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Patti LaBelle and Janelle Monae run White House workshop

Singers Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae and Melissa Etheridge taught students about soul music at the White House on Thursday (06Mar14).

The singers joined First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C. to teach more than 100 schoolchildren and college students about the history soul music.

The stars took part in a question and answer session about their careers before each performing one of their own songs.

They were later joined by Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande and Tessanne Chin for a special music concert called Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.

Monae writes on Twitter.com, "Thank U (sic) to the coolest FLOTUS & BarackObama 4 (for) having me share the stage w/ (with) so many brilliant women!! Speechless!"

The concert will be broadcast in April (14).

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