Lisa Lopes

by ethnic on February 16, 2008

Lisa Lopes and TLCLisa Lopes on the right

Birth Name: Lisa Nicole Lopes

Date of Birth: May 27, 1971

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Death: April 25, 2002

Death Place: La Ceiba, Atlántida, Honduras

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

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

Lisa was the daughter of Wanda Denise (Andino) and Ronald Lopes. She had Afro-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’s paternal grandparents were “Chick” Chaneyfield, a saxophone player, and Gladys. Her paternnal great-grandfather was Helen B. Hewlett.

Lisa’s maternal grandparents were Jose Andino and Lillie. Lisa’s sister has confirmed that Jose was of Mexican descent.

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


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

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.

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.

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