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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

ABC Set To Air January Special Celebrating The New National Museum of African American History


The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors with an all-star tribute that will air on ABC January 12, 2017 from 9-11 PM EST.

 “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” – a two-hour program of music, dance and the spoken word – features gospel singers Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary and more.

World-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe will come together for the program at Washington's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Designed to explore and celebrate African American contributions to the global landscape, the program will feature new film footage of iconic items from the museum's collections - items ranging from a plane used to train the famed Tuskegee airmen for World War II combat duty to a Bible owned by Nat Turner.

The film is accompanied by music, dance and dramatic readings by a wide range of stage and screen actors.

The executive producers are Don Mischer and Quincy Jones, along with Don Mischer Productions' Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare.

The production was first filmed on September 23 and will air nationwide.

Other entertainers included in this special program are Angela Bassett, Dave Chappelle, Chuck D., Doug E. Fresh, Savion Glover, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Elijah Kelley, Janelle Monae, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Chris Tucker, Jesse Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Christina Aguilera, Alvin Ailey dancers, Angela Bassett, Jon Batiste, Chloe x Halle, Gary Clark Jr., Common, Cynthia Erivo, Fantasia, Jamie Foxx, Robert Glasper, Dave Grohl with Trouble Funk, Herbie Hancock, Gladys Knight, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, NeYo and Usher.


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