First Pics of Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in Betty & Coretta

By// Kendra Cusic

Lifetime will air its new film Betty & Coretta,  starring Angla Bassett and Mary J. Blige, just in time to celebrate Black History Month.

Betty & Coretta, which is executive produced by Blige, takes a look at the courageous women who were the backbones behind two of the most iconic men in history. The film parallels the true stories of Coretta Scott King (Bassett), wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (played by Malik Yoba) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (Blige), wife of Malcolm X ( who is played by Lindsay Owen Pierre).

“When their husbands were tragically assassinated, these two women not only inherited the mantle of the civil rights movement in America, each also found herself to be a single mother who had to find a way to raise and support her children with no husband or father, resulting in a relationship like no other that spanned more than three decades,” reps for Lifetime said in a press release.

Blige is also the film’s executive producer.

Betty & Coretta will premiere on Lifetime Saturday, February 2 at 8/7c.

Will you be watching?