Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America – My Review


Good evening! A few hours ago I just watched this ABC two-hour special called “Taking The Stage–African American Music and Stories That Changed America.” It was a really good show overall! It was bittersweet. There were moments that uplifted you emotionally and moments that made you feel uneasy and sad. The show basically was a celebration of the first museum that opened in Washington, DC dedicated to African American history and culture. Throughout the ceremony, Black American music was celebrated and some of the performances were great. Some, however, did not really stand out to me but I’ll let you guys be the judge of that. LOL. Unfortunately, the show did not get much promotion.

Celebrities who participated in this event were Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Oprah, Shirley Caesar, Chris Tucker, Usher, Neyo, Octavia Spencer, Fantasia, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett, Jesse Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, the Obamas, and others. Check out my audio review (link below) on the show as I discuss my favorite performances and moments from the show. If you haven’t seen it, check your local TV listings, On Demand, online, or a streaming service like Hulu. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for your support!

Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America


One thought on “Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America – My Review

  1. ABC’s Taking The Stage was a great Early Black History Month TV special & tribute to Black Innovators that’d paved the way for us. This was also a celebration of Smithsonian’s African American Museum too! I’ve watched the show when it first aired & I enjoyed it. My favorite segments on the show was the Tribute to Hip Hop legends in the 80s like Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five performed by Chuck D. Of Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh & Common. My 2nd favorite tribute was the tribute to Jazz Legends like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, etc. I think the show wasn’t promoted like that because it was a tribute to black pioneers! Unfortunately ABC was the only channel promoting it at the time smh. Great blog as always πŸ‘πŸ‘


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