Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Ever wondered what life was like for the widows of slain civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X?  Well, Lifetime is attempting to let us in on that in the new made-for-television movie called Betty and Coretta.

The film, which was originally called Parallel Lives, stars Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King.  Screen legend Ruby Dee will star as a waitress who narrates the film.  Blige will also serve as the movie’s executive producer.

Coretta Scott King embracing Betty Shabazz

Shooting for Betty and Coretta begins next month.