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Black History Month Spotlight: Betty & Coretta – What Did You Think?


Of course Mary J. Blige’s acting was sub par, but I  think the pace of the film moved too slow, I wasn’t crazy about the people chosen to play certain roles, and I didn’t like the ending. However, I do appreciate Ruby Dee’s real life commentary within the film and I am happy that this film was made because it’s one of many very important stories to be told in American history.

It also sparked conversation between me and my 10-year-old daughter. Senia had no idea that Malcolm X was killed by a Black man. It’s funny how kids look at  things. She assumed it was a White man who killed him because why in  the world would his own people kill him?!

That’s a deep thought…and we’re still killing each other. I also  learned that I don’t know enough about Medgar Evers so after I write this  I am going to GOOGLE him!

What did you think of Betty &  Coretta?

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I am the artist behind the #FeedArt Network, formerly known as the Dangerous Lee Network. I create social media marketing campaigns for artists and creative entrepreneurs. In 2013, The Dangerous Lee Network ranked in the top 11,000 websites in the U.S. according to Alexa. That same year the network received 3 million views. Content from the network has been featured on The TODAY Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda, has been nominated for four Black Weblog Awards and selected as a Top Fashion Blog to follow in 2013 and 2014. I am also the author of the Amazon best selling safe sex erotica anthology, "Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down" and an eBook on the affects of colorism, The Half Series: When Black People Look White.


5 thoughts on “Black History Month Spotlight: Betty & Coretta – What Did You Think?

  1. I totally agree with your comments about it not being fully formed and rushed!


    Posted by Dangerous Lee | 02/04/2013, 5:13 PM
  2. I enjoyed the film to a degree. Alas, nowadays TV movies aren’t as well crafted as they used to be (I remember the kinds of money that were put into such quality productions as ABC’s ROOTS, CBS’ THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN, and NBC’s KING). So, BETTY AND CORETTA felt rushed and not fully formed but I agree, the glue that really held it all together was Ruby Dee’s commentary. I also was quite impressed with the cinematography.

    GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI was a film that dealt with Medgar Evers and the Byron De La Beckwith trial as well as did the much superior, I think, TV movie FOR US THE LIVING, which co-starred Ossie Davis.


    Posted by Jerry Seward | 02/04/2013, 4:55 PM


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