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Michelle Obama Just Dropped A Song With Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, & MORE! Listen To The Star-Studded Single HERE!

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You NEED to hear this!

Is there anything this wonderful woman CAN'T do?!

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama dropped a song — yes, a SONG — and it's quite the star-studded collaboration!

This Is For My Girls features the vocal prowess of fierce females Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele, Jadagrace, and Chloe x Halle — AKA the singing sisters Beyoncé signed to her production company.

DAMN! That's a lot of lovely ladies!

The jam was created to raise awareness for the 52-year-old's Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to help young women across the globe receive an education.

Video: President Obama Helps This Hamilton Star Freestyle!

And while we don't get to hear the First Lady's voice on the Diane Warren-penned track, we do get to hear the girl power anthem on the radio!

The song hit airwaves just hours before Miz Obama's SXSW panel alongside Diane, Missy, Sophia Bush, and moderator Queen Latifah.

Chloe x Halle will also be performing the song at the event!

The track will be available on iTunes at midnight, and all proceeds will go towards the Peace Corps' Let Girls Learn Fund.

But for now, ch-ch-check out some snippets (below)!

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These Stars Skipped The Oscars To Rally Behind Flint, Michigan!

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Justice 4 Flint

While most A-listers were gathering in El Lay for the Oscars on Sunday night, other celebs decided to skip the awards ceremony and rally behind Flint, Michigan.

Good on 'em!!

Creed director Ryan Coogler put on the "Justice for Flint" event hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress. Other stars in attendance were Ava DuVernay and Jesse Williams, who were among those to enjoy incredible performances by Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder.

The event aimed to raise $100,000 for the community affected by the terrible water contamination crisis — and as of right now, they've exceeded that goal by $50,000! Woo!

Related: Creed Director Ryan Coogler Let Slip That J. Cole Got Married!

Not to worry, there's no drama here. Coogler said the Academy Awards had nothing to do with the fundraiser being held the same day — but instead to honor Black History Month. He told Buzzfeed:

"With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity, and emotional healing."

Other celebs like Diddy and Michael B. Jordan took to social media in support:

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Janelle Monáe Is Moonlighting As An Actress Now! The Singer Just Landed Her First Big Screen Role!

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Will YOU see her movie??

We all know Janelle Monáe is multi-talented! But now, she's looking to expand her skill set even more!

The Electric Lady has been cast in an upcoming movie called Moonlight, which is being produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment.

Related: Janelle Slams A Fan Who Tells Her To 'Be Sexy!'

The 29-year-old picked a pretty solid place to start off her film career, considering the actor's production company is also responsible for 12 Years A Slave!

Moonlight follows a young man named Chiron, who is growing up in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. Over the course of multiple time periods, the protagonist struggles with his crumbling home life, and an awakened sexuality.

Producers tentatively plan to release the singer's big screen debut next fall! Will U catch Janelle's first acting experience? SOUND OFF in the comments!

[Image via WENN.]

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Janelle Monáe & Her Friends At Wondaland Records Team Up For A Powerful Song About Police Brutality — Take A Listen

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You need to listen to this song.

Janelle Monáe is getting political with her new music.

The Electric Lady is joined by other artists at Wondaland Records — including Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and George 2.0 — on an intense track called Hell You Talmbout about police brutality towards African-Americans.

[ Related: Janelle Slams A Fan Who Told Her To 'Be Sexy!' ]

The song is supported by a marching drum beat throughout the emotional anthem, while the 29-year-old and her fellow artists chime in for the gospel-style chorus.

But probably the most intense parts are the verses, in which the singers scream out the names of various victims of officers who have used excessive force, mentioning Walter Scott, Jerame Reid, Phillip White, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Freddie Gray, Aiyana Jones, Sandra Bland, Kimani Gray, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Miriam Carey, Sharonda Singleton, Tommy Yancy, Jordan Baker, Amadou Diallo, and Emmett Till.

On Thursday, Janelle shared a snap of the song's artwork to her Instagram, and penned a powerful caption explaining the importance of this track:

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Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, & Ma$e Take Us Way Back With Their Bad Boy Tribute At The BET Awards But French Montana & Chris Brown Crashed It!

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Are you ready to relive one of the best parts of the '90s?!

The BET Awards treated us all to a Bad Boy tribute complete with performances from Diddy, Lil' Kim, Ma$e, Faith Evans, and 112!

But the guest spots didn't stop there.

For some reason French Montana performed Bobby Shmurda's Hot N*gga, and Pharrell popped on stage to keep the music going!

Then Chris Brown randomly ran out into the crowd and Janelle Monae made an appearance at the end.

If you're thinking this sounds outrageous, it IS! Ch-ch-check it out (below) and see for yourself.

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Janelle Monae & Jidenna Do Some Classic Yoga At The 2015 BET Awards!

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What's more classic than Star Wars-y yoga and a dapper dude in a suit? Nothing.

Janelle Monae took the stage at the BET Awards to perform her song Yoga, wearing a Grecian Star Wars Workout Queen ensem with all of her dancers looking fiiiine too!

She needed to share the stage though because Jidenna was looking so handsome he just HAD TO perform his hit Classic Man!

We're not sure who heated up the stage more: Janelle's yoga movez or Jidenna's hawt suit?!

Watch (below) and decide for yourself!

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