Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige Play Civil Rights Leaders' Wives in 'Betty and Coretta'

Stars describe stepping into the roles of Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz.
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Transcript for Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige Play Civil Rights Leaders' Wives in 'Betty and Coretta'
performers -- that's hard to say. Two powerhouse performers have joined forces to bring one of the most intriguing friendships to the screen. Angela bassett and mary j. Blige. They create a legacy all of their own. And they are together in a movie called "betty and coretta." It's so good to have you both here this morning. You both look so beautiful. Thank you. Just gorgeous ensembles. We're all talking style today. A lot of people know that martin luther king and malcolm x were certainly huge and symbolic leaders of the civil rights movement. They were not friendly in life but their two widows forged an intensely friendship. And I don't think a lot of people know that. Right. I didn't know, either. That's what drew me to the story. The fact tere friends. And they look at the bigger picture to, you know, live out their husbands' legacies to keep the dream alive, so to speak. And they didn't fight. They just -- because martin was peaceful to gandhi. And malcolm x., Fiery. You know, by any means necessary. So, you know, whatever public was attracted to, you had your sides you could go to. But they livedthat. Exactly. The two women actually forged a really deep and intimate bond, not the least of which, they were both widows. They both lost their husbands violently. They had that deeply in common. They had families to raise. They were committed to the movement, and to the community, and to the struggle, I think to the larger issues. So, they were to get past it what was considered petty. Single mothers. Raised between the two of them ten children without their husbands. I want to look at a clip. Originally, malcolm x. Was killed first, assassinated first. You play betty shabazz, who didn't want a public life until she saw coretta scott king. I saw on tv how you led that march. You took them right into the city where he was shot dead. I was so amazed. But it's not a choice I would have made. It's something I had to do. There was no choice. Talk a little bit about that, angela. The exact that coretta scott king shot she had no choice but to assume his mantle. It was how she grew up. Her history. Her father who went through his experiences in a southern town, racist experiences. Was a bigger person because of it. You know, didn't go towards violence. Her mother who says that my children would get an education if I had but one dress. And her and her sister went on to antioch college and there to boston. So, when she met martin, she rebuffed him. I have lots to do. I'm very busy. I think she was on a road to an ope operatic career. She was like, you guys calm down. Settle down. Don't go this route. She thought her life had a purpose and a purpose with him. She embraced it nonetheless because there was a god-given purpose that she felt a calling on her life. Well, it was a fascinating friendship. And a fascinating movie. My 10-year-old watched it with me. And he loved it. So, the movie is called "betty and coretta." It premiers saturday and lifetime. Thank you for being here. And happy birthday to twins. Their birthday. Seventh birthday.

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