There’s no one who can love you, support you or stay on your case when you’re being stubborn quite like your mom.

Over the course of her 40-year career in Hollywood, actress, activist and songstress Jenifer Lewis has flawlessly portrayed just about every type of Black mom there is on screen.

From the no-nonsense mother in films like Poetic Justice and What’s Love Got To Do With It, to the wise mom who knows best in films like The Cookout and The Preacher’s Wife, to the sometimes-meddling mom on television shows like Girlfriends and Black-ish, Lewis has truly earned her title as “The Mother of Black Hollywood.”

As we prepare to honor her at our 2019 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, here’s a look back at every time we saw a little of the moms we all know and love in Jenifer Lewis on screen. Which character was your favorite?

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