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Jennifer Lewis Reveals Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis at ABFF Awards



Jenifer+Lewis+ *Watch anything from “A Different World,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and “Girlfriends” on the small screen to “Poetic Justice,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Cars” on the big screen and chances are you’ve probably seen or heard Jennifer Lewis.

Nowadays, the acting veteran can be found on the hit ABC show “Black-ish” alongside Tracee Ellis Ross, who was among those honoring Lewis at “The Best of the ABFF” awards ceremony. While accepting the festival’s Career Achievement Award, Lewis detailed her path to fame while revealing the moment she discovered she had a mental disorder.

Starting out, Lewis encountered difficulty with finding a steady job on New York’s Broadway scene. As a result, she decided to take her destiny in her own hands by writing, directing, and starring in her own one-woman stage play, “The Diva is Dismissed. “

The off-Broadway production that showcased her talent gave way to more work in TV and film. Despite her career taking an upward swing, things weren’t going as well for Lewis personally.

During her acceptance speech, Lewis confessed to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as her struggle with coming to terms with the mental disorder. As it turned out, Lewis ultimately decided to get help, Rolling Out noted as it stated how the decision proved to be a good as she never allowed her disorder to prevent her from reaching her goals.

“That journey I took has given me the permission to help others,” Lewis said. “That what my life is about now, helping others. I help people wherever and whenever I can. Just don’t ask me for no money [laughs]!”

Before presenting Lewis with the Career Achievement Award, Ross acknowledged her “Black-ish” co-star’s large body of work over the years, which set the stage for a short video montage that included congratulations from Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne, among other celebrities.



  1. I said it.

    June 20, 2015 at 9:30 am

    That was brave.

  2. Kathy

    June 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I have been dealing with Bipolar Disorder for over 20 years plus.I have been up and down.I don’t let the diagnois keep me from being the best that i can be.I acknowlege God for being my help down through the years.I am not a victom but an “overcomer.I have not allowed the diagonis to determine my lot in life.I can do “all things through Christ.Who is my strength my all in all.I survived,and you can too.Glory and Honor to GOD.

    • Dee

      June 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Continue to trust God…you are truly an overcomer and the more you share your testimony, the more you will be blessed physically, mentally and spiritually as well as passing on the positive blessing that comes from you to others. My prayers are certainly with you for a continued successful and blessed life!

  3. queensmother

    June 21, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I applaud encouraged

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Check Out Trailer for TRIAL 4 | A Netflix Original Documentary Series / WATCH



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*The eight-episode docuseries TRIAL 4 delves into the story of Sean Ellis, a man who served 22 years in prison after being found guilty of killing Boston Police Detective John Mulligan in 1993.

Though law enforcement presented evidence linking Ellis to the murder, further investigation revealed corrupt police officers, questionable witnesses and enormous pressure within the department to solve the case.

Ellis’s story, while devastating, sheds light on timely issues of systemic racism, police corruption and criminal justice reform while offering hope that, ultimately, people have the power to change the system.

Directed by Rémy Burkel (Sin City Law) and executive produced by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murder on a Sunday Morning, The Staircase).

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Release Date: Nov 11, 2020

Directed By: Remy Burkel

Executive Producers: Matthieu Belghiti, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

Producer: Allyson Luchak

Co-Producer: Ben Travers

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Common Announces New Project Out Oct 30, New Track Used in Michelle Obama Initiative



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*Today, Common announces the release of his new project, A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1, out Friday, October 30, through Loma Vista Recordings.

This instant hip hop classic and call to action from the modern-day renaissance man – a GRAMMY-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning artist, activist, actor, and two time New York Times Bestselling author – features seven new songs and two new interludes that catch Common at a new prime in his career. With a core band that includes Robert Glasper (keys), Karriem Riggins (drums), Burniss Travis (bass), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), and PJ (vocals), plus features from Black Thought and Lenny Kravitz, A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 is music meant to “uplift, heal, and inspire listeners dealing with racial injustices as well as other social injustices,” says Common.

He continues: A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 is affirmation. It’s recognition. It’s elevation. It’s music to go with a movement. Because the truth is, there is still so much work to do. Regardless of the outcome of the election, we need to make sure things do not return to the status quo. The intention of the music is to channel all of our pain and outrage into something productive, inspirational, and good. It’s to help lead a movement into our next phase of the work to be done.”

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Our first taste of the project comes with the new single “Say Peace.” This shape-shifting sonic shuffle finds Common trading bars with Black Thought and PJ, as the music mirrors the illusory search for peace that we all pursue. On the new song, Common simply says: “I found my peace, my peace through making these albums.”

Common will perform the new single, joined by Black Thought and PJ, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 4th, the night after the U.S. presidential election.

As part of Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” initiative, Michelle is currently featuring another track from the forthcoming Common project – “A Place In This World.” Check out the special shoutout from the former First Lady here:

A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1’s cover art is based on photography by Ghanaian photographer and artist Derrick Boateng. The collection will be accompanied by a full-length listening film directed by Mark Leibowitz and featuring Common’s full band performing in colorful, vibrant environments inspired by Boateng’s photographs.

To celebrate his new project, on Friday, October 30, Common will be hosting an album listening experience on his Youtube channel. Stay tuned for more details:

Common performed tracks from A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 last weekend as part of Afropunk’s virtual festival Planet Afropunk 2020. Stay tuned for more from Common throughout the rest of 2020.

A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 Tracklist:



Say Peace (feat. Black Thought)

What Do You Say (Move It Baby)


A Place In This World

A Riot In My Mind (feat. Lenny Kravitz)

Don’t Forget Who You Are


Common is the modern renaissance man — a GRAMMY-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning artist, activist, actor, and two time New York Times Bestselling author. A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 follows his “exquisite” (People) 2019 album, Let Love, which Stereogum called “one of his most personal, raw collections.”

More Praise For Common and Let Love

“Fluid, deceptively intricate…[Common] has never been more open.” — AllMusic

“The universally recognized master lyricist is back…A very personal exploration of Common’s relationship with love.” — KCRW

“Meticulous storytelling… Common approaches the ideas of light and hope with a more realistic outlook, producing a record that effectively touches every listener.”— Hypebeast

“Sonically, the album is a time capsule of the greatest moments in black music history. Lyrically, it’s hard-hitting reality about the present day…a captivating tale about using love as a weapon to overcome.” — Exclaim

“It couldn’t be more timely.” — The Independent UK


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Omarosa Joins ‘The Special Report with Areva Martin’ – Talks Trump & Failing Marriage / WATCH



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*On Wednesday, October 28th, former White House Advisor and reality star of The Apprentice, Omarosa Manigualt Newman joined the digital tri-weekly talk show The Special Report with Areva Martin and continued her spree of brazenly candid and eye-opening remarks from her tenure as one of President Donald Trump’s White House Advisors.

Following her latest claims on the British morning talk show “Lorraine,” where she said First Lady Melania Trump is “repulsed” by the President, Omarosa’s latest claim is that POTUS and FLOTUS may be heading towards divorce following the end of their term.

“I certainly believe that they are on the verge of divorce based on episodes that I witnessed with own eyes, and seeing some of their fights while I was in both of their presences. But I also think that she’s repulsed by him and she can’t wait until their out of office so she doesn’t have to deal with him ever again.”

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Areva Martin, a civil rights attorney and political correspondent for CNN, went on to ask Omarosa for her thoughts on Trump’s storming out of his 60 Minutes interview, his alleged use of the N-word while filming The Apprentice, and Trump’s repeated verbal name calling and attacks of black women.

Check out the interview via the Facebook player at top of page.




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