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Michelle Obama to Be Joined by Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott at SXSW


First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will be appearing at Texas’ SXSW festival March 16 to give her eagerly awaited keynote speech.

Slated to use her spot to beat the drum for her Let Girls Learn campaign, FLOTUS will be joined by special guests Grammy winner Queen Latifah, Grammy winner Missy Elliott, Oscar nominee and Grammy winner Diane Warren and actress and activist Sophia Bush.

The star-studded panel will be discussing how to find your passion, especially in relation to music, with the importance of girl’s access to education globally being a central feature of the talk.

The event is run in collaboration with AOL’s Makers, a digital platform that showcases women’s stories as diverse as those of Oprah Winfrey and Lena Dunham, as well as the US Government’s Peace Corps, Apple’s iTunes, Motown Records and Full Picture agency.

In line with the event’s musical theme, it will kick off with an appearance by YouTube singing sensations Chloe and Halle Bailey, who have been signed to Beyoncé’s management company since their cover of Queen B’s “Pretty Hurts” went viral in 2013.

President Barack Obama has also been involved with this year’s SXSW, having given a speech at the Interactive segment of the festival last week. It’s the first time a sitting president has attended the festival in its 30-year history.

Michelle Obama’s speech will be streamed live at 11 a.m. ET, which is 3 a.m. AEST on Thursday over here in Oz.