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Watch 2-Minute Preview Of Lifetime's 'Betty & Coretta' (Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige Star)

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 15, 2013 7:33 PM
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Remember - it's a Lifetime movie.

Here’s your first official look (via a 2-minute video preview) at Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in the upcoming Lifetime original movie Betty & Coretta.

The tele-film will premiere on Saturday, February 2 at 8/7cand will center on the relationship between Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King - specifically, it'll follow how they continued on as single mothers, after their husbands were assassinated - their husbands being Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

As already reported, Mary J. Blige plays Betty Shabazz, and Angela Bassett plays Coretta Scott King.

Malik Yoba plays Martin Luther King Jr, while, Lindsay Owen Pierre is playing Malcolm X in the movie.

Ruby Dee is said to be appearing on-screen as a "historical witness" to narrate the story, "as someone familiar with the events of both their lives."

Yves Simoneau, who recently directed a Beauty And The Beast TV-movie for ABC Studios, will direct Betty And Coretta, from a script penned by Shem Bitterman (he last wrote and directed a feature dramedy titled The Job in 2009).

The film is co-produced by Blige, as well as Larry Stanitsky, with Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony executive producing.

It will be one of 3 movies headlining Lifetime's Black History Month celebration; the other 2 being Twist of Faith, starring Toni BraxtonMykelti Williamson and David Julian Hirsh; and Pastor Brown, with Salli Richardson-WhitfieldKeith DavidErnie HudsonTisha Campbell-MartinNicole Ari ParkerRockmond Dunbar and Michael B. Jordan.

Here's your 2-minute preview:

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  • Josh | January 20, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    And Angela played Betty Shabazz in Spike Lee movie Malcolm X with Denzel Washington

  • Josh | January 20, 2013 2:11 PMReply

    I would be watching. It looks like it's gonna be a very powerful movie about two influential women of African American history. I can't wait. Angela Bassett is one of my favorite actresses. Every role she plays, she delivers. And Mary J Blige really want to prove to people and Hollywood that she can be a serious actress and more than just another singer who also acts.

  • Bee | January 16, 2013 4:07 PMReply

    I'm sorry, but this looks utterly unconvincing. Both of them are unconvincing as Betty and Corretta (and Mary J. Blige is simply not an actress, no matter how hard she tries). Meanwhile, Angela Bassett (bless her heart, I like many of her films) hasn't been interesting since her role as Tina Turner. I just can't get with any of this cast (including the males). I'll pass.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | January 16, 2013 4:24 PM

    I agree that Angela is a good actress but she never reached her potential to me. It kind of seems like she just settles for supporting roles now. Many of her roles are the same and I know she has range. She's has worked consistently since Tina Turner but nothing that sticks out with me. I haven't actually paid to see any movie with her in it since Tina Turner. This role doesn't do it for me either. I think she would have been a forced to be reckoned with if she would have been picked to lead the show "Scandal" she would have been awesome. Best wishes to her though.

  • Django | January 16, 2013 12:40 PMReply

    C'mon Tambay. Where are all your "haters"? Are you serious? this is a blog and unless your on the payroll you should give us a little bit more than that. You got 2 comments? and all that uproar about Django? Black folks have lost their minds. Based on this trailer alone and the names associated with them tells me that Lifetime is full of fart. I'm sure all the non-Af-am's associated with all 3 of these pieces are lovely, God fearing "black friendly" folk, but did Lifetime consider anyone else to do these projects? Not mad at the actors, cause work is work. My guess is they shot these projects in Canada.

  • mcguffin | January 16, 2013 5:33 PM

    Some pretty ignorant assumptions on your part Django. Can't speak on the racial make up of the production teams on the other two films, but Pastor Brown is an independent film that was acquired by Lifetime made by black producers and a black director. Try doing research before you criticize next time.

  • Bee | January 16, 2013 4:08 PM

    "Full of fart" accurately sums up what I get from this trailer.

  • ALM | January 16, 2013 4:05 AMReply

    Angela looks so gorgeous in the modern day shots with her short haircut and purple dress. :)

  • Vinindy | January 16, 2013 12:36 AMReply

    Both women raised their children as widows after their husbands died; to say they raised their children as single mothers erases the fact they were married.

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