Why Jenifer Lewis plays ABC’s “Black-ish” grandma Ruby with sass

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“You know when I tackle those roles, I think of my mother and my aunts,” actor and singer Jenifer Lewis, who frequently plays mothers on screen, told me on “Salon Talks.”

Lewis’ many roles as a mother in film and television inspired the title of her new memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood.” She currently stars as Ruby Johnson, the grandmother on ABC’s “Black-ish.”

As a veteran black mother on and off screen, Lewis is able to bring an...


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