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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir (Hardcover)

By Jenifer LewisMalaika Adero

...I was pulling into my driveway after spending a Christmas alone, in South Africa. I'd run off to get away from the pain of a broken engagement, or so I told myself.  While there, I toured Robben Island and stood looking at the cell where Nelson Mandela had been locked up for twenty-seven years.  Twenty-seven goddamn years, stuck in a cell.  It was deeply moving.  It wasn't until my car rolled into the garage of my home that I really took in the fact that while Mandela may have been in a cell for twenty-seven years, he had never been imprisoned.  I however, had no jail cell, but had been emotionally caged all my life-constricted by my own secrets.

     I turned off the ignition, looked around and thought, I owe...

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