Lisa Lopes

Lisa Lopes and TLC

Lisa Lopes (right) with Rozonda Thomas and Tionne Watkins in 1995, photo by Prphotos

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. The group was created by Perri “Pebbles” Reid.

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 grandfather was named Jose A. Andino (the son of Jose Andino). Lisa’s sister has stated that their grandfather Jose was of Mexican descent.

Lisa’s maternal grandmother was named Lillie.

Lisa and her bandmate Tionne Watkins 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 –


Curious about ethnicity

62 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    I think Jose Andino was the son of a Spanish man named Jose Andino/Andion and a black woman Helen Blackston (married Hewlett).

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