Posted by | Tamara Ren’ee

What’s the 411? The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige has become quite the budding actress these days. Not only is she starring in the upcoming musical, “Rock of Ages” but she is also scheduled to play jazz and folk singer Nina Simone in a MTV produced biopic.  Now Blige has signed on to play Betty Shabazz in a made for television movie called “Parallel Lives.”  Shabazz was the wife of Nation of Islam icon, Malcolm X.

Blige explains, “It’s about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, the women in Malcolm X’s and Martin Luther King’s life [sic],” she told WENN. “I’m playing Betty and prepping for that now. I’ve been studying her online and watching her interviews.”

Production for “Parallel Lives” is set for this September.