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 The "Mega Diva" and legendary star of Black-ish looks back on her memorable journey to fame and the unforgettable...

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Title:The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir
Author:Jenifer Lewis
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0062410407
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir Reviews

  • Lynecia
    Mar 29, 2018
    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 des...
  • stacia
    Nov 25, 2017
    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 t...
  • Michelle Leonard
    Mar 12, 2018
    (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...
  • Akilah
    Jan 19, 2018
    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* al...
  • Jessica
    Jan 18, 2018
    It is ESSENTIAL that you experience this book as an audio book. What a storyteller. She gives me life. ...
  • Kimberly
    Nov 26, 2017
    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...
  • Keyona
    Mar 12, 2018
    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 ...
  • Shameka
    Dec 10, 2017
    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!! ...
  • Monique
    Nov 25, 2017
    Beautifully Written Truth I'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 clea...
  • Shannon
    Nov 28, 2017
    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...
  • Didi
    Dec 29, 2017
    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
    Jan 01, 2018
    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 ...
  • Orsayor
    Nov 21, 2017
    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 #L...
  • Michael
    Dec 04, 2017
    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 th...
  • Natasha
    Jan 30, 2018
    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 Holl...
  • Alana
    Nov 23, 2017
    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. ...
  • Deniece
    Feb 26, 2018
    Absolutely love everything about this memoir! Aunty Jenie was fabulous as always. ...
  • Dee's Books
    Nov 16, 2017
    "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 sh...
  • Keshia | BossBookBae
    Jul 17, 2018
    Thank you Auntie Jeni for the laughs and for telling your truth. ...
  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    Jan 11, 2018
    "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 ...
  • Janani
    Dec 08, 2017
    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. ...
  • Zoe's Human
    May 12, 2018
    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 opt...
  • Sharon Fason
    Nov 27, 2017
    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
    Dec 07, 2017
    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 ...
  • Ka’leneReads
    Mar 24, 2018
    This is a really GoodRead!......LMAO ...
  • Lisa Stein
    Nov 20, 2017
    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. ...
  • Christina Thomas
    Jan 17, 2018
    I am listening to this on Audible. I enjoy Jenifer bleep bleep Lewis as an actress (if you read the book you got that)! I however am not enjoying this memoir. I appreciate her candor and transparency. Everyone has a story and I'm grateful that she is sharing hers, but the book is hard ...
  • Debby "Piene Raven"
    Aug 02, 2018
    Audiobook Review...recommend audible vs. book What can I say...This Mega Diva and actress really bears her soul and views on life in a touching and at times hilarious way. This is one Memoir that I truly enjoyed listening to as the narrator was none other than the author herself, Ms...
  • Sakeenah Graham
    Dec 12, 2017
    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 B...
  • Tracy DeNeal
    Feb 24, 2018
    Jenifer Lewis - The Real Deal It 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 recou...