photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin

FLOTUS & Missy Elliott

"To have written 'Ladies First' and be sitting with the first lady ... it's surreal," said Latifah, who was an enthusiastic and equanimous moderator throughout the session. In Obama's vision, however, this meeting of minds across the space between the world of beats and rhymes and politics — a meeting centered around conversation among three African-American women — was not a dream. It stood for the reality emerging as she and her husband prepare to leave the White House, one in which hip-hop's influence on the American vernacular is generally appreciated, and significant energy is being expended to acknowledge women's influence on hip-hop, and on popular culture in general. -[NPR]

First Lady Michelle Obama gave the Opening Keynote address at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival. She was s there to promote the Let Girls Learn initiative, which “aims to break barriers for the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school today, more than half of whom are adolescent." Also there was Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and songwriter Diane Warren. Chloe & Halle were on hand to perform the single "This Is for My Girls" which was written by Warren to promote LGL.

FLOTUS did a little singing as well, breaking out a bit of Boys II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" as a response to a question from Queen Latifah.

Lots more pictures from the Keynote address, below...

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Chloe & Halle

Queen Latifah

Missy Elilot

Michelle Obama