Did anyone watch Lifetime Original film, Betty & Coretta played by Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett? The surviving children (llyasah Shabazz & Bernice King) didn't appreciate the way their mothers were portrayed, and both say the movie was "fiction."On another note, Mary should really stick to singing.
Ilyasah Shabazz says, “My mother was not a weak, timid, insecure woman as portrayed,” Shabazz said. “She was regal, compassionate, strong, loving, beautiful, resilient and well-educated. That is why the Delta Sigma Theta sororities named academies all across this country after her, so others could be inspired how to turn tragedy into triumph.” “My mother did not tie a scarf to her face as she was shown wearing in the film.”
“If only Lifetime had consulted us, the sisters, maybe this would be more than fiction. I am not pointing my finger solely at them, but it must be our responsibility to ensure history is properly documented.”
Truth also matters to the King family, who I know are deeply pained by the inaccuracies. One of the basic objections was how the film suggested that Coretta Scott King accepted the accusations that her husband was unfaithful to her based on what was supposedly heard on a tape sent by the FBI to the King home. This was not the case, as the King family has said for years.
It has been commonly reported that a tape and letter was sent by the FBI to the Kings’ home shortly before the civil rights leader was to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In taped interviews with me for an upcoming book, Coretta Scott King relived the matter: “I opened the package on January 5, 1965. The letter suggested that since Dr. King was going to be exposed of some wrongdoing, he should commit suicide. When I listened to the tape, something was taking place at a social function with people telling dirty jokes. It has nothing to do with my husband having sex, which was reported in the press. I was not bothered by that.”
In other interviews, she strongly defended her husband’s fidelity, saying, “if there were anything like that I would know, a wife always knows.” Coretta Scott King always felt like, “there will be attempts to assassinate [Dr. King] over and over again.”