The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis

The Mother of Black Hollywood

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 adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and und...

Details The Mother of Black Hollywood

TitleThe Mother of Black Hollywood
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Audiobook, Biography

Reviews The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Orsayor
    This book defines what a Memoir should be. No candy coated life stories here!I laughedI criedI sighedThen I laughed some moreThen I cried againBut 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 EN...
  • 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 show...
  • 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...
  • D'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 ...
  • 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 sin...
  • 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 min...
  • stacia
    I love Jenifer Lewis. Always have. So when I found out she'd be releasing a memoir, I immediately added it to my TBR list. This book is, in many ways, exactly what you'd imagine, if you follow Lewis's career. The voice is very authentic; you can tell she penned it all herself. No "as told to"s here. The language is colorful and there are enough accounts of sexual escapades to leave you blushing. (As someone who grew up with a crush on Gregory Hin...
  • Janani
    Starkly honest and powerful. She talks about her life, her career, opens up about her BPD and sex addiction, her family and so much more. It's entertaining and hilarious and touching all at the same time. The audiobook narration is a great experience.
  • Deniece
    Absolutely love everything about this memoir! Aunty Jenie was fabulous as always.
  • Natasha
    I love hearing these celebrities narrating their own stories. Jenifer Lewis is no exception. Her big personality shined through on this audio. I learned a lot about her that I didn't know, which wasn't hard since I don't follow celebs lives. I've only known her to be the Mother of Hollywood and was unaware of her background in Broadway. It was also interesting to learn about her mental struggles. I found myself raising my eyebrows throughout the ...
  • Lisa Stein
    Heard an interview with Jenifer Lewis on NPR last week, and decided to read this book.It was very well written. A couple of times I wasn't sure of the timeline, but that didn't distract from the magnificent story telling.Warning: language and subject matter can be shocking. Solid 4 1/2 stars. I feel like I save five stars for OMG you must read this now. This is a "wow, you should read this, very interesting..." novel.If you're a fan of Broadway, ...
  • Jessica
    It is ESSENTIAL that you experience this book as an audio book. What a storyteller. She gives me life.
  • Shannon
    The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir I Picked Up This Book Because: I like Jennifer Lewis and I needed something to listen to on my road trip. The Story: I had NO idea that Jennifer has been in so many productions. Really I hadn’t given much thought to her at all beyond Aunt Helen and Ruby Johnson. She is so accomplished but she breaks it down to the real deal in this book. Not every win was easy and there were many challenges to overcom...
  • Monique
    Beautifully Written TruthI've always loved Jenifer Lewis. I was shocked to read her story. To realize that she dealt with a difficult childhood, numerous romantic relationships, survived college and still conquered Hollywood give me hope for the future. Ms. Lewis's honesty and clear "I don't give a damn" attitude is refreshing. Read and learn about an amazing Black Woman.
  • Kimberly
    She is majestic! This memoir is raw, hysterical, and moving. It was an interesting peek into Black Broadway and Hollywood in the late 70s and 80s. Has anyone written a book about that yet? I need more. Anyhoo, if you read this (and you should,) listen to the audio version. She reads it herself, and it is a gift!
  • Alana
    Jenifer Lewis has lived a life worth writing about. In this book, she's breathtakingly open and honest about who she is and what she's done while also dropping tiny gems in the funny and sometimes sad stories.
  • Sharon Fason
    This memoir is about the life and crazy times of Jenifer (spelled with one n) Lewis. She is raw, unfiltered, and honest about her transgressions. I loved this book from the beginning to the end - it's very entertaining.
  • KaleneMia
    This is a really GoodRead!......LMAO
  • Shameka
    Do yourself a favor—get the audiobook version and listen to Jenifer Lewis read her memoir! My goodness! This woman is a Black and National treasure!!
  • Michelle
    This review is specifically of the audiobook version read by the author.Did you know that the default setting for loan time on a digital audiobook with the NC Digital Library is 1 week unless you go into your settings an change it in advance? Yeah, me neither. Renewal is not an option when there's a hold list, but you can get back on it and wait and wait and wait for your turn again. It can be a long wait to pick back up at Chapter Ten. Check you...
  • Michelle Leonard
    (I’m really considering a 5 rating) I’m still processing and decided not to start a new audiobook today in order to cleanse my pallet. Where do I start with this lady? She is truly larger than life. She mentions in her book that her personality is so big that people either love her or hate her and she’s so right. I’m in the love her camp.
  • Tracy DeNeal
    Jenifer Lewis - The Real DealIt has been said that everyone is the star in his or her own story. Nothing could be more true in the case of Jenifer Lewis. This book was raw. What a celebration and testament to a life lived out loud and proud. My heart ached with her as she recounted the terrible toll of loss after loss of dear friends and loves that has plagued her over the years. I beamed at her accounts of her triumphs. Jenifer Lewis is a ubiqui...
  • Akilah
    I listened to the audio version of this, which I highly recommend. It's like sitting in a room with her while she tells you her story. Plus, she sings! So that's fun. I appreciated Lewis's honesty here, especially as she spoke of her sex addiction and bipolar disorder. I *loved* all the stuff about how she came to terms with her childhood and how she learned to forgive her mother. The story about the white man coming to the door and insulting her...
  • Lynecia
    An irreverant, no-hold-barred account of the life of one of Black Hollywood's most well-known actresses. If you know Jenifer Lewis, you know her personality is larger than life and she has no shame in her game. She has lived a remarkable life, and accomplished so much in her career despite personal turmoil in her personal life. If you read it, Please listen to the audio!
  • Shyiesha
    Loved it! I read this in two days and I swear I heard Jenifer's Boisterous voice with each word I read. Ms. Lewis was and still is a character! What I like most about the memoir is that Ms. Lewis was no stranger to failure, but because she believed in herself so much, she never let one failure or mistake determine her future. This memoir is one hell of ride!
  • Kia Kia
    Jenifer MF Lewis performed the hell out of her story!!! I was captivated from the beginning until the end. She seriously took me through every single emotion in this book! Her story and delivery are AMAZING! I STRONGLY encourage you to get the audio version, I can't imagine feeling so connected to her story of I had simply read the words on paper. LOVED IT!!!
  • Ngiste
    One of my favorite memoirs of 2017. She speaks with great vulnerability about her journey through therapy, living with bipolar disorder and working through childhood trauma. It’s intimate, hilarious, and scandalous with out being salacious.