ABC Launching New Primetime Newsmagazine on Black Life in America

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'Soul Of a Nation,' exploring "authentic realities of Black life," will air its six episodes on ABC Tuesday nights beginning in March.

ABC will launch a new primetime newsmagazine focusing on Black life in America. The newsmagazine, Soul of a Nation, will "present viewers with a unique window into authentic realities of Black life and dive deeper into this critical moment of racial reckoning," the network says.

Soul of a Nation will air the first of is six episodes in March, with new episodes airing on Tuesdays, becoming available on Hulu the next day. The newsmagazine will include episodes focused on racial reckoning, sports activism, faith, and the "power of the next generation of Black Americans."

Former ESPN host Jemele Hill and Black-ish star Marsai Martin will be among the hosts, joining ABC News anchors and correspondents, including Linsey Davis, Deborah Roberts, Pierre Thomas and Byron Pitts, as well as ESPN's Michael Wilbon and others.

The primetime series will also include performances from musicians and spoken word artists, including Cynthia Erivo.

"It’s 2021 and the demands of this time call upon the media community to grant Black viewers more opportunities to see their lives reflected in all of its complexity and to present all of our audience access points to gain understanding,” said series creator Marie Nelson, who is also senior vp of integrated content strategy at ABC News.