Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige kept it chic while arriving at the red carpet release for their Lifetime Television original film ‘Betty & Coretta’ at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City on Monday night (January 28). The movies centers around the relationship between Dr. Betty Shabazz (Blige) and Coretta Scott King (Bassett).
“We’ve seen, a number of times, the story of their husbands — and rightly so,” Bassett noted in a recent interview. “They were tremendous influences on our culture and our times and moving America forward. But the women — and people usually say ‘behind these men,’ but I say ‘married to these men,’ because I think they were equally as significant in their own right — very strong. Very forceful. They had their own opinions. It was a different time when they were married, in terms of a woman’s perceived place, but they were towers of thought and activism — and we get to see that.”
Malik Yoba portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, while Lindsay Owen Pierre takes on the role of Malcolm X in the film. Ruby Dee appears on screen as a “historical witness” to narrate the story as someone familiar with the events in the lives of both women.