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
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, 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...
  • Deetimes
    "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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Lois Clark-Johnston
    This was a quick and easy read. Interesting, funny and at times sad. Mostly lighthearted.I thoroughly enjoyed it and only regret not listening to this as an audiobook.
  • Krystal
    With this exceptional memoir, Jenifer Lewis reached into the depths of her soul to bless readers with this revelatory book of her life!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Kya
    Finish and want more. What a great book! Lots of lessons in these pages. Jenifer gives you the lesson with a lot of laughter! It was like having conversations with your cool Aunt, that won't steer you wrong! What a career she's had; continues to have and what a strong woman she is.
  • Latiffany
    I love Jenifer Lewis and I loved this book. I have been a fan of Lewis' work for as long as I can remember. I preordered this title the night that I found out about it and the book does not disappoint. I laughed hard through the first few pages. As the story continued and Lewis began to catalog her numerous sexual conquests, I started to realize that this story was more than a memoir about a very funny performer with an extensive sex life. I didn...
  • Venessa
    This book was hilarious! Even the more serious parts were told in humorous way. Definitely worth reading if you want to be entertained.
  • Veronica
    This book was so good! I had finished this book in 2 days! I LOVE this woman!!!!
  • Elizabeth
    Beautifully written book, so honest and raw, yet fun and hilarious. Her storytelling is insightful about bipolar and I’m sure this book is helpful for anyone with mental health issues.