The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

Written by:
Jenifer Lewis
Narrated by:
Jenifer Lewis

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2017
10 hours 48 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.
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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.

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She’s amazing!

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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!

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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.

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Brenda A.

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

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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!!!!

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Cecil O.

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

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Jacqui M.

Wonderful insight to a real woman in her voice! Very relatable. I will always be a fan

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Really enjoyed this book! It kept my interest and entertained me. I loved the honestly the candor and tone of the book. A very enjoyable read.

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Cam W.

Wow!!!!! She’s legendary status! Her story is the definition of an OVERCOMER!! I enjoyed every second of this memoir!! EVERY MINUTE!!

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Crystal E.

10 hours is a lot but JL was so much fun to listen to

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Sharon B.

Absolutely amazing. Loved it!

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Sade Hounihan

This was the best book ever. Jenifer deserves an applause and standing ovation for this soul and truth filled journey. It gave me the strength to continue my journey without doubt and full confidence in myself. Can I please find out that I'm related to her in some way??? Please? She is awesome!!! I don't think any other book I go on to read will ever compare. Thank you Ms. Lewis!!!

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Karen J.

Hilarious brilliant choice of words to describe her life and situations. I never realized how joyful and creative Jennifer Lewis is. I've always enjoyed her acting ability but I didn't know she is quite the DIVA she truly is. Honestly I laughed and cried so much. Her voice is sensational and demands your attention n. Jennifer us very witty and has a vibrant sense of humor. I adore her in every sense of the word. Fantastic. What a life she's endured and enjoyed.

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Anthony M.

Absolutely fan-f#$kin- tastic I downloaded this app solely for this book and it was worth it. I might even continue paying my membership. listen and enjoy. I know I'll be playing this again.

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Cherlyn Thompson

Made me laugh and cry, what a woman. Made me think about all my ups and downs in my life in the past, and now, loved it.

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Mother of Black Hollywood, Jennifer Lewis, is immensely talented. Her expressions of true-to-life events were infused with an unpredictable, and an unforgettable sequence of compelling events. A well paced, well written book.

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Shanice D.

love this book i also have bipolar knowing that im not alone helps me. love it

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Zakiya R.

Gritty and real! Jenifer knows who she is and how she became the woman we know and love. Great read!

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An amazing story, can't wait to finish the book.

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