VIP Event Review: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Album Release Party
Photo: Ms. Wanda Lopes Coleman & G. Markes
Approximately 500 people celebrated the life, legacy and future of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes on Tuesday, January 27th at the Ten Pin Alley in Atlanta. Hosted by Ryan Cameron (V103), celebrities such as Ronnie Devoe (New Edition), Monica, Ludacris, Sheree Whitfield (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Tmelle (Def Jam) showed their love by coming out. With their assistance, the event was a successful fundraiser benefiting the Lisa Lopes Foundation and her orphanage in the Honduras Hogar De Amor (Lisa’s Home of Love).
The highlight of the night was the release of Left Eye’s album titled “Eye Legacy” which includes previously unheard tracks. The album features collaborations with Missy Elliot, T-Boz, Chili, Bobby Valentino, Lil’ Mama and Free (former Host of BET’s 106 & Park).
I found time to ask a few industry professionals what they thought of Left Eye and her new project. One of the first people I spoke with was Marcus White (Cold Cash Records, Atlanta) and he said, “…great! I believe Left Eye’s success would give young girls the drive to pursue their dreams of a music career.” Ronique Marshall (known as Keyshia Cole’s BFF) from Oakland, CA was there with a film crew working on her reality show. She is excited about the album due to her love for Left Eye. “She is one of my favorite artists whose legacy lives today because of her accomplishments” Ronique proclaimed.
Photo: Ms. Jasmine Brodie
The part of the evening which was more special than any other was when I had the pleasure of meeting some of Left Eye’s family members. First, I was deeply touched and honored to speak with her mother Wanda Lopes Coleman. Ms. Coleman shared that she was proud of her daughter’s past and future accomplishments including the new album. The tremendous turnout really made her happy and grateful that people still had love for her daughter. The other family member I met was Ms. Jasmine Brodie. Ms. Brodie is from Philadelphia (now resides in Atlanta) and is a cousin of Left Eye’s. Though ten years younger, Jasmine credits Left Eye for helping raise her and influence her life more than anyone else. The legacy her cousin has blazed is very important to her especially the orphanage in the Honduras. She recounted the time she spent there with Lisa and how she departed the country only a week before Lisa’s tragic accident.
Much love for each of the attendees for understanding the significance of the event. Lisa’s family, foundation and businesses continue to reflect a dedication to others while shining a light onto the giving spirit and individual that Lisa was. Without question, this young lady has left a lasting imprint on music and in the world of service to others.
Story By: G. Markes, Urban Sports VIP
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