The Mother of Black Hollywood

The Mother of Black Hollywood

by Jenifer Lewis

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National Book Club Conference ‘Book of the Year’ Award Winner

From her more than three hundred appearances for film and television, stage and cabaret, performing comedy or drama, as an unforgettable lead or a scene stealing supporting character, Jenifer Lewis has established herself as one of the most respected, admired, talented, and versatile entertainers working today.

This “Mega Diva” and costar of the hit sitcom black-ish bares her soul in this touching and poignant—and at times side-splittingly hilarious—memoir of a Midwestern girl with a dream, whose journey took her from poverty to the big screen, and along the way earned her many accolades.

With candor and warmth, Jenifer Lewis reveals the heart of a woman who lives life to the fullest. This multitalented “force of nature” landed her first Broadway role within eleven days of her graduation from college and later earned the title “Reigning Queen of High-Camp Cabaret.”

In the audaciously honest voice that her fans adore, Jenifer describes her transition to Hollywood, with guest roles on hits like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Friends. Her movie Jackie’s Back! became a cult favorite, and as the “Mama” to characters portrayed by Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur, Taraji P. Henson, and many more, Jenifer cemented her status as the “Mother of Black Hollywood.”         

When an undiagnosed menatl illness stymies Jenifer’s career, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations, her quest for wholeness becomes a harrowing and inspiring tale, including revelations of bipolar disorder and sex addiction.

Written with no-holds-barred honesty and illustrated with more than forty color photographs, 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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062410429
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 154,032
File size: 6 MB

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!”