For those reared in the 90s and exposed to American popular music, TLC was a household name. Comprised of three young women, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, TLC reflected the flirtatious free spirits of its members. The group was wild, to some, and familiar, to others. They were grown in many ways but still fun enough to appeal to the little ones too. Their story -- of fame, fortune, drama, and renewal -- is interesting, edgy and inspiring.
But that is not what this is about.
TLC is one thing. The life and times of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes is something else altogether. Frankly, there is so much to be said about her very short and long existence; so many questions and answers that writing my own thoughts here seems deeply ineffective.
What I will say is:
1) Watch these videos. I saw the documentary when it came out. I was also much younger, a different person. I missed a LOT of what she was saying (too much, actually). I encourage you to watch it again if you've seen it, or for the first time if you haven't. It's THAT powerful.
2) Observe the many layers of Left Eye: the transparency, the self-reflection, the truth. The willpower and determination. The falling and getting up. The deeply-rooted creativity. The freedom. The ascension. It is so incredibly strange, so epic, that you just can't make it up. It's entirely too extraordinary to be fiction.
3) "The cry of a dreamer lives in our minds and hearts... forever!"
Rest Well, Ms. Lopes. I pray that the stardust is enveloping you, still. #LUV