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The Daily Herald Sunday, January 8, 2017 23 By Cassie Dresch TV Media Star-studded celebration: The Smithsonian Institution unveiled a new museum in September, and ABC is honoring the new establishment in a star- studded special. The National Museum of African American History and Culture officially opened its doors Saturday, Sept. 24, and to celebrate the occasion, a who's who of celeb- rities, dignitaries and athletes gathered for a night of song, dance and spoken word. "Tak- ing the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America" debuts Thursday, Jan. 12, on ABC. The special promises to be a touching, uplifting celebration of African American culture and its influence in shaping society today. The likes of Dave Chap- pelle ("Chappelle's Show"), Angela Bassett ("Malcolm X," 1992), Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation"), Samuel L. Jackson ("Django Unchained," 2012), Octavia Spencer ("The Help," 2011), Chris Tucker ("Sil- ver Linings Playbook," 2012), Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips," 2013) and Will Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness," 2006) all participated in the event, which was filmed Sept. 23, the day before the grand opening. Many incredible and award- winning artists also performed for the special, including the Empress of Soul and seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight; nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige; Oscar and 14-time Grammy winner Herbie Han- cock; Oscar, Golden Globe and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend; 22-time Grammy win- ner Stevie Wonder; and many, many more. Philanthrophist and former talk show host Oprah Winfrey ("The Oprah Winfrey Show"), who donated $21 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, also makes an appearance, as does the legendary Quincy Jones, who also serves as an executive producer. "ABC is thrilled to celebrate the opening of this important new addition to the Smithson- ian Institution and to help share the story of the struggles, contributions and triumphs of African Americans throughout the history of our country," ABC executive Channing Dungey said in a news release. The new museum was a long time coming, the concept of which can be traced all the way back to black Union Army veterans in 1915. More than 100 years later, the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama, fittingly was the one who formally opened the museum. "The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where visitors can learn about the richness and diversity of the African Ameri- can experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped shape the nation and the world," founding di- rector Lonnie G. Bunch III said. "The African American experi- ence is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American." Catch the star-studded spe- cial "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America" when it premieres Thursday, Jan. 12, on ABC. Get in the 'Game': If there's anything that "America's Got Talent" or any of the "Junior" competition series out there have taught us, it's that there are some really, really talented kids out there — from stellar young singers and pint-sized pro dancers to budding design- ers and exceptional mini chefs. A little over a year ago, Lifetime introduced a new kid-centric reality competition that proved to be a success for the network, and now it's back for a third time already. "The Rap Game" premieres its third sea- son Friday, Jan. 13, on Lifetime. Rapper and record producer Jermaine Dupri hosts this tough competi- tion series that sees youngsters battle it out for a recording contract with Dupri's So So Def Recordings la- bel. He also serves as executive producer for the show, along- side the queen herself, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress/singer/producer Queen Latifah ("Bessie," 2015). This season's five aspiring rappers range in age from 12 to 16, and come from many different parts of the country. Sixteen-year-old Tally hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and was a contestant in season 2 of "The Rap Game." She discovered her rapping talents accidentally, and is ready to show she has what it takes to win. Nova is also 16, and is from Reading, Pennsylva- nia. His dream is to become the next big rap star, and he has the rapping chops to boot. Dee, 15, from Baltimore, figured out pretty quickly she wanted to be a rapper after she performed in a middle school talent show. Al'Dreco Jones calls Atlanta home, and the 13-year- old, who goes by King Roscoe, already has a bit of an online hit — his single "All A Student" tal- lied 88,000 views on YouTube. Flau'jae is the youngest of the bunch at 12, but her dad was an up-and-coming rapper (before he was tragically murdered), and she has shown plenty of promise. Over the course of the season, the group will also be mentored by some very knowl- edgeable people. Rappers Bow Wow, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Jadakiss, Jon Jon, Fabolous, Da Brat and I Heart Memphis lend a helping hand, as will former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and producers Zaytoven, Mike Kalombo and Brian Michael Cox. Don't miss the season 3 pre- miere of "The Rap Game" when it airs Friday, Jan. 13, on Lifetime. real talk Gladys Knight performs in "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America" Conan Donald Trump won the election, he is the president-elect, but he's still sending out angry tweets. He tweeted that millions of people voted illegally on Election Day. Then someone told Trump it's not illegal for women to vote. Donald Trump said he will not try and send Hillary Clinton to jail. After hearing this, Bill Clinton said: "Hey, you promised!" A chef has created a 400-pound gingerbread replica of Chicago's Wrigley Field. The gingerbread stadium combines Chicago residents' two greatest passions: baseball and diabetes. "Breakfast Club" star Anthony Michael Hall is facing seven years in prison for fighting his neighbor. However, his lawyer is trying to plea bargain that down to just serving detention with Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson. The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon I read about a woman from California who is driving by herself across the country to visit every single Costco in the U.S. So far, she's traveled 2,000 miles — and that was just walking through one Costco. Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was being interviewed and said she's "very confident" that Trump isn't breaking any laws during his transition. Then Americans were like, "Uh ... we weren't even suspicious until you said that." I read that a marijuana dispensary in Colorado is offering gift packages that include pot brownies and other edibles. It's expected to be the first edible arrangement people actually want. After previously calling it a hoax, Donald Trump acknowledged that global warming might be real. Trump was like, "I just had a hard time believing something could get hotter as it got older." The Late Show With Stephen Colbert With roughly seven weeks until he takes office, President-elect Donald Trump still has a few things he's researching. He needs to figure out, like, "What does a president do?" Newt Gingrich recently told USA Today that he talked to Trump about his new responsibilities as president and, according to Gingrich, Trump said: "This is really a bigger job than I thought." What do you know? Being leader of the free world is a bit harder than filming a reality show in your apartment. Late laughs Star-studded celebration ABC honors African American culture and history in new special

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