FOX NETWORK BRINGS BACK COOKIE LYON (EMPIRE S4)

Empire_2_lgThe Lyons are coming back for a fourth season of drama and Cookie-isms.

download (21)Empire” has been renewed for Season 4, it was announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour by Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman. Alongside Newman, Fox exec David Madden said Season 4 will consist of 18 episodes.

The fourth season will return in the 2017-2018 television season. Currently on hiatus, “Empire” returns with the back-half of its third season this spring on Mar. 22.

 

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The renewal is hardly a surprise, as “Empire” is one of the biggest hits to come to network television in the past decade. In its third season, the primetime family soap ranks as the top broadcast drama among adults 18-49 — a title it has held through its entire run. Though its ratings dipped this year, “Empire” still finished out the first half of its third season with nearly 8 million overnight viewers for the midseason finale. For the 2016-2017 season, the show has averaged almost 16 million total viewers, becoming the show to nab Fox’s largest total multi-platform audience.

images (61)“Empire” has received numerous Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations through its three seasons, including a Golden Globe win for star Taraji P. Henson, who has received back-to-back Emmy nods.

Along with Henson — who plays the breakout character Cookie — “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Bre-Z, Xzibit and Morocco Omari. The series is known for bringing on notable guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

Taraji-P-Henson-Terrence-Howard-Fight-Instagram-Video“Empire” was co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Ilene Chaiken serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Daniels, Strong, Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. Imagine Television produces with 20th Century Fox Television.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that “Empire” had its fair share of celebrity appearances like Mariah Carey appearing as a guest star and stars like Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad had recurring appearances on the series. It has also been speculated that Rumer Willis will show up in multiple episodes of “Empire” season 4.

Watch “Empire” in Australia on Fox8 channel. The show can also be streamed online on Channel Ten.

 

“Empire” has over time proved to a critical hit with multiple Emmy Awards to its name. It is also Fox’s largest total multiplatform traffic magnet with an average of 16 million total viewers for the 2016-17 broadcast session, according to a Deadline report.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Empire” season 4 will consist of 18 episodes, much like the previous two seasons. The show is currently under a three-month pause, as music drama “Star” has taken over the time slot, which prevents “Empire” from returning until March 2017.

The THR further reports that NBC’s debut family drama, “This Is Us” could prove to be a competition for the show. “Empire’s” ratings fell to a 2.5 low during the early phase of the last season before making a rebound in the final episodes.

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Kendrick Lamar Replaces Himself at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart 4/7/2017 by Trevor Anderson

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Kendrick Lamar scores his fifth No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks as “Humble” storms in atop the chart dated April 15, knocking his own “The Heart Part 4” from the summit. With the new No. 1, he becomes the fourth act to succeed himself at the top, following Zayn (who completed the feat twice), Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran.

In addition to “Heart,” Lamar previously reigned on Top Tracks with “I” (one week in 2014) and his featured turns on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” (three weeks in 2015) and Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know” (one week in 2016).

Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks is a weekly ranking of the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S., ranked by the volume of shares over a seven-day period (Monday to Sunday).

“Humble” and its accompanying music video premiered on March 30, and the clip has soared to more than 33.1 million global views on YouTube through April 4.

The release of two new tracks within the past two weeks had lead to speculation over an impending new album from the rapper. He ended “Heart” with the prophetic line – “Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get y’all sh*t together,” which some interpreted as a possible release date for his fourth studio set. However, on Apr. 6, an iTunes page for a new Kendrick album — titled, at least tentatively, as ALBUM — appeared, with Apr. 14 listed as the expected release date.

One last note on “Heart”: Though the song departs the Top Tracks peak, dipping 1-16, it arrives on other Billboard surveys, including a No. 11 start on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and a No. 22 debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

Also in the top five on Top Tracks, Cheat Codes makes its chart debut as “No Promises,” featuring Demi Lovato, arrives at No. 4. With the debut, Lovato earns her seventh top 10 hit and the first since “Body Say” last August. Cheat Codes posted the song’s official audio clip to their YouTube channel on March 30; the clip has climbed to 465,000 global clicks.

Joining the above cuts in the top 10 is The Chainsmokers‘ “The One,” which zooms to a No. 10 debut. The duo posted the song — the first track on their first-full length album Memories: Do Not Open, arriving April 7 — on Facebook on March 27. The clip has 1.9 million views on Facebook, and more than 10.5 million global plays on Spotify through April 6.

“The One” is the fifth top 10 hit for the EDM pair on the Top Tracks chart, following “Closer,” featuring Halsey (No. 1 for one week), “All We Know,” featuring Phoebe Ryan (No. 4), “Paris” (No. 5) and “Something Just Like This,” with Coldplay (No. 10).

Just underneath “The One,” Selena Gomez sprints to a No. 11 entrance on Top Tracks with “Only You,” from the soundtrack to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which she co-executive produced. The tune is a cover of Yaz’s 1982 song, which reached No. 67 on the Hot 100.

Gomez’s official YouTube audio for “You,” released March 30, has clocked more than 4.2 million global plays. “You” continues a busy week on the charts for the pop singer, as her collaboration with Kygo on “It Ain’t Me” jumps 19-14 on Top Tracks and completes an identical five-spot rise (from 20-15) on the Hot 100.

A Year After Prince’s Death, Many Questions Remain: Report 4/7/2017 by Gil Kaufman

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It’s been almost a year since the Apr. 21 opiod-related overdose death of Prince, but despite intense scrutiny, according to a New York Times probe many questions remain about the cause of the Rock Hall of Fame musician’s demise. And, given the series of dead ends investigators have encountered so far, it’s possible the true story may never be known.

The basic facts remain: the 57-year-old musician known for living a clean marijuana- and alcohol-avoiding, vegetarian lifestyle suffered from chronic hip pain for many years. But investigators still don’t know how he came into possession of the powerful opioid fentanyl, which has been the cause of a rash of overdoses and death over the past few years. We also know that six days before his death Prince’s chartered jet had to make an emergency landing after he overdosed on the way home from a concert and he had to be revived.

There have been no arrests to date of anyone who might have supplied Prince with fentanyl, despite sweeps of the usual suspects. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is running point on the probe along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the findings eventually going on to the U.S. attorney’s office, which will determine if any prosecution is warranted.

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In these kinds of joint investigations the agencies typically focus on doctors and pharmacies, according to the Times, to see if painkillers were “improperly or illegally distributed to an individual.” So far, the sheriff’s office has talked to people who were at Paisley Park that day and, as of February, the inquiry was still active. The bad news is that if Prince’s fentanyl came from the black market — which appears to be the case — it will be difficult, if not impossible to track down the source without a paper trail.

The two initial focuses of the probe were Dr. Michael Schulenberg — who treated Prince before his death and was at his home the day he died with some test results — and Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California opioid addiction specialist. Schulenberg had prescribed undisclosed medications to Prince and Kornfeld’s son, Andrew, arrived at Paisley Park after Prince died with a small dose of Suboxone, an anti-addiction agent used to revive overdose victims; he was reportedly not legally authorized to administer that treatment.

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Neither doctor, nor Andrew Kornfeld, appears to be the focus of the ongoing investigation according to the Times. Schulenberg — who left his job at the North Memorial Health Care in the days after Prince’s death — has not said what medication he prescribed for Prince and there’s no indication that investigators think it was an opiate. His lawyer told the paper that Schulenberg has “fully cooperated” with the investigation and has not been questioned further by police since his voluntary interview on Apr. 21, 2016.

Dr. Kornfeld continues to run a treatment center in California and his son is applying to medical schools, according to the paper.

“Prince’s death has raised the profile of the opioid crisis even further,” said Dr. Chris Johnson, chairman of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Opioid Prescribing Work Group. The singer’s demise came after fentanyl — which is as much as 50 times more powerful, and cheaper to produce than heroin and often disguised as more expensive prescription pain pills — had not been seen on the local black market in the Minneapolis area, but experienced a sudden surge around the time of his death.

In the meantime, the questions persist and the answers appear further away than before. To read the full Times story, click here.

Rihanna Receives Harvard University’s Humanitarian Award & Delivers Inspiring Speech: Watch

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As one of the world’s most famous female singers of today, Rihanna‘s contribution to the world has been plenty impactful in itself. But something fans may forget is how philanthropic the “Love on the Brain” singer is as well.

Because of Rihanna’s work in her native island of Barbados and the charities she has founded over the years, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations honored her with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award. In a ceremony held Tuesday (Feb. 28), Rihanna thanked the university for the honor and delivered an inspiring speech — but, of course, had to start off with a little pat on the back for her achievement.

“So I made it to Harvard,” Rihanna began as she jokingly flipped her hair. “Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.”

As she continued, Rihanna explained that she has had a passion for helping people since she was a young girl watching commercials about how a quarter could help save a child’s life. “I would think to myself, ‘I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa.’ And I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up and I get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager,” she laughed.

After touching on all of the organizations she has since started and helped with, Rihanna encouraged the students at the ceremony and everyone listening to join her in her selfless contributions.

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.” She added, “What that little girl watching those commercials didn’t know is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, you don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated. But it starts with your neighbor… you just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”

Watch Rihanna receive her humanitarian award and see her full speech below:

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“Salt” (Top Female Rapper )

 

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Cheryl R. James (born March 28, 1966) better known by her stage name “Salt” is an American rapper and actress. She is a member of the rap trio Salt-n-Pepa, which also includes Pepa (Sandra Denton) and Spinderella (Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper). Salt starred in The Salt-n-Pepa Show, a reality TV series focusing on reforming the group.

Career

 

 

Cheryl James and Sandra Denton formed Salt-n-Pepa in 1984, they were joined by Latoya Hanson in 1985 who was replaced by Deidra Roper joined in 1986. They released five studio albums: Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986),A Salt with a Deadly Pepa (1988), Blacks’ Magic (1990), Very Necessary (1993), andBrand New (1997). Salt also co-starred in the 1993 motion picture Who’s the Man? In 1997, she recorded the song “Stomp” with gospel artists Kirk Franklin and God’s Property for their album God’s Property, one of the best-selling albums in gospel music history. They were the first female rap act to have gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums, and the first female rap act to win a Grammy. The group disbanded in 2002 but reformed in 2008.

 

Salt appeared on VH1’s inaugural Hip Hop Honors program in November 2004, along with Pepa, but they did not perform. Salt, Pepa, and Spinderella, however, did perform on the second Hip Hop Honors on September 22, 2005, performing their hit “Whatta Man”. This was the trio’s first performance as Salt-N-Pepa since 1999. On October 23, 2008, Salt-N-Pepa performed “Shoop”, “Push It”, and “Whatta Man” at the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards. In 2009, Salt was featured in the Generation Gospel Exclusive on 106 & Gospel.

 

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Salt married her husband Gavin Wray on Christmas Eve 2000,  She and Wray have two children, a daughter and a son. They currently reside in New York City.   She was referenced in Tupac’s song “Keep Ya Head Up.”

 

In an interview Salt stated she considers herself a feminist “in a way,” emphasizing the need for women to avoid complete emotional and financial dependence on men. Songs like “Tramp” and “Shake Your Thang” by Salt-N-Pepa express these feminist themes of female autonomy.

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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, dancer, musician, and songwriter.

She achieved fame as a member of the R&B girl group TLC. Lopes contributed her self-written raps to many of TLC’s hit singles, including “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”, “What About Your Friends”, “Hat 2 da Back”, “No Scrubs”, “Waterfalls”, “Girl Talk”.

She won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.

On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in an automobile accident in La Ceiba, Honduras when she swerved off the road to avoid hitting another vehicle. She was thrown from her own vehicle and later died from her injuries. The last days of her life were documented from March 30, 2002 until her death on April 25, 2002. The footage included the accident that took her life and was made into a documentary called The Last Days of Left Eye.

It aired on VH1’s rock docs on May 19, 2007, eight days prior to what would have been Lopes’ 36th birthday.

Lisa Lopes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Wanda, a seamstress, and Ronald Lopes, an Army staff sergeant.

She had two younger siblings, Ronald and Raina. Her father has been described by music journalist and academic Jacqueline Springer, as an “oppressively” strict and demanding disciplinarian

Lopes’ parents separated when she was still at school and for the later years of her childhood, she was raised by her paternal grandmother. She attended Girls’ High School.

She was of Afro-Cape Verdean and African American descent.

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At the age of 17, having heard of an open casting call for a new girl group through her boyfriend at the time, Lopes moved to Atlanta to audition.

TLC started off as a female trio called 2nd Nature. The group was renamed TLC – derived from the first initials of its then three members – Tionne, Lisa and Crystal.

Things did not work out with Crystal Jones, and TLC’s manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid brought in Damian Dame backup 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, and so became Chilli—a name chosen by Lopes.

Band mate Tionne Watkins became T-Boz which was derived from the first letter of her first name and “Boz,” which is slang for “boss”.

Lopes was renamed “Left Eye”, after a compliment from a man who once told her he was very attracted to her because of her left eye. Lopes emphasized her nickname by wearing a pair of glasses with the left lens covered with a condom, in keeping with the group’s promotion of safe sex, wearing a black stripe under her left eye and, eventually getting her left eyebrow pierced.

The group arrived on the music scene in 1992 with the album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip.

With four singles, it sold six million copies worldwide; TLC became a household name. 1994 saw the release of CrazySexyCool, which sold over 23 million copies worldwide and cemented TLC as one of the biggest female groups of all time.

TLC’s third album,FanMail, was released in 1999 and sold over 14 million copies worldwide.

Its title was a tribute to TLC’s loyal fans and the sleeve contained the names of hundreds of them as a “thank you” to supporters.

During the recording of FanMail, a public conflict began amongst the members of the group.

In the May 1999 issue of Vibe magazine, Lopes said, “I’ve graduated from this era. I cannot stand 100 percent behind this TLC project and the music that is supposed to represent me.”

In response to Lopes’ comments, Watkins and Thomas stated to Entertainment Weekly that Lopes “doesn’t respect the whole group” and “Left Eye is only concerned with Left Eye”. In turn, Lopes sent a reply through Entertainment Weekly issuing a “challenge” to Watkins and Thomas to release solo albums and let the public decide who was the “greatest” member of TLC:

“I challenge Tionne Watkins (T-Boz) andRozonda Thomas(Chilli) to an album entitled “The Challenge”… a 3-CD set that contains three solo albums. Each [album]… will be due to the record label by October 1, 2000…I also challenge Dallas ‘The Manipulator’ Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate. As I think about it, I’m sure LaFace would not mind throwing in a $1.5 million dollar prize for the winner.”

T-Boz and Chilli declined to take up the “challenge,” though Lopes always maintained it was a great idea.

Things were heated between the ladies for some time, with Thomas speaking out against Lopes, calling her antics “selfish”, “evil”, and “heartless.”

TLC then addressed these fights by saying that they are very much like sisters that have their disagreements every now and then as Lisa stated, “It’s deeper than a working relationship. We have feelings for each other, which is why we get so mad at each other. I usually say that you cannot hate someone unless you love them. So, we love each other. That’s the problem.”

Solo career

After the release of FanMail, Lopes began to expand her solo career. She became a featured rapper on several singles, including Spice Girl Melanie C’s “Never Be the Same Again”, which topped the charts in thirty five countries, including the United Kingdom.

She was also featured on “U Know What’s Up”, the first single from Donell Jones’ second album,Where I Wanna Be, and she rapped a verse in “Space Cowboy” with ‘N Sync on their 2000 album,No Strings Attached.

On October 4, 2000, Lopes co-hosted the MOBO Awards alongside Trevor Nelson, where she also performed “U Know What’s Up” with Jones.

She also collaborated on “Gimme Some” by Toni Braxton from her 2000 album The Heat.

In 2001, she appeared in a commercial for Gap Inc. Three years earlier in 1998, Lopes hosted the short-lived MTV series, The Cut. A handful of which would be pop stars, rappers, and rock bands who would compete against each other and were judged. The show’s winner, which ended up being a male-female rap duo named Silky, was promised a record deal and funding to produce a music video, which would then enter MTV’s heavy rotation.

A then-unknown Anastacia finished in third place, but ended up securing a record deal after Lopes and the show’s three judges were impressed by her performance.

In July 2001, Lopes appeared on the singers’ edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire along with Joey McIntyre, Tyrese, Nick Lachey, and Lee Ann Womack.

She dropped from a $125,000 question and won $32,000 for charity. She would later appear again in the audience alongside Tyrese.

A year later, in 2002, the episode of her drop was shown and was dedicated to her.

Lopes created “Left Eye Productions” to discover new talent. She mentored the R&B trio Blaque, and helped them secure a record deal with Columbia Records.

Their self-titled debut album was executive-produced by Lopes, who also made a cameo appearance in their music video “808” and also rapped in their second music video “I Do”. Lopes was also developing and promoting another new band called Egypt.

They worked with Lopes on her second album under her new nickname, N.I.N.A., meaning New Identity Not Applicable.

Supernova

Lopes spent much of her free time after the conclusion of TLC’s first headlining tour supporting Fanmail recording her debut solo album,Supernova.

It includes a song titled “A New Star is Born”, which is dedicated to her late father. She told MTV News:

“That track is dedicated to all those that have loved ones that have passed away. It’s saying that there is no such thing as death. We can call it transforming for a lack of better words, but as scientists would say, ‘Every atom that was once a star is now in you.’ It’s in your body. So, in the song I pretty much go along with that idea. … I don’t care what happens or what people think about death, it doesn’t matter. We all share the same space.”

Other tracks covered personal issues, including her relationship with NFL football player Andre Rison. In 1994, Lopes infamously burned down Rison’s Atlanta mansion, resulting in the loss of all his possessions.

Among the album’s thirteen tracks was also a posthumous duet with Tupac Shakur that was assembled from the large cache of unreleased recordings done prior to his murder in 1996.

Initially scheduled for release on a date to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of her grandfather’s death, Arista Records decided to delay, then cancel the American release.[

The album was eventually released in August 2001 in various foreign countries. The Japan import includes a bonus track called “Friends”, which would later be sampled for “Give It to Me While It’s Hot” on TLC’s fourth album 3D.

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After numerous talks with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, Lopes severed her solo deal with Arista (despite remaining signed to the label as a member of TLC) and signed with Knight’s Tha Row Records in January 2002, intending to record a second solo album under the pseudonym “N.I.N.A.” (New Identity Not Applicable).

She was recording with David Bowie for the project, who she was also trying to get involved with the fourth TLC album. The project was also to include several songs recorded with Ray J along with close friend Missy Elliott.

After Lopes’ death in April 2002, Death Row Records still had plans to release the album in October 2002, but after legal issues with Arista Records, the album was cancelled. In 2011, all the tracks from the album were uploaded onto YouTube featuring artists from Tha Row Records. Lopes’s unreleased songs were also sampled by TLC for their fourth album 3D after she died. Another track, “Too Street 4 T.V”, was released on the soundtrack to the film Dysfunktional Family.

Eye Legacy, Forever… The EP and “Fantasies”

In 2008, Lopes’ family decided to work with producers at Surefire Music Group to create aposthumous album in her honor,Eye Legacy. Originally set to be released October 28, 2008, the release date was pushed back to November 11, then to January 27, 2009.

The song “Crank It”, which features Lopes’ sister Reigndrop, was released as a promotional single. The first official single from the album, “Let’s Just Do It”, was released on January 13, 2009 and features Missy Elliott and TLC. The second official single, “Block Party”, features Lil Mama andClyde McKnight. The album largely consists of reworked versions of tracks from the Supernova album. In November 2009, Forever… The EP was released which contained international bonus tracks not used on the Eye Legacy album. The EP was only available to download. An unreleased track featuring Lopes was uploaded to SoundCloud on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of her death by block Starz Music.

A portion of the proceeds from the song “Fantasies”, which features rapper Bootleg of The Dayton Family, will go to the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

Personal life

Lopes was often vocal about her personal life and difficult past. She readily admitted that she had come from an abusive, alcoholic background and struggled with alcohol problems herself. These problems became headline news in 1994, when she set fire to Andre Rison’s tennis shoes in a bathtub, which ultimately spread to the mansion they shared, destroying it. Lopes claimed that Rison had beaten her after a night out, and she set fire to his shoes to get back at him. However, she said burning down the house was an accident. Lopes later revealed that she did not have a lot of freedom within the relationship and was abused mentally and physically, having released all her frustrations on the night of the fire.

Lopes, who was sentenced to five years probation and therapy at a halfway house, was never able to shake the incident from her reputation. Her relationship with Rison continued to make headlines, with rumors of an imminent wedding, later debunked by People magazine.

Lopes revealed on The Last Days of Left Eye documentary that her meeting with a struggling mother in rehab left a big impression on her. She subsequently adopted the woman’s 8-year-old daughter. Ten years previously, she had adopted a 12-year-old boy.

Lopes had several large tattoos. Most prominent was a large eagle on her left arm, which she said represented freedom. Later, she added the number “80” around the eagle, which was Rison’s NFL number while in Atlanta.

She also had a tattoo of a moon with a face on her foot in reference to Rison’s nickname, Bad Moon. On her upper right arm was a large tattoo of the name Parron, for her late step brother who died in a boating accident, arching over a large tattoo of a pierced heart. Her smallest tattoo was on her left ear and consisted of an arrow pointing to her left over the symbol of an eye, a reference to her nickname.

Roughly two weeks before her own death, Lopes was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in the death of a ten-year-old Honduran boy.

As reported in Philadelphia Weekly, “It is commonplace for people to walk the roads that wind through Honduras, and it’s often difficult to see pedestrians.” The boy, Bayron Isaul Fuentes Lopez, was following behind his brothers and sisters when he stepped off the median strip and was struck by the van driven by Lopes’ personal assistant. Lopes’ party stopped and loaded the boy into the car, and the Philadelphia Weekly goes on to explain that “Lisa cradled the dying boy’s bleeding head in her arms” while “Someone gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as they rushed him to a nearby hospital.”

Lopez died the next day and Lopes paid approximately US$3,700 for his medical expenses and funeral, and later compensated the family around US$925 for their loss, although it was apparently agreed upon by the authorities and the boy’s family that his death was an “unforeseeable tragedy”, and no blame was placed on Lopes or the driver of the van.

In the documentary The Last Days of Left Eye, Lopes is shown in a local funeral home choosing a casket for the child. Earlier in the documentary, Lopes mentioned that she felt the presence of a “spirit” following her, and was struck by the fact that the child killed in the accident shared her last name, even thinking that the spirit may have made a mistake by taking his life instead of hers.

Charity

Shortly after the death of Lisa Lopes, her family started the Lisa Lopes Foundation, a charitable group dedicated to providing neglected and abandoned youth with the resources necessary to increase their quality of life. Her spiritual motto is the one that she used for her foundation: “Energy never dies…It just transforms.” Her foundation went into various underdeveloped villages and gave away brand new clothes to needy children and their families.

In 2012, the Foundation began hosting an annual music festival, known as “Left Eye Music Fest”, in Decatur, Georgia.

On April 25, 2002, in La Ceiba, Honduras, while driving a rented Mitsubishi Pajero around a bend in the road, Lopes swerved to the right slightly then again to the left as she tried to avoid a collision with another vehicle that was in her lane ahead of her (it is not clear as to the direction of travel of the other vehicle at the time of the accident). The vehicle rolled several times after hitting two trees, throwing Lopes and three others out of the windows.

She died of neck injuries and severe head trauma, and was the only person fatally injured in the accident. Raina Lopes, in the front passenger seat, was videotaping at the time, so the last seconds leading up to the swerve that resulted in the fatal accident were recorded on video. In the video, Lisa appears to not be wearing a seat belt.

Her funeral was held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia on May 2, 2002.

Thousands of people attended her funeral. Engraved upon her casket were the lyrics to her portion of “Waterfalls”:

“Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you.”

Lopes was buried at Hillandale Memorial Gardens, in Lithonia, Georgia.

In a statement to MTV, producerJermaine Dupri remembered Lopes:

“She was determined to be something in life. She was a true Hip-Hop star. She cared about some press. She was the star out of the group. She was the one who would curse on TV. She had the tattoos. You could not expect the expected. When you see Lisa, you could expect something from her. That is the gift she carried.”

Controversy over leaked autopsy photos led to a protest by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In response, Earnhardt, Jr. and his DEI teammates Michael Waltrip and Steve Park painted a single black stripe next to the left headlight decals of their Chevrolet Monte Carlos for the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway to protest about the display of her autopsy photos.

A similar controversy had befallen Earnhardt, Jr. himself after his father’s death in the Daytona 500 a year earlier.

A documentary showing the final 27 days of Lopes’ life, titled The Last Days of Left Eye, premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival in April 2007, for an audience that included many of Lopes’ contemporaries, including Monica,Ronnie DeVoe, 112, Big Boi,India.Arie, and CeeLo Green.

VH1 and VH1 Soul broadcast the documentary on May 19, 2007. Much of the footage was shot with a hand-held camera, often in the form of diary entries filmed by Lopes while on a 30-day spiritual retreat in Honduras with family and members of the R&B group Egypt.

  1.  In these entries, she reflected on her personal life and career. A calmer side of her personality was on display, showing interests in numerology and yoga.

She was in the process of setting up an educational center for Honduran children on 80 acres  of land she owned called CAMP YAC as well as another center, CREATIVE CASTLE

Lisa Left Eye Lopes

Lisa Left Eye Lopes

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