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T-Pain, Drake and other prominent names from across the world, including First Lady Michelle Obama, all came to hang out in Texas these past few weeks for the electric and leading networking festival in the south, the South by Southwest Conference and Festival.  According to the festival’s site, and individual testimonies, the SXSW events foster creative and professional growth and the festival is the premier destination for discovery.  Check out a few highlights from this year’s SXSW.

SXSW HIGHLIGHT REEL

This year, the festival hosted some of the hottest names in the entertainment and political industry.  The First Family (minus Sasha and Malia) were keynote speakers, making this year’s festival the first time a sitting President and First Lady participated in the event. Michelle Obama sat down and discussed the Let Girls Learn initiative with Hip-Hop’s top female producer Missy Elliott and explained why she won’t ever run for president. President Obama spoke with the interactive group about civic engagement in regards to new and emerging technologies. Here are their conversations for your enjoyment.

PRESIDENT OBAMA AT SXSW

MICHELLE OBAMA

This year was obviously the year to be in the city of Austin! Not only did some of the most important people in the world attend and support the conference, but some of music’s elite showed up and showed out as well! Even some of our favorite budding and upcoming artists and comedians graced the stages of the festival, including EGL favorite Kehlani and Atlanta’s own Scotty ATL, who performed a few songs his joint mixtape, which features rapper, B.O.B.  Below are some of the week’s most popular performances. Take a look.

LIL WAYNE, 2 CHAINS & MARK CUBAN

COMEDIAN LIL DICKEY

SIA PERFORMS TITANIUM

Drake, Metro Boomin, Yo Gotti, Kelela and many more shut down the Fader Fort stage! Their performances were definitely a major highlights from SXSW.

LIVE FROM THE FADER FORT PERFORMANCES

SXSW has provided many opportunities over the past 30 years for emerging artists and creative beings to connect with other like-minded individuals and to hear from influential and motivating role models in their respected industries. Don Cheadle sat down at this year’s SXSW to share his experience in film. Take a look.

DON CHEADLE

Did you make it to this year’s SXSW?  Share your stories with us! 

Written By: Melody Lanei

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