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!
When Mike Epps was approached with the comedic role of a lifetime, he quickly sought the support of someone whose opinion mattered the most!
The comedian/actor was offered the chance to play legendary comic Richard Pryor in an upcoming film about jazz legend Nina Simone. However before accepting the role, Epps reached out to Pryor’s widow, Jennifer, for the ok.
Jennifer Pryor was very impressed by the gesture, saying:
“That was very sweet and respectful that he called me first. I am happy that they picked him. He is a real good guy.”
That “sweet and respectful” gesture might have actually been a smart career move on Epps’ part. According to TMZ, Jennifer Pryor was so touched by Epps’ call, that she is now considering him to play her late husband in an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic.
That Pryor movie is still in the works, but Jennifer is a producer on the film, and believes that Epps is one of the few comedian/actors capable of an “authentic portrayal” of Pryor.
One person who is NOT in the running whatsoever, is Eddie Murphy. Jennifer threw super shade on Murphy by comparing him to a white actor performing in blackface. She went on to say that Pryor would have never wanted Murphy to play him, but rather:
“He would want someone authentic like himself.”
Kudos to Epps though for landing the first of, hopefully, two great Pryor roles! Richard Pryor was a comic IDOL, and we can’t wait to see how Epps portrays him!