The legendary video director Hype Williams, who dominated the music scene during the late 90’s and beyond, is set to help one of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ dreams finally become a reality — he wants to release a book using photographs he shot with her in Honduras back in 2001.
Left Eye originally had plans to release a book, which she wished to title, “Open“, to feature a variety of exclusive photographs she shot with Hype in Honduras. The Lopes family initially cited lack of Lisa’s input as reasons why the book was discontinued after her unfortunate passing in 2002 — she hadn’t written enough material to create the book.
Hype Williams recently took to social media (Oct 30) and shared numerous throwback photographs of some of his greatest moments on his video sets and photo shoots with Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Ma$e, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Kelis and Foxy Brown.
He also posted a beautiful shot of Lisa from a photo shoot he did with her in 2001, wearing a bubblegum pink Paul Frank flannel pyjama set.
“Left Eye was the sweetest! Like my little baby, and a good friend!”, Hype reminisces. He recalls the time he spent with her in Honduras on the photoshoot. “We shot this in Honduras at Usha Village about one year before she passed. Literally hundreds of rolls of film!”, he exclaimed. “One of the great lights!”.
Following the overwhelming outpouring of love from TLC and Left Eye fans, Hype thanked everyone and told them, “The real thing to do would be to release them all as one Lisa Lopes book. That’s what she wanted”, referring to her planned book, “Open”.
Lisa’s younger sister, Reigndrop Lopes, co-signed his sentiments once she saw his comments a week later. She urged Hype to release the book, saying, “Let’s do it! That’s what she wanted!”.
Hype later announced that the proposition was indeed going to become a reality. On Nov 8, Hype wrote a statement:
“Actually Lisa’s sister and I are going to be working together to release all of them in [a] special limited book and gallery show. Paying homage and tribute to Left Eye and putting the pics out there the way she originally intended”.
Hype then shared a candid shot of himself shopping with Lisa at a local grocery store in Honduras. In the caption he said, “Me and lil Left Eye, grocery shopping in La Ceiba Honduras ❤❤❤ circa 2001”.
Hype Williams directed the 1999 MTV VMA-winning TLC music video, “No Scrubs“, as well as Left Eye’s debut solo release, “The Block Party“, in 2001. Hype made his feature length movie directional debut in 1998 with the film, ‘Belly‘, starring Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Method Man and DMX.
Lisa will most definitely be proud to know that another one of her dreams will soon become a reality.
Will you be purchasing the Lisa Lopes book?
The family of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes officially unveiled the brand new headstone that they have commissioned for the beloved TLC star on November 9, along with the creator Tim Morris aka Cemetery Tim, responsible for the recent Eazy-E headstone.
Siblings Reigndrop and Ronald Lopes and mother Wanda Lopes-Coleman unveiled the masterpiece in Zillah, Washington at an exclusive free public event, open to all of her fans that were able to attend and witness the creation with her family.
The all-new headstone features some one-of-a-kind designs and modern features to complement the stunning colors and smooth finish. Explaining some of the headstones finer details, Tim said, “This is a bronze marker, it’s mounted to the full ledger which is granite. It has brilliant impressions”.
Tim goes on to explain how he has included the lyrics to her original “Waterfalls” rap, just as it was present on her original headstone, as well as a preserved copy of her autograph, her foundation official logo, special words and photos of the family with Lisa and it even features a QR code, which fans can scan and find out more information about the Lisa Lopes Foundation.
The main photo of Lisa in the center of the headstone, which was photographed by director Hype Williams in Honduras, is in fact 3D. “It’s three dimensional, so you can actually feel Left Eye”, Tim explains. “You can feel her hands, her body and her lips. It’s definitely one-of-a-kind”.
Tim met Lisa’s family through an email earlier this year, he told Yakima Herald. “They wanted to see some of my work and I sent them some drawings of projects that I was working on. They liked what they saw and asked me to create a one-of-a-kind [headstone] for Lisa”, he said.
We know Lisa is up there smiling right now.
Watch the highlights from the unveiling below!
TLC are keeping the festivities high this year! Although they rarely take up gigs during the holiday’s, the girls will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day in style this year!
Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade was announced this week by the U.S. department store chain. Along with the legendary TLC, other stars set to celebrate at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City include Emmy-winning “Pose” actor Billy Porter, Latin singer Ozuna and Grammy-winning performers Black Eyed Peas, Chicago and Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland.
Ciara, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Debbie Gibson, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin and former NASA astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi also will participate in the 93rd annual parade on Nov. 28.
The special will air at 9 a.m. EST on NBC’s “Today” show.
Others part of the line-up include the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street,” That Girl Lay Lay, Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Young, NCT 127, Chris Janson and Josh Dela Cruz.
Are you ready for this?! It’s time to announce our 2019#MacysParade performers. Don’t miss @theebillyporter,@OfficialTLC, @bep, @ChrisYoungMusic & @tenilletownes 11/28 on @NBC starting at 9am. https://t.co/D5DLVeEshV pic.twitter.com/5qhdyME9ol
— Macy's (@Macys) November 1, 2019