A Free Spirit Gone Too Soon
Lisa "Left Eye Lopes1971-2002
May Lisa Lopes always rest in peace! She's a very beautiful, but troubled free spirit who was very talented in the arts, particulary in the realm of music and hip hop/R&B. Lisa was a very extraordinary woman who was also the most controversial and outgoing of the TLC girls. Chilli is the muse and T-Boz, the poetess. She was an extraordinary entertainer, rapper, songwriter, and actress. She was the most flamboyant of the TLC girls, embracing life as it comes at her, engaging in outlandish antics, on and offstage. She rivals Janet Jackson, Eartha Kitt, Hillary Clinton, Cynthia McKinney, Josephine Baker, the fictional Carmen of Bizet's play, fictional Madame Olenska, Madame X, even Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown of late. These women live their lives at odds with the prevailing societal Free gender and class norms and were made to paid the price for doing so. The prescribed roles for women then and now were to stay in their places, preferably submissive, meek, and traditional wives and mothers and not to make waves that threaten both traditional and current patriarchial societies of the world. Lisa's wearing a condom on her left eye caught the wrath of the establishment and conservatives who don't want any form of education that doesn't stay to the basics. Her offstage lifestyle is like that of Carmen, who doesn't like being told what to do. Had Lisa is alive today, she wouldn't like what she sees in society today, including the impulse to conform to the dictates of society.Once again,may she rest in peace always!