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Was Lisa left eye Lopes hispanic and African American?


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January 07, 2011 7:07AM

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Most sources claim that Lopes was of Cape Verdean descent. Cape Verde is a group of islands situated in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Africa. Most Cape Verdeans are primarily of black African descent, but due to a Portuguese colonial presence, many Cape Verdeans have at least one Portuguese ancestor. Her surname is the Portuguese variant of the Spanish surname Lopez.

There are approximately 500,000 Cape Verdeans (or people of Cape Verdean descent) living in the United States, concentrated in the Northeast. Lopes is, appropriately, a native of Philadelphia.

However, Lopes was typically identified with the African-American community.