March 14, 2016


Michelle Obama's SXSW Keynote To Feature Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah and More

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Inc

Michelle Obama is planning to bring some female powerhouses to SXSW. The country's First Lady will hold her keynote speech at the festival this week, and she plans to feature Missy Elliott, Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren and actress/activist Sophia Bush. Queen Latifah will also be on hand as the moderator.

The keynote is set for Wednesday, March 16 at the Austin Convention Center at 11 a.m. CT. But for those who aren't taking part in SXSW, the event will be live-streaming for free on the festival's website as well as AOL’s women-empowerment website.

According to a press release, the First Lady plans to discuss the Obama Administration’s Let Girls Learn initiative—which aims to break barriers for young girls around the world who are not in school today. Halle and Chloe Bailey, who are known for their 2013 viral cover of Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts," will open the event.

Last week, President Barack Obama spoke at SXSW alongside Texas Tribune Editor-In-Chief Evan Smith. Check out our extensive survival guide for SXSW 2016 here.