Betty and Coretta, the Lifetime Original Movie, premieres February 2nd and will probably run periodically throughout Black History Month. Betty and Coretta tells the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz as they create an unbreakable life-long bond after their husbands’ tragic assassinations. Specifically, the movie follows them as they continue on as single mothers and keepers of their husbands legacies.
The movie is narrated by Ruby Dee, who serves as a historical witness, as she relates her real life remembrances from her interactions with both women and their husbands during the civil rights era and after.
Mary J. Blige stars as Betty Shabazz and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King. Other cast members are Lindsay Owen Pierre as Malcolm X and Malik Yoba as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yves Simoneau, who recently directed a Beauty And The Beast TV-movie for ABC Studios, directed Betty And Coretta, from a script penned by Shem Bitterman (he last wrote and directed a feature dramedy titled The Job in 2009).
The movie was produced by Blige, as well as Larry Stanitsky, with Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony executive producing.