The death of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes 10 years later: She was our voice to the world
The Grio - almost 6 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 f...
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