The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

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 ador...

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Title:The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir
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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir Reviews

  • Dee's Books

    "The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir" was a very thought-provoking memoir that was funny, inspiring while managing to capture Lewis's true self without being to commercial in Black Hollywood. You will find yourself giggling oftentimes about her life story but crying too with all she has endured to stay true to herself in the face of her addictions and staying noticeable in Black Hollywood. This was Jenifer Lewis' story... not a gossip rag to divide a people or shock the readers but to celebr

    "The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir" was a very thought-provoking memoir that was funny, inspiring while managing to capture Lewis's true self without being to commercial in Black Hollywood. You will find yourself giggling oftentimes about her life story but crying too with all she has endured to stay true to herself in the face of her addictions and staying noticeable in Black Hollywood. This was Jenifer Lewis' story... not a gossip rag to divide a people or shock the readers but to celebrate her reality, her journey and still being relevant in the 21st century!

    Highly recommended!

    5 Blackmagic stars *****

  • Orsayor

    This book defines what a Memoir should be. No candy coated life stories here!

    I laughed

    I cried

    I sighed

    Then I laughed some more

    Then I cried again

    But most of all... I feel rejuvenated. (In these streets) @jeniferlewisforreal

    #themotherofblackhollywood

    #jeniferlewis

    #Legend

    #Icon

  • Jamise // Spines & Vines

    "Shoulders back, titties first" - Jenifer Lewis

    Through triumphs and tragedy Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this hilarious, laugh out loud, honest, and down to earth memoir. I'm so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook because the true essence of her spirit, her joys and her pains are revealed magically. Ms. Lewis' voice and animation draws you in immediately. This was the perfect book to kick of 2018 and the audiobook is a must!!

    “JOURNAL ENTRY: Stop waiting for something or someone to come a

    "Shoulders back, titties first" - Jenifer Lewis

    Through triumphs and tragedy Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this hilarious, laugh out loud, honest, and down to earth memoir. I'm so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook because the true essence of her spirit, her joys and her pains are revealed magically. Ms. Lewis' voice and animation draws you in immediately. This was the perfect book to kick of 2018 and the audiobook is a must!!

    “JOURNAL ENTRY: Stop waiting for something or someone to come and make you happy. Meditate daily. Breathe. Come on. You’re okay. You have friends. Love them. Respect them. Go out and play. Learn to be alone.”

  • Sakeenah Graham

    Do not read this book!! Listen to the audiobook!!! You will do yourself a disservice by not hearing her words from her own mouth. I loved this book. She was of course real and raw but she brought it full circle and I could tell it was a genuine labor of love, to help people and not a Broadway/Hollywood tell all or a ploy to make some money. Well done!!

  • Didi

    EXCELLENT memoir! I had the pleasure of reading and listening to the audiobook simultaneously. What a life this entertaining woman has had! I definitely recommend it, especially the audiobook because she is narrating it.

  • Nakia

    Of the three memoirs I read this year, The Mother of Black Hollywood was my fav. such candor and transparency. Even through sharing her struggles with mental illness, sex addiction and a childhood riddled with poverty and loneliness, Jenifer Lewis is laugh out loud funny. As soon as I finished the last page, I turned on Jackie's Back and vowed to catch up on Black-ish. I love her and I'm glad she is finally reaching the success she aspired to since the 70s.

  • Keyona

    This book was funny, honest, loud and way over the top just like the writer. I'd expect nothing less from Jenifer Lewis. I of course listened to the audiobook version which provides the entire experience. She's quite honest about her childhood, her mental health, her sex life, and the ups and downs of being a hollywood diva. Before reading this I only thought she was an actress. I had no idea that she had these roles in between her one-woman shows and could really perform. My only annoyance was

    This book was funny, honest, loud and way over the top just like the writer. I'd expect nothing less from Jenifer Lewis. I of course listened to the audiobook version which provides the entire experience. She's quite honest about her childhood, her mental health, her sex life, and the ups and downs of being a hollywood diva. Before reading this I only thought she was an actress. I had no idea that she had these roles in between her one-woman shows and could really perform. My only annoyance was the random full on singing throughout the book. I'm just not a fan of her voice and I just wanted the book not a musical. Other than that it was very entertaining and I enjoyed it.

  • Michael

    It is no secret that I love Jenifer Lewis, she is talented and iconic. Notable films include The Preacher's Wife,Nora's Hair Salon and other syndicated television shows. Not only is she hilarious but I love how blunt she is about life, that is rare with celebrities. Prior to reading this, my expectations were high but this one was a decent book. I knew that she had a bipolar disorder but finding out why was interesting, a new perspective on those that have the same condition. Besides a few laugh

    It is no secret that I love Jenifer Lewis, she is talented and iconic. Notable films include The Preacher's Wife,Nora's Hair Salon and other syndicated television shows. Not only is she hilarious but I love how blunt she is about life, that is rare with celebrities. Prior to reading this, my expectations were high but this one was a decent book. I knew that she had a bipolar disorder but finding out why was interesting, a new perspective on those that have the same condition. Besides a few laughs here and there, it was not one of the best memoirs.

    Maybe cause I was expecting it be better written, not that the writing style was bad but it was not engrossing as other memoirs I read. However I did liked the chapter about her discovering the talent to sing, but nothing really stood out as being magnificent.

    It was a decent memoir but I will stick to seeing her on screen, then reading her books.

  • Monique

    This book started with so much promise. Jenifer Lewis was funny and honest. I enjoyed her antics but then the book took a turn when she started listing all of the people she knew who had died from AIDS. I was listening to the audio version so it sucked all the air out of my car. I had my brother in the car with me and I was bragging about how funny she was and then she got so depressing.

    I also believe Jenifer Lewis is a bigger star in her own mind than in actuality. Ms. Lewis named all these peo

    This book started with so much promise. Jenifer Lewis was funny and honest. I enjoyed her antics but then the book took a turn when she started listing all of the people she knew who had died from AIDS. I was listening to the audio version so it sucked all the air out of my car. I had my brother in the car with me and I was bragging about how funny she was and then she got so depressing.

    I also believe Jenifer Lewis is a bigger star in her own mind than in actuality. Ms. Lewis named all these people she has worked with and all of these movies she had roles in and why don't I remember her? I don't remember her playing Tupac's mother in Poetic Justice, The Preacher's Wife or What's Love Got to Do With It. She is very talented but I only recently became acquainted with her from being on Blackish. Jenifer Lewis was never on my radar before that. I got so tired of the name dropping. I hate when regular people do it so I hated it even more in this book. My GOD, it was Bette this, Whitney that and Tom said and not to mention all of the other names of people who I did not know because I assume I am not in the theater world.

    The woman had a WHOLE LOT OF SEX I mean a WHOLE lot. It was in major part to her being bi-polar and remaining untreated for so long. I appreciated her candor and the role her mental illness played in her life. Mental health discussions in the black community are still very taboo. I appreciate more and more that many people of color are sharing their stories.

    Overall I say to skip it. Read We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union instead.

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