This one's for the girls!
To promote female empowerment, Michelle Obama assembled powerful female vocalists including Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Zendaya, Janelle Monae, Lea Michele, Missy Elliot, Chloe and Halle, and Jadagrace for a charity single titled, "This Is For My Girls."
She also got Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren on board to write the track.
The lyrics have an inspiring message with a chorus that reads: "This is for my girls, all around the world/ Stand up, put your head up, don't take nothing from nobody/ This is for my girls, stand up and be heard/ This is for my ladies, my sisters all over, this is for my girls."
"This Is For My Girls" is serving as an anthem for the Let Girls Learn initiative to help the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school get an education. All U.S. proceeds of the song will go to this program.
The song dropped ahead of the First Lady's appearance at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas on March 16. In a panel moderated by Queen Latifah, the First Lady will speak alongside Warren, Elliott and and actress Sophia Bush.
According to the event's description, the women will engage in "a dialogue on finding one's passion, music, and the importance of girls' education everywhere."
President Barack Obama was just at SXSW as well. He became the first sitting president to ever visit the festival. As part of SXSW's interactive line up, he participated in a nearly hour-long interview with "The Texas Tribune's" Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith and spoke about civic engagement in the 21st century.
Barack also poked fun at the Obamacare website and called on the tech industry to help tackle issues like climate change and health care.
"I can't imagine a better way to celebrate our event's 30th birthday than to welcome both the president and first lady to SXSW," the festival's co-founder Roland Swenson said in a statement. "As each new generation comes up at SXSW they look for ways they can be of service, and it's important to reflect and support that message. President and Mrs. Obama's visit here will inspire attendees to that purpose."
- 18 hours ago tk