Gabrielle Union

Jenifer Lewis is literally 'The Mother of Black Hollywood'

Jenifer Lewis is literally 'The Mother of Black Hollywood'

Jenifer Lewis is a griot, carrying the tales of a resilient people who’ve been to hell and back on her shoulders. It’s what gives her the ability, the audacity, to enter every room as if she owns it.

“When you come through that fire, you don’t [mess] around,” the “Black-ish” actress said of her life.

That’s the same approach she’s taken in writing her first memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood,” available in bookstores now. In it, she details, quite unapologetically, the infernos she's walked through — poverty, molestation, an abortion — and the triumphs she’s had — “362 episodic television shows, 68 movies, four Broadway shows, and I’ve toured in concert...

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