Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ light was definitely shining down on Justin’s this past Sunday as family and friends gathered to celebrate what would have been the artist’s 41st birthday.
Ron Lopes, Lisa’s younger brother, told S2S that Diddy’s restaurant holds a special place in his family’s heart. “When Lisa passed away, Justin’s sent so much food to the house, we didn’t need to cook for days. It was this type of love and support that helped us make it through.” The popular celeb hangout is still showing love a decade later as one of the key sponsors, along with Chocolate Bar and Cake Cafe Atlanta, of the Lisa Lopes Foundation.
Those closest to the late rapper/writer/fashion model gathered for an emotional, bittersweet tribute. Lisa’s mother, Wanda Lopes-Colemon, almost didn’t make it to the brunch, but did fortunately gather enough strength to come out and share personal stories about her superstar daughter.
“I’m glad we did a birthday," she said. "It took about a month after her real birthday to make it happen and it was her last birthday that we celebrated. Lisa was traveling and all. We all tried to get [Lisa's sister] Raina’s housewarming together with her birthday. So we told Lisa it was a housewarming and Lisa was very surprised.”
The Lisa Lopes Foundation will be hosting its first annual Left Eye Music Fest on July 28 at the Porter Sanford in Decatur, Georgia. The music fest is a community event including a kids’ show, tribute concert and classes for the community.
“It’s not just about her being an artist," explained Ron, who is also the foundation’s executive director. "It’s about the contributions she’s made as a whole and also the positive impact she’s made on people’s lives."
The music fest will include appearances by several acts including 13-year-old Purple Ribbon Kidz pop phenom, Gabbie Rae, the OMG Girlz, Lisa’s sister Reign and Blaque, the group Lisa helped launch back in the ’90s. One of the group’s members, Shamari DeVoe, attended the brunch, looking fit and eating healthy, a lesson she learned from Lisa.
For more information on the music festival visit www.lefteyemusicfest.com and the foundation at www.lisalopesfoundation.org.
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Photos: Remembering Left Eye