African American icons on Kwesé Movies 1 | Kwesé

African American icons on Kwesé Movies 1

African American icons on Kwesé Movies 1

10:15 SAST | 13 Feb 2017

Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King Jr. are two major names in 20th century history. Their respective wives, Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, were also important figures in the American civil rights movement. Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, was assassinated in 1965. Just before his death he embraced Sunni Islam, completed the Hajj and changed his name to el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz.

King was assassinated in 1968, and in the aftermath of his passing it fell on his widow, Coretta King, to sustain his legacy as a fighter for black freedom. Betty and Coretta (Thursday 16 February at 20:00 CAT) tells of the friendship between the two widows, as they draw strength from each other in rearing children and playing an active role in the Civil Rights Movement. The film offers a fascinating insight into the history of the period, and the iconic characters who defined the age.

Charles Dutton and Loretta Devine star in Comeback Dad (Sunday 19 February at 20:00 CAT). Dutton has three Emmy Awards to his credit, two for acting and one for directing, and received critical acclaim for his role in the football film, Rudy. Loretta Devine also has an Emmy to her name, and has starred in a range of major films, including Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife, and I Am Sam. These two powerhouse actors play opposite each other in Comeback Dad, which also stars Tatyana Ali, who plays an accomplished pianist struggling to come to terms with an alcoholic father (Dutton) who abandoned her. 

February is the month of love, and if you’re looking for romance on Valentine’s eve catch Seasons of Love (Monday 13 February at 20:00 CAT). The hunky Cleo Anthony shows he’s not just a ripped torso, turning in a sensitive performance opposite his love interest (LeToya Luckett). The two must work through various obstacles to discover a shared love. Seasons of Love also features a cameo performance by none other than singer-songwriter Gladys Knight, the ‘Empress of Soul’ and winner of seven Grammy Awards. 

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