The Mother of Black Hollywood - Jenifer Lewis

The Mother of Black Hollywood

By Jenifer Lewis

  • Release Date: 2017-11-14
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
5
From 47 Ratings

Description

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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Reviews

  • <3 her

    5
    By Anonymous rightchea
    Love her and her story! I imagined her voice when I read it.
  • Generous, Detailed, Amazing Book

    5
    By JayyiahC
    I'm not quite sure why this isn't a Best Seller yet. Jenifer Lewis, put forth an outstanding, heartfelt, at times even tear jerking book. Her truth is unbelievable, her story is victorious and simply put she shared her deepest, darkest self with us. This book is a masterpiece. A hidden treasure of self discovery. Must Read. Get this book on the Best Sellers List!!! Ten Stars!
  • The Mother Of Black Hollywood

    5
    By Reading Girl 11
    This was a great book. A very easy read. I love Jenifer’s candor and I know she’s being honest because she spoke so highly of one of my favorite people (Whoopi Goldberg). I hated to see it end.
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