As first announced by Politico, President Barack Obama will be hosting military heroes and their families for a barbecue, concert, and fireworks show on the South Lawn of the White House this Fourth of July, featuring a live performance from Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe.
The news of their invitation to the concert came yesterday, Friday July 1, via Press Secretary Josh Earnest. In addition, “White House staff and their families from throughout the administration will also attend this event for the fireworks viewing,” Earnest told reporters.
Kendrick and Monáe are no stranger to the White House, as K. Dot recently visited the President last year for the “My Brother’s Keeper” mentoring initiative.
“I sat down with President Barack Obama and shared the same views, topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions and furthermore, embracing the youth. Both being aware that mentoring saves lives.” – Kendrick Lamar
Similarly, Monáe teamed up with Michele Obama for “Let Girls Learn,” which included a speech by the First Lady at SXSW and a song, “This Is For My Girls,” that Monáe crafted alongside fellow recording artists Kelly Clarkson, Chloe and Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Kelly Rowland, and Zendaya.