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Mary J. Blige to Play Historical Legend in New Lifetime Movie

Queen of R&B Mary J. Blige is taking her talents to Lifetime’s Betty & Coretta next month.

The multi-platinum singer — who graces this month’s cover of L.A. Confidential magazine, as seen here — will play Dr. Betty Shabazz, the wife of famed activist Malcolm X, and a friend and ally of Coretta Scott King. Meanwhile, Oscar-winner Angela Bassett will play Coretta, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The television movie focuses on how both women find strength in themselves and in each other after their husbands are assassinated.

Betty & Coretta premieres on Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

01.18.2013 / 11:20 PM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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