#ConversationStarter: Betty & Coretta

Lifetime breaks away from the crime, murder and the romantic plot lines this February to tell the story of the friendship between two Civil Rights wives—Betty Shabazz & Coretta Scott King.

Hollywood’s Angela Bassett will play King and music’s Mary J. Blige will play Shabazz.

Watch the preview below.

From the Washington Post:

The film tells the story of the strong, evolving friendship between Shabazz and King, as they forge ahead to raise the ten children (Shabazz had six and King had four) left fatherless after the tragic assassinations of their husbands. It shows their courage as they braved the danger from black anger and white hate and how their commitment to the human rights movement propelled them to leadership in their own right. For the first time in one place, their surrogates give voice to whom or what killed their husbands.

Betty & Coretta premieres February 2 at 8pm ET.

We know Angela Bassett’s range she’s played everyone from Rosa Parks to Betty Shabazz (in Malcolm X).

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has had supporting acting roles before but now she’s taking lead as Shabazz.

Chime in: If you’re reading this before you watch how do you think Mary J. will fare? If you’re reading after, how do you think she did?

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#ConversationStarter: King & The Civil Rights Era.

Martin & Coretta.

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 83 yesterday, and the millions who fought for civil rights today’s #ConversationStarter is a simple one.

What does Martin Luther King Jr. and what he and so many others marched for mean to you?

Those who were alive do you any memorable moments from the Civil Rights Movement?

So let’s reflect and start a conversation.

Please share. Comment below.

Lastly, as we remember King,  I want to leave readers with his last speech.