The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis
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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis takes the readers through the memorable journey of Jenifer Lewis and her rise to success and stardom. She has played the role of mother to most of the African-American actors in film and TV, hence the nickname Mother of the Black Hollywood. Lewis keeps the narrative very honest in the audiobook. The audiobook is provocative and a touching memoir of a mid-western girl whose journey from poverty to Hollywood is shocking as well as inspiring to the readers.
The audiobook sketches the life and career of Lewis and her struggle and issues dealing with the bipolar disorder and getting rid of the stigma associated with mental illness. There is a great trove of information and personal experiences in her memoir. It has references to extreme poverty during childhood, child abuse; understanding the status of her single mother once she became a mother herself; attempted child molestation by a local preacher etc.
Lewis is upfront and honest about her shortcomings and does not sugar coat the problems of her life. Despite facing harrowing early life experiences, she does not slip any bitter pile in her memoir. Jenifer Lewis describes her journey to success and fame and how it was made difficult for her due to the undiagnosed mental illness and a sex addiction. As per the author, she was supported by loving friends and “inner soldiers” which kept her going in her profession.
The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis takes a brutally honest and straightforward approach in detailing the life journey of Jenifer Lewis. The author emerges as being real about her life, her mistakes and sharing her life journey with the readers. The narrative is like listening to an elderly person who has gained valuable life experiences and who is sharing the same with the readers. By the end of the audiobook, it becomes clear that through all of life’s adversity and challenges, Lewis has grown as a person and her adventures for happiness is still ongoing.
The memoir has been written with honesty and has sixteen pages of color photographs. It is filled with insights and learning gained by Jenifer Lewis and it conveys a message: “Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes.”