This book could really be summed up as STRAIGHT candor! I have always been a fan of Jenifer (with one N) Lewis and her "Momma" roles. However, reading Mother of Black Hollywood... allows us to see the acting mother of Tupac, the acting aunt of Fresh Prince (just to name drop a couple) with her mask off in such a vulnerable but yet very open space.
This memoir is a poster fact that claiming and speaking your success into existence is so necessary! On the flip side, being humble is just as important. If you are a striving artist, actor, actress, writer or possess any other talent... reading Jenny's narrative will put a perspective on what it's like to walk in your own truth with matters of ups, downs and comparing yourself to others. Hence, one can not look at their neighbor and understand their success without knowing their process, their let downs, self-doubt and/or vices for that matter.
I am literally LOL... at this current thought. It's a bit of Jenifer Lewis in all of us. I will not get into great detail on my personal similarity but I will say ABANDONMENT is real! Also, finding a way to cope with it is a act in itself. Yet, addressing it gets better with time once you are real with yourself.
LOOK, Dr. Jenifer MothaFuckin's Lewis... well done!!
This author is SO talented! Reading, If (Wasif's Story) was a great spin off from "Been So Long". Wasif was in a battle... pleasing his father (and their culture) or choosing the woman he loved which also was the mother of his two sons (so we thought...lol).
Although, this is a fictional read... his story mirrors several men within his culture and many others. In the mist of pleasing his father, his manhood was challenged internally.
I would most certainly read more from this author. From this series, I have yet to read Rapture.
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This book was a "cameo" of the authors childhood to young adult life: tribulations, encounters (invited and uninvited), adversities and more.
To the reader, be prepared... her writing is RAW but yet interesting. Being a black woman (same as the author), I could not personally relate to her story. Nevertheless, the cast is different but yet the situation appears to be very familiar.
With that said, here I sat waiting for the release of "Not Ready" to see what areas Natalie Stewart (author) will unleash.
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