The Mother of Black Hollywood - Jenifer Lewis

The Mother of Black Hollywood

By Jenifer Lewis

  • Release Date: 2017-11-14
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
The Mother of Black Hollywood book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 214 Ratings)

The Mother of Black Hollywood Jenifer Lewis Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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.”

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User reviews about this book

  • The mother of black Hollywood

    By Bethany Panda
    I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book more honestly written. Unless it’s not :-)
  • Solid!

    By Mrs Greeley
    Thoroughly enjoyed the transparency and awareness about mental health and the brown community!
  • Delightful and Delicious

    By Rukiya777
    Easy read like a great evening in conversation. Has a great intimacy. I'm 51 years old no biological children and never married. I also struggle with clinically diagnosed depression so it was really cool to me on a deep level to read her story. As a matter of fact I lost my mom 2 years ago and a beloved pet one week ago; this book came right on time for me. It gives me hope about living through difficult losses and finding meaning.
  • Rockstar

    By Keroial
    SIMPLY AMAZING. Thank you for sharing your journey of life, love, healing and growth.
  • I wish i had

    By Lb00gie86
    this book in my 20s. Sex addiction is real. If you don’t address the dangerous and wreck less behavior, it can ruin your life. Thank God he saw me through.
  • Extraordinarily candid, humorour and captivating read!

    By MomLuvs3
    Loved every moment of this book! Jenifer Lewis is truly amazing for sharing her journey. She's hilarious and truly a champion in every regard.
  • Fabulous

    By Mannie NYC
    You’ll laugh out loud, you’ll cry deeply and you’ll dream vividly.
  • Amazing!

    By Diamond1starr
    All I can do is thank auntie Jenifer for Sharing her story! This was worth the read!
  • The Mother!

    By QTPie76
    Shameless! Heartfelt! Hilarious!...I couldn’t put it down because I couldn’t get enough. Jenifer is now my friend whether she knows it or not.
  • Daughter of Strong Black women

    By Miss504Forever
    This book cut me deep, but not in a bad way everyone should read it you might just overcome whatever burden your heart carries to move on and live a great life

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