Lisa Lopes

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.

Sources: https://www.youtube.com
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http://urbanbridgez.com

Death record of Lisa’s father – https://www.familysearch.org

Lisa’s paternal grandfather, Charles “Charlie” Lopes, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Lisa’s paternal great-grandfather, Emanuel/Manuel Lopes – https://www.familysearch.org

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

Death record of Lisa’s paternal great-grandmother, Almira/Alma/Annie (Smith) Lopes Harris – https://www.familysearch.org

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59 Responses

  1. madman says:

    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.

    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZVL-WKN
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F3F9-H5Z
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FPQS-JPN
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSYB-MLW

    I also found out her maternal grandfather:
    https://www.familytreenow.com/search/people/results?first=Jose&middle=A&last=Andino&dobyyyy=1931&rid=0s0&smck=TgNFlgU78e40LTCbiFSoLQ
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KR5X-TR4

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

  2. savanna says:

    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. “

  3. savanna says:

    Lisa’s grandfather Jose Andino was of Mexican descent
    https://twitter.com/ReigndropLopes/status/688135586020904960?cn=cmVwbHk%3D&refsrc=email
    (her sister Raina Lopes)

  4. savanna says:

    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 http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/878631-10-Facts-You-Probably-Didn%E2%80%99t-Know-About-Lisa-%E2%80%9CLeft-Eye%E2%80%9D-Lopes

  5. savanna says:

    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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kH1FnvKTHg

    • madman says:

      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.
      http://urbanbridgez.com/ubgblog/2017/04/13/rb-bridgez-the-25th-anniversary-of-tlc/

      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:
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/117321030/ronald-eugene-lopes
      https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGDD-5S7

      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?

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