You Need To See These Beautiful Portraits Of Your Favorite Black Stars

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You Need To See These Beautiful Portraits Of Your Favorite Black Stars

Christina Coleman Jan, 12, 2017

Celebrities and artists came out in droves to support the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture last year, and there was no shortage of events and festivities to celebrate the historic moment.

Now, viewers at home will get a front row seat to the hottest ticket in town when ABC airs Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America, a program held in honor of the museum to reflect on how the contributions of Black America enriched art, culture, music and history.

The event was taped at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts last September.

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ESSENCE and PEOPLE were on hand to capture some of the behind-the-scenes moments, snapping intimate portraits of our favorite celebrities, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Oprah, Common and Jesse Williams.

Take a look at the beautiful portraits and don’t forget to tune into Taking The Stage on Jan. 12, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

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Gail King, Tom Hanks, and Oprah Winfrey pose for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Jada Pinkett Smith poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Common poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Chloe x Halle poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Cynthia Erivo poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Rene Elise poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Savion Glover poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Jesse Jackson and Usher pose for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Jon Batiste poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Quincy Jones poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Jesse Williams poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Doug E. Fresh poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Chuck D poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Herbie Hancock poses for a portrait during ABC's "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America” following the unveiling of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.