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Betty & Coretta Premieres Feb. 2 on Lifetime

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January 26, 2013 by The ReadyWriter


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With Black History month approaching, Lifetime television have rolled out their movie premiers for the month. Angela Bassett will star as Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow Coretta Scott King, who expanded his message of nonviolence and equality to a global audience until her death in 2006, in a Lifetime movie which will premiere on February 2nd.

To kick off black history month, Bassett stars as Mrs. King opposite singer Mary J. Blige as Dr. Betty Shabazz in the Lifetime original movie Betty and Coretta.

The film tells the converging stories of two very different young women united by a commitment to social justice and their struggle to raise their children alone while forging legacies from those of their slain spouses. It’s an angle that the mom of two (with actor husband Courtney B. Vance) particularly appreciates.

Both women were equally significant in their own right.

Ruby Dee narrates the film, as the film opens up with her semi-fictional character commenting on President Obama’s 2011 dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Betty and Coretta premieres Feb. 2 at 8/7 CT on Lifetime.

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68 thoughts on “Betty & Coretta Premieres Feb. 2 on Lifetime

  1. RandomChick says:

    this will be interesting

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  2. bobby says:

    they look too young to play betty and coretta. but ok

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  3. Adriane says:

    Tracy on point cause I just saw the previews for this.

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  4. BrownGirl says:

    darn tracy posted this too early by the time the movie come out the comment section here will be closed and we won’t be able to talk about it.

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  5. Mahogany says:

    Nothing against my girl Mary J. Blige, but I can’t believe the film producers couldn’t find a notable actress to portray Dr. Betty Shabazz. You have the extremely gifted and talented Angela Bassett in this movie, with Mary J. the singer? C’mon!!!!!

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    • Kayla says:

      Mahogany, I agree..
      you dang on sure need another talented sister who can hold her own against Ms. Angela Bassett and I don’t think Mary J. can 😦 *side eye*

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      • Omar says:

        Dayum y’all ain’t even giving Mary J a chance.

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      • Christina says:

        You also have to remember this is a Lifetime Movie not one being nominated for the Oscars or anything. It is only a TV film, despite the actors, they are recognizing the work of both women and you can complain about the actresses as long as you remember the purpose of the film–for their stories to be told.

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      • Starr says:

        You also have to remember this is a Lifetime Movie not one being nominated for the Oscars or anything. It is only a TV film, despite the actors, they are recognizing the work of both women and you can complain about the actresses as long as you remember the purpose of the film–for their stories to be told.
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        Cosign!!!!

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  6. Yasha says:

    the producers should have cast Angela Bassett as Betty Shabazz and someone else as Coretta.

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  7. Tammy says:

    Angela one played every woman in the Civil Rights Era so far hasn’t she?

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  8. annonymous says:

    Good for them.

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  9. Nicole says:

    I am looking forward to this movie. Angela Bassett is an extradinary actress and I know that this movie is gonna rock.

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  10. Jamilla says:

    Instead of Mary J Blige, why not hire a real acrtess? Lynn Whitfield, Alfre Woodard, Kandi Alexander, there were so many others to choose from.

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  11. Lexy says:

    But what about Ms. Evers?
    This is so disrespectul to Ms. Evers..
    Before Coretta.. Before Betty.. we had Medgar Evers.
    Black people have no respect for history I swear.

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    • Christina says:

      I agree. It seems as if Medgar and Myrlie’s work is always forgotten.

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      • Pinky says:

        But what about Ms. Evers?
        This is so disrespectul to Ms. Evers..
        Before Coretta.. Before Betty.. we had Medgar Evers.
        Black people have no respect for history I swear.
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        Lexy,
        Even though I would love to see a movie about the three women together, Mrs. Evers-Williams does have a story. It is called Ghosts of Mississippi.

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  12. Acquitta says:

    yea um, I like Mary j and all but there are so many other notable actresses who could have played that role. I mean really. Mary is a singer not really an actress.

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  13. HarlemGirl says:

    yea um, I like Mary j and all but there are so many other notable actresses who could have played that role. I mean really. Mary is a singer not really an actress.
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    Tyler Perry has given her a chance in his movie but that’s about it. her with Angela Bassett a seasoned actress, we’ll see how that will work out.

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  14. Just hope they don’t mess this up. Too important a story.

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  15. Quincy says:

    let’s give Mary a chance people.

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  16. Tamala says:

    Angela Bassett is a seasoned pro, whereas Mary J is not…so we’ll have to see her performance before we judge.

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  17. Yvonne says:

    I know lifetime is gonna air this a couple of times b4 black history month is over., um sayin that just in case I miss it on Saturday. 🙂

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    • Keisha says:

      I know lifetime is gonna air this a couple of times b4 black history month is over., um sayin that just in case I miss it on Saturday
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      you know they will. they’ll probably repeat it the same night.

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  18. Starr says:

    looking forward to seeing both women play their perspective roles. I hope they do justice to both women.

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  19. Ebonyeyes says:

    I am looking forward to this movie. Angela Bassett is an extradinary actress. Mary J Blige is making her debute in such a dramatic role. Both women exemplifying the images of two positive female role models in African American History. God Bless you Angela and Mary. Thank you Lifetime Movies for making this possible.

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  20. Keisha says:

    So excited about this movie!!

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  21. Pinky says:

    I know this will be a great movie. The positive protrayal of two dynamic women by two dynamic women is awsome!

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  22. Zenna says:

    I like Mary J and Angela Bassett but it seems like Mary isnt going to bring it to this movie as far as the acting. This seems like one of those “Beyonce Cadillac records performances”. I’m pulling for Mary to do better thou. let’s keep our fingers crossed y’all.

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  23. Coco says:

    The Betty and Coretta movie looks awesome!!! tuning in

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  24. SueWee says:

    Mary J. Blige takes on a career-defining role in the newest Lifetime original drama “Betty & Corretta” alongside Academy Award winner Angela Bassett.

    Oh lord good luck Mary J.

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  25. Gia says:

    I cant wait for this movies and I love, love, love Angela Bassett as an actress!! She is so believeable in any role she plays.

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  26. Ionna says:

    That Angela Bassett know she doesn’t age. She look good with her gorgeous self.

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  27. Olivijah says:

    I love that lifetime is expanding their drama films to include black history. They remade Steel Magnolias… and the movie about the Kidnapping. BET & TV One needs to learn from Lifetime about making these films. I know they don’t have the same budget but I’m sure they can handle some good writers…

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  28. Adriane says:

    I can’t wait to see this film!

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  29. SoldierBoy says:

    hopefully I’ll check this out.

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  30. WandaB says:

    I like MJB but she and Angela Bassett are not on the same level professionally. Angela is a seasoned actress with several awards under her belt. so lets see how this will go.

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    • Zenna says:

      I like MJB but she and Angela Bassett are not on the same level professionally. Angela is a seasoned actress with several awards under her belt. so lets see how this will go.
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      Wanda, I say the same thing but we’ll see

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  31. Felicia says:

    Mary J is my girl n all but 4 some reason I ain’t feelin her in this role.

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  32. AlScream says:

    Mary J a singer…Betty Shabazz was not I can’t see the comparison people

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  33. Cameo says:

    They chose Mary J to play Betty cause they thought the role fit. we’ll see.

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  34. BBallen says:

    Angela has played both women now let’s see what Mary J gone do.

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  35. Sane says:

    ion know if uma be feelin this.

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  36. Angelhair says:

    so mary j is branching out into acting? This is a big role to take on. I’m curious to see how she’ll do.

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  37. Reblogged this on Mydreamalive.com : Inspiration for those with a dream and commented:
    This is must see TV…Angela Bassett?? Can’t wait to see

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  38. Danny says:

    Both women are great…Can’t wait to see the movie on lifetime.

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  39. Slickrick says:

    That Angela Bassett know she fine.

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  40. Daisy says:

    Can’t wait to see Mary J in a serious role like this one.

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  41. Gabriella says:

    Can’t wait…seen the previews all weekend.

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  42. Natasha says:

    Uh oh…Angela can fall right into any one of those roles because she’s played them both in the past. This is a first for Mary J. so we’ll see.

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  43. 2thick4you says:

    This is going to be a good made for TV movie.

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  44. I really wanna see this. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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  45. Rezzie says:

    Both ladies will be good I’m sure. we’ll see.

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  46. Manup says:

    Mary J…my gurl.

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  47. Katman says:

    Give Mary a chance people.

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