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Hype Williams & Lopes Family To Fulfil Left Eye’s Wish To Release Her Book Of Photos

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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-ZMissy 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.

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Left Eye in Honduras (2001)

“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!”.

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Left Eye in Honduras (2001)

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?

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Family of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Reveal One-of-a-Kind Modern Headstone

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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”.

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Wanda and Reigndrop feel the 3D image of Lisa

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”.

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Reigndrop kisses her sister’s newly-created headstone

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!
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Left Eye’s Grave To Receive Brand New Updated Headstone

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The loving family of the late, great Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes have decided to give the superstar and the ‘L’ of TLC some extra love, in the form of a complete renovation of her original headstone at her resting place at the Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Stonecrest, Georgia.

Tim Morris aka Cemetery Tim has been commissioned to do the honors of creating a brand new headstone to replace the first headstone, which was laid down in 2002 with the lyrics to Lisa’s rap verse in TLC’s most iconic hit to date, “Waterfalls“.

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Left Eye’s original headstone in Atlanta

Tim has created new headstones for other music stars in the past. He has previously worked on a new tombstone for the hip-hop legend Eric “Eazy-E” Wright of N.W.A, the 8-time Latin Grammy-award winning Tejano musician Jimmy González (front man of the group Mazz), and most recently the King of laid back, catchy hooks, Nate Dogg.

Tim initially announced his involvement in the production of a new Left Eye headstone back in May via his Facebook, after having a nice phone call with her family. He promised that his beautiful design for her headstone will truly represent the star.

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Tim unveils his work on headstones for Eazy E (above) and Jimmy González (below)

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“I’m going to start designing her beautiful new headstone, and you can guarantee that it will truly represent her”, Tim said. “I am a big fan of her music and I truly feel blessed to be the one designing her final tribute. Stay tuned!!!”

Tim was also present at the 8th annual Left Eye Birthday Fundraiser held by her family on May 21 at Revel in Atlanta. Tim bagged himself an authentic Left Eye portrait during a charity auction held at the event.

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Left Eye tribute monument in La Ceiba, Honduras

The new one-of-a-kind Left Eye headstone will be unveiled exclusively by Tim on November 9 at Perham Hall in Zillah, Washington between 4-6 PM. Left Eye’s family, mother Wanda and siblings Reigndrop and Ron, will also be in attendance at the free event.

DJ Garin Moore will supply the music for the night and deserts will be provided by Shorty’s Sweet Treats N Cake. Alcoholic beverages will also be available.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see her beautiful tribute before it’s shipped to her gravesite in Atlanta.

To grab tickets to the event click HERE

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‘2 The Left’: Kerisse Hutchinson and Left Eye’s Sister on Her Tribute Play to Lisa

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Actress Kerisse Hutchinson alongside the sister of the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes stopped by Good Day Atlanta to discuss the play “2 The Left: A Tribute to the Life of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes.

It premiered in Atlanta at the Synchronicity Theatre for a two-week, limited-engagement showcase.

The production ran from Aug. 1 to Aug. 11 and is an inspiring music-filled multimedia production written and performed by Kerisse Hutchinson.

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The play chronicles the life and spiritual journey of Atlanta rap icon Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, showing the challenges she encountered as she embarked on a journey to find her artistic voice and spiritual purpose.

We hope that the play will be re-run again for those who missed it the first time round.

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