There’s going to be a soouuuul party at White House on April 7!
As part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, President Obama and First Lady Michelle invited music’s greatest female vocalists to hit the stage for a “Women of Soul” concert. Musical powerhouses like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott and Janelle Monae are scheduled to perform at the celebration, which will showcase women who’ve influenced soul music history, as well as express their struggles and achievements.
“As with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime workshop for students,” the White House released in a statement. “The First Lady will welcome 124 middle school, high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop: “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul.” It will “give participating students an overview of the origins of soul music, inform them of important artists, discuss the social climate of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s as it pertains to women’s rights and dissect the elements of soul that helped contribute to the genre’s unique sounds.”
Other performers on the setlist include Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge and Ariana Grande. It all goes down on Thursday, March 6. Catch it on the White House live stream or PBS stations nationwide on April 7 at 9:00 PM EST (check local listings).
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1. Taking Care of Home And Still Fly!
Both First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy will undoubtedly go down in history as two of the most stylish women to grace the White House of all time! Whether they were standing by their man, taking care of their kids, or tending to their duties for the Nation, these women always did it in style. See how they kept The Capitol chic.
2. Statement Coats
Jackie O shut it down with her fly trench coats and belted outerwear (the over-sized shade and gloves always added a chic touch!) and Michelle also knows how to make a statement with her outerwear: case in point the Thom Browne coat and J. Crew accessories that made headlines after she wore them to POTUS' second swearing in ceremony in 2013.
3. Orange Crush
Michelle has an affinity for jewel tones and Jackie also knew how to rock a bold color. Orange in particular flattered them both!
4. Patterns and Pops of Color
Great minds think alike! Both first ladies accessorized their splashy green and blue print dresses with tiered necklaces and bright shoes.
5. Regal Style
When it came time to meet the Queen of England, Mrs. O chose a white Tom Ford dress in 2011, while Jackie O wore a ice blue Givenchy frock in 1961, but both tied their look together with lady-like gloves.
The fashion continued even on trips on Air Force one! Here Jackie showed off the style of the times in belted coat finished off with gloves and a hat (one of her go-to accessories) and Michelle had a modern-day yellow moment adding a black cardigan and belt to her wrap dress.