Lisa Lopes

by ethnic on February 16, 2008

Lisa Lopes and TLC Lisa (right) with Rozonda and Tionne

Birth Name: Lisa Nicole Lopes

Date of Birth: May 27, 1971

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: April 25, 2002

Place of Death: La Ceiba, Honduras

Ethnicity: African-Cape Verdean, African-American, Mexican

Lisa Lopes, known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American hip hop singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer. She was a member of the R&B/hip hop girl-group TLC, with Rozonda Thomas (Chilli) and Tionne Watkins.

Lisa was the daughter of Wanda Denise (Andino) Coleman and Ronald Eugene Lopes. She had African-Cape Verdean, African-American, and Mexican ancestry. Most of the population (about 71%) of Cape Verde is a mix of Sub-Saharan African and European, usually from Portugal and Spain. Lisa’s surname, Lopes, is Portuguese, though she may not have had Portuguese ancestry.

Lisa had two adopted children.

Lisa’s paternal grandfather was Charles “Charlie” Lopes (the son of Emanuel/Manuel Lopes and Almira/Alma/Annie Smith). Charles was born in North Carolina. Emanuel was likely born in Cape Verde, and was the son of Charlie Lopes and Lenora. Almira was the daughter of Robert Smith and Hattie Taylor.

Lisa’s paternal grandmother is named Gladys Bailey. One of Lisa’s paternal great-grandmothers is The Rev. Helen B. Hewlett.

Lisa’s maternal grandparents were Jose A. Andino (the son of Jose Andino) and Lillie. Lisa’s sister has stated that their grandfather Jose was of Mexican descent.

Lisa and her bandmate Tionne Watins were cousins through marriage. Lisa’s mother was married to Tionne’s uncle.


Death record of Lisa’s father –

Lisa’s paternal grandfather, Charles “Charlie” Lopes, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Lisa’s paternal great-grandfather, Emanuel/Manuel Lopes –

Lisa’s paternal great-grandmother, Almira/Alma/Annie Smith, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Death record of Lisa’s paternal great-grandmother, Almira/Alma/Annie (Smith) Lopes Harris –

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madman August 14, 2018 at 2:00 am

Bablah found her grandfather:

Lisa’s paternal grandfather was Charles “Charlie” Lopes (the son of Emanuel/Manuel Lopes and Almira/Alma/Annie Smith). Emanuel was likely born in Cape Verde, and was the son of Charlie Lopes and Lenora. Almira was the daughter of Robert Smith and Hattie Taylor.

I also found out her maternal grandfather:

Jose Andino —> Jose A. Andino (the son of Jose Andino).

savanna March 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

Can you change “She was a member of the female group TLC” to this to “She was a member of the female group TLC with T-Boz and Chilli. “

savanna January 15, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Lisa’s grandfather Jose Andino was of Mexican descent
(her sister Raina Lopes)

savanna January 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Andino is a Spanish surname popular in South America.

It has been claimed that Lisa’s mother is part Mexican ancestry. Not sure where this claim originated

savanna January 1, 2016 at 10:20 am

She is the daughter of Wanda Denise Andino (Lopes) and Ronald Lopes.
Wanda is the daughter of Lillie and Jose Andino.

Her paternal great grandmother is Helen B. Hewlett. Chic Chaneyfield is also listed as her grandfather.

madman July 6, 2018 at 11:53 am

This is the complete text from that video:

Cherishing all that the private Lisa represented are: her adoring mother, Wanda Lopes Colemon, step-father – Quynton Colemon; brother – Ronald Lopes; step-brother Quynlan Colemon; Reverend Sherman Washington “twodad”; maternal grandmother – “Granny Lillie’; Maternal grandfather and step-grandmother – Jose and Eva Andino; grandfather – Chic Chaneyfield; Paternal Great Grandmother – Reverend Helen B. Hewlett; uncles and aunts – Jose, Perez, Antonio, Michelle, Pamela, LaVeta, LaZanna, Dale, Charles Lopes, Anthony Lopes and Karen Chaneyfield; and, a host of Great Aunts and Uncles, cousins and loving friends.

So, from this we get that:
Her father is Ronald Eugene Lopes
Her mother is Wanda Lopes Colemon
Her step-father is Quynton Colemon
Her maternal grandmother is Granny Lillie
Her maternal grandfather is Jose Andino
Her maternal step-grandmother is Eva
Her grandfather is Chic Chaneyfield
Her paternal great-grandmother is Helen B. Hewlett

However, it’s not clear that all these are correct. For one thing, if we accept that she is of Cape Verdean descent, it’s strange that none of her paternal grandparents have a Portuguese surname even though her father does. This is her father’s obituary and death record:

It says her father’s parents are Charles Lopes and Gladys Bailey, and that his spouse is named Wanda Hewlett. Regarding her paternal grandparents, I would believe this over the previous text, mostly because of the surname. Also, note that both records includes the surname Hewlett. There’s definitely some connection there. Could this all be due to adoptions and/or divorces?

Skyla Bates July 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

Correction! My mom name is Susan and she was friends with Lisa in High School. She said that Lisa told her she was African-American. Her grandfather (paternal) was CV. Her grandmother (paternal) was African-American, just light skinned. Wanda Lopes (maternal) is African-American also. But she isn’t Spanish. Just a medium skinned black girl. She is just very pretty. She doesn’t have “Latina” eyes. She has human eyes. But Lisa also said that her grandfather’s CV ancestry is %100 Sub Saharan African. He was very dark. The only reason why her last name is Lopes because her great great grandfather was an African slave that had Portuguese owners. So there’s no Portuguese ancestry in Lisa. My mom said that Lisa had a kind heart and sweet family. And she saw all of her family photos and they we’re all black Africans.

Skyla Bates July 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

PS: My mom and Lisa grew up together in Philly. Lisa dated my uncle Todd Jones. You can check out their videos on YouTube @ YoungLisaLopes. But trust me, Lisa was black, very black lol. She had a Philly accent. I only knew her for 3 years. She died when I was turning 3. I don’t actually remember her but I do remember 3 things. She was short lol. 5’1″. She smelled like vanilla. And she was drop dead gorgeous. If she were alive today her selfie game would’ve been too strong lol.

danja derring November 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

anyone can see from lisa eyes that she has spanish blood. she’s so freaking cute.

fuzzybear44 November 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

@Danja Derring

(anyone can see from lisa eyes that she has spanish blood. she’s so freaking cute.)

You can see all that in her eyes?

nnnnn May 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm

What’s with her right eye?

delnegro June 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

So she’s Latina and black

Skyla Bates July 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

No!! She African American. Read my post.

tinasheeeee October 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

No, she is Cape Verdean (possibly from Portuguese ancestry) and African American

Shanika March 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

She has Cape Verdean as well awsome…

Scoprpio February 16, 2012 at 3:13 am

She is also part mexican. Her mother is mixed with Mexican, and African American. Her Father was of Cape Verdean decent, I think he was half, or full blood cape verdean. I met her sister in the mall, she told me. Her mother is very light skin. Lisa had Portugues, Black American, and Mexican ancestry.

monica January 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

question… why do people class her as latina?
she’s not from latin america

Kimmel June 5, 2016 at 5:49 am

Mainly her surname ‘Lopes’, correctly or wrongly. Also, going by the above description, she has Portuguese heritage via Cape Verde who were colonized by Europeans some time back. Latin culture roots are originally European in nature (France, Italy (Romans), Spain and Portuguese…and so many others).

Cv Criola December 11, 2011 at 7:55 am

Well I’m Cape Verdean and I’m glad there was Famous Cape Verdean Actress/Actors , Singers , Dancer (etc.) but I love Lisa Lopes. She’s beautiful R.I.P Lisa Left Eye Lopes.

ky November 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Im cape verdean..Cape Verde is part of wet africa,it consists of 10 islands, only a few are habitable. Most cape verdeans are light to medium skin,wit curly hair,a lot of us have light eyes. Some cape verdeans can be very light and even look white, and some are very dark, look straight african. The biggest population of cape verdeans is in Massachusetts and rhode island.

Amastara July 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Shes west african w a little bit of mexican…i actually met her cousin who cleared that up for me. Ses mostly black, her father being half cape verdian, and african american, her mother is only 1/8 mexican ….

kathleen April 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

so is she honduran or cape verdean?
and does she have spanish or portuguese ancestry?

Tiffany October 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

@ Kathleen…I thought she was Honduran too?? I guess she has African and Portuguese ancestry.

ChiBeauty November 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

She has Cape Verdean and African-American ancestry…my name is Jackson (which is a Irish-Scot name) but I am %100 African-American. Just because my name is Jackson doesn’t mean I’m Irish or related to Michael (lol). She is of West African (Cape Verdean descent)…and died while in the Honduras. She’s not Hondurian but happened to died there. It’s like the famous Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora (a Spanish sounding name) but she is West African….

Seba March 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Chi baby your jus a tidbit confused baby!!!! U tell us that u are 100 percent African-American right? Well the first part you got right for your identity but the later half American suggest another piece missing from the equation!!! lol! I know they have confused you over the years but the likelyhood that you are 100 percent African living in America is more laughter than my stomach can handle at this time! Awwh except the fact love that you are watered down!!!! NON OF THIS 100 PERCENT AFRICAN STUFF YOU SOUND RIDICULOUS HON! IF THEY DROPPED YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF AFRICA YOU WOULDN”T BE ABLE TO SAY CAN I HAVE SOME WATER PLEASE IT’S HOT AS HELL???? Oh and I must say this is in no way a disrespect to the original Africans as they are smart people with tremendous talent!!!!! You belong to a portion of this culture not 100 percent and thats the way it is!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 16, 2012 at 12:42 am

African-American is an ethnicity for a reason. I don’t think it is supposed to imply that you are a 100% African, or else they wouldn’t have to establish the ethnicity in the first place.

RealTLCFan April 13, 2011 at 3:53 am

Left Eye DEFINITELY was NOT from Honduras. I’ve seen her documentary, “The Last Days of Lisa Lopes” multiple times and no where in that documentary did she ever say she is from there.

She started going to Honduras in the late 90’s (1998 I believe) after a major hurricane so she could personally help with relief efforts.

Hugo John Rodrigues February 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

OMG …. have any of you even looked up cape verde islands… hello its a former Portuguese colony off the coast of west africa thats why she has a Portuguese surname

nel March 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Your right hugo I know for a fact that’s a Portuguese surname cause that is my fathers last name and I am full blooded cape verdean myself

Ammi July 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Your right. Unlike these other CLAIMING Lisa was their cousin, She actually was mine and I think about her everyday. Her heritage was Cape Verdean (African and Portuguese Ancestry) And Hispanic.

Laura deAndrade-Baptista February 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

CORRECTION: My original message (above) has the wrong date on it. I posted that on her memorial tribute on line a few days after her passing.
I (too) saw the documentary that she claims to be Hondurean. When my (cape Verdean) uncle, Lisa’s Great Grandfather came from Fogo, Cape verde Islands, he left three brothers in Massachusetts and moved to kinston, NC..According to his Grandson Anthony they were searching for their roots, they did not know too much about the Cape Verdeans. The family name is deAndrade and not Lopes. It was changed somewhere along the line and Anthony wanted to change it back. If she was of spanish decent Lopes would end in a z.
I guess it does not matter now…..she was a talented woman, taken too soon. May she continue to rest in the peace of our Lord.

Laura deAndrade-Baptista January 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm

May you rest in peace Lisa; I wish I could have met you, God never planned it that way……….maybe in another life we will meet……let me clarify somethings, your great grandfather was my uncle. I met your grandfather as he visited us in Massachusetts…..we are Cape Verdeans….I was in touch with your Uncle Anthony ( by phone) when I lived in Md. He wanted to know more about the Cape Verdeans, also the name is deAndrade and not Lopes. I met your great grandmother Annie from Kinston, NC and your grandfather Charles when I was in High school. Your aunt Lenora visited us as well in Mattapoisett, MA. I have been trying to research and just found your Uncle Anthony’s obituary. I often wondered why he stopped calling me. I called the number I had in Florida and the women that answered said he no longer lived there.
Your untimely death truly touched me…………God had better things for you to do…”deus salve bou alma”

Very Scarey December 21, 2010 at 1:43 am

Tonight, I was on my way home when they, the radio was playing one of my
favorite TLC song, No Scrubs with Left Eye`s rap. Took me back when the
group was together. Dag I do miss her, Left Eye and the group itself. But
anyway, I was thinking about something that got me pretty scared about.
Everyone knows Lauren London, right, Lil Wayne`s third baby mama. Anyway,
the scarey part is…… well let me just put down what these two ladies have in
common and you tell me it is scarey or not.

1.Lisa Nicole Lopes aka Left Eye (L.N.L., her initials)
-Lauren Nicole London (L.N.L., her initials, both of them have the same
middle name and their initials are in the exact same order.)
Body Build:
2. Lisa was Slim build,
-Lauren is also Slim build
3. Lisa was in the entertainment business, rapper, singer, dancer, and actress (
Episode of Living Single starred Queen Latifah, Episode of All That, and TLC was
in House Party 3)
-Lauren is also an actress, also know Queen Latifah, and Chilli)
4.Lisa was a single mother to Snow
-Lauren is a single mother to Cameron
5.Lisa dated a Football player, Andre Rison, played for Jaguars
-Lauren dates/dated a Football player, Michael Hamlin who also playes
for Jaguars currently
6.Lisa had plenty tattoos
-Lauren also has tattoos
7.Lisa`s parents separated when she was a child
-Lauren`s parents also separated when she was a child
8.Lisa was mixed
-Lauren is mixed
9. Lisa had sibling(s)
-Lauren has siblings

Also, about Lauren, she looks just like Aaliyah.
Aaliyah had long black hair
Lauren has long black hair
Her eyes look like Aaliyah aswell in some of her pictures
Some of Lauren`s pictures you have to do a double look cause you can see
the simularities of Aaliyah in her
Aaliyah was also slim build
Aaliyah was also an actress

Lisa Nicole Lopes- Died on April 25th, 2002
Aaliyah Dana Haughton- Died on August 25th, 2001
It makes you wonder about Lauren, I mean she has all of these things
in common with the late, Lisa Nicole “Left Eye” Lopes and Aaliyah, now,
is she going to have an untimely death aswell like Aaliyah or Lisa, and is
her death date going to be on the 25th? Only God knows that, and know when
we all are called HOME, but God forbids, but what if she does die on the 25th of
either April or August, and the same exact way either being killed in an air plane
or car accident ? That right there will be so scarey, to share the exact same
month and date of death and have all of these things in common with Aaliyah
and Lisa. Let me stop right here before I really scare myself.

Cicely May 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

WTH??? You clearly have too much time on your hands!

rome December 17, 2010 at 1:34 am

Lisa Lopes is Honduran, she stated it herself in her documentary that aired on MTV often after she died. However, I do not know if she was only part Honduran and mixed with Cape Verdan, but I do know her father was Honduran.

niyah banks December 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

She’s hondurianan all of you people claiming to be her cousin must be lying. Just watch her documentary, it’s stated there.

wronggggg November 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Wronggggggg lisaaa left eye lopes is not cape verdian I know her sister reign drop they are definately hondurian…and u look at the last documentary that left eye made also she madeee a videooo saying that’s where her family is frommmm..getchaaa facts straightttt.. and I’m cape verdian and wee aren’t spanish we actually dislike being compared to the spanish race we come in light skin and dark …we are africannnn that’s wht we put on job applications lol… does “modi busta” sound spanish to u? Nahhh its afroo portuguese

Laura deAndrade-Baptista February 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

Dear wronggggg
Are you Cape Verdean? please check the spelling of the race in your comment………..
Do you also think the group “Tavares” is from the Honduras?They also make the es @ the end of their name sound like a z.
Also I believe the “how are you?” is “como di bou esta.” Modi busta is not correct.
In research you will find that after Cape Verde’s independence from Portugal in 1975, they changed some of the creolu letters to sound more African, example: creolu before 1975 and Kriolu after 1975. The creolu language evolved from the portuguese language. It was neither taught nor written in school. The (fortunate) natives that attended school were taught to speak and to read Portuguese. At home they spoke creolu which is similar to ebonics.LOL it is a lazy slang :)
By the way I can only speak for Lisa’s paternal side.
Thanks for listening.

Jose Lomba May 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

modi bu sta is used too. Como qui bu sta? This is correct.

Jose Lomba May 12, 2011 at 7:00 am

it is not busta, but bu sta, meaning you are/is For example, como qui bu sta?: how are you?

imagangsta124 November 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

does that mean she is hispanic

tinasheeeee October 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

No, Cape Verde is part of Africa and they speak Portuguese, so she could have Portuguese ancestry.

erika June 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm

she was a amazing rapper and she set the record for many female rappers.

erika June 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

great to know

total23 May 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm



Erica March 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I agree Jessie. My best friend was born in Cape Verde and she says she’s Portuguese or mixed. Cape Verde is a small Island off the coast of Africa. The people there are a mix of African and Portuguese, they mainly speak the Portuguese language or Creole as they call it which is a Portuguese/African dialect. So Lisa was mixed, Half African Half Portuguese.

ethnic October 24, 2009 at 12:00 am

Hey leah`e do you know if Left Eye spoke Portuguese?

leah`e October 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

alot of people didnt know that.she was/is my big cousin but my mom is portuguese/cape verdean and indian my mom was lisa’s dads niece. peace!:)

leo July 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

That’s funny…Lisa is my cousin too. my mom is lisa’s moms niece .

total23 July 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I’m Sorry For Ur Lost!

Very Scarey December 21, 2010 at 1:51 am

I am also sorry for you and your family`s lost. Remember that God has her in
HIS Care. God Bless!

total23 July 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I’m Sorry For Ur Lost!

Very Scarey December 21, 2010 at 1:55 am

Sorry for your lost aswell.

Jessie August 30, 2009 at 5:09 am

if it was in spanish it would clearly be Lopez!
HOW would i know im also Cape Verdean and my dad has the same exact last name as her and he is Portuguese!

ethnic August 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

Yes Id agree that she is most probably of African and Portuguese descent.

coolcat April 27, 2009 at 5:54 am

so…shes half black and spanish? thats what i thought

Tamara April 15, 2009 at 8:52 am

Cool I thought she was half spanish anyway I still miss her a lot 1 love I’m out!

Bri January 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

thats kool! i luv her

TGIM December 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Didn’t know that. I thought she was black and native american. Ok thanks

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