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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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I love her even more

This is the first book that I have listened to. I always felt it would be a cheat to listen to books. However, hearing Ms. Lewis tell her story in her words, in her voice, in her truth was wonderful. Great book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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!!!!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wow!!!

I was surprised by how forthcoming Jenifer is about her life. But her story was therapeutic for the reader. The story resonated with me on so many levels.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wow! Wow! And Wow!

I LOVED this book. I laughed, cried and said “yes” so many times during this book. I literally could not stop listening to Ms Lewis’ stories. And no one other than Ms Lewis could have read this account.
I say”BRAVO”.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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in these streets

ohhhhg this was so awesome. i know wishing on a star is real now gotta get on a cruise over seas for it to come true lol. i might listen to this again!! just to laugh all over again!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I love it..

I really enjoyed listening to this book read by the author Ms Jennifer Lewis.. Superb Job!!.. very real and true to who we know as Ms Jennifer Lewis.. no BS it helped me.. I feel I can deal with my Mom a lot better now.. I can stand taller and really let the BS go from the past. I ain't gone let no OLD BS keep F'in with me in these streets... LoL..

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Wonderful!

Excellent book and great narration by Ms. Lewis. I highly recommend it. You won't regret it.

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Honest and Riveting

Thank you for the universality of your story, the strength in your voice, and the humor mixed in with the pain. Loved this book and recommended to all my friends

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Let Jenifer Lewis tell it!!

I love this book. I just played it over again. it's beyond funny. And sad

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