No, not Luther King, Lawrence.
He was Madea before Tyler Perry.
Sans the perpetuating of all Black stereotypes and monotonous story-lines.
Here’s a list of things Martin taught me with a wig, press-on nails and lots of sass.
1. When it comes to trans people, refer to them as they’d like to be referred to.
We all knew Martin was Sheneneh. Sure. It was evident. But I love how no one, at any point in time made any negative remarks or questioned her authenticity as a woman.
That was a valuable lesson I think he was trying to get across.
Gina: Maybe I can give you some advice on girl stuff or something like that..
Sheneneh: …You thinking like your friend huh? That I ain’t ladylike and stuff huh?
Gina: No, that is not true. Look at your hair, your nails and your jewelry, I think you’re very ladylike.
Sheneneh: Because Sheneneh is a round the way fillet.
2. “If a man don’t like you for you then he can just step off, aiiiite?”
3. When it comes to drinking 40s.. Or if you’re down here, Black Label quarts, you don’t drink it outta the glass, you got to take it to the head.
5. “Don’t be trying to trip, if you ain’t rich. Sheneneh ain’t no trick. Better have a grip. And if you ain’t got no rims on your hooptie, don’t be tryna scoop me.”
If you don’t understand..the message is similar to Destiny Child’s “Independent women”. Basically.
6. Never be afraid to tell someone you’ll buss their ass. Even if you never actually do.
7. You better work.
Sheneneh was a focused woman. A weave technician with her own salon and designer weaves, including the “My man just got paid” weave. She also had numerous awards from hair shows.
8. Know you’re Fine, don’t need anyone to tell you. Know you’re Fine.
9. Don’t be that person
Very valid message actually, just overlook the threat at the end.
10. Evaluate everything.