The Mother of Black Hollywood

The Mother of Black Hollywood

by Jenifer Lewis


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The "Mega Diva" and legendary star of Black-ish looks back on her memorable journey to fame and the unforgettable life lessons she learned along the way.

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a mid-western girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire readers.

Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers," Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

We watch as Jenifer develops icon status stemming from a series of legendary screen roles as the sassy, yet loveable, mama or auntie. And we watch as her emotional disturbances, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations movie, launch her on a continuing search for answers, love, and healing.

Written with no-holds-barred honesty and illustrated with sixteen-pages of color photos, this gripping memoir is filled with insights gained through a unique life that offers a universal message: "Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes."

From her first taste of applause at five years old to landing on Broadway within eleven days of graduation and ultimately achieving success in movies, television and global concert halls, Jenifer reveals her outrageous life story with lots of humor, a few regrets and most importantly, unbridled joy. Candid, warm and wonderfully inspiring, The Mother of Black Hollywood intimately reveals the heart of a woman who lives life to the fullest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062410405
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 268,746
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jenifer Lewis (deemed a “national treasure” by TV has appeared in more than three hundred television and film roles. She currently stars on the hit ABC show black-ish. She lives in Los Angeles with her bichon frise, Butters Lewis, and has a drag queen named Shangela living in her basement.

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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Jenifer Lewis speaks from the heart .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s raw and truthful. It’s one of the books that help you gage and review your own life. Ms. Lewis doesn’t hold back and it’s a benefit to all readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a great read. Jennifer Lewis is all that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An astonishingly honest reporting of a well lived life. I enjoyed every page and found it difficult to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Jenifer Lewis I salute you for being so open.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Must Read In These Streets
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely funny refreshing and totally Raw Fabulous Read!
SanWard More than 1 year ago
I just finish reading her book and it was very interesting, and she truly bared her soul. I admire anyone, especially an African-American woman, who grew up in extreme poverty to become such a success, all while battling mental illness. This woman's determination, drive and work ethic are truly to be admired. She is a force!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenifer Lewis is awe inspiring. An openness and vulnerability that is sure to not only make laugh out loud but also touch your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was impressive! Thank you, Ma Jenny, for sharing your world with us. Your advice is timeless!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and empowering
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenifer Lewis in now my “Auntie in my head!”