You would think in this day and age with technology being so relevant in our society communication would be a little less harder. According to Reigndrop Lopes, sister of Lisa Lopes (former member of R&B group TLC) her nor her family was ever informed that there was going to be a biopic of TLC (Crazy, Sexy Cool: The TLC Story) scheduled to air this November on VH1.
Reigndrop Lopes and former personal assistant Stephanie Daytona sat down with Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite of 4UMF, and dished out on not being consulted about the film, Lil Mama being cast as Left Eye and Chilli and TBoz’s relationship with Left Eye.
Check out excerpts from the interview below
On not being consulted about the film:
We didn’t even know when they were shooting. The only way I found out was because a friend of mine was cast as an extra and flew down here, and I happened to go up there with her. We didn’t know anything at all.
She [Left Eye’s mom] was hurt, she was pissed off, and hurt more than anything, but it’s like what can we do? Legally, I don’t think we can do anything, but it’s just more morally, why wouldn’t you involve the family? We’re right here in Atlanta, and we’re open to being involved. And when you don’t reach out, it makes you wonder why, question why. We don’t know why. -Reigndrop Lopes
On Lil’ Mama playing her sister:
Well number one, I would have liked to be told before the whole world knew. We found out online from the fans. My initial reaction was I was kind of in the middle. I didn’t know her to be an actor, and I didn’t know how well she would do portraying Lisa, so I really didn’t know how to feel. I actually got the chance to go up to the set one time, and I did see her doing some of her scenes, and it looked pretty good to me, and I was actually surprised. I told her that she was doing a good job. So hopefully, all the scenes are like that. She’s a really big fan, so I think it’s important to her to portray Lisa the right way even if some of the stuff in the script isn’t really accurate. I know it’s important for her to really bring out who Lisa was as a fan.
Left Eye’s former personal assistant, Stephanie Dayton, reflects on the infamous car accident that took Left Eye’s life:
I was in the driver’s seat getting ready to leave, and then she came and caught me as we were pulling off and told me she wanted me to take another vehicle and to run some errands and meet her later at a photo shoot. And that’s when she got behind the wheel, and drove that vehicle, and within moments, had passed.
Stephanie on Left Eye’s relationship with T-Boz and Chilli at the time of her death:
I think as with any relationship between females, there’s going to be some tension in some areas because you’re dealing with conflicting personalities. So I think it’s like with any friendship or sisterhood, there were good things that happened, there were not-so-good things that happened. At that particular time, she was in the process of renegotiating the contract with TLC. So a lot of their communication was based on business, trying to hash out the contract. They had some things that they thought differently as far as the contract was concerned, but they were working through it. So I mean, I’m not really sure how to answer that. I think it’s expected that you go through those when you’re dealing with one contract and multiple people having to approve that contract. So I think it was pretty standard what they were going through.
I know for a fact she was in a good place with Tionne ’cause she went to see her before she left, but Chilli, I’m not sure. I just know that she never got a chance to see Chilli, or Chilli never got a chance to see Lisa before she left. I really don’t know what their last interaction was.
The bigger question is, who do we hold responsible for this? TBoz & Chilli or VH1 ?