Well all right! I don’t know when Lifetime became the new and improved version of BET, but I’m not mad at them! As more details about the production of the movie, Betty & Coretta, come out, it has been revealed that the Lifetime network is premiering THREE, yes three, films in honor of Black History Month. Aside from Betty & Coretta, the network is also premiering Twist of Faith, which will star Toni Braxton, and Pastor Brown, which will star Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Rockmond Dunbar, Ernie Hudson and Tisha Campbell-Martin.
Twist of Faith is said to have Braxton playing a single Christian mother who makes a love connection with a widowed Orthodox Jewish man who loses himself and his faith after watching the murder of his wife and son. After the fact, he finds himself on a trek to the South, Alabama to be exact, where he meets Braxton’s character, the lead singer of her gospel choir. While they are clearly of two different faiths and races, their love of music brings them together, and the church helps him get a new lease on life. This movie will premiere on February 9.
As for Pastor Brown, Richardson-Whitfield will play the daughter of a dying pastor. As his last wish, he asks Whitfield to take over the dealings of his beloved church, which is something Whitfield’s character reluctantly decides to do. She finds herself at odds with her sister, and her father’s church. As she tries to maintain order, she tries to reconnect with an estranged son (who is played by my husband, Michael B. Jordan), re-bond with a family at odds, and make sense of her own life. Pastor Brown is set to premiere on February 16.
With Betty & Coretta leading the pack for the Black History Month programming, premiering on February 2 and telling the story of the friendship between Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz after the deaths of their husbands, a new photo has been released of the two women in character (look up). I’m not going to say anything crazy about who does and doesn’t look like who, because I like both of these women (plus, I’m in a good mood this morning!), so I’ll just say, I’m interested to see how this film will play out. Great plot line, but will it be a great movie?
All in all, I’m excited about all of these new movies, and I have to give big kudos to Lifetime for providing some positive images of black folks for Black History Month, because we know that they didn’t have to do so (sadly, I think we’re so used to networks not doing anything at all for the month…). Now if we could just get some other networks to provide such programming the other 11 months of the year, that would be awesome…