In honor of Black History Month, Lifetime aired Betty & Coretta, a biopic that chronicles the sisterhood and friendship between Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, and Coretta Scott-King, widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., after the deaths of their famed husbands. Most are regarding the Mary J. Blige-produced movie as a historical tribute that details two families finding strength in each other, as widowed mothers forge ahead in raising fatherless children.
In the days since Betty & Coretta debuted to mediocre reviews, Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Betty and Malcolm’s daughters, has claimed that the movie was greenlit without the consultation of her sisters. Though Shabazz has commended Lifetime for spotlighting the struggles of the Civil Rights era, she notes that the movie should be regarded as a fictitious account of her mother’s life and work.
[All photos: Lifetime]