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Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

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Lisa Nicole Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002), better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, teen idol, and member of the popular R&B group TLC.

Lopes contributed her own self-written raps to many of TLC’s popular singles, including “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs”. Lopes was also a self-taught keyboardist and displayed those talents during her solo spot on TLC’s headlining concert performances. She was also known for wearing a pair of glasses with a condom in place of the left eye lens in the beginning of her career, which was one of the ways the group promoted safe sex.

TLC began life as a female trio called Second Nature. The group evolved into TLC - the letters of the band made up of the first initials of the three members - Tionne, Lisa and Crystal. Things didn’t work out with Crystal, and TLC’s manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid brought in her back up dancer, Rozonda Thomas as a third member of the group. To keep the “initial” theme of the band’s name, Rozonda needed a name starting with C, so she took on the nickname Chilli. Fellow bandmate Tionne Watkins became T-Boz, while Lisa renamed herself Left Eye, as she had once been told she had beautiful eyes, “particularly the left eye.” Left Eye celebrated her nickname by wearing glasses with a condom over her left eye (also a promotion for safe sex), later evolving to a black stripe under the eye.

The group appeared on the scene in 1992 with the album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. With three hit singles, it sold 6 million copies worldwide and TLC became household names. After a few years’ break, TLC came back with CrazySexyCool, selling over 15 million copies worldwide and cementing TLC as one of the biggest female groups of all time.

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