Mary J. Blige is resting her pitch-perfect pipes for a role on the small screen!
The Nine-time Grammy-winning artist is set to star in and executive produce the Lifetime Original Movie Betty & Coretta, a tale about the real-life stories of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz, the wives of Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, respectively.
Mary J., who will play Malcolm's wife Betty, will star opposite Angela Bassett’s Coretta. The movie will detail the trials and tribulations of their lives as single mothers after their husbands have been assassinated.
“Women never get a chance to have their stories told when there are important men involved,” Mary J. says of her new role. “That’s what drew me to the part.”
And much like to the women represented in the film, Mary J. has been forced to move forward with her own demons— a horrific past filled with abuse and addiction. It’s this specific bond to the flick's subjects that makes the singer the perfect person for the part.
“I didn’t even realize that [Betty] and Coretta had been friends,” the "No More Drama" crooner admits. “If Betty had not moved forward, Malcolm X would have died and that would have been it. You have to move forward.”
For more about the singer’s troubled childhood and her new role, pick up the latest issue of LA Confidential Magazine, and be sure to check out Betty & Coretta, which premieres Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.