with a hand-held camera, often in the form of diary entries filmed by Lopes while on a 30-day spiritual retreat in Honduras with family and members of the R&B group Egypt. In these entries, she reflected on her personal life and career.
    On April 25, 2002, in La Ceiba, Honduras, while driving a rented Mitsubishi Montero Sport around a bend in the road, Lopes swerved to the right slightly to avoid a truck (it is not clear if the truck was slow moving or stationary) then immediately to the left as she tried to avoid an oncoming car.
    More Details Hide Details The vehicle rolled several times after hitting two trees, throwing Lopes and three others out of the windows, and finally coming to rest in a ditch at the side of the road. Lopes died instantly of neck injuries and severe head trauma, and was the only person fatally injured in the accident. She had not been wearing a seat belt. Raina Lopes, in the front passenger seat, was videotaping at the time, so the last seconds leading up to the swerve that resulted in the fatal accident were recorded on video.
    After Lopes' death in April 2002, Death Row Records still had plans to release the album in October 2002, but after legal issues with Arista Records, the album was cancelled.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, all the tracks from the album were uploaded onto YouTube featuring artists from Tha Row Records. Lopes's unreleased songs were also sampled by TLC for their fourth album 3D after she died. Another track, "Too Street 4 T.V", was released on the soundtrack to the film Dysfunktional Family. In 2008, Lopes' family decided to work with producers at Surefire Music Group to create a posthumous album in her honor, Eye Legacy. Originally set to be released October 28, 2008, the release date was pushed back to November 11, then to January 27, 2009. The song "Crank It", which features Lopes' sister Reigndrop, was released as a promotional single. The first official single from the album, "Let's Just Do It", was released on January 13, 2009 and features Missy Elliott and TLC. The second official single, "Block Party", features Lil Mama and Clyde McKnight. The album largely consists of reworked versions of tracks from the Supernova album. In November 2009, Forever... The EP was released which contained international bonus tracks not used on the Eye Legacy album. The EP was only available to download. An unreleased track featuring Lopes was uploaded to SoundCloud on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of her death by Block Starz Music. A portion of the proceeds from the song "Fantasies", which features rapper Bootleg of The Dayton Family, will go to the Lisa Lopes Foundation.
    After numerous talks with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, Lopes severed her solo deal with Arista (despite remaining signed to the label as a member of TLC) and signed with Knight's Tha Row Records in January 2002, intending to record a second solo album under the pseudonym "N.I.N.A." (New Identity Not Applicable).
    More Details Hide Details She was recording with David Bowie for the project, who she was also trying to get involved with the fourth TLC album. The project was also to include several songs recorded with Ray J along with close friend Missy Elliott.
  • 2001
    In July 2001, Lopes appeared on the singers' edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire along with Joey McIntyre, Tyrese, Nick Lachey, and Lee Ann Womack.
    More Details Hide Details She dropped from a $125,000 question and won $32,000 for charity. She would later appear again in the audience alongside Tyrese.
    In 2001, she appeared in a commercial for Gap Inc.
    More Details Hide Details Three years earlier in 1998, Lopes hosted the short-lived MTV series, The Cut. A handful of which would be pop stars, rappers, and rock bands who would compete against each other and were judged. The show's winner, which ended up being a male-female rap duo named Silky, was promised a record deal and funding to produce a music video, which would then enter MTV's heavy rotation. A then-unknown Anastacia finished in third place, but ended up securing a record deal after Lopes and the show's three judges were impressed by her performance.
  • 2000
    She also collaborated on "Gimme Some" by Toni Braxton from her 2000 album The Heat.
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    On October 4, 2000, Lopes co-hosted the MOBO Awards alongside Trevor Nelson, where she also performed "U Know What's Up" with Jones.
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    She was also featured on "U Know What's Up", the first single from Donell Jones' second album, Where I Wanna Be, and she rapped a verse in "Space Cowboy" with 'N Sync on their 2000 album, No Strings Attached.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    During the recording of FanMail, a public conflict began amongst the members of the group. In the May 1999 issue of Vibe magazine, Lopes said, "I've graduated from this era.
    More Details Hide Details I cannot stand 100 percent behind this TLC project and the music that is supposed to represent me." In response to Lopes' comments, Watkins and Thomas stated to Entertainment Weekly that Lopes "doesn't respect the whole group" and "Left Eye is only concerned with Left Eye". In turn, Lopes sent a reply through Entertainment Weekly issuing a "challenge" to Watkins and Thomas to release solo albums and let the public decide who was the "greatest" member of TLC: I challenge Tionne Watkins (T-Boz) and Rozonda Thomas (Chilli) to an album entitled "The Challenge"... a 3-CD set that contains three solo albums. Each album... will be due to the record label by October 1, 2000 I also challenge Dallas 'The Manipulator' Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate. As I think about it, I'm sure LaFace would not mind throwing in a $1.5 million dollar prize for the winner.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born on May 27, 1971.
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