It’s time to gear up for Black History Month — and so, in addition to preparing for one of the few times that BET delivers news and Black folks blast each other for being “conscious” (another time being Kwanzaa and during tragedies), we must prepare for the retail marketing of Black heroes in America. You know, because they are only relevant during February. This year, Black History Month comes just after the Second Inauguration of our President of color, Barack Obama, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s holiday.
I don’t watch much tv, and when I do I watch even less Lifetime; yet, on Sunday, the stars aligned and while watching Lifetime, I saw a commercial for a movie that will air on 2/2 called “Betty and Coretta”, starring Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blidge.
Interesting to me is that Angela Bassett is not playing Sister Betty, even after having played her in two previous films. Mary J. Blidge will be playing the role of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Angela, Coretta Scott King. Malik Yoba is playing the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and a Canadian actor called Lindsay Owen Pierre is starring as Malcolm X. I simply cannot wait for it to air — and this is not very typical of Lifetime. What do you think they’ll do with it?