It seems like just a few months ago we were talking about Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett taking on the roles of Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King in the Lifetime original movie, “Betty & Coretta,” and now we’re already looking at a two-minute sneak peek of the new flick which will debut in a couple of weeks.
This film tells the story of the relationship between the wives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. and how they developed a strong friendship as single mothers following their husbands’ assassinations. Miss Bassett, who can do no wrong when it comes to movies, is always expected to be stellar in this movie, and this will be Mary J.’s chance to prove herself as a serious actress since we’ve only seen her in minor rolls thus far. Malik Yoba will play Martin Luther King Jr, while Lindsay Owen Pierre has the part of Malcolm X. According to Shadow & Act, Ruby Dee will also appear on-screen as a historical witness to narrate the story as someone who is familiar with the events of both wives’ lives.
“Betty & Coretta,” which will premiere Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm, is the first of three African American-centered films set to premiere on Lifetime during Black History Month. The second movie will be “Twist of Faith,” starring Toni Braxton as 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. The third film, “Pastor Brown,” will feature Sally Richardson-Whitfield as the daughter of a dying pastor who is asked to take over the dealings of her father’s beloved church as his last dying wish.
Judging from the trailer of “Betty & Coretta,” February will be an interesting month to tune into Lifetime. Let us know what you think.