Category Archives: Jenifer Lewis

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Featuring A Harlette: Jenifer Lewis Talks Activism, Kanye, Racism, And Bette Midler (Bonus Video)

New York Times
Featuring A Harlette: Jenifer Lewis Talks Activism, Kanye, Racism, And Bette Midler
By Interview by Lauretta Charlton
Oct. 30, 2018

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Oriana Koren
Photo taken of Ms. Jenifer Lewis by 
Oriana Koren

Throughout your career, you’ve played various matriarchs — the mothers in “Poetic Justice,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” the aunt in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and now the grandmother on “black-ish” — and you’ve named your memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood,” accordingly. Did you ever feel typecast? No, I love these roles. What has happened with the younger generation that started watching me on “Fresh Prince” is that I developed a relationship with them. I was parked on Santa Monica Boulevard just yesterday, and a young African-American woman stopped her car, and she just reached her hand out of the window and whispered, “Thank you.” What can I tell you, kid? I’m doing my best. Read More

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

5 Things We Learned From Jenifer Lewis’ Memoir ‘The Mother of Black

Essence
5 Things We Learned From Jenifer Lewis’ Memoir ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’
Lyndsey McFail Nov, 23, 2017

Actress, singer, diva and the Mother of Black Hollywood, Jenifer Lewis is a force to be reckoned with. She’s played on stages with some of greats and has honestly played everyone’s momma, from Tupac’s character in Poetic Justice and Tina Turner’s mother, Zelma Bullock, in What’s Love Got to Do With It to Ruby on ABC’s, black-ish.

When Lewis released her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy to see what the actress had to say. Here are a few things we learned. Read More

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book: Jenifer Lewis tells raw truth in ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’

NBC News
Jenifer Lewis tells raw truth in ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’
by Karu F. Daniels / Nov.14.2017 / 9:29 AM ET

Veteran actress Jenifer Lewis has a way with words — anyone who comes into contact with her can attest to that. For the better part of her nearly 40-year career on stage and in front of the camera, the scene-stealing powerhouse has gained a reputation for not only her acting talent but also for being a brassy diva with a heart of gold.

On any given occasion, she’ll refer to herself as an expletive — even going as far as to inject a four syllable word in between her first and last name when mentioning herself — with rapid-fire cadence. Read More

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jenifer Lewis, Former Harlette, Is the Mother of Black Hollywood—and Has the Stories to Prove It

Vanity Fair
Jenifer Lewis Is the Mother of Black Hollywood—and Has the Stories to Prove It
by YOHANA DESTA
NOVEMBER 13, 2017 11:34 AM

Jenifer Lewis speaks like someone who was raised on Broadway. Everyone is “darling!” and “honey!” She’s as easily given to singing as she is to speaking. She can regale you for days with stories about her magnificent career and off-screen adventures: doing readings with Oprah Winfrey,having heart-to-hearts with Carrie Fisher, hooking up with theater star Gregory Hines. For the last two and a half years, the actress—currently starring in Black-ish—has been channeling those stories into a scintillating, yet heartfelt memoir. It’s slated for a November 14 release, and it has a perfect title: The Mother of Black Hollywood. Read More

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Black-ish Grandma Jenifer Lewis & Former Harlette Opens Up About Her Battle with Sex Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

People
Black-ish Grandma Jenifer Lewis Opens Up About Her Battle with Sex Addiction and Bipolar Disorder
BY PATRICK GOMEZ
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AT 10:00AM EDT

Jenifer Lewis is not one to hold anything back.

“We are as sick as our secrets, so I tell everything,” says the 60-year-old singer and actress, who lived with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and a sex addiction through her 20s.

Now starring on the ABC sitcom black-ish, Lewis, who proudly says she’s worked as the mom of “every black actor in the business,” is revealing her journey to a happier, healthier life in her memoir The Mother of Black Hollywood, excerpted exclusively in the current issue of PEOPLE. Read More

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Jenifer Lewis (Former Harlette), The “Black Bette Midler”, recalls one-night stand with Jon Voight

Page Six
Jenifer Lewis recalls one-night stand with Jon Voight
By Derrick Bryson Taylor November 2, 2017 | 11:52am

Jenifer Lewis bared her soul in her memoir “The Mother of Black Hollywood,” including the details of her sex addiction and a one-night stand with Jon Voight.

In the chapter titled “A Doll Named ‘Killer,’” Lewis, 60, recalls performing at Studio 54 one year for an AIDS charity and catching Voight’s eye.

Lewis, who currently stars on “Black-ish,” writes that she and Voight began their night with a walk through Central Park and took a romantic carriage ride. Read More

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Former Harlette, black-ish star, and Mega – Diva, Jenifer Lewis Has A Memoir Out Now: The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

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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 mid-western girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire readers.

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. Read More

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Former Harlette Jenifer Lewis Gets Cast In ABC’s black-ish (Great Show!)

TV Line

ABC’s black-ish Casts Jenifer Lewis as Anthony Anderson‘s Mother

By Michael Slezak / 

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You can’t spell “smother” without “mother” — a lesson that will be abundantly clear now that Jenifer Lewis(Meet the Browns, Strong Medicine) has boarded black-ish in the recurring role of Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) overbearing mom.

Lewis’ character Ruby is described as follows: “She smothers pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother [Dre’s wife] Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), who feels the same way about her.” Read More

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Check Out Former Harlette And Diva On Her Own, Jenifer Lewis’s Webisode “Jenifer Lewis and Shangela”

Mister D: Bette doesn’t call her the funniest woman in the world for nothing. You need to check this out! Hilarious!

About Jen Lewis and Shangela

Jenifer Lewis and Shangela,” a scripted series, follows the comic adventures of Ms. Lewis and D.J. Pierce (aka Shangela) as the show biz mega-diva mentors the up-and-coming drag performer, who lives in the basement apartment of her Hollywood mansion. The series was directed by Emmy-winner Mary Lou Belli.

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