But to think a girl like me, ha, is easy to take
You should treat me like Nell Carter, give me a break

from Roxanne Shanté – Have a Nice Day Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Gimme a Break! was a then-popular NBC sitcom that ran from 1981-1987. It starred Nell Carter as a housekeeper for a widowed policeman and his three children. The third season of the show added a fourth child, a then-unknown Joey Lawrence. Carter and Lawrence in the show’s heyday, below:

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