By A. Smith
The documentary shares the story of Andre and Lisa’s life, career and
Before Andre Riston was signed to the NFL, he became the man of the house at a
young age. His dad was in the Vietnam War, when he came back from the war he was
not himself due to injuries and his parents broke up. Unfortunately, his dad was sick and
he passed, but luckily he was able to see him before he passed. Later on, his mother
remarried, just when his bond with his step dad was starting to blossom, his step dad
Lisa’s father was also in the military, he was a US Army staff sergeant. He was also a
musician. Unfortunately, he was very abusive to their mum, Wanda. It was sad to hear
how abusive their father was. Lisa’s sister Reigndrop mentioned them watching ‘The
Burning Bed’. She expressed they would talk about doing it to their dad, who would have
known years later, those thoughts would kind of manifest itself.
“I always expect a lot, because I give a lot.” – Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes
The violence prompted her mum, Lisa, her brother and sister to move out. But she later
married him again! Lisa mentioned he was literally a drill sergeant at home.
Unfortunately, when Lisa signed the deal to be in TLC, is the day she heard her dad was
murdered by his cousin.
Andre recalled watching TLC’s music video and his friends wanted Chilli and someone
else mentioned they wanted T-Boz then he said “you know what, I’ll take that one right
there”. They later met 2 weeks later. The documentary talks about the infamous fire at
Andre’s house, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, self -harm, their family dynamic,
infidelities, spirituality, Lisa’s last days and Andre’s life now. Dealing with the height of
fame and personal tragedies, Andre and Lisa’s bond was loving but toxic.
“Lisa loved Andre, 2Pac was her soulmate.”
Whew! There was a lot to unpack in this documentary. Let us know your thoughts on this
episode. The next documentary will be about Faith and Biggie on Lifetime. Check your local listing.