In an era when being as bold as you wanna be can be good for business, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, one-rebellious-third of the iconic girl group TLC, might not have seemed like an anomaly among the Rihannas, Katys and Britneys.
But back in the early 1990s, you were bound to arch a few eyebrows if your thing was to rock condoms as eye patches and spit verses like, "If I need it in the morning or the middle of the night, I ain't too proud to beg."
Philadelphia-born, Lisa was just barely out of her teens in 1991, when she joined a trio under the direction of manager Perri "Pebbles" Reid, an R&B singer herself and then-wife of LaFace Records co-founder Antonio "LA" Reid. Left Eye, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas would release their debut album, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, the following year.
With ups and downs along the way...April 25, 2002, Lisa Lopes was tragically lost in an automobile accident in Honduras, just a few weeks shy of her 31st birthday while filming a documentary. At the time, Lopes had been working with David Bowie on a solo project under the psuedonym N.I.N.A. Her charitable organization, the Lisa Lopes Foundation, continues to support youth from low income communities and diverse cultural backgrounds.
As we celibrate her legacy take a look at her talent in action in her last music video 'Block Party'