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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir (Unabridged)

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 Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. 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, 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 11 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.

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Candid & Electrifying

Take a peek into what makes Jenifer tick. Her energy, her spirit and her drive. Great way to enjoy a afternoon with the mother of black hollywood.


This Book Is Epic... A Must Have!!!

Mind blowing

I have never read a book that has touched me in this way. This book is a must have. I brought the book after seeing Ms. Lewis on BlackDoctor.Org as she was speaking about Bi-polar Disorder, and she made a statement “You just can’t handle your life”, and it kept playing in my head. I, myself had recently been diagnosed with Bi-polar as well, and now I understand why my life has been like a roller coaster ride. Now we are trying to get my medications right. I am going through the being patient with myself, the doctors, and the counselors process. I know now after reading this book that I am only human and that’s enough, that no one is better nor worst than I am, and that I am going to be alright. Ms. Lewis said “she wrote this book to help someone, that someone is me.

Jenifer Lewis, The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Jenifer Lewis
  • Published: 2017

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