Posts Tagged Mary J. Blige
civil rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated on this day in 1965
The Autobiography of Malcolm X [as told to Alex Hailey]
Malcolm X [a Spike Lee film]
Betty & Coretta on Lifetime
–Mary J. Blige stars as Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X and Angela Bassett stars as Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s a lot to pack into 90 minutes and starting in the middle can be rather confusing for those unfamiliar with civil rights history or with Malcolm X or MLK. These are strong, smart women. Although there’s an initial rivalry between the women and an animosity between the men and their opposing messages– Malcolm X wanted to use “any means necessary” to fight the system and MLK spoke out for civil disobedience– this film is about the women’s friendship after the assassinations of their husbands. Betty Shabazz earned her doctorate and taught. Coretta King worked tirelessly for the national holiday recognizing her husband.
Betty & Coretta tells the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Golden Globe® Award-winner and Academy Award®-nominee Angela Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (nine-time Grammy®-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige), the wives of Dr. Martin Luther King (Malik Yoba, New York Undercover) and Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre, The Killing Yard). After their husbands’ tragic assassinations, they create a life-long bond.
Kicking off Lifetime’s Black History Month celebration, Betty & Coretta will premiere Saturday, February 2, at 8:00pm ET/PT.
Twist of Faith, an interfaith love story about a single Christian mother (six-time Grammy-winner Toni Braxton) and an Orthodox Jewish widower (David Julian Hirsh, Weeds), whose mutual passion for music and singing draws them together, will premiere Saturday, February 9, at 8:00pmET/PT.
Pastor Brown, which follows a young woman (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) who returns home to take over as pastor of the family church after her father’s (Keith David) death and is forced to face her sordid past and mend fences with her son (Michael B. Jordan) and sister (Nicole Ari Parker), will premiere Saturday, February 16, at 8:00pm ET/PT.
Lifetime received ten NAACP Image Award nominations, more than any other basic cable network, for Steel Magnolias, 2012’s number one cable movie telecast among key demographics (excluding miniseries), and Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which averaged more than 4 million Total Viewers.