August 11, 2019

Sheneneh's Friend Laquita in 'Martin' Once Married Scooter from 'Living Single'

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Actress Simbi Khali, often remembered as Sheneneh’s friend Laquita in the ‘90s sitcom “Martin,” was once married to Cress Williams, the actor who gave life to Queen Latifah’s character’s boyfriend on “Living Single.”

Between 1993 and 1995, Simbi Khali would stand in front of the cameras for Fox’s “Martin” to bring the loud nail stylist Laquita to life at Sheneneh's Sho' Nuff Hair Salon.

And although she only appeared in a few episodes of the series, Khali left an impression in die-hard fans of the sitcom.


At the same time, Cress Williams was starting his career in the entertainment industry after winning the recurring role of Terrence "Scooter" Williams on Fox's “Living Single,” where he played Queen Latifah’s childhood friend and romantic interest.

Although it is not clear how they met, it is safe to assume that Williams and Khali crossed their paths at the network at some point before 2000, when they got married.


They had two children, son Elijah Khali Thomas Williams, 15, and daughter Amika Khali Williams, 11.

Simbi and Cress were together for 11 years, but kept their relationship away from the spotlight, leading a mostly private life until they divorced in 2011 without making much fuss about their split.

Williams, also known these days as the main character in “Black Lightning,” didn’t take long to move on with his love life.


Two years after the divorce, he married Kristen Torrianni, a woman he met at church in 2006, while he was still married to Khali.

According to the LA Times, Williams and Torriani became close friends about two years before getting married and started to host weekly dinner parties together.


They married on the island of Kauai in an intimate ceremony that counted with the presence of their parents and Cress’ children and had a formal wedding reception with around 150 friends in Los Angeles a few days later.

Khali, also famous for her role as Nina Campbell in “3rd Rock from the Sun,” has been busy extending her career beyond acting.

She’s now an editorial photographer and writer and has also voiced characters in video games and even appeared in “Detroit: Become Human” as one of the androids in the game.

One thing hasn’t changed, though. The former couple still maintains their children out of the spotlight, as there are no signs of them on neither Cress nor Simbi’s social media accounts.