ABC’s ‘Taking the Stage’: What Time and Channel Is It On?

Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed AmericaWorld-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe gathered at the 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.2017-01-12T15:28:39.000Z

Tonight, ABC will air a special, Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America, at 9pm ET/PT. The show was taped last September in honor of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Obama will be featured in tonight’s airing, along with celebrity presenters like Dave Chappelle, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Janelle Monáe and Will Smith. And the special features performances by Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Usher and Stevie Wonder, among others.

Read on to find out where you can watch the special tonight.


TIME: 9pm-11pm ET/PT


DATE: January 12, 2017


TV CHANNELS: ABC Network – Click here to access the ABC channel finder and locate your local station


TITLE: Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America


SYNOPSIS:An array of entertainers gather for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.



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