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Jenifer Lewis’s current role as Dre’s outspoken mom Ruby Johnson on the Emmy-nominated series Black-ish is only the latest in a long line of standout performances by the multitalented singer, actress, and activist. Her previous credits include notable roles in films such as What’s Love Got to Do With It, The Preacher’s Wife, and Madea’s Family Reunion, television’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Broadway’s Hairspray, among others. As a singer, she has raised the roof as a solo artist in more than 200 concerts around the world. Using the power of her platform to speak out about social, political, and mental health issues, Lewis recently published an honest and poignant memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, about her personal journey to stardom, and she continues to connect with audiences old and new through her vibrant social media presence. This rare, intimate engagement in The Appel Room offers audiences a direct line into Lewis’s unvarnished, straight-talking artistry.
“Jenifer Lewis is a force to be reckoned with.”– Essence
“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.”– Los Angeles Times