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Trinidad James is not Jerome!

By Khalil Amani


Can you believe it? The makers of the 90’s hit show “Martin” wanna sue Trinidad James for stealing an image that they claim they created, citing "Nobody's that unattractive in real life. Gold chains, gold rings, and rotten teeth, that's Jerome!!...Martin created that." This comes from the mouf of a Jew-boy named Gerald Levin.


(Martin Lawrence as "Jerome." An archetypal man in any ghetto in America!)


There are a few things disturbing about a Jew creating a black character that he thinks is far-removed from the black experience! First and foremost, the character “Jerome” is in every ‘hood in America! Jerome is in our family! Jerome is our drunken uncle and pimp-daddy neighbor and cracked-out baby daddy! In fact, there’s a Jerome (i.e. Trinidad James) in most black families. Secondly, this Jew-boy wants a court to believe that he’s been in the ‘hood—all ‘hoods—and that his character “Jerome” is an original-type, which it is not! Martin Lawrence knows this and so does anyone from the ‘hood! We’ve seen Jerome—even “worser” Jeromes. Indeed, there are black men in the ‘hood far more “unattractive” than Jerome or Trinidad James—who still wear gold and think they’re the shit. This guy does not have a firm grasp on the black male experience!


So here comes Trinidad James—the “All Gold Everything” rapper—looking like a ghetto Jimi Hendricks—a profligate Prince—a ruse of Rick James. I’ve seen this dude in every ‘hood I’ve been in! I see him in the club!


(Rapper Trinidad James, swagger-jacking Jerome? Nah!)


Do Trinidad James and Jerome have similarities? Absolutely! But he also has shades of Prince, Rick James and Jimi Hendricks—all being musicians who wear/wore some rather outrageous accoutrement.


A lawsuit against Trinidad James is frivolous from the word go! A lawsuit such as this presupposes that Trinidad James is swagger-jacking Jerome’s wardrobe. It also presumes that Jerome’s character is unauthentic—mythological—fictitious. They (the Jew boy/s) may have “created” Jerome’s character, but Martin Lawrence had to cosign it, wear it and bring the character to life—dare I say, based on the many “Jeromes” he saw growing up?


The nerve of the Jew-boy! He’s called the character Jerome “unattractive” and by extention and extrapolation—called Trinidad James unattractive! I’m sure Trinidad James could march a bevy of hawties into court to testify how gorgeous he is, because, as we’ve all heard, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The reality is, if you strip Trinidad James of his attire—he’s not ugly! For some, his fashion sensibilities leave something to be desired, but personally, I like weirdo-cats like him that have an “I-don’t-give-a-fuck-what-you-think-about-my-gear” mentality! I’m just like Trinidad James in that respect!


If Jerome is as so "unattractive" as the Jew-boy suggests--why did they create an episode where Pam and Jerome go on a few dates? Is he insinuating that black women are desperate? Or that Pam has low self-esteem and standards? It would seem so!


(Trinindad James. Has been called "unattractive." He is not ugly!)


As for Jerome’s “rotten teeth”—how does this Jew-boy know that Trinidad James has rotten teeth? Is he prepared to bring in an expert dentist and violate James's oral cavity and examine James’s mouf and verify that his teeth are indeed rotten and overlaid with gold?


And just what does Martin Lawrence think about this frivolous lawsuit? I don’t believe for one second that he’s cosigning his former Hollywood cronies. He knows that his character Jerome is in the ‘hood—prolly in his own familia!


At the end of the day, all Trinidad James has to do is show up in court with his uncle, the local wannabe pimp, the guy down the street caught in a Time Warp who still wears polyester pants and silk shirts and one of the chain-wearing goons with the gold fronts in his mouf—walk into court and watch the judge dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice.


Fuck’s wrong with this Hollywood Jew-boy? Trinindad James/Jerome is in our family! Trinindad James/Jerome is in every 'hood! “Trinidad James” is not Jerome!


Khalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay's Originators & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani.

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