This Day in Black History: May 27, 1971

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, one-third of the girl group TLC, was born.

Posted: 05/27/2013 07:00 AM EDT

On May 27, 1971, Lisa Lopes, best known as "Left Eye" of the multi-platinum-selling girl group TLC, was born in Philadelphia.

A talented lyricist, Lopes provided the hip hop edge to TLC's mix of party anthems and sumptuous ballads, including "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "Waterfalls" and "No Scrubs."

Just as memorable was her eccentric fashion sense. She is perhaps best known for wearing glasses with a wrapped condom placed over her left eye to promote safe sex in the 1990s. TLC's best-selling album, CrazySexyCool (1994), has sold an estimated 22 million copies worldwide to date. The group won four Grammys and is credited as one of the top-selling girl groups in popular music.

Tragically, Lopes died in a car accident on April 25, 2002, in Roma, Honduras. She was 30.

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