Lisa Nicole Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002)
She left an indelible mark on American popular music culture. For those who were privileged enough to witness her during her lifetime she is regarded as iconic. She is better known by her stage name, “Left Eye”, and as a rapper, singer, dancer, songwriter and social activist.
TLC was the most successful female group in American popular music. In 1994 they achieved a feat that no other female group had-a Diamond Certified Record. Lisa was the most vocal out of the group consisting of herself, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.
It was difficult to decide which video to feature as a tribute to Lisa. Waterfalls is an all too obvious choice. Unpretty exemplifies her activist voice. Instead Baby, Baby, Baby should take you back to the basics-just jamming…On the TLC Tip
What one can learn from the life of Lisa Lopes is that she daily lived out her humanity. All the mistakes and success, joys and pains that go with living, Lisa bravely faced them. Engraved on her casket were the lyrics she performed on Waterfalls: “Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you.”
Every since that fateful day in Honduras on that dirt road an irreplaceable icon has continued to live on in the hearts and minds on her fans. Rest peacefully, Lisa.