MY BROADCASTING LIFE:
I began my broadcast career at Memphis State University on their jazz station WSMS in 1987. From there she worked in television news at WMC Channel 5 as a vidifont (graphics) operator. By the time I left, 2 1/2 years later, my duties had expanded including writing, editing, and even shooting video for news stories. I took a break from broadcasting and worked in Human Resources for 4 years. In 1994 I became "Eileen The Love Queen" an on-air personality at WDIA, then moved to KJMS (Smooth 101) as "Eileen The Diva". While holding down an air shift, I was promoted to Programming Assistant for WDIA & WHRK (K97). When Clear Channel acquired 2 other urban stations in the market, I was promoted to Assistant Program Director for WDIA, WHRK (K97) and KJMS (Smooth 101). Clear Channel debuted its 1st FM gospel station in December 2002, WHAL 95.7 Hallelujah FM. I was instrumental in launching this station and was given added responsibility when upper management named me Program Director and now I consult the other Hallelujah formats in other cities. Before joining the morning team on Hallelujah, I was heard on the Fun Morning Show with Bobby O'Jay on WDIA.
I grew up in Mt. Pisgah on Weaver Rd, under Rev. A.C. Jackson and Rev. Frank Harris (19 years). Then I matured at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church under Dr. Alvin O. Jackson (16 years). Now, I am continuing to grow at Greater New Liberty on Webb under Rev. Darrel K. Shack...TGAND 4 Life!
*The plot of Halle Berry’s upcoming film “Cloud Atlas” is already confusing enough, but throw in the fact that she’s playing multiple characters of different races and genders, being directed by – not one, not two, but three filmmakers (one of whom just underwent a sex change), and that the story spans several centuries.
Somehow the finished product was so well received at its Toronto Film Festival premiere last month that it got a 10-minute standing ovation. [Watch the trailer below.]
Not to mention, the film’s all-star cast – including Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Keith David, all portraying multiple characters of different races as well – took a huge pay cut to join the indie project.
“This wasn’t like a big money job for anybody. We were all there because we loved it and we wanted to be a part of something that was innovative and different,” Berry told us during weekend interviews for the film, which arrives in theaters Oct. 26. “If nothing else, there had never been a $100 million independent movie where, I mean, you’d have to have a lot of love and passion to make that happen because that’s just unheard of right now.”
The “Cloud Atlas” theme is best described in the three words written on one of its posters: “Everything is connected.” The official synopsis says it’s “an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present, and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.”
“Cloud Atlas” was adapted from David Mitchell’s novel and directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana (formerly known as Larry). (A timeline at CloudAtlas.WarnerBros.com moves from left to right and shows the progression of characters through time.)
Over the course of the film, Berry plays characters named Luisa Rey, Meronym, Jocasta Ayrs and a male Korean physician from the future named Dr. Ovid. This guy makes Nurse Ratched from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” seem warm and nurturing.
“I loved them all,” said the actress and mother of four-year-old Nahla with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. “I have to say I did love being turned into Dr. Ovid. Never before in my life would I ever have thought anybody anywhere would hire me to be an Asian man for any reason. So that was probably a day that I felt like I’m doing something that’s unique and that I’ll never have the chance to do again.”
With the turmoil of a child custody battle swirling off set and nuptials supposedly on the horizon with fiancé Olivier Martinez, Berry says it’s challenging movies like “Cloud Atlas” that remind her of why she became an actress in the first place.