Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett and Ruby Dee will chronicle the lives of two philanthropic mavens, who fought alongside their heralded husbands for human rights. These women, Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X and Coretta Scott-King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were equally heroic–balancing social activism and their duties as single mothers. Familiar with a large portion of their lives, Ruby Dee will recount their tales as narrator of the made-for-television film.
Ironically, Bassett portrayed the role of Shabazz twice; in the 1992 Spike Lee film, Malcolm X, alongside Denzel Washington and again in MarionVan Peeble’s 1995 film, Panther. Without a doubt, it’s a story that needs to be heard.
The project is under the direction of Yves Simoneau, while Blige will serve as executive producer, with Larry Sanitsky, Jaja Johnson and Polly Anthony. Lifetime has set no premiere date for the film, but production is set to began in September.