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Publisher's Summary

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 Midwestern 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 11 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.
©2017 Jenifer Lewis (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Jenifer Lewis, star of the TV show 'Black-ish,' holds nothing back in delivering her audacious, outrageous memoir.... Bursting into song, exploding with over-the-top hilarity, Lewis confides some of her best-kept secrets to fans as if they were her new BFFs. Wonderfully honest, intelligent, and brave, Lewis delivers a tour-de-force performance not to be missed." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By D. Easter on 11-14-17

Brutally honest memoir!

This a brutally honest and revealing memoir. Jenifer Lewis doesn't hold back, keeping her story real. The narration is an emotionally charged performance which held my attention. Jenifer Lewis's story is raw, honest and courageous!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nathalia H. Drew on 11-24-17

Love this...

I love listening to this Diva”s story. I was captivated by this book and could not stop listening to Jenifer”s voice as she poignantly described her life with such raw honesty and humor. I laughed out loud and even cried. Thanks for sharing your life experiences with us!
Bravo Jenifer!!!!!!

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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