The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir
National Book Club Conference ‘Book of the Year’ Award Winner
From her more than three hundred appearances for film and television, stage and cabaret, performing comedy or drama, as an unforgettable lead or a scene stealing supporting character, Jenifer Lewis has established herself as one of the most respected, admired, talented, and versatile entertainers working toda...more
Then I laughed some more
Then I cried again
But most of all... I feel rejuvenated. (In these streets) @jeniferlewisforreal
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 ENTRY: Stop waiting for something or someone to come a ...more
Narration by Jenifer Lewis: ♥♥♥♥½
I listened to this story and was fascinated. It was dramatic, over the top and loud just like the actress. Jenifer Lewis has lived an eventful life thus far. I found this audiobook more succinct, more dramatic and more in depth than many of the memoirs I’ve read of late.
I loved that she told her own story and controlled the narrative in a way that introduced her to the audience so we get a rounded picture of her life in fro ...more
I also believe Jenifer Lewis is a bigger star in her own mind than in actuality. Ms. Lewis named all these peo ...more
Black love, showbiz, sacrificing time just to so you can do what you love. Ms. Lewis touches on her sexual escapades, the AIDS epidemic hitting, sexual abuse, death after death after death, mental battles that finally had a name years later (bipolar dispersed). ...more
Bravo! Ms. Lewis opens her life, without fear or pause, to present a memoir befitting a woman who, to this point, lived without apologies. She refuses to hold back, respecting her readers enough to give them the truth they paid to read or hear. For the pearl clutchers out there she appears strong, and rather unladylike, but to this diamond wearer, she's certified gold.
Upfront and a tad raunchy titles (Read Them!) ushers chapters discussing everything from her sex addiction, diverse career on ...more
May 20, 2020 - I reread this for book club. I tried to read the print version since I listened the audio version previously, but this demands to be heard in Ms. Lewis's voice. This time a ...more
I started this book thinking what on earth am I reading. Lol I wish this book started with her growing up first instead of her present going back to her past. I kept thinking why does she keep talking about how many different men she was sleeping with but I kept pushing forward. By chapter 9 it explained everything.
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 your digital library settings folks.
On to the book .. ...more
The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir in audio,and before I started, I read that many didn’t care for her voice and now I know why. I felt she was overly theatrical. This book was hilarious for the first 4 chapters then it got dark, I mean real dark. Jenifer lets you in on her most personal moments from the men in her life, her struggles with bipolar disorder and the havoc it wreaked in her early life and her success in acting. This book is really worth the read just don’t do the ...more
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 clear "I don't give a damn" attitude is refreshing. Read and learn about an amazing Black Woman.
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 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 ubiquitous presence in my entertainment life. It just se ...more
Jenifer’s bestse ...more