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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jenifer Lewis

Narrated By: Jenifer Lewis

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: November 2017

Duration: 10 hours 49 minutes


AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner
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 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 eleven 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.


  • Anonymous

    I’ve never really found interest in memoirs but, I absolutely loved this book. I loved hearing about her life. She really puts her life out there. The added bonus is hearing her read it. Beautiful voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    She’s amazing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Toni B.

    Jenifer, with 1 "n", Lewis is even more fabulous than I thought. For the record, she has always been super fabulous to me. Her honesty. Her journey. Her TALENT! Let's turn this memoir into a movie wile she is still alive so that in the end, she can play herself. I want to meet this icon of the arts and give her a big ol' hug!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brenda A.

    A must read!!! If you didn't know Jenifer Motherf****** Lewis you will now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Yvonne S.

    Wonderful!! Very grateful to Ms. Lewis for sharing her story Ms. Lewis. This book allowed me to see parts of myself that were hard to acknowledge. A must read to all who struggle with depression and even those who think they have it all together should rethink.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Cecil O.

    Simply an amazing story! Incredibly power moving, powerful, funny but simply.... fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • T Mills

    Aunty Jenifer!! Thank you for sharing your memoir! Everyone on that flight hated me because I laughed the entire time. You’re the best and in my mind, we are somehow related. Awesome job!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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