- "You know the rule, baby. Family first. Always."
- ―Mama Mabel to Cornell Stokes
Maybelline "Mabel" Stokes, often known by her nickname Mama Mabel, was a crime-lord and a powerful figure in Harlem. As the head of the Stokes family, Mabel taught Cornell Stokes how to become a cold hearted killer while attempting to keep Mariah Dillard out of the crime business. Once Mabel died, Cornell took up her mantel, taking over Harlem's Paradise while Dillard did all she could not to follow in her footsteps and become a politician instead.
Raising the Stokes Family
- "On his deathbed, what did you promise Buggy? That you'd take care of me and our business."
"What the hell are you talking about, Mabel? I've always put this shit before anything else. You were my woman before you was his. But I let that go. You always protect your family. No matter what."
- ―Mama Mabel and Pistol Pete
Mama Mabel along with her husband Buggy Stokes and brother-in-law Peter "Pistol Pete" Stokes built a criminal empire in Harlem through gun running, prostitution, and other activities — but refused to get involved with drugs. Eventually, Buggy died, leaving Mabel in control of the Stokes family business, with Pete as her right hand.
One night she forced Cornell to kill a young thug in the basement for dealing with drugs outside of her mob. He returned upstairs from the basement with blood on his hands where he returned to his piano. Mama Mabel comforted him with a hug as she put her hands on top of him.
Executing Pistol Pete
Next, Mama Mabel confronted Pete for making a deal with the Puerto Rican mob. She forced Cornell to lead him outside at gun point. Mariah came out and started shouting at Uncle Pete, until Cornell shot him twice, killing him.
- "I didn't have shit. I grew up in the street. But the one name that always rang out was "Stokes". You needed a Thanksgiving turkey? Go see Mama Mabel Stokes. School clothes? Mama Mabel Stokes. Your old man put his hands on you? See Mama Mabel Stokes and it would never, ever happen again."
To be added
- Buggy Stokes † - Husband
- Peter Stokes/Pistol Pete † - Brother-in-Law and Occasional Lover
- Jazmine Stokes - Daughter
- Mariah Dillard - Granddaughter
- Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth † - Grandson
- Mama Mabel's outfit and appearance are similar to the comic-book version of Black Mariah.
In chronological appearance:
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